Housing Intern - Spring 2024
Glendale, CA 
Posted 8 days ago
Job/Internship Description
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world's largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you're a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

Job Title:Housing Intern
Location:Hybrid; L.A. Office in Glendale
State Date: February 5th, 2024
Duration:4-6 months; 16 hours per week

***** NOTE: This is an unpaid internship. *******

: Our Reception and Placement (RP) Team helps to support our newly arrived refugees by securing short-term and long-term housing. The team also strives to ensure that the new homes are furnished and welcoming upon their arrival. This is no easy feat and would not be possible without the help of our existing community partners.

The Housing Logistics Navigator Intern will assist the RP Housing Specialist with the coordination between the RP team, our existing community partners, and clients. The intern will have the opportunity to play a key role in providing organizational support to the housing team by performing a variety of clerical and administrative duties. In addition, the Intern will help support the team bybuilding a strong resource database that will help connect our clients to the housing resources and services available to them in their community.


  • Intern will learn how to build a strong network of community partners while helping to connect our clients to housing services in their new community.
  • Intern will learn how to manage a resource database with quick turnaround time, to provide the best service possible to a vulnerable population.
  • Intern will develop skills in: problem solving, client services, intercultural social work, and housing logistics navigating.


  • Train with the Housing Specialist for one week at the start of the internship.
  • Build strong relationships with the IRC in Los Angeles existing housing and community partnerships. The Intern will develop an understanding of the services and resources these community partners provide and compile recommendations to the RP housing team.
  • Assist with completing agency intake forms.
  • Help build and manage the RP housing resource database.
  • Assist with the coordination of housing logistics by utilizing the RP housing resource database.
  • Source for housing resources (appliances, furniture, etc.) with affordability and logistics in mind.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Available in person for 1dayat our Los Angeles office in Glendale, CA, on either Monday or Friday between 10:00 am & 4:00 pm (a 5-hour shift is expected).
  • Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, Dari/Pashto, Spanish and Russian or Ukrainian is highly desired.
  • Educational background in Social Sciences, Global Field, International Relations, Sociology or equivalent experience serving low-to-moderate income immigrant populations (including refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors etc.) preferred.
  • IRC orientation and full background check (HireRight) required.
  • Cultural awareness of and sensitivity to this vulnerable immigrant population, and a strong desire to help refugees and immigrants adjust to life in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate and work as a team member in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail.
  • Culturally competent and effective communication skills.
  • Engaged in learning about broader IRC mission, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC intern and workplace policies.

Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.


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