Asylum Seekers Support Intern
Requisition ID: req8454
Job Title: Asylum Seekers Support Intern
Sector: Resettlement, Asylum and Integration
TITLE: Asylum Seekers Support Intern
LOCATION: IRC Office in City Heights and other field locations
DURATION: minimum 3 month commitment
Schedule: 10-15 hrs/week
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.
SCOPE OF INTERN ROLE: The IRC San Diego has a Safety and Wellness Unit aimed at providing case management support to survivors of crime and asylum seekers in need of long term assistance. The Asylum Seekers Support Intern will be instrumental in helping newly arrived people seeking asylum who are facing significant barriers to connect to appropriate services in San Diego.
•Support Safety & Wellness case workers in providing comprehensive case management and collaboration with community partners
•Help clients to navigate public transportation
•Drive and accompany clients to appointments, such as the DMV, health check-ups, legal consults, school enrollment, etc.
•Research community resources to support client needs
•Assist case workers with administrative tasks
•Other duties as assigned
•Learn about the unique barriers that asylum seekers face
•Learn about the landscape of social services in San Diego
•Learn about client-centered advocacy and direct services
•Strong communication and interpersonal skills
•Excellent organization and time-management skills
•Proactive, motivated, and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced work environment
•Experience volunteering or working with immigrants, refugees, and/or asylum-seekers
•Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment
•Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs
•Experience with direct service preferred
•Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance and the ability to travel regularly in the area
•English fluency required
•Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Mandarin a plus
This position reports directly to the Wellness and Gender Equity Supervisor or Caseworker TBD.
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