Summer 2016 Internships: Boston

The International Institute of New England (IINE) is a 501(c) 3 non‐profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, with site offices located in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The Institute also supports programming in Rhode Island. The Institute’s mission is to help refugees and immigrants become active participants in the social, political, and economic richness of American life.

 

The IINE Internship Program offers outstanding opportunities for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates. Interns are recruited year‐round on a semester basis in the Boston, Lowell and Manchester, NH offices. All IINE internships are unpaid.

 

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to intern@iine.us. Please indicate in your application which internship you are applying for and at which location.

 

 

Boston Internships

 

Community Services Internship

The International Institute of Boston is currently offering internships through its Community Services Department to students with demonstrated interest or experience in serving refugee, asylee and immigrant populations. Tasks include cultural and community orientation, assistance with case management (securing housing, applying for temporary financial assistance, advocating for health and social services) and community outreach.

 

Time Commitment:

  • May  – August 2016
  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.
  • Days are flexible depending on student schedule and internship manager needs.

 

Key responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct case management intakes with new clients to access services.
  • Perform resettlement and case management activities as needed, including accompanying clients to the DTA, health clinics, social security office, etc.
  • Provide support to case managers and meet with clients to assist with referrals/enrollments into benefits and trouble-shooting of issues with accessing benefits.
  • Serve as a referral source for a wide variety of social service needs.
  • Assist with filing and ensuring all required documents are in client files.
  • Conduct Affidavit of Relationship meetings with clients, in particular Central American Minor cases, to facilitate the family reunification process.
  • Assist with instruction and implementation of the Cultural Orientation Program.
  • Provide crisis assessment and crisis intervention.

 

Qualifications:

  • Interest in international, refugee and asylee issues.
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills.
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly.
  • High‐levels of professionalism, discretion and maturity in dealing with confidential information.
  • Ability to work respectfully in a multicultural environment.
  • Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers.
  • Comfort in navigating the Boston area on public transit.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • Driver’s License and/or car a plus.
  • Bi‐lingual and bi‐cultural experience a plus.
  • Fluency in Arabic, French, Spanish, or Somali highly desirable.

 

 

 

Workforce Development Internship

The International Institute of Boston is currently offering internships through its Workforce Development Department to students with demonstrated interest in serving refugee, asylee and immigrant populations. One of the primary goals of our clients is to gain employment. In order to do this, clients need guidance in a variety of ways. The International Institute has a staff of professional Employment and Training Specialists, along with ESOL teachers to assist in and support the job search efforts.

 

Time Commitment:

  • May – August 2016
  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.
  • Days are flexible depending on student schedule and internship manager needs.

 

Key responsibilities may include:

  • Work one-on-one with students to provide support with job applications, resumes, and interview practice.
  • Conduct weekly information sessions to recruit potential clients into our training and ESOL programs.
  • Teaching Assistant in our English for Employment Program, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funded Program, Hospitality Training Program and Service Industry Training Program.
  • Conduct full intake, assessment, and document verification of potential clients.
  • Work with potential employers and clients of the Workforce Development Department to match available positions with clients.
  • Research industry trends and job openings.
  • Participate in WFD activities such as company tours, mock interview days, career fairs, educational workshops, staff meetings, etc.
  • Staff the workforce development resource clinic and complete any required follow-up work at the conclusion of appointments.
  • Assist with ESOL program activities including one on one tutoring, conducting field trips, and career and education advising.
  • Maintain accurate case notes on each client and input data into database.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must possess knowledge of professional etiquette and behavior.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly.
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work respectfully in a multicultural environment.
  • Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers.
  • High levels of professionalism, discretion, and maturity in dealing with confidential information.
  • Enjoy working with people from diverse cultures (one-on-one and group setting).
  • Bi‐lingual and bi‐cultural experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • [Pursuing] BA/MA Human Services, International Relations, Hospitality, Education – related field.
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