Detention Center Post-Release Internship



The purpose of the World Relief Detention Center Post-Release Internship is to prepare interns for cross-cultural services through immersion in immigrant and refugee fieldwork. The Detention Center Post-Release team serves asylum seekers and others released from immigration detention by providing case management services that empower the individual to accomplish their determined next steps and goals.


Possible Responsibilities

  • Welcome newly released immigrants as they leave the ICE Processing Center/Detention Center in Tacoma on Fridays

  • Data input and collection

  • Assist client in accessing public benefits such as SNAP.

  • Assist client in applying for documents such as State ID.

  • Work with staff to advocate for clients and connect them to community resources such as libraries or employment opportunities.

  • Provide transportation to various appointments as appropriate.

  • Deliver gift-in-kind items such as clothing, backpacks and hygiene items to clients. Communicate consistently with Internship Coordinator, Detention Center Post-Release team and other staff about client’s needs and issues relating to their integration.

  • Other related tasks as needed 



  • Flexibility!

  • Ability and desire to work with people from various cultural, religious and social backgrounds

  • Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle

  • Desire to serve refugees and the vision of World Relief Seattle, “every refugee and immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community and empowered by community” and the mission of World Relief; “empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable”

  • Bilingual in Spanish or Tigrinya speaker preferred 


Other Aspects of Internship

  • 6-8 weekly evening meetings (usually Monday nights 6pm-8:30pm) with World Relief staff for training

  • Readings and videos on forced migration, diversity, equity & inclusion, cross-cultural work, and a theology of hospitality

  • Reflective journal entries. 



Internships generally begin in January, April, June or September. The internship lasts for a minimum of 3 months and interns are expected to work a minimum of 200 direct service hours to complete the internship. At least one full day of availability each week is required.


To Apply:

For more information or to request an application, contact Laurel Tallent