Public benefits specialist intern


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


405 Urban StreetSuite 400Lakewood, CO 80228


Public benefits specialist intern: Support the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) liaison and the casework team to ensure that clients are accessing appropriate public benefits available to them in a timely manner. Public benefits include TANF, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program), Low Income Energy Assistance Program and others.

Number of intern positions available: 2

Time commitment: 15 hours per week

  • Create and maintain a database of public benefits and eligibility criteria
  • Create and maintain relationships with community organizations
  • Connect clients to relevant public benefits and help them with the application process
  • Train clients on effective public benefit use
  • Help troubleshoot issues with access and eligibility, services and benefits
  • Identify areas where IRC can engage in advocacy to improve the public benefits system
  • Administrative task, including filing and data entry
  • Provide transportation for clients and assist with county interviews and/or picking up benefits card
  • Must be able to provide transportation in own vehicle for clients

General information

  • 3-4 month commitment. Hours per week varies by position
  • Hours must be completed during normal business hours (i.e. Monday-Friday between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm unless otherwise stated)
  • Enrollment in a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree program or pursuing a relevant career
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Must be reliable and willing to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be flexible and willing to help other teams and departments as needed
  • A willingness to learn about the diverse ethnic backgrounds of clients and adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies
  • Ability and willingness to drive clients to and from appointments and/or help teach clients to take public transportation
  • Proficiency in other languages, particularly Arabic, Somali, Farsi, Dari or Swahili highly desirable


  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Child Care
  • Administrative Support
  • Case Work / Management
  • Cross-cultural Communication

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hours per week

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