Are you looking to build your skills and knowledge of working with refugees? KOM provides unpaid internships for individuals who are want to gain professional experience in human services, communications, program management, and more. Interns commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week and work alongside KOM staff members. Internships are usually three or four months long and run during the following time periods: Spring (January – April), Summer (May – August), Fall (September – December).
Our Refugee Employment Services (RES) and Refugee Social Services (RSS) teams assist clients with job placement, access to health care, secondary resettlement support, and other services. The human services intern will provide support to employment counselors and social services coordinators with these services.
Shadow KOM employment counselors and social services coordinators in the following activities…
- Connect clients with community services such as medical care, mental health services, child care, school enrollment, public assistance, and other programs
- Complete intake and assessment forms to determine clients’ eligibility for services
- Provide walk-in services for refugees to address needs including translation/interpreting, completing paperwork, and contacting other agencies for referrals and follow-up
Time commitment: Available at least 8 hours per week (anytime Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm) for a minimum of 3 months
Location: KOM Office
Qualifications: Currently studying sociology or human services. Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English and Sgaw Karen. Additional language abilities (i.e. Pwo Karen, Karenni, Burmese, Mon, Thai) are a plus.
Benefits: This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about refugee resettlement issues and the broad network of services available to refugees in Minnesota. The human services volunteer will gain experience in case management, interpreting/translating, and client advocacy while helping refugees from Burma access resources to meet their needs and become independent.