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Refugee Resettlement Internship - Maryland

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Ethiopian Community Development Council

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Job Summary: The Refugee Reception and Placement Intern will assist case managers in all resettlement activities, systems navigation, and access to benefits for recently- arrived refugees in Maryland. This is an in-person internship.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Prepare for refugee arrival, assist in setting up apartments for newly arriving refugees
  • Provide assistance to case managers in meeting clients at the airport when they first arrive and transport them to their new home
  • Assist R&P case manager with the maintenance of case files
  • Assist with conducting cultural orientations
  • Perform orientations on safety, health, and hygiene
  • Assist clients to get services from local social service offices and public assistance
  • Assist and accompany clients to various appointments including but not limited to: employment, medical appointments, school enrollments, immunization appointments, ESL class enrollments
  • Show clients how to use public transportation
  • Assist with other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • College degree or perusing an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, social work, law/justice, human rights, or related field required
  • Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and process unexpected tasks and deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English is preferable
  • Having a personal car or access to a car is highly desirable

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
  • Knowledge of refugee benefits systems
  • Ability to navigate social service systems
  • Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:

Flexible, but at least 2 full days a week or 3-4 half days.

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

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council

Location:

8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia

Description

ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.

Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:

  • Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
  • Basic home furnishings
  • Enrollment in ESL classes
  • Setting up medical and social security appointments
  • School enrollment for the children
  • Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level
Advocacy & Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees
International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800Silver Spring, MD 20910

(38.9911,-77.02608)
 

SKILLS

  • Case Work / Management
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible, but at least 2 full days a week or 3-4 half days. 

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