LOCATION: New York, NY
DATES: September 8th – Dec 15th
DURATION: 3 months
POSITION REPORTS TO: Immigration Supervisor and other immigration staff
In-person position (NYC) ***
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 28 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The Immigration Intern will assist immigration staff in providing direct legal services such as adjustment of status, citizenship, and family reunification to refugees, asylees, and other immigrants. (S)he will work closely with immigration staff to provide follow-up communication to clients. The intern will also perform a series of clerical and administrative duties to ensure client files are kept up to date.
- Assist immigration staff in providing direct legal services to clients.
- Perform research to connect clients to services including food pantries, mental health services, and more.
- Assist staff with the sorting and filing of documents and case files.
- Adhere to IRC policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and client privacy.
- Display sensitivity to cultural and personality differences of clients. Respect their beliefs and values.
- Perform follow-up communication with clients, inform them about the status of their cases, and explain processing delays. Prepare change of address forms with USCIS (The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) as needed.
- Provide translation and interpretation when necessary.
- Other related duties as assigned.
- Student will learn about U.S. immigration law
- Student will develop problem solving and client services skills
- Student will learn how to manage client cases within established deadlines
- Undergraduate level studies in social sciences, international relations or a related field.
- Spanish or French fluency required. Proficiency in another language (especially Russian, Arabic, Pashto, or Urdu) is a plus.
- Strong desire to help immigrants in New York.
- Ability to work independently, exercise good judgement, and have high attention to detail.
- Competency in Microsoft Office, data tracking, and file management.
- Effective communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
- Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude.
- Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
- Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
Check with your school’s Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting the hiring offer to determine if this position satisfies the criteria for receiving academic credit.