Casework Internships with the Irish Refugee Council

Posted On: November 6, 2015

The IRC’s Information and Referral Service operates a free drop-in centre and an outreach service to locations around the country where people in the asylum system live. There is an opportunity for two people to take on full-time internships for six months from January – June 2016 with two weeks of training and induction in December.

No previous experience is required but you must have a commitment to human rights and to work with and for people who have been kept on the margins of Irish society, some of whom will have experienced severe trauma before they arrive in Ireland and/or others who have been damaged as a result of their experiences here in Ireland. You must therefore be committed to working directly with people and able to convey complex information and provide support to people in difficult situations.

Full training will be given together with the opportunity to participate in other training and learning opportunities both within and outside of the IRC. Support and supervision is provided throughout the internship by a member of staff. Travel and lunch expenses are covered.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25th November. Interviews of those shortlisted will take place the week of 30thNovember.

Role description

The duties of the intern

  • Assist in providing information and support to asylum seekers and refugees on a range of issues including the asylum application process, Direct Provision accommodation and family reunification
  • Refer asylum seekers and refugees to specialised agencies and services and the IRC Law Centre where appropriate
  • Complete and maintain manual case files and computer case management system
  • Gather information and keep up to date with asylum and immigration issues
  • Contribute to the overall work plan of the Irish Refugee Council

Hours of work

Full time 25 hours a week. 10 to 4 Monday to Friday (one hour for lunch)

Duration

Six months from January 2015 (with two weeks training and induction in December)

Reports to

Information and Referral Service Co-ordinator

Remuneration

Travel and lunch expenses

Applicant requirements

  • Commitment to the human rights of vulnerable groups
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) – competence in other languages an advantage
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility and the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Proficiency in MS Office and general computer skills
  • Knowledge of Irish asylum and immigration law an advantage

Application process

Please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter marked ‘Casework Internship’ to hassina@irishrefugeecouncil.ie by Wednesday 25th November by 5pm.  Your covering letter should have an overview of your experience, training and education, the reasons you would like this position with the IRC and your availability. Interviews will take place week commencing the 30th November.