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Health & Wellness Intern (Unpaid)

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • You should currently be pursuing a degree in public health or related field, have experience with diverse populations, ideally refugees or immigrants, fluent in a second language, strong computer and research skills, and willing to travel in Northern and Central NJ.
  • You will provide support services to IRC NJ clients, including Medicaid follow up, appointment accompaniment, transportation orientations, and developing health resources. Assist clients with health referrals, accompany to appointments, and assess client needs for appropriate referrals.

Summer Internship



  • IRC NJ’s Health and Wellness team supports newcomers as they learn to navigate the U.S. health care system. We recognize that clients are the experts on their own lives, experiences, and beliefs. The Health and Wellness team uses client expertise to guide, encourage, and empower clients as they interact with various health systems. We teach clients how to set up appointments, find specialists, apply for health insurance, request interpretation, access emotional support services, among many other skills and needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will learn about refugee resettlement issues and processes as they relate to client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
  • The student will learn how to effectively navigate health systems that IRC NJ clients frequently need and access.
  • The student will develop outreach and advocacy skills


  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, social work, or related field.
  • Available 15 – 20 hours each week, in-person
  • Experience working with diverse populations, ideally in the context of health and wellness.
  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred (e.g., Arabic, Dari, French, Haitian Creole, Kiswahili, Pashto, or Spanish)
  • Solid computer skills, including email, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, among other
  • Strong research skills.
  • Willingness to travel in Northern and Central NJ to meet with clients.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Health and Wellness Interns will assist IRC NJ clients with a variety of support services, such as Medicaid/New Jersey Family Care follow up, appointment accompaniment, transportation orientations, supported health referrals, and developing health resources for IRC NJ clients. Health and Wellness Interns will also provide other direct services to health and wellness clients as needed.
  • Assist clients with Medicaid/New Jersey Family Care follow-up, which includes but is not limited to application submission, documentation submission and confirmation, advocate for and with clients on NJFC hotline, and updating contact information.
  • Facilitate health and wellness transportation orientations to empower clients to use public transportation or other transportation options to attend medical appointments.
  • Accompany clients to appointments to facilitate check-in, presumptive eligibility Medicaid coverage (if needed), and confirm interpretation services for client.
  • Under the supervision of the Health and Wellness Coordinator, assess and monitor client needs and make appropriate referrals.
  • Assist the health and wellness team with monthly community meetings for clients, such
  • as health and wellness walk-in hours and small groups


Work type

Part time

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