Background: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The Suburban Washington Refugee Center, where the IRC’s Silver Spring resettlement office is located, has resettled more than 2,000 new refugee arrivals, providing them a fresh start and opportunities to use their greatest resources—their motivation, their skills and their experiences—to become independent and self-sufficient new Americans. Currently, the IRC Silver Spring resettles and/or provides assistance to over 700 refugees and asylees each year.
Scope of work: The Volunteer & External Relations (VER) Intern will assist the Volunteer & External Relations Coordinator (VC) in planning and implementing IRC’s work with volunteers, interns, supporters and the general public. The VER Intern will help build a diverse base of volunteers and supporters and assist the VC in maintaining and updating database records. The work performed will require at least 15-30 hours per week (Monday – Friday), including on-site and planning time, and may also involve assisting with coordinating off-site volunteers, if needed.
- Identify professional development opportunities for interns
- Maintain individual files and an office-wide database on all volunteers and interns, ensuring all required documentation is complete, accurate and on file
- Record and report all volunteer time and keep accurate, appropriately documented electronic records of service time;
- Host volunteer and intern appreciation events
- Hold regular check-in meetings with volunteers and interns
- Respond to volunteer inquiries swiftly and keep volunteers informed about news and events using the Volunteer Facebook page and emails
- Work collaboratively with Suburban Washington Resettlement (SWRC) partners to maximize efforts of IRC interns and volunteers
- Develop content for monthly IRC newsletter in accordance with HQ guidelines and deadlines
- Maintain IRC Silver Spring Facebook pages through regular posting of new content and daily monitoring and responding. Develops campaigns for social media with fundraising goals and educational components
- Raise awareness about refugee resettlement and recruit volunteers and interns through participation in outreach events at colleges and universities
- Coordinate events (i.e., Open House, Thanksgiving, World Refugee Day)
- Solicit and manage donations
- Intern will learn to plan and coordinate event details
- Intern will learn to use social media to promote a charitable cause
- Intern will learn to write compelling stories to highlight a charitable cause and its beneficiaries
- Intern will learn to cultivate, manage and maintain strategic partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and government
- Intern will learn to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse cultures
- Intern will learn to conduct presentations for targeted audiences
- All applicants must be current students or recent graduates (within 12 months of school)*
- Enthusiasm and patience in working with (and often teaching) volunteers
- Competent computer skills and proficiency in Excel
- Outstanding writing, communication, editing and proofreading skills
- Ability to be flexible based on needs
- Knowledge and experience managing social media accounts (i.e., Facebook fanpage)
- Ability to collaborate effectively
- Ability to solve problems independently and creatively
- Comfortable working in a multi-cultural environment; international experience and knowledge of refugee issues a plus
- Preferred candidates will be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited curriculum of study in Public Policy, Public Relations, Communications, or related field
This position is for the spring of 2017 and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references with your application by January 15th, 2017.
Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution.
*Candidates applying not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or not within 12 months of graduation will be processed as volunteers.
To protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We ask that you make a $40 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients. Instructions will be provided after you have been selected to intern or volunteer.