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Thank you for your interest in the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta’s Internship Program. Our interns come from schools across the nation and world and make vital contributions to the IRC in Atlanta’s work. In turn, the IRC in Atlanta provides an essential learning experience that serves as a foundation for interns to gain real-life experience and attain proficient skills in various fields. Our internships require a commitment of at least 15 hours a week for three months and are unpaid. You can see our available internship opportunities below.

To Apply:

To apply for an internship, please submit an online application via our careers page here.

On IRC's Careers page, you will then be able to view all open internship positions and filter based on your preferred location. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis each semester and will close once the candidate has been selected. Interviews for selected candidates are currently being conducted virtually. 

Internships here are organized in semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer (please note, it is certainly possible to serve as an intern for more than one semester). The deadline to apply varies by semester, so please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for specifics. We typically get a large number of applicants, so we encourage interested candidates to apply early. It is also important that if your school or internship program/sponsor has specific deadlines that you include those.  We can be flexible with our application process, but we will have to know in advance if you need an early acceptance notification.

Following the interviews and to protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We will ask that you make a $51 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.

Thank you, in advance, for applying online for an internship with us here!


Available internship positions (by department):


Resettlement Services Internship

  • The Resettlement Services Intern works closely with the case managers through all stages of resettlement service to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and Georgia ID cards and linking refugees to internal and mainstream services

Social Adjustment Internship

  • The Social Adjustment Interns assist refugees and asylees who have been in the United States over six months with addressing their needs through community referrals, navigating social services and more

Intensive Case Management Internship

  • The Intern assists refugees and asylees who have special needs through intakes, referrals, scheduling and educating on the U.S. healthcare system


Education and Learning

Virtual English as a Second Language Instruction Internship

  • The ESL Education Intern assists newly-arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse ESL classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills 


Youth Education

Youth Futures Internship

  • The Intern addresses specific social and academic needs surrounding refugee and asylee youth through an after-school program and summer camp 

Connect to Success Program Internship

  • The Connect2Sucess Intern assists in providing holistic support to out-of-school refugee and immigrant youth to help them meet their educational and career goals   

New Roots Internship

  • The New Roots Intern focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new homes through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening 

Food Security Internship

  • This intern supports the promotion of the Food Secure Resettlement strategy within the IRC office to provide resources to clients around healthy eating and food access 


Economic Empowerment

Employment Casework Internship

  • The Employment Casework intern works with the IRC in Atlanta’s Employment Specialists to find employment for every eligible adult client

Employment Administration Internship

  • The Refugee Employment Administrative intern provides administrative and clerical support to the IRC  Atlanta’s Employment team as they work to find employment for adult refugee job seekers. 

Career Development Internship

  • The Career Development intern assists clients in advancing their careers after resettlement with career counseling, enrollment in post-secondary and recertification programs and advanced job placement

Individual Development Accounts Internship

  • The Refugee Individual Development Account (IDA) intern reports directly to the IDA Program Coordinator and supports efforts under the IRC’s IDA Program. The IDA Program, a program within the Economic Empowerment Department, is a match-saving program in which applicants, upon completion of all requirements, receive matching funds on their savings for specific asset-building goals including home and auto purchases, educational opportunities, and small business growth.

Financial Coaching Internship

  • The Financial Coaching Intern reports directly to the IRC’s Financial Coach and supports efforts under IRC’s Financial Capabilities program. Financial Capabilities, a program within the Economic Empowerment Department, provides clients with the knowledge and tools needed to gain an economic foothold in the U.S. through financial literacy workshops, one-on-one financial counseling and goal setting, budget planning, tax preparation and connecting clients with community financial resources.

Microenterprise Development Internship

  • The Refugee Microenterprise Development intern reports directly to the Microenterprise Development Coordinator and supports efforts under the IRC’s Microenterprise Development program. Microenterprise Development, a program within the Economic Empowerment Department, provides refugees currently in business or seeking to start businesses with opportunities for business training, one-on-one business technical assistance, and assistance with access to credit and capital.


Community Integration

Immigration Administration Program Internship

  • The Immigration Administration Intern provides administrative support to Immigration Services staff for correspondence with USCIS, file preparation and filing immigration applications 

Immigration Associate Internship

  • Immigration Caseworker Assistant Intern assists with conducting intake and needs assessments for immigration services, submitting case inquiries to USCIS, and organizing citizenship workshops 


Resource Development

Fundraising Internship

  • This internship works with the Development Coordinator and Development Manager to establish connections with the community to enhance the IRC in Atlanta’s ability to meet refugee client needs 

Communications Internship

  • The Communications Intern works with the Communications and External Relations Manager to establish connections with the community and advocate for the IRC through presentations, correspondence, and online presence. 

Volunteer and Grant Coordination Internship

  • The Volunteer Coordination Intern maintains communication with volunteers through recruitment and orientation, helps organize events, and assists in representing the IRC at career and internship fairs. As needed, this intern will also work with IRC's Development Coordinator to conduct grant research and assist with proposal development. 


Finance and Administration

Administration and Reception Internship

  • The Administration Intern assists the Administration Department with facilities management, IT support, human resources, reception and other maintenance of office operations 

Administration and Operations Internship

  • The Compliance and Data Intern works with Grant Compliance and Data Coordinator to provide analysis, evaluation and oversight to ensure compliance within the IRC Atlanta office 


Have questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerATL [at] Rescue.org (subject: Internship%20question) .