INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEW ENGLAND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The International Institute of New England (IINE) is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Boston (and a satellite office in Lynn), Lowell, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The mission of the International Institute of New England is to invest in the future of our cities and towns by preparing refugees and immigrants for participation in the social, economic and political richness of American life through active citizenship.

The IINE Internship Program offers outstanding opportunities for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates. All internships are unpaid and correspond roughly with the semester system:

Fall:             September – December      (Applications due by August 15)

Spring:        January – April                    (Applications due by December 1)

Summer:     May – August                      (Applications due by April 1)

 

IINE- Boston Programs Internship

The International Institute of New England-Boston is currently offering internships in a number of programs to students with demonstrated interest or experience in serving refugee, asylee, and immigrant populations. An intern can expect to be assigned to one or two of the programs outlined below. Each internship also includes an educational component, through which interns contextualize their experience and reflect on their service.

Time Commitment:

  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required. 
  • Days are flexible depending on intern’s schedule and program needs.

 Programs and Responsibilities:

  • Skills Training: Our training programs prepare immigrants for jobs in hotels, hospitals, and banks. Intern responsibilities include conducting information sessions and intakes, evaluating applicants, assisting in the preparation of lesson plans and teaching, and developing resumes and applying for jobs with clients.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages: Our ESOL classes are held in the evening and teach English to immigrants. Intern responsibilities include conducting information sessions, and coaching students on career, education, and civic engagement goals.
  • English for Employment: Our EFE classes teach English to newly-arrived refugees and asylees. Intern responsibilities include assisting teachers in the classroom, tutoring students one-on-one, and managing records.
  • Community Services: Our Community Services program coordinates case management and other services for resettled clients 90+ days after arrival. Intern responsibilities include assisting staff with case management (applying for temporary financial assistance, advocating for health and social services), helping to coordinate referrals to a wide variety of social services, and managing records.
  • Refugee Resettlement Services: Our Resettlement program coordinates the arrival and integration of refugees, asylees, and other clients up to 90 days after arrival. Intern responsibilities include assisting case specialist with case management (securing housing, applying for temporary financial assistance, accompanying clients to the Department Transitional Assistance, health clinics, social security office, etc.), conducting cultural and workforce orientation workshops for recently arrived refugees, and managing records
  • Employment Services: Our employment program places newly-arrived refugees into their first jobs in the US. Intern responsibilities include teaching Work Orientation, providing one-on-one assistance to clients working on resumes and job applications, and practicing with clients ahead of interviews.

First Contact & Communications: Our office receives 40-100 clients on a daily basis. Intern responsibilities include helping to staff the front desk, serving as a resource and guide for new clients, matching client needs to services, assisting in document collection and filing, and managing client questions and requests.

 Qualifications:

  • Interest in international, refugee, asylee, and/or immigrant issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience advocating on behalf of others
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly
  • 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 navigating the Boston area on public transit
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Driver’s license and/or car a plus
  • Language skills in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Somali highly desirable

IINE-Central Office Internship (in Boston)

The International Institute of New England’s Central office (located within its IINE-Boston office) is currently offering internships with its Development and Operations teams to students with demonstrated interest or experience in serving refugee, asylee, and immigrant populations. An intern can apply to be assigned to any of the opportunities listed below. Each internship also includes an educational component, through which interns contextualize their experience and reflect on their service.

Time Commitment:
•    A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.  
•    Days are flexible depending on intern’s schedule and office needs. 

Programs and Responsibilities:
•    Impact Giving: The impact giving intern supports the Development team to ensure that the Institute meets its annual individual giving/fundraising goals. Intern responsibilities include helping screen and contact major donors, assisting the Impact Giving Officer in scheduling meetings, researching and creating summaries for prospective donors, corporations, and grant-making organizations, and updating contact information after outreach.
•    Fundraising Events: The fundraising events intern supports the Development team to ensure that the Institute meets its annual fundraising goals. Intern responsibilities include: working with the Development Manager to execute details of major and minor fundraising events and connecting with event attendees, donors, and sponsors through emails and phone calls. The events intern collaborates on multiple tasks and aspects of fundraising events.
•    Marketing and Communications: The marketing and communications team is responsible for developing and managing IINE’s internal and external marketing and communications efforts. Intern responsibilities include maintaining IINE’s social media presence, assisting with the design and written content for marketing and promotional materials, and helping to update content on the IINE website.
•    Operations: The Operations intern supports the Operations Manager and Data Manager in their efforts to standardize and strengthen day-to-day processes and systems across IINE’s 3 sites. Intern responsibilities include assisting with data clean up and importation, conducting and presenting research on the organization’s history and services, communicating with staff around contract and organization  requirements, and providing general administrative support.

Qualifications:
•    Interest in international, refugee, asylee, and/or immigrant issues
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Experience advocating on behalf of others
•    Highly organized with great attention to detail
•    Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly
•    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 navigating the Boston area on public transit
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
•    Driver’s license and/or car a plus
•    Language skills in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Somali highly desirable
•    Experience using a relational databases preferred

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, résumé, and list of three references as a single .pdf file, saved as your first and last name, to bostoninternship@iine.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which programs you are interested in and why. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Lowell Office Internships

ESOL Internship

IINE-Lowell is currently offering internships to students with demonstrated interest or experience in serving refugee, asylee and immigrant populations. Responsibilities include supporting client English acquisition in individual and group settings, conducting community orientation, and facilitating orientation for newly arrived refugee clients. All ESOL interns will be supervised by the ESOL Coordinator and will learn how to build lesson plans, conduct workshops and tutor.

Time Commitment:

  • September – December 2017
  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required. 
  • Days are flexible depending on student schedule and internship manger needs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist ESOL teachers
  • Work one on one with clients
  • Assist in development or revision of curriculum
  • Coordinate Community Orientation classes
  • Facilitate English classes for clients not receiving regular ESOL services
  • General administrative support and other duties as needed
  • Assist ESOL students in computer lab setting

Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with refugees, asylees, and immigrants
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers
  • Knowledge of a language other than English very helpful but not mandatory
  • An interest or background in education or language a plus

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

Workforce Development Internship

The International Institute of New England-Lowell 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:

  • September – December 2017
  • A minimum commitment of 16 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.
  • 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 Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • [Pursuing] BA/MA Human Services, International Relations, Hospitality, Education – related field.

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