Summer 2017 Refugee Youth Program Intern

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

Over the past five years, the Refugee Youth Program has developed partnerships with Union County public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in Union County, New Jersey. The Refugee Youth Program provides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.


The goal of the refugee school impact program is to help recently arrived refugee and immigrant children and youth adapt successfully to Union County elementary, middle, and high schools while meeting their short-and long-term educational needs.  Program staff will work directly with parents and school representatives and will provide after-school, weekend and summer academic programming for refugee and immigrant youth.

The Refugee Youth Program supports newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth, their families, and their schools with the school adjustment process.  Refugee Youth Program Interns will provide assistance with a variety of support services, such as school enrollment, parent workshops, summer school referrals, summer programming, and developing academic resources for refugee students. Youth Program Interns will also provide other direct services to youth and their families as needed. Summer interns will focus much of their work on preparation for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy.


  • Assist with planning and implementation of IRC NJ Refugee Youth Summer Academy
  • Assist with school enrollment, application for school reduced-free meal program, student placement testing, immunization requirements, and registration for after school programs, mentoring, and summer programs (IRC-run or otherwise). 
  • With support from the Youth Program Coordinator, establish individual service plans for the academic year with newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth and their families; as needed and identified in the service plan, provide mentoring, guidance, advocacy, mediation, social activities, tutoring and secure translation/interpretation, as needed, for students and their family. 
  • Provide or secure interpretation services as needed to address issues involving children’s education.
  • Under the supervision of the Youth Program Coordinator, assess and monitor family needs and make appropriate referrals
  • Maintain comprehensive case notes and regularly update family’s individual service plan 
  • Participate in staff development and team meetings.


  • Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in social work, public health, or related field preferred
  • Experience working with children and youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs.  
  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations highly desirable.  
  • Fluency in a second language preferred (i.e. Arabic, French, Spanish, Swahili, Farsi, Dari, or Pashto)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel within Union County and meet clients for home visits.
  • Understand the need to approach and apply case management methods with the goal of client self-sufficiency and sustainability. 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently.


  • Develop an understanding of refugee resettlement in New Jersey specifically relating to families and youth 
  • Develop curriculum for and facilitate youth development activities, and engage in advocacy for refugee youth
  • Complete case management, administration and event planning tasks

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