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 serving the refugee and immigrant 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.


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 it interests you. 

Internships at World Relief Durham


Refugee Resettlement Internships:

Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services 

Immigration Legal Services Internships:

Community Engagement Internships: 


  • Part-time interns (serving 15-20 hours per week) serve a minimum of two semesters (usually spring and summer, summer and fall, or fall and 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 Tremayne at tmanson@wr.org

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

General Internship Requirements for Applicants:

  • Anyone can apply to intern at WRD, however, only qualified candidates who sign 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 serving refugees and immigrants 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.