Community Engagement Intern - Fall 2019

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International Rescue Committee

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Community Engagement Intern


DURATION: 4-6months Hours: 15-30 hours per week minimum


The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. As one of the IRC’s 24 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 1979, the San Jose office has resettled over 24,000 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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Volunteer & Donations Program is responsible for recruiting and leveraging volunteer resources to support in the delivery of the organization's programs and services. The program serves as the main contact for capitalizing and managing external interest in IRC San Jose. The Volunteer & Donations program is responsible for designing effective volunteer opportunities to support core IRC programming. The Volunteer & Donations program is responsible for the procurement, management, delivery of and attaining goals of 'in-kind’ contributions. IRC’s different programming relies on the in-kind donations from its community of supporters.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Community Engagement Intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and be the main point of contact for community members who reach out to support the IRC with Volunteering, In-Kind Donations, or request for information about the populations we serve. The intern will assist with over 100 volunteers each year to recruit, train, and support volunteers. The intern will facilitate intake of donations, prepare and deliver items to be given to newly arrived refugees and work with caseworkers to identify refugee needs. Additionally, the intern will work with local communities to gather donations as well as record the monetary value of each item given away. Every intern will work on a project developed with staff that will benefit the IRC program, clients, and/or organization while providing an opportunity for the intern to practice skills and gain deeper knowledge relevant to their educational and/or career goals.

This position reports to the Volunteer & Donations Coordinator

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Work-related driving would be reimbursed.
  • Internships are available for current college students, graduate students, and graduates less than 2 years post-graduation. Course credit is available if the student submits the appropriate paperwork to the Volunteer Coordinator.


  • 15 hours per week for a minimum of 4-6 months, with a courtesy notice of 2 weeks prior to leaving the organization.
  • Hours can be completed during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • IRC is committed to working with student schedules. We will accommodate time off necessary for midterms and school holidays, and altering weekly schedules to adapt to changing class schedules.


  • External: conduct volunteer orientations; write and distribute the Volunteer & Intern e-newsletter; solicit in-kind donations from current and prospective donors.
  • Internal: update volunteer and internship opportunities on the website; manage correspondence with interested volunteers & community members; maintain relationships with program staff to stay current on program needs.
  • Program Management: Orient new volunteers on their first day of arrival; update volunteer handbook; research potential donors or organizations that would be willing to provide in-kind support for the IRC.
  • Logistical Support: register new volunteers with the IRC; send out background checks; enter and maintain volunteer contact list; update volunteer picture/info board; coordinate all incoming donations and assist Caseworkers in distributing all donations.
  • Administrative Support: Monitor and track all in-kind donations; create donation records for gift cards and bundle kits that are contributed by the community.
  • Event Planning: plan unique volunteer appreciation events.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop, complete, and present a project (TBD) that benefits the program and program clients and/ or staff.


We require that candidates have the following qualities:

  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or less than one year of school.
  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness.
  • Excellent interpersonal relations skills: the ability to work effectively with partners, donors, colleagues in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines.
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including outlook, word and excel. Experience using donor acknowledgment software preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethics and confidentiality related to fundraising.
  • Enjoys working with people and is comfortable with speaking in front of groups


  • Energetic and Friendly
  • Enjoys working with people and is comfortable with public speaking


Interns will gain firsthand experience on how to run and manage a broad volunteer support program, an in-demand and growing field in the nonprofit sector. This is a professional experience as IRC interns are seen and utilized as an extension of IRC staff. Interns leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career.


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. the total number of hours to be completed or filing deadline

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

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About International Rescue Committee


1210 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 227, San Jose, CA 95128, US

Mission Statement

Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.


The International Rescue Committee is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by conflict and oppression. At work in over 40 countries and 23 U.S. cities, the IRC helps people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.

In Northern California, the IRC provides clients with initial resettlement help, vocational English language classes, job placement assistance, and immigration services, and volunteers are needed across these areas to help deliver programming and ensure the effective management of our office.


Tue Aug 20, 2019 - Tue Dec 31, 2019


1210 S Bascome Ave227San JoseSan Jose, CA 95128



  • Public Relations
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • 15+ hrs per week

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