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From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

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Health Promotion Intern

Sector: Refugee Resettlement    
Location: US - MD - Baltimore    
Employee Type: Intern    
Employee Category: Part Time    



BACKGROUND : The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


Access to health care is an essential component in the resettlement process in the United States as health is a critical component of work, school, family life, and the process of acculturation. Newly-arrived refugee and asylee populations often have prevalent health conditions and concerns which can be effectively addressed through preventative health measures.  The Health Promotion Intern will play the vital role of supporting the Public Health Advocate in planning, implementing and evaluating consistent, comprehensive, and culturally-appropriate health education workshops for refugee and asylee clients. 


  • Compile, organize, develop and/or adapt health education materials on pertinent health topics (i.e. nutrition, home hygiene, mental health, health care system, etc.), ensuring relevance and cultural competency
  • Assist Health Advocate in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion workshops
  • Administer and record results of workshop evaluations in a database.
  • Explore and develop partnerships with local health organizations and agencies.
  • Support Health Advocate in additional tasks necessary to support health education and promotion programming for refugees and asylees.


  • To gain an understanding of the refugee resettlement process and health disparities experienced by newly arrived refugees within the US healthcare system
  • To expand knowledge of health empowerment and health promotion techniques for a multicultural audience
  • To learn how to develop health education workshops and materials that take into account cultural  differences in health perspectives and health literacy


  • Experience in public health, health education, communications, behavioral or social sciences, or related field
  • Interest and experience in working with displaced/immigrant/refugee populations
  • Strong desire to help people and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Strong writing and editing skills, specifically in developing print and visual teaching materials. 
  • Strong computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and proficient in a graphic design.
  • Able to work independently and work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
  • A car/driver’s license is beneficial
  • Proficiency in a foreign language including Arabic, Tigrinya, Amharic, Burmese, Chin, or Nepali is a plus


  • Fall and Spring interns are required to work at least 10-15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Summer interns are required to work at least 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 12 weeks. Interns who can intern full-time (40 hours a week) are strongly preferred.


Reports to:                           Health Program Manager

Position:                                Unpaid Internship

Updated:              3/4/2015


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 Kafiya Ismail, Volunteer Coordinator ( ) with the following information listed in the cover letter:

-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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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


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