Careers at the IRC

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Fall 2016 Volunteer Program Intern

Sector: Recruitment    
Location: US - MD - Baltimore    
Employee Type: Intern    
Employee Category: Part Time    



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 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 in Baltimore’s Economic Empowerment Program is a new initiative that ties together several new and existing efforts to help refugee integrate and thrive in the Baltimore area’s economy. These include: home-buying workshops with a partner organization; bank account enrollments; a matched savings program; and a childcare certification training program.




The Volunteer Program Intern will help the Volunteer Coordinator organize, expand, and promote volunteer and internship opportunities with the IRC in Baltimore.




  • Recruit, screen, orient and match interns and volunteers with appropriate service opportunities.
  • Maintain individual files on all volunteer and interns staff, ensuring all required documentation is complete, accurate and on file.
  • Record and report all volunteer time and keep accurate, appropriately documented electronic and paper records of service time.
  • Maintain and distribute accurate and up-to-date job descriptions for all volunteer and internship opportunities. Strengthen and grow existing intern and volunteer program by ensuring job descriptions align with staff and client needs
  • Recognize volunteers and their service through events and communications.
  • Respond to volunteer inquiries swiftly and keep volunteers informed about news and events




  • Gain experience in the recruitment process.
  • Work well and thrive within a multicultural environment, learning to work effectively with populations with language barriers
  • Gain experience in Event Planning and project management.




  • Reliable, flexible, and able to work independently and under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • An interest in international and refugee issues.
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects.
  • Strong desire to help people and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Computer literacy – preferably with PC systems.
  • A car/driver’s license is beneficial.
  • Energetic, empathetic, and ready to do a variety of jobs.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Superior writing and editing skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of program design and/or experience in social services delivery.



  • Fall and Spring interns are required to work at least 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 12 weeks in the Fall and Spring.
  • Summer interns are required to work at least 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for the entire summer.


Reports to:                           Volunteer Coordinator

Position:                               Unpaid Internship


Updated:             3/30/2016


Please apply using our online system.  You can also prioritize your application by sending your resume, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references directly to the Volunteer Coordinator with the following information listed in the cover letter:


-internship(s) for which you wish to be considered (please provide a ranking of desired internships if you wish to be considered for multiple opportunities) 


-projected start/end date (noting that we have a 3-month minimum for our internships)


-days and number of hours of availability during the work week (for example: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm)


-whether or not you would have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive with the refugees and asylees we serve to access social services


We look forward to reviewing your application!



IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.

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 at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.


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