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Family Mentor Intern - Summer 2020

Closing date


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


The Family Mentor Program helps newly arrived refugees feel more comfortable in the United States by connecting them to mentors from the local community. Mentors help mentees practice English, socialize with others, and integrate into the community through weekly visits. The Family Mentor team provides support for mentors and mentees during their six month commitment and monitors the mentee’s improvement throughout the program.


  • Administer surveys to track mentee’s progress during the mentorship.
  • Conduct intake interviews and create profiles used for matching mentors with mentees.
  • Facilitate introductory meetings between mentors and mentees to discuss goals and objectives.
  • Provide mentors resources on upcoming events and suggested activities, propose new ideas for mentor-mentee engagement.


  • Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of programs available for refugees and asylees during their resettlement period.
  • Intern will learn to communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Intern will learn reporting requirements for resettlement agencies and how to capture data to improve services.


  • Minimum commitment of three months and at least 15 hours per week. Availability for some weeknights and weekends preferred.
  • Passionate about immigration, refugees and serving others.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply


Use this link to apply: Please attach a resume, cover letter and list of (at least) three references to your application. This position is filled on a rolling basis.

This position is for the summer semester and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months and 15 hours per week.

We currently offer internships during the following semesters:

  • Spring: January – May
  • Summer: May – August
  • Fall: September – December

Internships are typically posted 2-3 months prior to the anticipated start date.

Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution.

*Candidates applying who are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or are outside 12 months of their graduation are welcome to apply. These candidates 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 $30 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 87% 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.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.