Upon arrival to the United States and throughout their first few years, refugees and asylees face numerous hurdles to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and accessing important community health resources. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works one-on-one with clients to meet each of their unique health needs. The Health Education intern will partner with health and wellness staff to develop localized health education workshops/classes on topics related to commonly diagnosed refugee health needs, preventive health behaviors and/or health care navigation. Interns will partner with mainstream service providers for curriculum development. After which, the intern will facilitate health education workshops to IRC clients.
*This is an unpaid position.
*This is an in-person position.
- Collaborate with health and wellness staff to develop or update health education curriculum
- Schedule and maintain calendar for health education
- Facilitate and lead health education workshops
- Coordinate outreach to clients and partner organizations about health education workshops
- Maintain client attendance and track clients progress on database (ETO)
- Communicate client concerns to IRC staff
- Assist in rolling out client satisfaction surveys, compile the results, and provide findings to health and wellness staff
- Pursuing degree in Public Health
- Experience with Health Education and preventive health training
- Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
- Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record; willingness to transport clients in personal vehicle
- Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
- IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
- All personal devices must:
- Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
- Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
- Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
- Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
- Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.
All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.
- SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
- FALL/SPRING: Minimum 12 hrs/wk for 4 months and and able to commit to blocks of time greater than 3 hours
- Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
- Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester commitment
IN-OFFICE AND REMOTE ACTIVITIES:
In-office activity we estimate to resume sometime in 2021, but this is subject to change. During in-office periods, the IRC expects all interns to work 20-25 hrs/wk during Summer, and 10-15 hrs/wk during Fall/Spring (when classes are in-session). More stringent requirements for availability or commitment may be additionally listed for certain roles. Examples: 3 full days, must be available Mondays and Fridays from 10am-3pm.