Intern with Home for Refugees USA


HFR offers eligible students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the humanitarian sector right in the United States. Internships are based out of Southern California, but sometimes there is an internship that can be done remotely depending on the needs, capacity, and ability to supervise interns and provide them with meaningful assignments. 

CURRENT AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS

  1. INTERNSHIP #1: VOLUNTEER COORDINATION INTERN

  2. INTERNSHIP #2: SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

  3. INTERNSHIP #3: MEDIA CONTENT WRITER

  4. INTERNSHIP #4: DIGITAL STORY INTERN

Frequently Asked QuestionS

Question 1: How many hours a week are the internships?

Hours: Part-time, 10-15 hours/week (flexible).

Question 2: What is the next internship time frame?

HFR is taking applications for summer positions for June 1st, 2019 to September 31, 2019 (end date can be flexible around start of fall school quarter/semester.) Application deadline for summer is May 31st, 2019. If applicants are interested in the fall, the application deadline is August 31, 2019.

Question 3: How do I apply?

Applicants are to email a cover letter and resume with “Summer Internship Application” or “Fall Internship Application” in the subject line to Minda Schweizer at m.schweizer@hfrusa.org.

Question 4: Where are the internships located?

Internship positions are based at our meeting site Spectrum Church in Irvine - 15375 Barranca Parkway Suite H101, Irvine, California, 92618. Please ensure you have reliable transportation prior to applying.

Question 5: Are the internships paid?

Internships are not paid. Opportunities to earn school credit may exist depending on your school’s policies and requirements. If interested in earning school credit from your internship, please indicate so when applying.

INTERNSHIP #1: VOLUNTEER COORDINATION INTERN

Internship Description:

Volunteers play a pivotal role in helping HFR to reach its mission. The Volunteer Coordination Intern works to process volunteer applications, assist in volunteer training, engage with interested volunteers, connect individuals to volunteer opportunities, coach volunteers throughout their volunteer experiences, and provide other volunteer support. This intern also developing the HFR internship program, planning and implementing HFR events, and managing volunteer database.

He or she must have a great eye for detail, be quick to learn new databases and skilled at project juggling and prioritization. He or she must be a self-starter, possessing skills in both independent and team work. A heart for the refugee/asylum-seeking community and commitment to seeing it served through relationship with the local faith and community groups is core to this position. The internship would increase an intern’s knowledge of refugee resettlement, community organizing, community development, non-profit operation, time management and task prioritization, organizational skills, professional writing, and faith and community group mobilization.

Specific Internship Responsibilities:

  • Assist ED in creating and implementing volunteer coordination strategy and goals

  • Using HFR’s systems to process volunteer applications

  • Assist in mobilizing new volunteers and maintaining relationships with existing volunteers

  • Update and work in HFR’s contact management system to keep track of volunteer relationships and data

  • Implement volunteer coordination through Workplace, in-person meetings and phone calls with volunteers

  • Maintain volunteer coordination databases

  • Improve or create new HFR volunteer trainings and material

  • Assist in leading HFR trainings and orientations

  • Coach volunteers about healthy relationship, partnership and service with the refugee community

  • Assist in creating volunteer coordination materials, updating content in online tools, resources and volunteer toolkit

  • Assist in improving and updating HFR’s internship program

  • Attend and represent HFR at internship, ministry and outreach fairs  

  • Help plan volunteer-related events and assist with HFR fundraisers

  • Work with the Social Media and Photography Intern, Media Content Writer Intern, and Digital Story Intern to coordinate interview times with the refugee, asylum-seeker, or volunteer

INTERNSHIP #2: SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

Internship Description:

This intern is in charge of HFR’s social media marketing for Summer 2019 and creating a simple future social media marketing plan for the next intern to implement for October 2019-September 2020 refugee year using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, HFR’s website, and newsletters, using each outlet to engage communities around the United States. Social Media is used to advocate for the refugee and asylum-seeker community, increase prayer support, and mobilize volunteers. This intern would be able to work independently often, taking pictures, and capturing the moments through written stories. A background or experience in social media, journalism and/or graphic design is helpful.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Attend the various HFR events to engage with refugees, asylum-seekers, and volunteers to capture stories of the refugees’ and asylum-seekers’ resettlement successes as they begin to make the U.S. their home.

  • Keep up to date HFR’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Each week, preplan posts to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Prepare ahead of time posts for the year’s national holidays to naturally promote refugee and asylum-seeker awareness (ie, World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day.)

  • Use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to create dialogue with volunteers and engage with the communities around the United States.

  • Communicate with the ED to use social media for refugee and asylum-seeker advocacy/event promotion/donation/volunteer needs.

  • Create slideshows and videos for different events, if needed.

  • Organize photographs and videos for the organization on our online photo storage site SmugMug. 

  • Partner with the Media Content Writer Intern for social media material.

  • Partner with the Digital Story Intern for social media material.

INTERNSHIP #3: MEDIA CONTENT WRITER

Internship Description:

This intern is in charge of writing down the stories of the refugees and asylum-seekers in HFR’s program for Summer 2019S. The stories will be used to advocate for the refugee and asylum-seeker community, increase prayer support, and mobilize volunteers. This intern would be able to work independently through writing stories. A background or experience in online media and journalism is helpful.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Main responsibility is to meet with the refugees, asylum-seekers, and volunteers in our program to interview them to write down their story. Stories will be then documented and, if permission is granted, used for HFR’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), newsletters, and fundraising events.

  • Attend the various HFR events to engage with refugees, asylum-seekers, and volunteers to capture stories of the refugees’ and asylum-seekers’ resettlement successes as they begin to make the U.S. their home.

  • Be in communication with the ED to use stories for refugee and asylum-seeker advocacy/event promotion/donation/volunteer needs.

  • Partner with the Social Media and Photography Intern to provide content for HFR’s social media accounts

  • Partner with the Digital Story Intern who can video the refugee or asylum-seeker while they are being interviewed.

INTERNSHIP #4: DIGITAL STORY INTERN

Internship Description:

This intern is in charge of capturing the stories digitally of the refugees and asylum-seekers in HFR’s program for Summer 2019. The stories will be used to advocate for the refugee and asylum-seeker community, increase prayer support, and mobilize volunteers. This intern would be able to work independently. A background or experience in online media and video creation and editing is helpful.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Main responsibility is to meet with the refugees, asylum-seekers, and volunteers in our program to interview them to digitally capture their story. Digital stories will be then documented and, if permission is granted, used for HFR’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), newsletters, and fundraising events.

  • Attend the various HFR events to engage with refugees, asylum-seekers, and volunteers to digitally capture stories of the refugees’ and asylum-seekers’ resettlement successes as they begin to make the U.S. their home.

  • Be in communication with the ED to use stories for refugee and asylum-seeker advocacy/event promotion/donation/volunteer needs.

  • Partner with the Social Media and Photography Intern to provide content for HFR’s social media accounts

  • Partner with the Volunteer Coordination Intern who can coordinate the interview with the refugee, asylum-seeker, or volunteer.