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Human Trafficking Outreach, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Intern (Remote)

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. 

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:  The HOPE (Human trafficking Outreach, Prevention, and Education) program is funded through the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crimes to identify and serve foreign victims of human trafficking. Through trauma-informed, client-centered, intensive case management and financial direct assistance, survivors of labor and sex trafficking are supported on their path to safety, security, and self-sufficiency. IRC supports clients in accessing safe and affordable housing, all-encompassing medical care, and access to necessary social services, school enrollment for children, ESL enrollment for adults, legal aid, and more.  

The day-to-day of the HOPE internship is fast-paced and offers hands-on experience in the world of case management. Interns will learn about counter-trafficking efforts within the U.S. and receive training in cultural competence, trauma-informed care, and the application of a human rights-based approach to service provision. The internship can include researching and identifying resources that meet client needs, including safe housing, donations, referrals, and more. Interns also assist clients and staff with benefits advocacy, navigation of the healthcare system, school enrollments, and other elements of case management, as needed. Interns are also asked to keep a record of their client interactions via case notes and will assist in keeping case files up-to-date. Interns may be asked to assist with reception tasks.  

  • Coordinate with staff to ensure appropriate services are being received 
  • Assist in finding appropriate referrals for client needs 
  • Facilitate donation provision to clients 
  • Complete administrative tasks, as needed 
  • Manage client files and track necessary services 
  • Perform outreach activities and occasionally train community members on identifying victims of human trafficking. 
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance as an IRC representative 
  • Assist at the reception desk, welcoming clients 
  • Must have the ability to drive: insurance and car required 
  • Other duties as assigned 

  • Strong verbal and written skills in English. Spanish desirable, but not required 
  • Enthusiastic about helping others, and the desire to meet the high needs of clients 
  • Strong communication skills and reliability 
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to work sensitively with clients, partners, and colleagues in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment 
  • The ability to think creatively and problem-solve effectively 
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines 
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office including Outlook, word, and excel 
  • Must have driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record 

This position reports to the Anti-Trafficking Caseworker 
  • This is an unpaid internship 
  • Work-related driving is eligible for reimbursement at the charitable mileage rate 
  • Internships are available for current college students, graduate students, and graduates less than 2 years post-graduation  
  • Course credit and transcript notation are available if the student submits the appropriate paperwork to the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator 
Complete an online application at Please submit a cover letter (including desired position, availability and motivation for applying) and resume in one PDF file, applications lacking one or both of these will be considered incomplete. All volunteer and internship are part-time, unpaid positions. If your school requires any documentation or agreement for a volunteer or internship position, please reach out to the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator at prior to the phone screening.  

IRC leading the way From Harm to Home.