Salt Lake City (United States of America)
BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. 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 Immigration Program at IRC in Salt Lake City assists New American clients during all stages of their immigration process. This includes assisting refugees, asylees, and all other documented immigrants with obtaining or replacing their immigration documents, petitioning to bring clients’ family members to the U.S. from abroad, and adjusting clients’ statuses to permanent resident or citizen. The IRC SLC also provides comprehensive support to clients applying for US citizenship: offering administrative support, education, and one-on-one coaching to help prepare clients for the application process.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: Under the supervision of the Immigration Team, the Immigration & Citizenship Intern will play a crucial role in working with clients at all stages of their immigration process. The Intern will assist with case filing and documentation, communication with clients, and researching basic immigration case law.
COMMITMENT: Two semesters – starting August 30th 2021 – April 29th 2022, 15 hours per week.
• Manage Immigration Case Files and Documentation
• Compile case notes and enter data into tracking systems
• Contact clients regarding their case and upcoming appointments
• Assist with completing case file intake and applications with clients
• Administrate the Citizenship Preparation Classes
• Conduct intake and assessments of program participants
• Connect program participants to a program volunteer for weekly instruction
• Provide direction, support and supervision to program volunteers,
• Enter data into program’s information systems and track progress of program participants
• Assist with completion of program grant requests and reports
• Conduct community outreach for immigration program
• The Intern will gain a broad understanding of the U.S. Immigration system, Immigration law and its interaction with and effect on New Americans
• The Intern will gain a broad understanding of systems used to track client’s records with USCIS and other agencies that handle immigration related documents
• The Intern will utilize and improve both written and verbal communication skills and increase cultural understanding as they interact with New Americans of all languages and cultural backgrounds
• The Intern will gain broad knowledge in writing legal briefs and researching law.
• The Intern will be able to demonstrate and understand the importance of client confidentiality.• The Intern will have knowledge of the U.S. mail system