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 26 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 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 1,000 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Refugee Individual Development Account (IDA) intern reports directly to the IDA Program Coordinator and supports efforts under the IRC’s IDA Program. The IDA Program, a program within the Economic Empowerment Department, is match-saving program in which applicants, upon completion of all requirements, receive matching funds on their savings for specific asset-building goals including home and auto purchases, educational opportunities, and small business growth.
· Assist the IDA Program Coordinator with program recruitment efforts by developing and distributing flyers and brochures, and engaging with local community organizations
· Conduct research on outreach and growing the IDA Program’s applicant pool
· Conduct pre-screenings and assist clients with all steps and submissions required prior to enrollment
· Develop case files for all new program clients
· Enter data into the program’s information data systems and internal tracking systems
· Provide general administrative support and maintain accurate records of IDA Program activities
· Conduct initial and closing CFAs (family budgets) with clients entering and exiting the IDA Program
· Collaborate with Career Development and Microenterprise Development interns on potential shared clients
· Engage with youth enrolled in IDA Youth Programming to match youth with IDA opportunities for education
· Strong interest in working with international clients
· Proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences
· Excellent communication and organization skills
· Strong attention to detail
· Ability to work independently
· Computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs and internet research
· 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
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