Internship Opportunities


World Relief began as an organization in 1944. It was originally created 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. WRD is a refugee resettlement agency with a mission to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. WRD works with refugees from across the world who are fleeing to the Triangle to start new, safe lives. For their first three months in the U.S., WRD provides services that help refugees gain self-sufficiency, while also connecting the local Church and wider community to our incoming refugee friends.

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:

Click the links below to access specific internship descriptions: 

Deadlines and Logistics:

We are now accepting applications for our fall 2016/spring 2016 internships. All internships are a two-semester (or summer and semester) requirement. Note that all internships are unpaid, but WRD can provide oversight for interns to receive course credit. 

For fall 2016 through spring 2017 internships:

  • Application Deadline: Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at 9 a.m.
  • Internship Interviews: Once an application is reviewed, WRD will contact an applicant to let them know if they have received an internview. Interns will be interviewed by the person whom is indicated as the supervisor on the above position links. 
  • Internship start and end dates: Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 (flexible) through Friday, April 21, 2017 (flexible) 

Instructions for turning in applications:

All applicants are to fill out this online form in order to apply. 

  • 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.

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. 

  • 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.