Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides a continuum of services including intensive case management, employment and economic empowerment services, immigration assistance, health and wellness programming, and education support to refugee and immigrant families in Washington State. IRC Seattle is committed to providing trauma-informed, equitable, and accessible services and maintaining and evolving a diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace.
IRC Seattle’s Economic Empowerment Department supports refugees and immigrants in securing entry-level employment, developing career pathways, learning basic financial management skills, and starting small businesses. The Financial Capabilities Program, within Economic Empowerment, includes financial literacy, financial coaching, and microenterprise development
Scope of Internship: Under the supervision of the Economic Empowerment Financial Literacy Associate, the Financial Literacy Intern will support the development of IRC Seattle’s new Financial Literacy program. The goal of the Financial Literacy program is to encourage financial independence and self-sufficiency among refugees and vulnerable immigrants by increasing their understanding of responsible financial planning in the United States. In response to COVID-19, the financial literacy program is offering most financial education resources remotely. Therefore, this intern will support building out easily accessible educational resources for clients on a variety of financial topics including budgeting, banking, credit, taxes, and more.
Location: Primarily remote, there may be some travel required to the IRC Office which is located at 1200 S 192nd St, Suite 101, SeaTac, WA 98148
Time Committment: Minimum 10 hours per week, 15-30 hours preferred. Flexible schedule and can be outside of IRC business hours but would prefer during business hours (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM). Prefer a 3-month commitment. Position begins mid-May to early June.
Essential Position Functions:
- Research, develop, and curate relevant and culturally sensitive financial literacy lesson plans for a variety of audiences including newly arrived refugees who are English learners or English is not their first language, undocumented immigrants, survivors of sexual assault, more established low-income populations, and youth.
- Create lesson plans through different forms of media and visuals including presentations, flyers, and videos, with a particular emphasis on video production.
- Conduct outreach to clients to share financial literacy resources and refer them to other Economic Empowerment programs.
- Conduct outreach to organizations and community groups to connect more people to financial literacy resources.
- Video editing and communications skills and experience.
- Strong organizational skills with focus on details.
- Experience working with ESL individuals and/or multicultural environments.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust communication styles to be clear and persuasive with different audiences and cultures.
- Must be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed.
- Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies and a deep commitment to IRC’s core values and the ability to model and communicate those values to IRC staff, clients, and partners.
- Preferred translation/interpretation experience
- Preferred but not required: financial background
- Preferred but not required: fluent in Dari or Pashto
Reports to: Economic Empowerment
Updated: March 2022
Please note, all interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is an unpaid internship.
1. Please email VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org with a resume and cover letter
2. Please fill out our internship/volunteer application
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