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Requisition ID: req3846

Job Title: New Roots Intern

Sector: Communications

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - USP

Job Description

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC is at work today in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities. The IRC's US Programs (USP) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in America. USP serves more than 40,000 individuals each year, among them over 10,000 newly arrived refugees, through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at five core outcomes: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education and Power.

The IRC's New Roots program builds on the strong farming and food cultures of refugees, developing gardens, urban farms and marketplaces that produce food, leaders, livelihoods, and more connected and resilient communities. New Roots programming currently engages 3,000 participants in 58 farms and gardens and 20 markets across 13 cities from San Diego to the New York.


The New Roots intern will assist the Technical Unit for Food Security and Agriculture for USP in creating an organized set of curricula, tools, and information useful to the National New Roots network.

COMMITMENT: 6-9 months starting ASAP 2019


1. Organize and analyze program data from 13 New Roots sites towards the development of findings that can be used for internal and external communications.

2. Support the Technical Advisor to develop a set of research questions applicable to the advancement of the New Roots program.

3. Organize and format New Roots youth program curricula as part of a resource toolkit for USP offices.

4. Conduct a desk review of approaches to developing participant leadership in community development programming.

5. Refresh New Roots intranet pages to reflect current program knowledge, images, and resources.


* Experience with research and data analysis
* Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way
* Familiarity with community development and training curricula, with an interest in reviewing internal and external resources
* Experience with web page development


* Intern will enchance their research and evaluation skills.
* Intern will develop skills on data management and presentation.
* Intern will get practice in website maintenance.
* Intern will learn about and gain insights on varous approaches to refugee community development in the US.

This position reports to the Technical Advisor for Food Security and Agriculture

About International Rescue Committee

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives. For refugees afforded sanctuary in the United States, IRC offices across the country provide a range of assistance aimed at helping new arrivals get settled, adjust and acquire the skills to become self-sufficient. Committed to restoring dignity and self-reliance, the IRC is a global symbol of hope and renewal for those who have taken flight in search of freedom.