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Refugee Casework Intern - Summer 2020

silver spring, md usa

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: silver spring, md usa
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req8642

Job Title: Refugee Casework Intern - Summer 2020

Sector: Social Work

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-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 Refugee Casework team is the first point of contact for refugee clients. Caseworkers provide 8 months of case management to refugees. The services include providing monthly cash assistance, ensuring that clients apply for public benefits such medicaid, food stamps, ensuring that clients apply for social security and enrolled in health insurance and ESL classes.


  • Guide clients through refugee resettlement appointments and applications including but not limited to: medical and immunization appointments, ESL class and school enrollments, and applications for Social Security cards, State IDs and Medicaid.
  • Advocate in the field for clients’ access to public services.
  • Manage clients’ cases and case files.


  • Intern will gain experience interacting with and assisting refugee clients.
  • Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of programs and public benefits available for refugees and asylees during their resettlement period.
  • Intern will learn reporting requirements for resettlement agencies and how to capture data to improve services.


·Minimum 24 hour per week commitment for a period of 3 months. 35 hours per week preferred.

·Passionate about immigration, refugees and serving others.

·Ability to work independently and under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

·Organized with attention to detail.

·Excellent communication and writing skills.

·Fluency in one of the following languages is highly desirable: Spanish, French, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Nepali, Swahili, Farsi or Tigrinya.

·A car or access to a car is preferable.


Click Apply Now at the top of this page. Please attach a resume, cover letter and a 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 at least 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; Check with your educational institution to determine if this internship is eligible for academic credit.

*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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