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Health Access Internship

Wichita (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Wichita (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date:

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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 25 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


The Health Access Intern will work closely with the IRC Direct Service staff, IRC’s Resettlement Manager and local healthcare providers to assist clients with their health care needs.  This may include care coordination, transportation assistance, and advocacy for the healthcare and preventative health needs of refugee/asylee clients.


Serve as patient advocate, accompany clients to medical appointments, transport clients for lab work and other diagnostic testing, and report follow-up and referrals from providers.
Provide training to clients regarding pharmacy services and understanding how to access prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Schedule and coordinate medical and health appointments for clients.
Assist clients to become self-sufficient in accessing transportation to medical appointments by providing trainings and assisting with applications to special transportation services as needed.
Assist clients in ensuring medical bills have been billed to Medicaid.
Attend organizational meetings.
Case note/document client services in various databases.
Conduct bus orientations to Primary Care Clinics with clients.
Other duties as assigned.


1. The intern will gain professional experience in case management and care coordination efforts.
2. The intern will deepen understanding of the refugee resettlement process, refugee health topics, the social determinants of health and the public health significance.
3. The intern will gain experience with navigating the U.S. Health Care System and the Medicaid Health Insurance System.
4. The intern will gain direct experience with working with people from different backgrounds and cultures than their own and will develop inter-personal and professional development skills.

Time Commitment
For the sake of stability and continuity, the IRC asks for a minimum commitment of 3-4 months, with at least 10 hours per week.

In-depth training will be provided for interns to understand human trafficking case management programming and the various needs of clients accessing services. A high-level of confidentiality is required when working with IRC clients.

• The majority of internship hours will be done in-person with some remote work.
• High school graduate, currently enrolled in/recent graduate of a 4-year accredited institution.
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable with strong problem-solving skills.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Educational background in social work, public health, or health promotion..
• Clean driving record and access to an insured personal vehicle OR familiarity and comfortable with local public transportation system.

This is an unpaid internship position. No financial compensation, including compensation for relocation, is available.

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 or disability.

All volunteers and interns must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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