Purpose

The purpose of the World Relief Internship is to prepare interns for cross-cultural service by immersing them in the field of refugee resettlement. The Health & Wellness team serves recently arrived refugee and asylee individuals in long-term case management programs to overcome barriers to successful integration.

Possible responsibilities

  • Assist Case Workers with attending and transporting refugee clients to important appointments.
  • Help recently arrived families access appropriate services such as paying bills, getting a state ID, securing public benefits and necessary documentation, and receiving medical care.
  • Teach essential life skills to refugee families, including: shopping, using public transportation, balancing a checkbook, etc.
  • Practice English with refugees and help them adjust to American culture.
  • Maintain regular communication with cases assigned from caseworkers.
  • Communicate consistently with supervisor and casework staff about refugee needs and issues relating to their integration.
  • Work with staff to advocate for clients and connect them to community resources such as child care, libraries, or employment opportunities.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings as available
  • Other related tasks may be assigned depending on organizational needs and each intern’s interests.

Requirements

  • Flexibility!
  • Ability and desire to work with people from various cultural, religious and social backgrounds.
  • Current driver’s license highly preferred.  Access to a vehicle is helpful.
  • Desire to serve refugees and the mission of World Relief (“Empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable.”)

Other aspects of intership

  • 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.

Timeframe

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. Service longer than 3 months is preferred but not required. At least one full day of availability each week is required.

To apply:

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