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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in San Jose, CA, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See below for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

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How to become an IRC volunteer

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in San Jose, CA, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See below for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our available service positions and any requirements for the positions you are interested in (e.g. time commitments, skills, etc.).

  2. Complete an online application with your resume and cover letter attached as a single PDF. To expedite the application process, fill in the “Interest and Questions” section as completely as possible.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for a phone screening.

  4. After an initial phone screening, you may be selected to complete an interview with IRC staff in your area of interest.

  5. After accepting a offer, complete an online background check. To protect our clients, volunteers and interns are asked to complete a background check. We ask for a contribution of $40.00 to offset its costs. All opportunities are contingent on the results of the background check. This step can add up to 30 days to the onboarding process, but is typically much faster.

  6. Once cleared, you will complete a general orientation and paperwork.

  7. Once you complete general orientation and submit the requested paperwork, you are ready to begin training. Welcome to our team!

Additional things to note

- You must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer or intern with the IRC and clear a background check.

- Most of our service opportunities take place during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and require a minimum time commitment. This ensures ample time for volunteers and interns to move beyond training and into meaningful work. Additionally, it provides stability for our clients as they can expect to work with the same individual(s) consistently. 

- For individuals whose schedules do not permit for a regular commitment, we have flexible opportunities (after normal business hours & weekends). Currently, these opportunities include various mentorship opportunities and Citizenship Workshops.

- Due to the high volume of interest, we are unable to respond to drop-in, phone, or email inquiries. If you'd like to be considered for a volunteer, intern, or mentorship position, please browse our available opportunities and submit a completed application.