Each year at the Rian Immigrant Center, volunteers and interns contribute thousands of hours of their time. Their support of our staff and the immigrant and refugee families we serve is essential to our programs. Whether you can contribute five hours each year, or five hours each day, we can use your help. Please see our list of open volunteer and intern opportunities below.
These opportunities offer a chance for you to meet people from around the world, work toward social justice and to be part of a team of people dedicated to supporting newcomers to this country. Volunteering and interning with the Rian Immigrant Center provides an opportunity to learn new skills, gain valuable job experience and have fun. We also work with student interns using the experience for credit or to fulfill a requirement.
All positions are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Immigration Legal Services Internships
The Program Support intern will help triage clients via phone to determine their legal issue and liaise with ILS staff to schedule a legal consultation, provide administrative support for the Immigration Legal Services department, including data entry, reporting, and closing cases and help Interpret during client appointments as needed. You will be given significant responsibility, and will gain solid experience and learn new skills. Internship Details Here
Legal interns assist our attorneys with their case work. This includes assisting attorneys in filling out forms for clients, preparing cover letters and affidavits for clients and conducting research on immigration law. This position offers a wonderful opportunity for someone to become part of a team dedicated to assisting immigrants and refugees, to learn about the practice of immigration law, and to gain a deep appreciation for a diverse range of cultures. Internship details here
Education Services Internships Gain experience in a small and supportive Education Services team in a non-profit setting, where you will be given significant responsibility, while receiving on-the-job training and support. You will assist our educators in ESOL classes, including assessing ESOL students’ measurable skill gains at the beginning and end of the semester and calling students to assist with intake assessments. You will also provide career coaching to students through Rian's Individual Achievement Program (IAP) and citizenship tutoring, and you will host online ESOL conversation groups. Internship details here
Gain experience in a small and supportive Education Services team in a non-profit setting, where you will be given significant responsibility, while receiving on-the-job training and support. You will assist our educators in ESOL classes, including assessing ESOL students’ measurable skill gains at the beginning and end of the semester and calling students to assist with intake assessments. You will also provide career coaching to students through Rian's Individual Achievement Program (IAP) and citizenship tutoring, and you will host online ESOL conversation groups. Internship details here
Communications, Development & Finance
The Communications program at the Rian Immigrant Center manages the external and internal organizational communications. The graphic design intern works closely with the communications team to help create our marketing, social media, and outreach materials. This position requires previous design experience and basic proficiency with Adobe products. Internship details here
Learn and use your skills to develop our social media presence (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn), maintain our websites (WordPress), help create our marketing materials, advocacy campaigns and contribute to all other communications efforts. Internship details here
Learning Exchange Program
The LEP intern will provide support to the Rian Learning Exchange Program in their administration of the J-1 Intern Work and Travel Program (J-1 IWT). Our J-1 program allows graduates from universities in Ireland to come to the U.S. for 1 year and obtain an internship related to their field of study. The LEP intern position offers a wonderful opportunity for someone interested in international studies and cultural exchange programs. Our programs focus on learning, exchange of ideas and experiences, and leadership development. Internship details here.
Ready to apply? Please fill out our Internship Application Form
The Rian Immigrant Center is seeking volunteers to assist in the area of Guest Services (Reception). Due to Covid-19, our physical office is closed but we continue to run our programs and services remotely. This position involves answering all incoming phone calls using a remote access application called RingCentral. Guest Services is the first point of contact for clients, and it is essential that the volunteer is patient, courteous, professional, and welcoming to all callers. Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus for this position. Position details here
Our Individual Achievement Program (IAP) provides adult immigrants with one-to-one coaching that supports them in achieving short-term and long-term career and education goals. Adults enrolled in our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are eligible to participate in the IAP, in which they can work one-on-one with a tutor to make progress toward their educational and professional goals. This work may include preparing a resume, applying to jobs, preparing for job interviews, exploring job training programs, and exploring continuing education opportunities such as taking the HiSET/GED or TABE test or enrolling in higher education. We pride ourselves on providing individualized support that meets the personal, professional and cultural needs of our students. Position details here
The Rian Immigrant Center is seeking volunteer interpreters fluent in Haitian Creole and
English to assist the legal services team in their work with the Haitian community. Over the
next eighteen months, Rian attorneys will be helping clients file applications for Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) and are in need of interpreters to assist them in doing so.
Volunteers will be asked to provide their availability to better aid Rian’s attorneys in their
efforts. All interpretation work will occur on weekdays during normal business hours.
Currently there are immediate and ongoing opportunities available for volunteers with a
fluency in oral interpretation and/or written translation for Haitian Creole. Position details here
Rian Immigrant Center is currently recruiting volunteer conversation group hosts to support our immigrant student community and provide space for them to practice their English language skills. Volunteers are NOT required to be native English language speakers or US citizens. It is preferable that they are familiar with the language learning process and/or the experience of living in a foreign culture or within 2+ cultures simultaneously, as this promotes empathy for our students’ lived experience. Position details here
Rian Immigrant Center is currently recruiting volunteer CITIZENSHIP TUTORS to support our immigrant student community and provide space for them to practice their English speaking skills. Volunteers are NOT required to be native English language speakers. Position details here
Ready to apply? Please fill out our Volunteer Application Form