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 VOLUNTEER COORDINATION WORK: This internship is located within the Resource Development Department, whose purpose is to establish strong, mutually-beneficial connections between the community and the IRC in Atlanta order to garner monetary, in-kind and volunteer resources for refugee clients. The Volunteer Coordination Intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator towards these goals in order to enhance the IRC in Atlanta’s ability to meet refugee client needs.
This position requires a minimum of 15 hours a week for at least three months.
· Assist with outreach and recruitment efforts with community groups, students, and other organizations;
· Recruit, screen, orient, train and match volunteers and interns with available opportunities;
· Assist in updating volunteer and intern resource information;
· Assist with activities related to volunteer recruitment, training, and retention, and coordinating events such as volunteer appreciation and Thanksgiving Feast;
· Provide direct service to refugee clients as needed by the Volunteer Coordinator;
· Assist with other Resource Development needs such as donation management, external communications, and fundraising;
· Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and special staff development programs.
· An interest in international and refugee issues;
· Effective communication and writing skills;
· Strong attention to detail;
· Excellent organizational skills;
· Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects;
· A strong desire to help people and enthusiasm to work in a multi-cultural setting;
· Prior experience in a non-profit setting a plus;
· Prior relevant coursework preferred.
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