This is an unpaid internship.
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee of Baltimore is a non-profit, non-sectarian refugee resettlement agency dedicated to working together with legally admitted refugees to assist them in rebuilding lives and reuniting families in the greater Baltimore area. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential resettlement services to refugee families including basic necessities, education, employment, social services and advocacy.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Public Health Program at the IRC operates with the overall goal of maximizing public health awareness, access, and advocacy for all refugee and asylee clients. Significant portions of the newly arrived refugees and asylees population are considered medically vulnerable, and suffer from serious conditions that are worsened by living conditions overseas and further exacerbated by systemic barriers to accessing healthcare and social services upon arrival to the U.S. The New Roots program at IRC is an initiative to support nutrition, food security, gardening, enterprise, and production activities within the US network of IRC offices so that resettled refugees are empowered to be self-sufficient and lead healthy lives.
The New Roots Intern would work with the New Roots Specialist to create and implement nutrition-focused health education initiatives, primarily working with the Maryland Farmers Market Association and Real Food Farm’s Mobile Market to implement and expand a SNAP match grant program. The New Roots Intern would also help establish increased access to locally grown and healthy food, strengthen communal and organizational partnerships focused on food security, and work to increase the overall health of our community.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Support development of New Roots initiative in Baltimore through collaboration with IRC staff.
- Data collections and survey collection at farmers markets throughout the season.
- Maintenance of 3 community gardens plus demonstration plot
- Development and implementation of educational workshops, events, and meetings
- Research: potential partnerships/resources, pest management, land expansion
- Data collection: Demographic analyses, surveys, garden production
This position has a lot of flexibility for interns to implement projects based on interests, if it benefits the clients and fits into the basic plan for New Roots Program expansion.
- Learn about the local food system in the Baltimore metro area, including resources focused on nutrition and food security.
- Learn how to increase clients’ access to nutritional education and community resources.
- Learn how to create/adapt culturally appropriate educational resources and services for clients.
- Interest and experience in public health and displaced/immigrant/refugee populations.
- Experience or demonstrated interest in nutrition, food security issues, gardening, agriculture, and/or public health, preferably in a multicultural context.
- Organized with great attention to detail and great flexibility.
- Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects and ability to work independently.
- Strong writing and editing skills, specifically in developing print and visual training materials. Experience with computer-based interactive training tools a plus.
- Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and proficient in a graphic design.
- A car/driver’s license is preferable
- GIS and/or AutoCAD experience is a plus
- Proficiency in a foreign language, including Arabic, Tigrinya, Burmese, Chin, or Nepali is a plus
- Fall and Spring interns are required to work at least 10-15 hours per week, Monday through Saturday, for a minimum of 12 weeks
- Summer interns are required to work at least 25 hours per week, Monday through Saturday, for a minimum of 12 weeks
Please apply using our online system. You can also prioritize your application by sending your resume, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references directly to Taylor Jenkins, Volunteer Coordinator ( email@example.com ) and Maeve Bassett, New Roots Specialist ( firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information listed in the cover letter:
- Internship(s) for which you wish to be considered (please provide a ranking of desired internships if you wish to be considered for multiple opportunities)
- Projected start/end date (noting that we have a 3-month minimum for our internships)
- Days and number of hours of availability during the work week (for example: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm)
- Whether or not you would have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive with the refugees and asylees we serve to access social services