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International Rescue Committee School Social Work Intern in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req12379

Job Title: School Social Work Intern

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY RAI USA

Job Description


Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in New York City. The Education & Learning department provides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.


The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.

The School Social Work Intern will work with students exhibiting challenges or barriers to success at the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy according to the program’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. In addition, the School Social Work Intern will meet individually with students who exhibit behavioral or emotional concern in the classroom. The intern will also contribute to the development of individualized student behavior plans for students exhibiting the highest level of need.

Under the supervision of the Dean of Student Support, the School Social Work Intern will work alongside a Caregiver Engagement Intern to conduct outreach to parents of students who are having difficulties in the classroom environment, using interpretation services if necessary. The School Social Work Intern will complete other tasks and duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Support.


· Participate in Student Support Team onboarding in June, complete online training modules, participate in live training, and attend program meetings and staff development activities thereafter

· Conduct behavioral observations of students in the classroom environment

· Develop behavior plans for students exhibiting the highest level of need

· Under supervision of the Dean of Student Support meet with students for individual guidance/counseling sessions

· Support instruction of the Social Emotional Learning class

· Maintain case notes for students served, containing detailed information on services provided during class time as well as out of class time (lunch, recess/gym, dismissal)

· Participate in weekly Student Support team meeting

  • Collect and compile all data related to Tier II and Tier III services provided as part of the Multi-Tier Systems of Support from Classroom Culture Lead Teachers and the Student Support Team

  • Assist the Dean of Student Support in compiling a weekly report on fidelity to the MTSS model and Student Support services implemented, to be shared out in weekly Student Support Team and Response to Intervention Meetings

    · Assist program staff in the outreach to parents of youth who are having difficulties in the classroom, coordinating meetings at school as necessary. Work with interpreters when necessary and available

    · Complete all required reporting on time.

    · Comply with all agency policies and protocols

    · Participate in parent/teacher conferences during the Academy



    · A BA in Social Work or Education, focusing on school counseling, required. Master’s Degree in Social Work or Education preferred

    · Strong interpersonal and communication skills

    · Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations preferred

    · Organized, reliable, and flexible

    · Ability to work independently and as part of a team

    · Fluency in written and spoken English required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (including Spanish, French, Pashto, Fulani, Wolof, Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Mandingo, Haitian Creole, Nepali, Tigrinya, Mam, Garifuna)

    Working Environment: In the event of an in-person program, the Academy takes place in a centrally located New York City public school (TBD). In the event of a virtual program, the Academy will take place primarily on Zoom. All participants must be willing to relocate to New York City for the entirety of the Program in the event of being in-person.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.