Refugee Employment Intern - Virginia


Cause Areas


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


901 South Highland StreetArlington, VA 22204


Job Summary: Intern will assist Employment Specialists with employment development and job search and placement for recently-arrived refugees.

Key Responsibilities;

  • Conduct employment plan interviews with refugees (documentation of refugees’ education and work history)
  • Make referrals to English and employment training classes with partner agencies
  • Assist refugee community members with necessary skills for find and keeping a job (learning bus routes, filling out applications, practicing for job interviews.)
  • Search for job opportunities, attend job fairs with community members, establish relationships with employers
  • Help refugee community members apply for jobs (paper and online) and take them to job interviews
  • Follow up with employed community members and their employers to trouble-shoot and ensure job retention
  • Basic administrative assistance: filing of paperwork and keeping case notes for each refugee
  • May include some case management trouble-shooting (assisting with food stamps, Medicaid, medical appointments, housing, and other issues that may arise)

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Present by Internship Completion or Before):

  • Commitment to mission: to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives through supportive networks of people, services and community activities
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and experience with employment development a plus
  • Use of personal computer and vehicle a plus.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment, refugee language capability a plus
  • Knowledgeable about and sensitive to the experiences of refugees and immigrants
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite). Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet use
  • Background check and clean DMV record

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the timelines and processes refugees go through from arrival-5 years.
  • Increased intercultural communication competency
  • Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
  • Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
  • Experience working with limited English proficiency populations
  • Understanding of refugee TANF systems
  • Knowledge of refugee benefits systems
  • Ability to navigate of social service systems
  • Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:

Minimum 2 days/week

Applications are considered on a first come, first served rolling basis.


  • Mentoring
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Case Work / Management
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum 16 hours/2 days per week

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