The Reception and Placement Program begins its work before refugees even arrive in the U.S. Once our staff is notified by the Federal Government that a refugee will be settling in our area, we help them fill out all of the paperwork they will need and find them appropriating housing, furnishings for their new apartment, and seasonally appropriate clothing. On the day of their arrival, ECDC staff meets them at the airport and takes them to their new home where we have prepared a culturally appropriate hot meal. After they have settled in, ECDC conducts a cultural orientation to help the newcomers acclimate to American customs and culture. Because most refugees are unable to immediately start working, we provide them with enough direct cash assistance to ensure their financial stability until they can sustain themselves. Next, we provide assistance in setting up required documents like a social security card, support in applying for benefits like food stamps and Medicaid, and help in enrolling them and their children in ESL classes and K-12 education. Our goal is that within 90 days, the refugees we help are well on their way to building safe, sustainable lives in their new home.
LIST OF OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
The Integration Program
This program is a masterclass in problem-solving. Interns help clients overcome barriers to self-sufficiency while providing comprehensive, wrap-around services. Integration Program interns also assist in the delivery of twice-weekly English classes, and twice-monthly continuing cultural orientation classes.
The Employment Program
In this program interns walk clients through searching for and applying to jobs, help them prepare resumes, and practice interviewing. Interns also search for new job opportunities, and conduct outreach with potential employers.
The Reception and Placement Program
Both fast-paced and client focused, interns in this program work with case managers to ensure clients accomplish as much as possible in their initial 90 days in the United States.
Social Media and Outreach
Maintaining a consistent online presence allows us to continue forging partnerships and soliciting donations. It also helps us keep our clients connected and informed. The Social Media and Outreach intern manages this presence so that we can continue to grow as an organization.
Interns Success Stories
“I have welcomed clients at the airport, staged apartments and traveled with families to ESL classes, doctors appointments, job interviews, and to social services.During these activities, we would have endless conversations about the cultural differences and similarities between the U.S. and their home countries.Through these conversations, friendships were developed and I become more than just an intern.”
– Melissa Rodney
How To Apply
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP WITH ACC, PLEASE READ THE INTERN OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTIONS BELOW AND IDENTIFY THE POSITIONS THAT ARE THE BEST FIT FOR YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILLS. THEN COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
Fill out the Intern Application Form.
Email a resume highlighting your education, work, and volunteer experience as well as a cover letter explaining what attracts you to ACC and our community, why you’re a good fit, and the three most valuable things you believe you bring and will contribute to our community to the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the Volunteer Coordinator receives your application, cover letter and resume, s/he will contact you to set up an interview.