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1210 S Bascom Ave, Suite 227San Jose, CA 95128



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. The 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 26U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26offices across the U.S. work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency, and ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing.


As one of the IRC’s 26 domestic offices, the San Jose office serves refugees, asylees, special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of human trafficking in Santa Clara County. Since opening in 1975, the San Jose office has resettled over 20,000 refugees, who in turn have helped to build a stronger community. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential case management and immigration services to immigrant families, providing them with the resources and tools to rebuild their lives with safety and dignity.


Interns with work closely with the Employment team to secure jobs for newly arrived refugees, victims of human trafficking, and asylees. Interns will work with IRC clients to develop resumes, practice interview skills, and apply to open job postings. This internship allows candidates the opportunity to work closely with refugee clients and help them on a one-on-one basis.


10 - 20 hours per week for three months, with a courtesy notice of at least two weeks prior to leaving the organization. Hours can be completed during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 12 pm.

This internship is unpaid.


  • Work with refugees to help: create a resume, teach job search techniques, fill out applications, and practice interviewing.
  • Mentor refugees on US workplace culture and how to be a successful employee
  • Teach clients how to use public transportation to get to their new job and home
  • Research potential employers/businesses that could hire our refugee clients
  • Complete individualized budgeting session with refugees to teach them how to manage income and expenses
  • Manage clients and volunteers working in IRC’s Employment Center.


  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or less than two year out of school
  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
  • Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and with supervisors)
  • Possess a great attention to detail and be truly organized
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office.
  • An interest in international and refugee issues; prior experience with a multicultural setting a plus
  • Personal experience with finding, attaining, and keeping paid employment (restaurant, retail, warehouse, etc.)
  • Computer literacy with PC systems
  • Familiarity with job-search/employment-related functions
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Reliable transportation and good driving record
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects


  • Intern will have the chance to expand their own network of local area business, employers and organizations while learning best practices on outreach opportunities.
  • The intern will also gain familiarity in cross-cultural training techniques, skills development and many other useful resources for career development.
  • The intern will learn about the challenges faced by new arrivals in the US.

Proficiency in one of the following languages is highly desirable but not required: Arabic, Farsi, Spanish or Tigrinya.

This position reports to the Employment Program Coordinator


Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document, titled "Employment Program Internship" to the volunteer coordinator at volunteerSJ@rescue.org

* Cover letters should clearly state your time availability, which includes 1) specific projected start and end dates, 2) the number of hours you are available each week, and 3) the days and times in which you are available.


  • Mentoring
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Career Counseling / Coaching

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-20 hrs per week; 3 month committment.
  • Available 9am-12pm Monday - Friday

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