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 Refugee Microenterprise Development intern reports directly to the Microenterprise Development Coordinator and supports efforts under the IRC’s Microenterprise Development program. Microenterprise Development, a program within the Economic Empowerment Department, provides refugees currently in business or seeking to start businesses with opportunities for business training, one-on-one business technical assistance, and assistance with access to credit and capital.
· Assist the Microenterprise Development Coordinator with program recruitment efforts by developing and distributing flyers and brochures, and engaging with community organizations and local businesses
· Provide program orientations and trainings to individuals and groups
· Work with refugee entrepreneurs to strengthen their business plans, develop marketing materials, and provide other supportive services as needed
· Conduct business-related research in key industries
· Maintain case files for all program clients
· Enter data into the program’s information data systems and internal tracking systems
· Provide general administrative support and maintain accurate records of Microenterprise Development program activities
· 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
- Graphic design and/or web development experience strongly preferred
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
For more information, please contact us at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org. To learn more about our organization, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta