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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.

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Cultural Orientation Intern

Sector: Refugee Resettlement    
Location: US - MD - Baltimore    
Employee Type: Intern    
Employee Category: Full Time    






TITLE: Cultural Orientation Intern

LOCATION: Baltimore, MD


DURATION: 3 months





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 Cultural Orientation Program is part of the IRC’s holistic and integrated approach to resettlement. The Cultural Orientation Program provides trainings to newly arrived refugees in order to foster a better understanding of their new environment and the services available to them in the Baltimore area. The Cultural Orientation Program Intern will assist the Cultural Orientation Coordinator in designing, developing, and delivering structured training sessions on topics such as financial management, housing, transportation, laws, healthcare, and safety in order to aid refugees on their journey towards self-sufficiency.



  • Assist as trainer in classroom and with outreach in clients’ homes as needed.
  • Lead bus orientations and bank orientations with refugee clients in Baltimore City.
  • Support CO Coordinator in researching and designing new modules to update the CO curriculum.
  • Assist with class logistics by creating class rosters, contacting class participants, and organizing transportation as directed by CO Coordinator.
  • Support classroom operations by creating and organizing materials.
  • Work with interpreters to administer post-tests to CO graduates.
  • Assist with documentation, data entry, and supervision of participants’ children as necessary.



  1. Identify key barriers to adjustment to the United States and learn methods for teaching refugees to become self-sufficient.
  2. Gain experience in program coordination and curriculum design.




  • Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching and curriculum development.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently or as member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Access to vehicle and Friday availability strongly preferred.





  • Summer interns are required to work at least 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for the entire summer.  Interns who can intern full-time (40 hours a week) are strongly preferred.
  • 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.


Reports to:   Cultural Orientation Coordinator

Position:  Unpaid Internship

Updated:   7/31/2017

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

-whether you have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive the refugees and asylees we serve

We look forward to reviewing your application!

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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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