First Things First Intern Summer 2019

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International Rescue Committee in Atlanta

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First Things First Women’s Literacy Intern

BACKGROUND: 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 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.

SCOPE OF FIRST THINGS FIRST WOMEN’S LITERACY INTERN WORK: First Things First is an innovative program that provides intensive beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) services to refugee women, while childcare is provided for their children under the age of two. ESL topics are tailored to the specific survival needs of women and families.

This internship is 10 hours a week for a minimum of 3 months. Interns must be available during class time 9:00am-11:30am Monday to Thursday.


  • Assist instructor in developing and implementing pre-literacy and literacy-level appropriate activities
  • Assist instructor in daily classroom activities, including one-on-one tutoring, leading small group practice, and teaching specific components of the curriculum
  • Support program activities by researching new curriculum content and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor
  • Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration
  • Support structure and schedule of program


  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-level ESOL classroom
  • Create curriculum, activities, and projects that are appropriate for a multi-level ESOL classroom
  • Promote a culturally inclusive and linguistically diverse classroom environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various models of ESOL instruction


  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Must be comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Experience working with refugees or immigrants preferred
  • Previous teaching experience a plus
  • Must be flexible and creative
  • Must have initiative and be able to work independently
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude

Internship Deadlines: Spring Dec 15, Summer Apr 15, Fall Jul 15

For more information or to apply, please contact Jessica Seales, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at

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2305 Parklake DriveSuite 100Atlanta, GA 30345






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 months

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