Community Refugee and Immigration Services offers a number of internships throughout the year. Internships are unpaid unless otherwise specified, and are an opportunity to contribute to the work of our agency in a meaningful way while gaining personal experience in various aspects of refugee resettlement. If you are interested in joining the CRIS team as an intern, please consider one of the following opportunities. For a more detailed description of duties and requirements of each position, please email

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to with the name of the internship for which you are applying as the subject line. Please note that for-credit and other intern opportunities may be available beyond those listed below. To discuss further, email

Thank you!

To be considered for a year-long (August-April) internship beginning in the FALL, please apply by Friday, July 18th. 

NEW: The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship – Position filled for Summer 2017

A 10-week, paid internship for college and graduate students to gain experience in non-profit work. The goal of the fellowship is to create a resource library, representative of the cultures being served, to assist in the broader community’s education around immigrant and refugee resettlement issue. DEADLINE to APPLY: 12/12/2016. Applicants must apply via the The Columbus Foundation, not through CRIS.

Pre-Arrival Intern (35 hrs/week) – Position filled for Summer 2017

Work in the Resettlement Program to coordinate pre-arrival preparations for refugee families and individuals. Ensure that all new arrivals have furniture, food, and a welcome kit of essential items. This internship is full-time, 35 hours/week, and requires a reliable vehicle.

Communications and Marketing Intern (15 hrs/week)

Assist the agency in the design and implementation of various marketing initiatives and promote CRIS events and stories through various social media outlets.

Resettlement Intern (15 hrs/week) – Internship currently unavailable.

Assist in the coordination of pre-arrival and post-arrival activities of newly-arrived refugee families. Collaborate with case managers and other resettlement staff in completing core services for families and individuals such as home visits, school enrollment, and transportation to and from appointments and services.

ESOL and Employment Intern (2 positions available, 15 hrs/week) – Positions filled for Summer 2017. 

Participate in ESOL classroom activities including one-on-one work with students and implementation of lessons. Work with clients on select issues related to securing employment such as resume writing and employment applications.

Citizenship Program Intern (15 hrs/week) – Position filled for Summer 2017. 

Work with refugee and immigrant seniors preparing to become citizens through ESOL assistance, basic civic lessons, and general classrooms activities.

Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) Intern (15 hrs/week)

Assist CRIS staff in the process of applying for AOR’s (application process to bring family members to the United States) through interpretation, case follow up, and maintaining client-related case notes and paperwork. AOR’s Must have Spanish language skills.

Health and Wellness Intern (2 positions available, 20 hrs/week) – Positions filled for Summer 2017. 

Assisting the Health & Wellness team in daily operations including scheduling medical appointments, transporting to and assisting newly-arrived refugees at appointments, maintaining case files, and other related tasks. Requires a reliable vehicle, valid drivers license, and willingness to complete a background check.

Access to Healthcare Intern (3 semester requirement, 20 hrs/week beginning May 2017)

Assisting newly-arrived refugees with accessing medical care. This includes applying for transportation benefits, managing transportation volunteers, and driving individuals to and from appointments. Requires all-day availability on Tuesdays and Fridays May 2017-May 2018, a reliable vehicle, valid drivers license, and willingness to complete a background check.







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