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International Rescue Committee Caregiver Engagement Intern in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req12376

Job Title: Caregiver Engagement Intern

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY RAI USA

Job Description


Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations, and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of newcomer youth and their communities in New York City. The Education and Learning department provides year round programming working directly with youth, their parents and families, and their schools.


The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.

The Caregiver Engagement Intern will work with the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy’s administrative staff to coordinate communication between the school and parents & caregivers, including weekly newsletters, organizing parent teacher conferences, distribution of report cards and invitations for parents to attend such events as graduation. At the end of the Academy, the Caregiver Engagement Intern will assist in organizing post program Caregiver Surveys, as well as referring families for additional services.


Develop skills in building rapport with newly arrived immigrant parents and building their understanding of the American education system

Learn effective parent outreach and engagement strategies

Develop strategies to communicate important messages across linguistic and cultural divides


· Complete online training modules, participate in live training, as well as all program meetings and staff development activities thereafter

· Prior to the start of the Academy, conduct outreach to families confirming their attendance, as well as coordinating the distribution and translation of the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Welcome Packet

· Coordinate and perform outreach to families inviting them to special events including the Family Orientation, Talent Show, International Food and Fashion Show, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Workshops, Parent ESOL classes and Graduation, liaising with members of the on-site interpretation team as well as IRC community interpreters

· Prepare weekly newsletter for families about Academy events, securing translation for all represented languages

· Research and compile community resources to include in weekly newsletters for families in need of local support

· Provide support to parents and caregivers, connecting them with teachers, the student support team or other Newcomer Youth Summer Academy personnel as needed

· Lead outreach for Parent Teacher Conferences during the 4th week of the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy, coordinating with classroom and Operations staff as needed

· Coordinate one Parent Workshop in conjunction with Advocates for Children of New York & Community Engagement Intern

· Assist in enrolling parents and caregivers into Parent ESOL Classes

· Assist in enrolling new students into the Academy in compliance with IRC policies and procedures

· Support newly arrived families in enrolling their children in New York City public schools throughout the summer



· Minimum pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology or related field

· Comfort working with newcomer and immigrant adults from a variety of backgrounds, including those with limited formal education and/or literacy skills

· Experience working with newcomer or immigrant students and families

· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment

· Strong interpersonal skills

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Reliable, responsible, and dedicated

· Fluency in written and spoken English required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (including Spanish, French, Pashto, Fulani, Wolof, Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Mandingo, Haitian Creole, Nepali, Tigrinya, Mam, Garifuna)

· Must be available for all training days and for the entire duration of the Academy

Working Environment: In the event of an in-person program, the Academy takes place in a centrally located New York City public school (TBD). In the event of a virtual program, the Academy will take place primarily on Zoom. All participants must be willing to relocate to New York City for the entirety of the Program in the event of being in-person.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.