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Economic Empowerment Intern

Job Title: Economic Empowerment Intern (RSS)
Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood
Employment Category: Intern
Employment Type: Part-Time/Hybrid
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Elizabeth, NJ USA
START DATE: Early January
Language Requirement: Creole or Spanish
Job Description
BACKGROUND: International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettlement, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Economic Empowerment program aims to provide newly arrived immigrants with the resources they need to adjust to life in the United States and set them on a path towards self-sufficiency. Through the Refugee Support Services (RSS) program, caseworkers provide direct case management to clients, focusing on Cuban and Haitian families. The Economic Empowerment Intern (RSS) will support the RSS Caseworker in providing essential services to these families.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Economic Empowerment Intern (RSS) will support the RSS Caseworker by providing direct case management services to clients, assisting with administrative tasks, conducting community resource research, and corresponding with local partners.
  • Conduct eligibility assessments and intake interviews with new clients
  • Help clients complete applications for public benefits and other forms of assistance
  • Research and compile up-to-date lists of community resources such as food banks, clothing drives, and pro bono legal consultations
  • Write letters, referrals, and other essential documents
1. Student will learn how to effectively deliver social services to diverse populations
2. Student will learn more about the cultural, contextual, and legal factors that affect our clients, particularly Cuban and Haitian Entrants
3. Student will learn how resettlement agencies interact with other partners to serve refugees and other categories of immigrants in the NY/NJ area
  • Bachelors in related subject (Social Work, International Relations, Criminal Justice, Education, Legal Studies, etc.) preferred; or, currently enrolled in program; or previous social services provision experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel desired
  • Experience providing direct client services (customer service, tutoring, etc.) desired
  • Fluency in Haitian Creole highly desired; proficiency in Haitian Creole or proficiency in Spanish required
  • Experience working with Haitian or Latin American populations highly desired
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.