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Adult Education 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 WORK: The IRC provides Vocational ESL, Job Readiness Training, and Employment Services courses to help students build their English language capabilities, work readiness skills, and search for employment. Interns will work with their supervisor to choose tasks that fit their skills and desires to learn. Interns assist in all aspects of the VESL/ES courses, including but not limited to the following: 
  • Teach a multicultural and multilevel classroom of new English speakers 
  • Teach with the assistance of interpreters for some of the classes 
  • Teach English language skills (including grammar, conversation, reading and writing, and listening/comprehension) 
  • Follow the IRC’s VESL Curriculum and Job Readiness Training Curriculum 
  • Assess, track and report student attendance and comprehension progress 
  • Invite participation in interactive, culturally and age-appropriate hands-on activities 
  • Teach the cultural and social values of the U.S. 
  • Help students become self-sufficient by teaching real-life language and job skills  
  • Assist in the job search process with students (both online and in-person) 
  • Assist clients with job-related communications (i.e. emails, cover letters, resumes)  
  • Practice interviewing techniques and skills  
  • Develop supplement materials and maintain files and records  
  • Other duties as requested by the VESL Instructor or Employment Services staff 
  • Positive Attitude, Energetic 
  • Patience and empathy for students  
  • Flexibility to work with a variety of student needs  
  • Experience teaching or training preferred, but not required  
This position reports to the Education & Employment Specialist.  
  • This is an unpaid internship requiring a minimum of 240 hours to be completed during business hours 9a-5p, M-F. 
  • 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 internships 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.