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Heartland Human Care Services - A Company of Heartland Alliance

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Heartland Human Care Services

Refugee & Immigrant Community Services

Vocational English Language Training Intern

Reports to: Manager, IVEST

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people living in poverty or in danger to improve their lives and realize their human rights. For more than 120 years, Heartland Alliance has provided hope, opportunity, and solutions--through both services and advocacy. Our work spans across four key areas [housing, health care, legal protections, and economic opportunity], creating paths from crisis to stability and on to success.

Heartland’s Refugee & Immigrant Community Services provides on-site English language training and vocational classes for refugees and asylees. RICS annually resettles more than 150 individuals in Chicago from places like Burma, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, & Uzbekistan. RICS serves an additional 500 refugees through a variety of services, including cultural orientation, adjustment counseling, employment, job-readiness and placement services, medical case management, family literacy, prevention education services, and after-school tutoring for children.

We are looking for an unpaid intern to serve in our Vocational English Language Training (VELT) Program.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Assisting teachers in ELT and Vocational English classes, including tutoring and/or teaching students.
  • Creating and implementing programs and activities for ELT and Vocational English students.
  • Mentoring ELT and Vocational English students.
  • Assisting with job-readiness training and employer outreach for ELT and Vocational English students.
  • Helping with other projects, reports, and administrative tasks as necessary.
  • Minimum of 16 hours per week availability, minimum three-month commitment.


  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Interest in working with refugees in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-ethnic environment.
  • Patience and flexibility.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Some knowledge of ESL and teaching or tutoring experience is helpful.
  • Language proficiency in one or more: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Polish, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, and Uzbek is preferred, but not required.

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About Heartland Human Care Services - A Company of Heartland Alliance


4411 N. Ravenswood and 5715 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60640, US

Mission Statement

To achieve freedom from want, fear, and injustice for people marginalized by poverty, displacement, or situations of vulnerability by developing and providing a continuum of services that meet basic needs, build strengths, safeguard human rights, and provide opportunities for positive change.


Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) is the human services partner of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a servicebased human rights organization that provides material assistance to meet basic human needs and other services and advocacy that foster empowerment, societal participation, and self-sufficiency. HHCS delivers a variety of services to newly-arrived refugees, asylees and immigrants through its Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS). RICS is comprised of a dedicated, multi-lingual and multi-cultural staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the refugee and immigrant fields.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees


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4411 N. Ravenswood5551 W. BelmontChicago, IL 60640







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