World Relief began as an organization in 1944. Its original inspiration was to respond to the suffering in war-torn European cities. With a commitment to serve “the least of these”, World Relief quickly expanded across the globe, working to bring renewal, restoration, and hope to our broken world.
World Relief Durham (WRD) was founded in 2007 to continue the organization’s efforts to love, serve and empower the least of these in Durham’s context. Our current programs consist of a Refugee Resettlement Program, which includes housing, employment services, education, ESL training, and building community support.
World Relief Durham is excited to offer internships to those seeking further involvement with our organization. We hope to engage college students–including graduate students– and recent graduates with WRD’s local work. This unique opportunity will allow interns to gain global, local and professional experience, while also contributing to an organization focused on serving the most vulnerable in our community.
Spring 2014 Internship Positions:
Click on each listed position for a complete description and list of responsibilities.
- Financial Intern
- Resettlement & Office Management Intern
- Case Management Intern
- Health Specialist Intern
- Social Media Intern
- Resource Development Intern
- Newcomer and Church Engagement Intern
- Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) and Case Specialist Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
Deadlines and Logistics:
- Application Deadline: 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 9: ALL internship applications are due*
- Internship Interviews:
- 9 a.m. Monday, Dec.9 through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13: Interns who have received an interview will be contacted. Interns will be interviewed by the person whom is indicated as your supervisor in the above position links. If you are not contacted about an interview by Friday, Dec. 9, you have not received an interview. However, all applicants who receive an interview will hear back from the interviewer whether or not the applicant receives the position.
- *Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 20: Interviews will be conducted during this time. We will be conducting interviews starting 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 and ending 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.*
*The application deadline and interview dates for specific positions may be extended. However, applicants are required to turn in applications by the dates listed above. Please continue to check our website for updates.
Instructions for turning in applications:
- Resume: Compose a resume outlining your skills and experience related to the position to which you are applying. Your resume should not exceed one page.
- Cover letter: Compose a cover letter featuring why you want to intern with WRD, your unique skills and passions related to the position to which you are applying. Your cover letter should not exceed one page, and should be specific to interning at WRD.
- Mission, Vision and Values: Applicants must take the time to read our mission, vision and values. Then, applicants must state their agreement to work in partnership with WRD’s mission, vision and values by typing the following sentence in a Word document: “I, INSERT FULL NAME HERE, have read, understand and agree to work in partnership with WRD’s mission, vision and values.” Underneath this statement, applicants should type their full name, which represents an electronic signature.
- Email your cover letter, resume and mission/vision/values statement in one email TO THE PERSON INDICATED on the position description link above.
- In the subject line of the email, please write “Internship Application- INSERT YOUR NAME HERE: INSERT INTERNSHIP POSITION TITLE HERE”
- If selected, be prepared to complete a criminal and motor vehicle background check (free of charge) through WR.
- We are able to provide oversight and fill out forms necessary for you to receive academic credit for your internship.
- Internships are unpaid.
General Internship Requirements for Applicants:
- Must have read, be in understanding and agree to work in partnership with World Relief’s mission, vision and values.
- Must have enthusiasm for empowering the local Church, serving refugees in the Triangle area and understanding of multi-cultural settings.
- Must understand that internships are unpaid.
- Must completely follow internship application directions. They should note that internship start dates, end dates, required weekly hours and supervisors are specific to each position. Please see each position link above for more details.
- Must understand that working in a multi-cultural setting requires extreme patience, problem-solving skills and ability to adjust to change.
- Must be reliable, timely, independent, organized, creative and most importantly, flexible.
- Must be able to provide transportation to and from the WRD office, and potentially for various reasons throughout the internship process.
- Must have access to a car, as client transportation is part of service delivery and is required of some of our positions. A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is also required.
- Must have a willingness to work in clients’ homes and spend time in medical provider facilities (for some positions).
- Must have access to personal laptop.
- Must be willing to dress in appropriate business casual clothing.