Economic Empowerment Intern


Cause Areas


Tue Mar 20, 2018 - Tue Oct 30, 2018


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 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices 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.


For IRC clients to be become fully self-sufficient, they must be taught how to obtain gainful employment as well as financial literacy. Economic Empowerment Interns will work in a team to conduct outreach and enroll clients; organize and facilitate workshops on financial literacy; and assist IRC staff with case management.

This position reports to the Saving Together IDA Program Specialist.


Minimum 15 hours per week for 3 months, with a courtesy notice of at least 2 weeks prior to leaving the organization. Hours can be completed Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This internship is unpaid.


  • Contact previous IRC clients and conduct phone-screening for program eligibility.
  • Outreach to agencies, policy groups, and other entities that may be of assistance.
  • Conduct intake and enrollment appointments with new clients.
  • Create and revise financial literacy curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor financial literacy classes.
  • Coordinate clients to assigned classes and track attendance.
  • Provide one on one assistance to enrolled clients as needed.
  • Track program status of active clients and provide case management services as needed.


  • Extensive background or previous study and interest in human rights, forced migration, and/or human trafficking
  • Current undergrad, graduate student or recently graduated student.
  • Experience with teaching adults with limited English proficiency or from low income and diverse backgrounds preferred.
  • Financial literacy knowledge preferred.
  • Proficient computer use such as MS Office and Windows.
  • Comfort with outreaching to clients on the phone and in person.


  • Interns will learn how to effectively teach and educate adults from low income and diverse backgrounds.
  • Student will gain knowledge on employment and workforce training programs.
  • Student will learn about IRC’s services to refugees from many different backgrounds and how best to assist them in their resettlement in the US.


Complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter in a single PDF file to the application. Please tailor your cover letter to the position to which you are applying and include the following:

  • Up to 3 positions of interest, ranked in order of preference
  • Time availability for your internship, i.e. the number of hours you are available each week, specific days and times, and your anticipated start and end dates for interning
  • Immediate interview availability, if different from internship availability
  • Any requirements for filing your internship for school credit, e.g. total number of hours to be completed or filing deadline

For more information on the application process and timeline, visit our internships page.


  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 15 hours per week for 3 months

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