Youth Program Intern - Summer 2024
Silver Spring, MD 
Posted 17 days ago
Job/Internship Description
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world's largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you're a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.


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 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


The IRC's Refugee School Impact Programs and Refugee Youth Mentoring Programs work to support the integration and holistic wellbeing of school aged students who hold a humanitarian immigration status (Refugee, Asylee, SIV, CAM, VOT). The overall goals of the Refugee School Impact Programs (RSIG) and Refugee Youth Mentoring Program (RYMP) are to reinforce a sense of belonging and security within schools and surrounding communities, build students' confidence in their English and academic abilities, and help student develop graduation and career plans tailored to their unique interests and skills. Throughout the year, students participate in after school and Saturday tutoring programs, community service projects, college and career discovery field trips, employment workshops, and our Summer Academy, each designed to address the express needs of our clients.

One component of the internship is the IRC Summer Academy which is a five-week intensive learning experience for recently arriving refugee and asylee youth, specifically designed to address identified learning gaps in English and Math. Up to 100 students ages 12 - 21 will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning programming through our Summer Academy.

Interns will work closely with the Youth Team to support all aspects of planning and implementing the 2024 IRC Summer Academy including student recruitment, volunteer recruitment and training, curriculum development, teaching, monitoring and evaluation, public relations, and community partnership development. The Summer Academy will be held offsite in Prince George's County.

An additional component of the internship is youth case management, which consists of enrolling new clients in the youth program and completing individual service plans for each individual client. Interns will work closely with Youth Team staff and clients to provide direct case management support and follow up.


    • Provide feedback to the youth team on ease and effectiveness of existing curriculum, and work with the youth team to revise and/or expand curriculum as needed.
    • Assist with Summer program logistics, including setting up program space, contacting participants, maintaining attendance records, and administering pre- and post- program evaluation surveys.
    • Co-teach and supervise refugee youth during Summer Academy programming.
    • Interact daily with students and families, building positive relationships and encouraging academic success.
    • Support the youth program staff with youth client case management, casefiles, and reporting
    • Conduct home visits and phone calls to enroll newly arriving and/or newly referred families in the youth program.
    • Solicit local companies and organizations for donations of services and/or goods.
    • Support with student enrollment in their local schools and navigating the U.S. school system.
    • Create new ways to engage and support school aged students.
    • Assist students with applications for college, GED courses, scholarships, financial aid, and other opportunities.


  1. Interns will learn about the challenges and barriers humanitarian immigrant students often encounter while integrating into U.S. schools. Interns will also focus on identifying and working to capitalize on the unique strengths and benefits that these students bring to our communities.

  1. Interns will gain curriculum development experience and skills including defining learning objectives, identifying and developing effective classroom teaching methods for multicultural, multilingual students, and implementing assessment tools.

  1. Interns will gain experience working and teaching in multicultural environments.

  1. Interns will learn about the US refugee resettlement system and services and benefits available to refugees and asylees in the State of Maryland and across the US.

Minimum Qualifications:
    • Education majors preferred, however allencouraged to apply
    • Strong teaching/training and classroom management skills
    • Experience working in education and youth development, preferably with refugee and immigrant youth
    • Demonstrated dedication to youth facing adversity
    • Cross-cultural or overseas experience
    • Ability to think creatively and problem-solve effectivelyin a fast-paced environment
    • Located in the DMV
    • Initiative to follow through on projects and work independently
    • Access to reliable personal transportationat least 2 days per week


ClickApply Nowat the top of this page. Please attach a resume, cover letter and list of (at least) three references to your application. Please also include your availability to intern in your cover letter.The deadline to apply is May 15, 2024.

This position is for Summer 2024 and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months and at least 15-20 hours per week.

Summer 2024 Interns are expected to begin their internship term by attending an in-person intern orientation on June 3rd, 2024 from 9:15AM-2:00PM.

We currently offer internships during the following semesters:

Spring: January - May
Summer: June- August
Fall: September - December
Internships are typically posted 2-3 months prior to the anticipated start date.

Note: Internships with the IRC in Silver Spring are unpaid. Summer 2024 interns may be eligible for per diem reimbursement at the rate of $15/day to offset the costs of food and travel.For information on scholarship opportunities, contact your university or the IRC Silver Spring intern coordinator

*Candidates applying who are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or are outside 12 months of their graduation will be processed as volunteers.

To protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We ask that you make a $30 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients. Instructions will be provided after you have been selected to intern or volunteer.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.


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