World Relief Chicago


About World Relief Chicago

World Relief Chicago proudly and wholeheartedly assists refugees and immigrants on their journey to become fully integrated, self-sufficient and productive members of the Chicago land community.

World Relief Chicago is a Christian non-for-profit social service agency that assists refugees through cultural adjustment and employment services, English classes for adults, children’s and family literacy programs, and immigrant legal services.

 

 

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Current Opportunities at World Relief Chicago

Non-Profit Administration Internship

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to chicago@wr.org. 

Length of Opportunity: 1 Semester or Full Academic School Year 15 – 40 hours, unpaid

Supervisor: Rebecca Sheehy, Volunteer Program Manager

World Relief Chicago, along with local church partners, serves refugees and immigrant populations through case management services, English language training, mental health services, immigration legal services, and youth programs. Interns are a valued part of our team!

This internship is a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and cultivate your interests in social justice, community development, and cross- cultural perspectives. You will be exposed to the full range of our resettlement services and community development by working within the Volunteer Department to impact all program areas of World Relief Chicago.

  • Provide project management for new initiatives and improvement projects.

  • Field inquiries from community members, prospective clients, and volunteers.

  • Schedule and provide day-of support for orientations and trainings.

  • Manage and track outreach contacts through recruitment life cycle.

  • Event planning for fundraising, educational, and social events.

  • Research and reporting for grant development and prospective funding sources.

  • Site visits to assist with off-site programs and recruiting efforts.

  • Track performance indicators to analyze the completion of short and

    long-term goals.

  • Opportunity to tailor internship to field of study or area of interest.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

 Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs.
 Experience with Sharepoint, Basecamp, Raiser’s Edge and Constant Contact a plus.

 Comfortable working with individuals from many cultural backgrounds.

 Ability to produce work within a quick turnaround time.

 Flexible, energetic and motivated team player.

 Ability to start and work on projects independently and follow through to completion.

 Able to advance World Relief’s mission, vision and values through personal faith and commitment to the local church.

We are seeking confident, humble candidates who are detail and goal- oriented, self-directed, empathetic, and cross-culturally competent. You should have a demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, to prioritize and manage responsibilities, and to learn new things. You should support the mission, vision, and values of World Relief Chicago.

 Office located in Albany Park, a diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL  Easily accessible by public transportation
 In-office coffee, tea and occasionally free lunch
 Co-workers who are helpful and passionate about what they do!

  • : Chicago, IL
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships
Categories: Refugees
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings

Employment Services Internship

 To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to chicagointernships@wr.org. 

Length of Opportunity: 1 Semester, Summer, or Full Academic School Year, 15 – 40 hours, unpaid

World Relief Chicago, along with local church partners, serves refugees, asylees and immigrant populations through case management services, English language training, mental health services, immigration legal services, and youth programs. Interns are a valued part of our team!

This internship is a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and cultivate your interests in social justice, community development, and cross- cultural perspectives by supporting case managers and employment staff in service provision for refugee and asylee clients.

Duties

  • Take clients to job interviews and assist with completing job applications

  • Help clients prepare for job interviews by providing encouragement, practice with job interview questions and obtaining necessary documentation for employment

  • Counsel clients on American culture and the American workplace to make their transition to life in the U.S. easier

  • Assist clients in applying for documents needed such as a state ID

  • Assist clients in applying for unemployment benefits

  • Complete case notes on work and the paperwork needed for case files

  • Assist with grant documentation and maintain grant recipients case file

  • Assist in the development of new jobs and employers for refugees

  • Assist employment counselors in providing cultural orientation and employment preparation trainings for refugees

  • Attend weekly Department meetings and provide updates on work

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

• A strong interest in humanitarian issues
• Sensitivity to other cultures and backgrounds
• Adaptable to changing plans and a fast-moving environment

• Preferred education and/ or experience in International Relations, International Studies, Social Justice, Social Work, Business Administration or a related field

• Flexible, energetic and motivated team player.
• Ability to start and work on projects independently and follow through to completion.

We are seeking confident, humble candidates who are detail and goal- oriented, self-directed, empathetic, and cross-culturally competent. You should have a demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, to prioritize and manage responsibilities, and to learn new things. You should support the mission, vision, and values of World Relief Chicago.

• Office located in Albany Park, a diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL • Easily accessible by public transportation
• In-office coffee, tea and occasionally baked goods
• Co-workers who are helpful and passionate about what they do!

  • : 3507 W Lawrence Ave; Chicago, IL 60625
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships
Categories: Professional Development & Training, Refugees
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings

Health & Wellness Program Internship

 

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to chicagointernships@wr.org. 

Length of Opportunity: 1 Semester, Summer, or Full Academic School Year 15 – 40 hours, unpaid

Supervisor: Rebecca Larsen, Program Manager

World Relief Chicago, along with local church partners, serves refugees and immigrant populations through case management services, English language training, mental health services, immigration legal services, and youth programs. Interns are a valued part of our team! This internship is a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and cultivate your interests in social justice, community development, and cross-cultural perspectives by supporting case managers in service provision for refugees and asylees.

Duties

  • Assist in intake for health and wellness services

  • Assist Case Managers in applying for public aid, social security benefits, medical and mental health referrals, and other necessary documents and services

  • Assist refugees in navigating public transportation to appointments

  • Assist/facilitate educational and support groups for refugees

  • Provide advocacy services between clients and community members, such as hospital , school officials, and government and social service providers

  • Offer prompt and supportive communication to staff and volunteers involved in refugee cases

  • Make monthly phone contact with specific refugees to check in and assess the need for additional services

  • Research providers and services available for refugees to utilize

  • Perform other tasks and projects as assigned by the Health & Wellness Program Manager, including file maintenance

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

 Background knowledge or interest in international and/or humanitarian affairs

 Experience with Medical/Health related fields preferred
 Ability to take direction and work on projects independently and to deal

with problems promptly and efficiently

 Competent in the use of Microsoft Office

 Comfortable working with individuals from many cultural backgrounds.

 Language skills in Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese languages, Nepali, French, Swahili or Spanish welcome but not required

 Experience working in a cross-cultural setting preferred
 Coursework or degree in International Studies, Social Work, Political

Science or other fields related to refugees and/or immigrants preferred

 Able to advance World Relief’s mission, vision and values through personal faith and commitment to the local church.

We are seeking confident, humble candidates who are detail and goal- oriented, self-directed, empathetic, and cross-culturally competent. You should have a demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, to prioritize and manage responsibilities, and to learn new things. You should support the mission, vision, and values of World Relief Chicago.

 Office located in Albany Park, a diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL  Easily accessible by public transportation
 In-office coffee, tea and occasionally baked goods
 Co-workers who are helpful and passionate about what they do!

  • : 3507 W Lawrence Ave; Chicago, IL 60625
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships
Categories: Health & Wellness, Refugees
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings
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