The International Institute of New England is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving refugees and immigrants in Boston, MA, Lowell, MA, and Manchester, NH. The Institute offers internships to students, graduate students, and recent graduates with demonstrated interest or experience in supporting refugee, asylee, and immigrant populations. Each internship includes an educational component, through which interns contextualize their experience and reflect on their service. Interns can also expect to spend some time each week supporting their office's front desk, assisting the Office Manager and learning to better navigate the services at the Institute.
All internships are unpaid and correspond roughly with the US semester system:
Spring Internship: January 7, 2019 April 26, 2019
(Applications requested by December 1)
Summer Internship: May 13, 2019 August 23, 2019
(Applications requested by April 8)
Fall Internship: September 9, 2019 December 20, 2019
(Applications requested by August 5)
First consideration is given to applicants that can commit at least 10 hours over the course of one of the semesters outlined above. Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of whether their schedule fits the semester system; IINE makes exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Slots fill quickly and candidates are encouraged to apply earlier than the requested date above.
Community Services and Resettlement Internship Overview
The community services team provides case management and other services to newly arrived refugees, asylees and other clients for up to one year after arrival. During this time, staff coordinate the arrival, integration and social services of refugees, asylees, Haitian entrants and other clients after their arrival in the United States. Interns assist the Case Specialists by checking in with clients by phone, helping clients access local transportation and other public services, supporting families to enroll their children in school, and ensuring clients understand available resources through cultural orientation workshops.
Reports To: Community Services Manager
Location: Lowell, MA
* Assist staff with case management including:
* applying for temporary financial assistance
* advocating for health and social services,
* searching for available housing
* accompanying clients to the Department of Transitional Assistance, health clinics, Social Security office, etc.
* helping to coordinate referrals to a wide variety of social services
* Help clients identify and find community amenities (laundromat, grocery story)
* Manage and update client records
* Provide general administrative assistance to the Community Services team
* Interest in international, refugee, asylee, and/or immigrant issues
* Ability to work respectfully in a multicultural environment
* Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers
* Experience interacting with social welfare agencies highly desirable
* Experience advocating on behalf of others
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Highly organized with great attention to detail
* Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly
* Professionalism, discretion, and maturity in dealing with confidential information
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
* Language skills in Arabic, French, Spanish, Dari, Pashto, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Haitian Creole, or Somali highly desirable
* Drivers license and/or car highly desirable
* Recognize common challenges faced by immigrant and refugee populations
* Develop strong advocacy and interpersonal skills, particularly for use in a cross-cultural, cross-linguistic environment
* Identify best practices associated with case management and how to effectively conduct client meetings and make community referrals
* Capture important information from meetings and check-ins in concise case notes and via other forms of documentation
* Identify and access community resources and services, particularly those that cater to the needs of refugees and immigrants.
* Understand the US Refugee Resettlement program, as well as what part the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and resettlement agencies like the International Institute of New England play in receiving and integrating refugees.
* Respectfully express and engage with ideas and values in a multicultural, multilingual environment.
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