International Rescue Committee Immigration Internship 2024

For those passionate about humanitarian work and eager to gain practical experience in the field of immigration, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) offers an exceptional opportunity. The IRC’s Immigration Intern – Summer 2024 position in Glendale, CA, provides a unique platform to contribute to meaningful change and support refugees and local immigrant communities.

What is IRC?

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading humanitarian organization responding to some of the world’s most severe crises. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC operates in over 50 countries and 29 U.S. cities, assisting people in surviving, reclaiming control of their future, and strengthening their communities. With a mission to restore health, safety, education, and economic well-being to those affected by conflict and disaster, the IRC is a force for humanity and lasting impact.

Scope of Work at IRC

As an Immigration Program Intern, you will work closely with the IRC’s Immigration Department to assist refugees and local immigrant community members. This role offers invaluable exposure to the immigration process, particularly for refugees, and provides a deep understanding of the local immigration system.

Learning Outcomes

Interns will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Completing immigration applications for Green Cards, Citizenship, and other forms.
  • Making copies of petitions and supporting evidence.
  • Maintaining detailed case notes related to client files.
  • Working one-on-one with clients to complete necessary applications.
  • Conducting follow-up communications with clients.


  • Assist Immigration Legal Representatives in completing various immigration applications.
  • Create copies of petitions and evidence for client case files.
  • Engage directly with clients to facilitate application processes.
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls to ensure clients’ application statuses are updated.

Qualifications Required for an IRC internship

To be considered for this internship, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Education: Current undergraduate or graduate student, or less than one year out of school.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, or Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Experience: Prior experience in immigration is a plus.
  • Availability: Must attend the office on Thursdays or Tuesdays.
  • Background Check: Successful completion of IRC orientation and a comprehensive background check (Live Scan & HireRight) is required.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: High level of cultural awareness and sensitivity, especially towards vulnerable immigrant populations and unaccompanied minors.
  • Communication: Effective communication skills and the ability to thrive in cross-cultural environments.
  • Organization: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment: Enthusiasm for IRC’s mission and willingness to comply with IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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