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Refugee Employment Internship- Virginia

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ORGANIZATION: Ethiopian Community Development Council

  • 7 people are interested

Refugee Employment Internship

Job Summary: Intern will assist Employment Specialists with employment development and job search and placement for recently-arrived refugees.

Key Responsibilities;

  • Conduct employment plan interviews with refugees (documentation of refugees’ education and work history)
  • Make referrals to English and employment training classes with partner agencies
  • Assist refugee community members with necessary skills for find and keeping a job (learning bus routes, filling out applications, practicing for job interviews.)
  • Search for job opportunities, attend job fairs with community members, establish relationships with employers
  • Help refugee community members apply for jobs (paper and online) and take them to job interviews
  • Follow up with employed community members and their employers to troubleshoot and ensure job retention
  • Basic administrative assistance: filing of paperwork and keeping case notes for each refugee
  • May include some case management trouble-shooting (assisting with food stamps, Medicaid, medical appointments, housing, and other issues that may arise)

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

  • Commitment to Mission: to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives through supportive networks of people, services, and community activities
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environments required
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and experience with employment development a plus
  • Use of personal computer and vehicle a plus.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment, refugee language capability a plus
  • 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 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
  • Understanding of refugee TANF systems
  • Knowledge of refugee benefits systems
  • Ability to navigate of social service systems
  • Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:

Minimum 2 days/week or 3-5 half days per week. This is an in-office role.

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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
Advocacy & Human Rights, Employment, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


901 South Highland StreetArlington, VA 22204



  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment Law
  • Case Work / Management
  • Immigration Law
  • Social Work




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2 days/week or 3-5 half days per week. This is an in-office role.

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