Internship Opportunities

WRD is excited to offer internships to those seeking further involvement with our organization. In our work, we hope to engage students, graduate students, recent graduates, or anyone who is passionate about the local Church and the refugee community. 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.


The following positions are available:

While we offer specialized internships within a department, applicants apply to a general department first, and discuss position fit and availability pending an interview. Interns are only considered for positions within one department at a time. If you do not receive an internship within the department of your choice, WRD might consider you for a position in another department, if that interests you. 

Refugee Resettlement Internships:

Volunteer Coordination & Church Engagement Internships: 


Deadlines and Logistics:

  • Typically, WRD interns start on a semester basis (August, January, and May), whether or not they are students. Should a position remain unfilled, WRD may accept intern applications on a rolling basis outside the normal semester start time.
  • Part-time interns (serving up to 20 hours per week) serve a minimum of two semesters (usually spring to summer, summer to fall, or fall to spring). Full-time interns (serving more than 20 hours per week) serve a minimum of one semester (either spring, summer or fall). Spring internships start in January, summer internships start in May and fall internships start in August. 
  • Note that all internships are unpaid, but WRD can provide oversight for interns to receive course credit. For questions, contact Kaylee at klaw@wr.org

For spring 2017 through summer 2017 internships:

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 9 a.m.
  • Interview Notifications: Applicants who receive an interview will hear back by Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 5 p.m. 
  • Internship Interviews: Interviews will be conducted at the WRD office between Monday, November 28, 2016, and Wednesday, December 9, 2016. Interviews last no more than one hour and occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • Internship Acceptances: Applicants who are interviewed will be contacted by WRD by 5 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016, with a decision. 
  • Mandatory Training: Accepted interns are to attend training on Tuesday, January 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the WRD office.
  • Intern Kick-Off Event: Accepted interns join other interns, past interns and WRD staff during this time of fellowship on Thursday, January 12, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (location TBD)
  • Internship start and end dates: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, through Friday, August 18, 2017 (interns serving full-time in spring 2017 would finish their internship Friday, April 28, 2017). 

For summer 2017 through fall 2017 internships:

  • Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017, at 9 a.m. 
  • Interview Notifications: Applicants who receive an interview will hear back by 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017. 
  • Internship Interviews: Interviews will be conducted at the WRD office between Monday, April 3, 2017, and Friday, April 7, 2017. Interviews last no more than one hour and occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • Internship Acceptances: Applicants who are interviewed will be contacted by WRD by 5 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, with a decision. 
  • Mandatory Training: Accepted interns are to attend training on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the WRD office.
  • Intern Kick-Off Event: Accepted interns join other interns, past interns and WRD staff during this time of fellowship on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (location TBD)
  • Internship start and end dates: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, through Friday, December 8, 2017 (interns serving full-time in summer 2017 would finish their internship Friday, August 18, 2017). 

NOTE: WRD recognizes that applicants' schedules vary, and is able to be flexible in certain situations regarding trainings and start/end dates. 

General Internship Requirements for Applicants:

  • Anyone can apply to intern at WRD, however, only qualified candidates who sign the statement of faith agreement and the Mission/Vision/Values acknowledgment will be selected (Per Title 7). See the online form for more details. 

  • If selected, applicants should be prepared to complete a criminal and motor vehicle background check (free of charge) through WR.

  • WRD is able to provide oversight and fill out forms necessary for selected interns to receive academic credit for their internship.

  • Must have enthusiasm for empowering the local Church, serving refugees in the Triangle area and an 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 a willingness to work in refugees’ homes and spend time in medical provider facilities (for some positions).

  • Must be willing to dress in appropriate business casual clothing.