World Relief Chicago: Health & Wellness Program Internship

About this Opportunity


To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to 

Length of Opportunity: 1 Semester, Summer, or Full Academic School Year 15 – 40 hours, unpaid

Supervisor: Rebecca Larsen, Program Manager

World Relief Chicago, along with local church partners, serves refugees and immigrant populations through case management services, English language training, mental health services, immigration legal services, and youth programs. Interns are a valued part of our team! This internship is a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and cultivate your interests in social justice, community development, and cross-cultural perspectives by supporting case managers in service provision for refugees and asylees.


  • Assist in intake for health and wellness services

  • Assist Case Managers in applying for public aid, social security benefits, medical and mental health referrals, and other necessary documents and services

  • Assist refugees in navigating public transportation to appointments

  • Assist/facilitate educational and support groups for refugees

  • Provide advocacy services between clients and community members, such as hospital , school officials, and government and social service providers

  • Offer prompt and supportive communication to staff and volunteers involved in refugee cases

  • Make monthly phone contact with specific refugees to check in and assess the need for additional services

  • Research providers and services available for refugees to utilize

  • Perform other tasks and projects as assigned by the Health & Wellness Program Manager, including file maintenance


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

 Background knowledge or interest in international and/or humanitarian affairs

 Experience with Medical/Health related fields preferred
 Ability to take direction and work on projects independently and to deal

with problems promptly and efficiently

 Competent in the use of Microsoft Office

 Comfortable working with individuals from many cultural backgrounds.

 Language skills in Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese languages, Nepali, French, Swahili or Spanish welcome but not required

 Experience working in a cross-cultural setting preferred
 Coursework or degree in International Studies, Social Work, Political

Science or other fields related to refugees and/or immigrants preferred

 Able to advance World Relief’s mission, vision and values through personal faith and commitment to the local church.

We are seeking confident, humble candidates who are detail and goal- oriented, self-directed, empathetic, and cross-culturally competent. You should have a demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, to prioritize and manage responsibilities, and to learn new things. You should support the mission, vision, and values of World Relief Chicago.

 Office located in Albany Park, a diverse neighborhood in Chicago, IL  Easily accessible by public transportation
 In-office coffee, tea and occasionally baked goods
 Co-workers who are helpful and passionate about what they do!

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships
Categories: Health & Wellness, Refugees
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings

About World Relief Chicago

World Relief Chicago is a Christian non-for-profit social service agency that assists refugees through cultural adjustment and employment services, English classes for adults, children’s and family literacy programs, and immigrant legal services.

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