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)
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.
- 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in your cover letter which programs you are interested in and why. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.