Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 26 U.S. cities each year through housing assistance, case management and referral services, job readiness and placement, English language training, community and cultural orientation, health and wellness programs, immigration services and other community integration activities.
The Youth Futures Summer Program is an intensive opportunity for newcomer students from refugee and immigrant backgrounds to gain leadership skills, become oriented to the educational opportunities here in the US, and build a foundation of understanding prior to the start of their academic year. Topics are geared towards supporting students in building their capacity to pursue future of opportunity as defined by them and include College and Career Exploration, Financial Literacy as well as other graduation requirements outlined in WA State’s High School and Beyond Plan. Regardless of where students may be at, this culturally responsive program aims to build students’ confidence in themselves, build positive relationships among peers and welcoming adults, create an inclusive space for youth to explore different parts of their identities, as well as support youth in recognizing their strengths as navigate an often confusing transition to the US.
Location: Intern can work remotely, with some possibility for in-person support. Office and programs are located in South King County, WA area (outside of Seattle, WA). Applicants located in the Pacific or Mountain Time Zone preferred.
Time Committment: 20 hours/week. This position requires a consistent schedule. Tentative schedule is 8-11am / 1-3pm Pacific Time, with some flexibility. Minimum three-month commitment.
Scope of Internship: The Youth Futures Summer Program Assistant will be responsible for co-facilitating the program geared towards newcomer High School students, supporting with engagement pre and post sessions, supporting with administrative tasks, outreaching to families, and ensuring that program materials are prepped. This will be with the support of the Youth Program Coordinator. Successful candidates will have experience in youth development and youth driven spaces, be enthusiastic about strategizing around communications, creatively engaging with families, informally capturing student need and voice in the process.
- Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and able to creatively work with multilingual students who are English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience is a definite plus.
- Strong applicants will have experience in youth development, an interest in student engagement strategies, and be flexibility, persistent, proactive, and an effective communicator
- Previous experience working with youth and families; understanding of basic school systems desired.
- Interns must have reliable internet, phone service and laptop; Must feel comfortable working independently, while working alongside a team.
- Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in languages spoken by youth arriving as refugees helpful, but not required.
- Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
- Please note, all interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is an unpaid internship.
Reports to: Youth Program Coordinator, Secondary
Updated: February 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 an internship application
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