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Summer 2024: Women's Economic Empowerment Specialist Intern (Unpaid)

🚀 Summer Internship

San Diego

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  • You must live in San Diego County, have a social work background, be available 12 hours per week, work well with diverse populations, speak English fluently (refugee language preferred), and pass a background check for this unpaid internship.
  • You'll support economic empowerment programs through financial workshops, client coaching, driving lessons, data entry, outreach, and resource management at IRC.

Summer Internship

Business, Operations & StrategySan Diego


  • The Women's Economic Empowerment Specialist (WEES) Intern will work alongside the WEES Program Specialist to support women who are facing economic barriers through offering financial capabilities training and coaching, employment navigation, and driving for equity transportation workshops and simulated lessons

Learning Objectives:

The Women's Economic Empowerment Specialist Intern will develop skills in gender equity awareness and mitigation, intercultural communication, and trauma-informed survivor-centered programming. Please see below for the learning objectives of this internship:

  • The intern will develop a detailed understanding of the gender-related barriers hindering women from achieving self-sufficiency. They will explore factors such as socio-economic disparities, cultural norms, and systemic biases. Through hands-on experience the intern will identify strategies and resources to mitigate these barriers effectively.
  • The intern will cultivate strong intercultural communication skills and competency necessary for effective interaction in diverse settings. Through immersive experiences and guided practice sessions, the intern will develop sensitivity to cultural nuances, communication styles, and social norms across different cultural contexts. They will engage in activities such as role-playing, and cross-cultural dialogues to enhance their ability to navigate intercultural communication challenges confidently.
  • The intern will acquire a foundational understanding of survivor-centered programming with a trauma-informed approach. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical application, the intern will explore principles of trauma sensitivity, empowerment, and holistic support frameworks for survivors of various forms of trauma.


  • Applicants must live in San Diego County
  • Educational background in social work or equivalent work experience serving low-to-moderate income immigrant populations (including refugees, asylum seekers, etc.) and/or teaching financial literacy preferred
  • Availability on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 12 - 4 PM to support in-person programming for a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Duration: 4-6 months
  • Experienced working with diverse populations preferred
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in a refugee language strongly preferred (esp. Arabic, Dari, Farsi)
  • Successful background check

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Business, Operations & Strategy


  • Support the Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist in providing financial literacy workshops and 1:1 individual coaching sessions for clients
  • Assess clients’ needs and determine if they are eligible for low-income loans or any other IRC’s Economic Empowerment resources
  • Provide driving lessons or guided practice to clients using IRC’s in-house driving simulator
  • Assist with client data entry, outreach for economic empowerment programs, resource management, and follow-up calls


Work type

Part time

Work mode



San Diego