Cultural Orientation Coordination Intern
Salt Lake City
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 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
The Cultural Orientation Program operates within the IRC SLC’s Education Program and supports monthly Cultural Orientation (CO) training to newly arrived refugees with the goals of providing the information necessary for refugees to successfully navigate available services, their local community, and broader US society and to promote cross-cultural understanding while encouraging clients’ positive psychosocial adjustment.
SCOPE OF WORK:
With oversight from the Education Program Supervisor and the Cultural Orientation Coordinator the Cultural Orientation (CO) intern will support with logistical preparations for the weekly APA CO as well as the monthly newly arrived refugee CO. This includes preparing the supplies and educational materials, support in client communication, and transportation. The IRC Cultural Orientation intern will also coordinate programming with CO volunteers for children between the ages of 2-11 years of age during the CO sessions including the facilitation of group games and educational activities, as well as field trips to local museums or parks. APA CO sessions occur every Friday between January and March from 9-2pm and resettled CO sessions occur monthly Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2pm.
• Assist the Cultural Orientation Coordinator with all preparation for the sessions, including printing educational materials, setting up the venue, following up communication with IRC SLC caseworkers regarding client’s attendance, and letting presenter knows the date, time, and venue
• Assist Cultural Orientation Coordinator with collecting CO-specific data and gathering feedback from clients
• Coordinate programming with CO volunteers for children between the ages of 2-11 years of age during the CO sessions
• Prepare all client’s CO Assessments prior to each CO sessions
• Support Education Program with client transport as needed
• Provide assessments to client’s post each CO session with an interpreter
• Other duties as assigned
1. The intern will gain professional experience in working with diverse groups of clients.
2. The intern will deepen understanding of program design, data tracking, and evaluation
3. The intern will gain experience with cross-cultural communication and strength-based approach service delivery