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.
Summer 2014 Internship Positions:
- Financial Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- WordPress and Social Media Intern
- Volunteer Coordination/Church Engagement Intern
- Health Specialist Intern
- Resettlement and Office Management Intern
- Newcomer and Church Engagement Intern
- Resource Development Intern
- Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) Intern
- Case Specialist Intern (primarily in Carrboro, with Karen clients)
- Case Specialist Intern (primarily in Durham, with Middle Eastern and African clients)
- Case Specialist Intern
- Employment Education Intern
- Employment/Caseworker Intern
Deadlines and Logistics:
- Application Deadline: 9 a.m., Thursday, April 17: ALL internship applications are due*
- Internship Interviews: 9 a.m. Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25: Interns who have received an interview will be contacted. Interns will be interviewed by the person whom is indicated as the supervisor in the above position links. If you are not contacted about an interview by Friday, April 25, you have not received an interview. However, all applicants who receive an interview will hear back from the supervisor whether or not the applicant receives the position.
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.
- Applicants should email their cover letter, resume and mission/vision/values statement in one email TO THE SUPERVISOR INDICATED on the position description link above.
- In the subject line of the email, applicants should 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.
- WRD is able to provide oversight and fill out forms necessary for selected interns to receive academic credit for their 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.