Cultural Orientation Education Intern Summer 2019

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International Rescue Committee in Atlanta

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BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (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 28 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 27,000 refugees from 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 1,000 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees and asylees.

SCOPE OF CO EDUCATION INTERN WORK: The CO Education Intern assists newly arrived refugee clients gain an understanding of rights and responsibilities under refugee status and general systems that they will need to navigate in their community. Cultural Orientation is one required service for newly arrived families, is delivered through interpreters, and includes the following topics: Your New Community; The Role of the Resettlement Agency; Public Assistance; Refugee Status; U.S. Laws; Housing; Public Transportation; Safety; Cultural Adjustment; Hygiene; Health; Employment; Budgeting and Personal Finance; English and Education Services. The intern will work closely with staff instructors to assist with delivery of this information, based on existing resources and curriculum. The intern may also accompany newly arrived families in out-of-the-office orientations such as public transportation (MARTA) orientation and orientations on accessing other services. All of this work requires an intern to be effective in a multi-language and culturally diverse classroom, working closely with IRC staff and interpreters.


  • Assist instructor in developing and implementing Cultural Orientation curriculum activities.
  • Assist instructor in daily classroom activities including teaching specific components of the curriculum.
  • Support program activities by researching new curriculum content and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor.
  • Support and assist with general program improvements, specifically in the gap between education best practices and the day-to-day classroom operations.
  • Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong interest in working with international clients in a cross-cultural environment.
  • International experience and previous teaching experience a plus.
  • Ability to take initiative and be able to work independently, be flexible and creative.
  • Enthusiasm for helping people learn.

The CO program is held Monday through Friday, between 9am and 12pm, with opportunities for lesson planning and administrative work before, throughout, and afterwards. Interns in this position can also assist in ESL classes during the week. Interns must be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week.

For more information or to apply, please contact Duncan de la Feld, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at

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  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • At least 15 hours per week for at least 3 months

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