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International Rescue Committee

Behavioral Health and Survivors of Torture Case Management Intern

June 2020 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

The in-depth training interns receive on immigration issues and how to work with people who have experienced trauma, the staff community, networking and learning about the current issues in healthcare

What I wish was different

It would have been nice if in-person interactions had been possible, but the department really made the best of the circumstances and found creative ways to continue their work.

Advice

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Administrative Assistant Intern

June - November 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

Helping new immigrants to settle their life.

What I wish was different

more proactive.

Advice

Keep work hard and help others the reward will come back to you.
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Immigration Intern

May 2021 • Elizabeth, NJ

What I liked

What I enjoyed most from my experience is seeing and hearing the gratitude of clients who we provided legal services to. The endless times we heard 'thank you' or were met with appreciation and gratitude was extremely fulfilling. Especially since a vast majority of the clients we worked with were low-income individuals or individuals in need of social and government services, knowing I was a part of their journey in attaining their initial footing in the United States really showed I was very privileged to embark on the work I was doing.

What I wish was different

My favorite days of the work week were office days but because the pandemic still had recently forced many operation to go remote, most days I worked from home. That was the only aspect I wish was different. Had it all been office days, I think the experience would have been more enjoyable. Obviously remote work was crucial in keeping IRC members and clients safe and healthy, but I loved the fast-paced, hands-on environment of a law office and working personally with an immigration lawyer and a DOJ accredited legal representative.

Advice

Do not be afraid or nervous to communicate and interact with people from places of the world you may have never come across before. Whether it be Arabic speakers or Swahili speakers, you will be exposed to languages and cultures you may not be used to. But no matter where people are from, they will always be cooperative and thankful for your services as long as you give them the time and assistance they deserve as a client.
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Volunteer

January - May 2021 • Elizabeth, NJ

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Use everything as a learning lesson! You can learn how to work across language and cultural barriers from any interaction. And patience is always in practice!
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Research Intern

September - December 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I absolutely loved everything about this internship. The office I worked for was very welcoming, adaptable, helpful and made sure I was comfortable in my internship - especially given that it was remote.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish would have been different is that if it was in person as opposed to it being virtual. Nonetheless, it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Advice

Being adaptable, open to change and to learning more about the inner workings of public policy and humanitarian aid.
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Teacher Assistant

July - August 2021 • Elizabeth, NJ

What I liked

Was able to create a relationship with incoming students to assist in teaching ASL.

What I wish was different

Bad communication with the staff.

Advice

Show up on time, be excitable, the kids will love you.
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Immigration Intern

June - August 2021 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

It was amazing to get hands on experience working on a field I’m interesting in pursuing. The best part was knowing that every day we were making a difference in someone’s life.

What I wish was different

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Financial intern

May - September 2021 • Turlock, CA

What I liked

I liked working directly with the clients and closely with the supervisors. I loved giving financial literacy classes because it felt like I was making a difference.

What I wish was different

Advice

One advice I would share about this experience is to go for it even if it is out of your comfort zone.
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Peer mentor

July - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Working with the students

What I wish was different

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housing intern

May - August 2020 • Elizabeth, NJ

What I liked

I got to make a difference and help refugees find and apply to housing! Was very rewarding to talk to these people.

What I wish was different

Lack of communication, was sort of on my own- this is likely mostly because I was remote.

Advice

Do this in person if you want to connect with workers! Hard to do from home.
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Digital access and literacy intern

July - December 2020 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

Enjoyed having one on one interactions with clients. Also had incredible supervisors.

What I wish was different

Most of my work was done independently, which was productive, though I wish I had been able to work on a team.

Advice

Learned about how refugee resettlement works in the US and how to work within the scope of a grant.
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Adult Education Intern

May - August 2020 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

My experience teaching English to adult immigrant and refugee clients at IRC was incredibly fulfilling. I not only developed great relationships with the students and staff, but I also had the opportunity to develop teaching materials, become familiar with leading Zoom calls over the summer, learn more about culturally-sensitive language teaching, and distribute information to IRC clients in over 10 languages. This internship only required about 7-10 hours of work every week, so it was very manageable while still making me feel valuable and important to the organization.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Resource Development Intern

May - August 2020 • Charlottesville, VA

What I liked

I liked the opportunities to work with refugees and the volunteers of the IRC, and to see in the inner-workings of how a non-profit operates

What I wish was different

I wish I had the opportunity to work at the location itself, as we were restricted to remote because of COVID-19

Advice

I would say keep an open mind and display immense amounts of cultural sensitivity. It also puts you into perspective about the journey of a refugee. and the hardships they occur to reach this country.
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Intern

June - August 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

My supervisor was very understanding and kind; the work was very fulfilling

What I wish was different

It was great!

Advice

It is a great internship that allows you to work directly with refugees.
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Case Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Working at the IRC was an awesome experience. I learned so much, got to work first-hand with refugees, and had a great time too.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had an in-person experience.

Advice

Stay open-minded!
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Aquaponics Intern

September - December 2019 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The most interesting aspect of this internship was learning how aquaponics emulates the nitrogen cycle found in nature and utilizes it to create a nearly closed feedback loop that produces vegetables and fish protein in an urban setting. Learning about this system has inspired me to work with urban food resilience.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to work more directly with the refugee farmer community to get a better understanding of displaced stakeholders in the Phoenix metro area.

Advice

Self directed internships are what you make of them. Having effective lines of communication with your supervisors allows flexibility in determining what roles you play or what projects you could make yourself apart of.
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New Roots Food & Health Intern

May - August 2020 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

I loved the people, the location, and feeling like I was making a difference and learning.

What I wish was different

COVID halted a lot of programs and plans, so that was disappointing, but it was still amazing to work with my supervisors.

Advice

Take initiative in your work, find new projects to work on!
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Resource Development Intern

May - July 2020 • Charlottesville, VA

What I liked

I liked working directly with IRC clients and using my French language skills to communicate with them.

What I wish was different

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Immigration intern

May - July 2020 • Charlottesville, VA

What I liked

Jumped right in, given a wide variety of tasks, learned a lot of about the citizenship application process

What I wish was different

A little more guidance/connection with other interns, although understandably that was difficult because of COVID. But at times it seemed unorganized, which could be stressful

Advice

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Software Quality Assurance Analyst Intern

June - July 2020 • Tucker, GA

What I liked

I liked reading the different hardships that these refugees were going through their transition here in America. Some of their stories were inspiring.

What I wish was different

I wish we were able to be in the office but because of COVID, we had to work from home. It was very impersonal and a lack of planning and transparency.

Advice

Know your skillset and know what you are good at and hone in on that. The work was not challenging and engaging enough for me.
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