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Health Services Intern

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  • 44 people are interested

Apply for this position, with a cover letter and resume, using the IRC Online Application: https://rescueglobal.secure.force.com/volunteer/

The IRC's Fall 2021 Internship Program runs August 30-December 17, 2021

Application Deadline for Fall 2021 Internships is June 30, 2021

Health Services Intern

The Health Services Intern works in close coordination with the Health Program Coordinator, Health Aide, refugee clients, and local healthcare providers to coordinate and advocate for the healthcare and preventative health needs of refugee, SIV and asylee clients of the International Rescue Committee. Upon arrival to the United States, they face a new set of challenges to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and access important community health resources. Interns will gain experience networking with healthcare providers, coordinating client appointments, and working with multi-cultural individuals.

  • Number of intern positions available: 1
  • Time Commitment: 10+ hours per week (3 month minimum; 6 months preferred)
  • Duties:
    • Provide clients with transportation to refugee medical screening appointments
    • Help coordinate connections to primary care
    • Provide training to clients on how to use the bus/public transportation system to get to appointments
    • Serve as patient advocate, accompany clients to medical appointments, report follow-up referrals from providers, and record all activity as directed
    • Provide training to clients regarding making appointments, pharmacy services, and understanding how to access prescription and over-the-counter medications
    • Assist with referrals to specialist care when needed
    • Assistance with administrative tasks such as case filing, making phone calls, and data entry relevant to health services provided
    • Work closely with the Health Program Coordinator to build relationships with local health care actors to increase the availability of health resources for clients
    • Assist clients with finding health resources which best meet their needs, including implementing action plans tailored specifically to the health needs of individual clients with medical barriers
    • Reinforce clients' understanding of treatment instructions, medical service plans, and follow-up care
    • Provide in-home health education sessions to newly arrived refugee families
  • Preferred Skills:
    • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester commitment
    • Ability to speak another language a plus
  • Required Skills:
    • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to prioritize competing demands
    • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
    • Willingness to use the bus system to train clients on how to navigate to and from appointments
    • Ability to speak on the phone professionally with community providers
    • Driver's license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record required
    • Working knowledge of Excel
  • Learning Objectives:
The Health Services Intern will gain knowledge about Medicaid eligibility and benefits in Colorado, skills in creating partnerships with health actors in the community, and medical coordination/case management experience. The intern will also learn how refugee health works in Colorado, including appropriate reporting procedures. The intern will have the opportunity to work with refugee clients one-on-one and will learn how ot effectively deliver health education to refugee families.


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1873 S. Bellaire St., 5th Floor, Denver, CO 80222, US

Mission Statement

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in the U.S. and around the world to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster as they survive, recover and regain control of their future. We are one of the nine national resettlement agencies that partner with the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to provide services to refugees approved for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Health & Medicine
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Health & Medicine, Immigrants & Refugees


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1873 S. Bellaire St.5th FloorDenver, CO 80222



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  • Critical Thinking
  • Healthcare
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  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per week
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record required

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