cross-cultural service, meaningful relationships  

Internships at World Relief prepare students and recent graduates for cross-cultural service by immersing them in the fields of refugee resettlement, nonprofit operations, and immigration legal services. Our interns have the opportunity to gain professional casework and operations skills, build meaningful relationships, and learn about local and global immigration issues, both through direct service to refugees and immigrants as well as trainings, debriefing sessions, and personal reflection.

Our internships are competitive, and we have accepted students and recent graduates from universities across the United States. We select applicants from all fields of study who demonstrate excellence in service and learning. Internship alumni have gone on to diverse fields such as international development, education, missions, local politics, and, of course, refugee ministry.  

While World Relief Staff affirm a statement of faith, interns are not required to affirm, but must acknowledge our faith statement and our organization's desire to serve Christ through service to refugees and immigrants. Please note that all internships are unpaid.  

   

INTERNSHIPS AT A GLANCE

Nonprofit Operations & Outreach: Three main ingredients for working in a nonprofit: organization, creativity and passion. Be part of our office operations by assisting our outreach, development, and church mobilization teams to help communicate our message to donors, community partners and volunteer networks.
Resettlement: Work directly with our clients and support our resettlement, housing, ESL, and employment teams. You will be serving our new refugee neighbors by providing both the tangible and intangible resources as World Relief helps them integrate into the Sacramento community.
Resettlement-Lautenberg: In addition to English, you must be fluent in written and spoken Russian. The Lautenberg Program helps reunify families from former Soviet Union countries and works to bring reconciliation for persecuted individuals. You will be interacting with clients as well as preparing and processing important documentation.
Immigration Legal Services: This internship is geared towards law students, who will collaborate with our Immigration Legal Services program. Get hands on legal experience and serve the local immigrant community through legal assistance and community education seminars.

 

HOW TO APPLY

We accept internship applications on a rolling basis. Send your cover letter, resume and any other required application documents to SacRecruitment@wr.org with the internship you are applying for in the email subject line. See below to read full internship descriptions and requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


 

NONPROFIT OPERATIONS & OUTREACH INTERNSHIP

Internship Title: Nonprofit Operations & Outreach Intern

Work Hours: part time, 10-16 hours per week (16 hours preferred) 

Reports to: Outreach Manager and Admin-Communications Specialist

Required Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume 

  • 1-2 Page Writing Sample

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support volunteers (Good Neighbor Teams) during resettlement tasks, such as airport pick-ups, apartment set-ups and other transportation appointments

  • Assist with recruiting volunteers

  • Interview volunteers and/or their partnered refugee family to write articles about their experience in order for the Strategic Engagement Team to utilize for newsletters, blog posts and/or other communication platforms

  • Research college campuses and/or classes that require volunteer hours and connect with key individuals

  • Prepare and present reports on volunteer engagement/involvement

  • Assist with fundraising events and projects

  • Assist with grant research and writing

  • Work front desk shifts as needed 

  • Other tasks and projects as assigned by supervisor(s)

Requirements:

  • Current student or recent graduate in communication studies, international relations or journalism major (preferred) 

  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable car 

  • Dari, Farsi, or Arabic language (preferred)

  • Clear written and verbal communication  

  • Cross-cultural and/or refugee resettlement experience (preferred) 

  • Competent in Microsoft Suite 

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to take initiative to deal with issues promptly and efficiently 

  • Flexible and motivated team player 

  • Commitment to working one full day in our office with some late night and weekend availability (strongly preferred) 

 

RESETTLEMENT INTERNSHIP

Internship Title: Resettlement Intern

Work Hours: part time, 10-16 hours per week (16 hours preferred) 

Reports to: Match Grant Manager and Admin-Communications Specialist

Required Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume 

Responsibilities:

  • Social security (SS) applications 

  • Department of Human Assistance (DHA) applications (CalFresh, MediCal, Cash Aid) + follow-up interview 

  • School enrollment for children, ESL enrollment for adults 

  • Transportation to/from the Refugee Health Clinic 

  • SMUD/PG&E registration 

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) registration 

  • Cultural Orientation (CO) Assessments 

  • DMV for license/ID cards, primary care doctor appoints, and airport pickups  

  • Work front desk shifts as needed

  • Provide logistical support to the Housing Manager and Specialist as needed  

  • Assist Employment and ESL programs as needed

  • Other responsibilities and projects assigned by supervisor(s) 

Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable car 

  • Comfortable driving 10-passenger van for larger families

  • Dari, Farsi, or Arabic language (preferred)

  • Clear written and verbal communication  

  • Cross-cultural and/or refugee resettlement experience (preferred) 

  • Competent in Microsoft Suite 

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to take initiative to deal with issues promptly and efficiently 

  • Flexible and motivated team player 

  • Commitment to working one full day in our office (strongly preferred) 

 

RESETTLEMENT-LAUTENBERG PROGRAM INTERNSHIP

Internship Title: Lautenberg Program Intern

Work Hours: part time, 10-16 hours per week (16 hours preferred) 

Reports to: R&P Manager

Required Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare application packets to present to clients 

  • Meet with clients for initial and follow up consultations 

  • Review, edit and compile the full application and submit to manager for review 

  • Work front desk shifts as needed 

  • Other tasks and projects assigned by supervisor

Requirements:

  • Current student/recent graduate with an international relations degree (preferred) 

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken Russian 

  • Competent in Microsoft Suite  

  • Cross-cultural and/or refugee resettlement experience (preferred) 

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to take initiative to deal with issues promptly and efficiently 

  • Flexible and motivated team player 

 

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES INTERNSHIP

Internship Title: Immigration Legal Services Intern

Work Hours:

  • Academic Year: part time, minimum of 10-16 hours per week

  • Summer: full time, 40 hours per week for ten weeks

Reports to: Immigrant Legal Services Program Manager

Required Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume 

  • 5-10 Page Writing Sample (preferably a memo or brief)

Responsibilities:

  • Interview clients in-person and telephonically 

  • Observe consultation interviews 

  • Prepare immigration legal documents and forms using the LawLogix case management application 

  • Assist with case management 

  • Research immigration law, forms, and filing procedures 

  • Participate in trainings in-person and via webinar 

  • Co-facilitate know-your-rights seminars and special clinics 

Requirements:

  • Academic-year internships are open to up to two applicants in their 2L, 3L or 4L years. Ten-week summer internships are open to rising 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls.

  • Familiar with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) 

  • Fluent in one or more of the following languages in addition to English: Spanish, Farsi, Dari, Arabic, or Russian (strongly preferred) 

  • Have taken an introductory immigration law course or have prior immigration law experience and are either a current or former law student (strongly preferred)