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Economic Empowerment Intern - Summer 2020

silver spring, md usa

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: silver spring, md usa
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req8588

Job Title: Economic Empowerment Intern - Summer 2020

Sector: Employment

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Silver Spring, MD USA

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


The Economic Empowerment program assists refugees to become economically self-sufficient by providingworkforce development services including early employment and career development support. Early employment places recently arrived refugees in their first job;career development assists employed clients in securing job upgrades that improve economic conditions and align with career history and/or career objectives. The intern will work closely with the Economic Empowerment team, promoting client self-sufficiency.


  • Conduct employment assessment, create resumes and cover letters, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and complete family budgets with refugee job seekers.
  • Develop employer partnerships through research and targeted outreach.
  • Provide group and individual trainings aimed at workforce integration.
  • Manage distribution and tracking of in-kind donations to clients.
  • Other duties as identified by Senior Employment Specialist 


  • Intern will gain insights into refugee and asylee workforce integration programs 
  • Intern will learn to create effective resumes and cover letters. 
  • Intern will learn to communicate effectively with clients across cultures and with interpreters 
  • Intern will learn effective outreach strategies for building strategic relationships.


  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including cross-cultural communicative skills.
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment and adapts quickly to change.
  • Strong interest in refugee and asylee issues as well as in workforce development.
  • Language skills in Spanish, Amharic, Dari, Farsi, French, Kinyarwandaor Swahili are a plus.
  • Three month minimum. Required 24 hours per week. Preferred 35 hours per week.
  • Preference to current students and recent graduates.*

Click Apply Now at the top of this page. Please attach a resume, cover letter and list of (at least) three references to your application. This position is filled on a rolling basis.  

This position is for the summer 2020 semester and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months and 24 hours per week. 35 hours per week preferred. 

We currently offer internships during the following semesters:  Spring: January – May  Summer: May – August  Fall: September – December

Internships are typically posted 2-3 months prior to the anticipated start date.

Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution.

*Candidates applying who are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or are outside 12 months of their graduation are welcome to apply. These candidates will be processed as volunteers.  

To protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We ask that you make a $30 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 87% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients. Instructions will be provided after you have been selected to intern or volunteer. 

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.



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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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