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Summer 2024: Resettlement - Refugee Fieldwork Intern (Unpaid)

🚀 Summer Internship

San Diego

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  • You must be enrolled in an education or related field program, have strong organizational and communication skills, previous nonprofit experience, and a valid driver's license for this Refugee Fieldwork Intern position.bagai
  • You'll drive clients to appointments, assist with airport pickups, set up apartments, help with banking and services enrollment, develop guides, organize projects, and provide office support.

Summer Internship

Government & PoliticsSan Diego


  • The Refugee Fieldwork intern will be instrumental in helping newly arrived refugees, and other refugees who are facing significant barriers to connect to appropriate services in San Diego. The intern will support Caseworkers, refugee clients directly, and will assist with ongoing projects within the Resettlement Department. The Resettlement Department consists of two programs: Reception & Placement, and Afghan Integration Resettlement Services. Interns can request to work with specific programs, or to assist both. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn about service plans, and the essential steps of setting up new refugee families for success in San Diego   
  • Students will learn about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and the resettlement process. 
  • Students will learn more about the populations of refugees in San Diego. 
  • Students will learn about the essential functions of a non-profit office needed to help programs continue to run. 


  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or Master’s program focused on Education, International Relations/Development, Social Work, or related field
  • Must be a self-starter, enthusiastic, and possess a positive attitude
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, empathetic, and ability to effectively collaborate
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs
  • English fluency required
  • 1+ years related work or volunteer experience with a non-profit strongly preferred
  • A strong interest in working with a diverse, low-income population is required
  • Proactive, motivated and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced work environment
  • Language skills a plus (Farsi/Dari, Kiswahili, Arabic, or Russian strongly preferred)
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance and the ability to travel regularly in the area (daytime and nighttime hours)
  • Time Commitment: 4 months, 5-10 hours per week

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Government & Politics


  • Drive and accompany clients to appointments, such as the DMV, health check-ups, legal consults, school enrollments, etc.
  • Assist Resettlement Caseworkers with airport pickups for newly arriving refugee families
  • Assist with setting up the apartments of families scheduled to arrive to San Diego, including shopping for a set list of items
  • Take clients to the bank to open accounts or withdraw money
  • Help clients enroll in services, in-person or remotely
  • Accompany clients on bus/metro trips to help them learn routes on the San Diego public transit system
  • Develop guides and learning materials for client use (examples: healthcare navigation, food banks, local community guides, etc.)
  • Organize long-term projects or resources that will benefit the livelihoods of refugee clients
  • Provide ongoing office support for the Resettlement department including preparing case files, writing and emailing on behalf of clients, maintaining supplies, and welcoming guests


Work type

Part time

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San Diego