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Cultural Orientation Intern

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Ethiopian Community Development Council

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Job Description

With oversight from the Resettlement Supervisor and other resettlement staff, the Cultural Orientation Intern will assist case management staff in providing cultural orientation, an intensive social adjustment course for all newly arrived refugees, which focuses on essential information for new Americans through content-based instruction. The class aims to familiarize students with their new environment and prepare them for the daily challenges of living as part of the DC Metro area community. Intern will support timely coordination and scheduling of classes in collaboration with colleagues, assist with program and data management, and teach as needed using ECDC's curriculum.

COMMITMENT: at least 14 hours per week


  • Coordinate Cultural Orientation (CO) classes for refugee adult clients within the 90-day service period, including scheduling, delivery, and classroom setup and preparation.
  • Coordinate and schedule with clients, caseworkers, interns, interpreters, and community partners on orientations, trainings, enrollments, and appointments
  • Teach cultural orientation workshops (2-3 hours each) using ECDC's curriculum and materials
  • Complete post-CO Assessments for adult clients to assess client comprehension
  • Track completion and document delivery of all services by entering case notes in a timely fashion and filing necessary documentation within requisite systems
  • Attend training and regular meetings with the the R&P and PC staff teams
Learning Objectives
  • Intern will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services
  • Intern will develop problem-solving and client services skills
  • Intern will get hands-on experience working with refugee populations soon after they arrive in the US


  • Undergraduate level studies in education, social sciences, international relations/studies or a related field.
  • Display sensitivity & respect to cultural & personality differences, beliefs and values of refugee clients.
  • Knowledge of student-centered teaching strategies and adult learning principles
  • Ability to work independently and with high attention to detail
  • Competency in Microsoft Office, data tracking, and file management
  • Exceptional communication skills, in remote or in-person environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Adhere to ECDC policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and client privacy.
This is an unpaid internship position.

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to volunteer@ecdcus.org with the subject line Cultural Orientation Intern.

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council


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


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


We'll work with your schedule.


901 S Highland Street, 4th Floor, Arlington, VA 2Arlington, VA 22204



  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Social Work




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  • We would like the intern to be available two days per week, but we can discuss your schedule

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