Cultural Orientation Intern
International Rescue Committee - Baltimore, MD

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This is an unpaid internship.

The International Rescue Committee of Baltimore is a non-profit, non-sectarian refugee resettlement agency dedicated to working together with legally admitted refugees to assist them in rebuilding lives and reuniting families in the greater Baltimore area. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential resettlement services to refugee families including basic necessities, education, employment, social services and advocacy.

The Cultural Orientation Program is designed to assist the Resettlement Center staff to provide a holistic and integrated approach to resettlement. The Cultural Orientation Program will provide supplemental trainings to newly arrived refugees and asylees to foster a better understanding their new environment and services in the Baltimore Area. The Cultural Orientation Program Intern will assist the Cultural Orientation Coordinator to design, develop and deliver structured training sessions to refugees on topics as diverse as financial management, housing, transportation, education, local resources in order to aid them in their journey towards self sufficiency.


• Support CO program development through creation and organization of Cultural Orientation classroom materials, handouts, and visual aids.

• Assist with classroom setup, contacting class participants, and other logistics as necessary.

• Assist with childcare for participants’ children until childcare volunteers are assured.

• Assist in the classroom and with orientation outreach in clients’ homes as needed.

• Lead bus orientations with refugee clients in Baltimore City.

• Administer post-tests as needed and directed by CO Coordinator.

• Research current CO modules/resources online as needed.

• Support Cultural Orientation Coordinator in additional tasks as necessary to design, upkeep and update CO program and curriculum.


· Experience or demonstrated interest in designing, developing, and/or delivering training presentations, preferably in a multicultural context.

· Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in a multicultural environment .

· Organized with great attention to detail and great flexibility.

· Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects and ability to work independently.

· Strong writing and editing skills, specifically in developing print and visual training materials. Experience with computer-based interactive training tools a plus.

• Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and proficient in a graphic design.

• Preferred proficiency in a foreign language, including Arabic, Tigrinya, Amharic, Burmese, Chin, or Nepali.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the further in advance of your anticipated start date an application can be submitted, the better. Qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview, or skype is an option for those who are out of town.

Updated: 3/1

9/12 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 and Cultural Orientation Program Manager Ms. Sara Bedford at 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!

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