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Central American Minor Program Intern

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Ethiopian Community Development Council

Central American Minors (CAM) Internship

Job Summary - Intern will work closely with the CAM program manager to complete applications for Central American minors to be admitted to the United States through the refugee program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Call clients to explain that the CAM program has re-started and assess whether they qualify
  • Complete applications for Central American minors through meetings with local applicant US ties
  • Communicate with Central American minors and their families about the process of applying to be admitted to the United States as a refugee
  • Participate in biweekly staff meetings
  • Manage client’s files and documents and track necessary services
  • Maintain open and direct communication with the program manager and other ECDC staff.
  • May include some case management and trouble-shooting (assisting with food stamps, Medicaid, medical appointments, housing, and other issues that may arise)
  • Assist the program manager and resettlement team with other tasks as directed
  • Lead outreach to local communities about the CAM Program and relay information about the program restarting in 2021

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

  • Current undergraduate, post-graduate or recent graduate required
  • Spanish proficiency required
  • 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
  • Use of personal computer and vehicle a plus
  • Intercultural communication skills and experience a plus
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment
  • 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 Central American Minor application process
  • 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
  • Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards

Time Requirements:

2 days/week.

To Apply: Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to volunteer@ecdcus.org.

This is an unpaid internship. Applications are considered on a first come, first served 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
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

901 South Highland StreetArlington, VA 22204

(38.863,-77.08894)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • 15 hours minimum

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