BACKGROUND: 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 24 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 27,000 refugees from 67 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 250 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees, immigrants and asylees.
SCOPE OF WORK:
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.
· Work with clients to create a personal budget and provide strategies for budget improvements
· Work with clients to complete a detailed financial assessment of their household
· Assist the Financial Coach in resolving clients’ financial challenges
· Assist the Financial Coach in helping clients apply for IRC credit-building loans, education loans, and auto loans
· Make appropriate referrals to external personal finance professionals, as appropriate
· Support the IRC’s in-house tax preparation services by scheduling appointments of clients and interpreters, scheduling volunteer tax preparers, and other logistical support as needed
· Provide general administrative and clerical support, including data entry and filing
· Strong interest in working with international clients
· Proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences
· Excellent communication and organization skills
· Ability to work independently
· Computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs and internet research
· Enthusiasm for helping people to learn and demonstrated professionalism
· Interns must be able to work at least 15 hours a week for at least three months
· Must have a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
For more information, please contact VolunteerATL@Rescue.org. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta. Interviews are currently being held virtually