Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Internship

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to refugees. LIRS has transformed lives with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States from sea to shining sea.

We help people seeking safety from persecution in their home countries and reunite families torn apart by conflict. We resettle refugees. We protect vulnerable children who arrive alone in the United States. We advocate for compassion and justice for all migrants.

Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. Attracting and retaining the best talent is vital to our continued growth and we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision available the first day of employment, professional development, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off including 20 days of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 12 paid holidays PLUS the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and up to 12 weeks of fully paid FMLA leave, company 403(b) contribution of 3%, an additional 4% match, Family Building benefits for reproductive procedures, adoption/foster care assistance, and an annual wellness benefit that can be customized to support your personal needs including funding enrichment classes, gym memberships, and healthy eating plans (to name a few) all in an inclusive and progressive environment!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a champion for all uprooted people. Please join us as we make a difference in the lives of newcomers.

Children released from ORR care to sponsors typically do not need in-home services as a part of their reunification process. When children are identified as having special needs or other barriers to the reunification process are identified, home studies and post-release services are recommended to ensure that the minor and sponsor can live with one another safely and that the placement is stable. LIRS maintains a national network of case managers tasked with inspecting home environments, informing release decisions, and connecting families to community resources. These case managers are responsible for ensuring that children are safe and living in suitable homes, as well as actively promoting family reunification. LIRS has provided home study and post-release services since 2006. Since that time, the program and network have gradually grown from being one that was focused on headquarters-based staff operating in a limited local capacity, to one that is nationally focused with an emphasis on partners who can serve clients with local expertise. Since its beginning, the program has served 10,523 minors through both programs.

Reporting to a Senior Program Officer for Family Reunification as their field instructor, the HS/PRS Intern will also potentially be assigned a task instructor who may be any eligible member of the HS/PRS leadership team. The field instructor will be responsible for integrating practice and theory, whereas the task instructor will be responsible for daily supervision and guidance. The HS/PRS intern will generally assist members of the HS/PRS leadership team in tasks related to the oversight and management of the program. As such this internship is best suited for individuals seeking a Macro internship experience.

Note: The internship can potentially focus on micro activities for the HS/PRS intern if so desired, but a pre-employment discussion should be had to discuss if this can be reasonably obtained for the intern through this placement. This is a paid internship.

DUTIES

  • Assist with quality assurance activities in CFS databases
  • Review and organize the HSPRS case management materials with appropriate staff
  • Maintain the organization of shared documents with LIRS external resource o Clean up outdated and duplicated documents o Create a system of organization so documents can be located
  • Create a Capstone Project that can be presented to the Family Reunification-Home Study and Post Release Services program at the end of the internship that applies the skills learned at Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service (LIRS). Ideas may include: o Research findings from shadowing visits with families; or o Identifying local resources and challenges faced in areas where resources are scarce; or o Ways to improve client interactions or internal processes
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned Micro Placement (should pre-employment background screens be obtained)
  • Shadow HSPRS Case Managers working with clients to determine referral resources needed and understand the role of HSPRS Case Managers during service provision. Intern may pay close attention to: o Referral needs o Client interactions o Understanding the program structure and ideas for improvement
  • Create a Capstone Project that can be presented to the Family Reunification-Home Study and Post Release Services program at the end of the internship that applies the skills learned at Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service (LIRS). Ideas may include: o Research findings from shadowing visits with families; or o Identifying local resources and challenges faced in areas where resources are scarce; or o Ways to improve client interactions or internal processes
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior experience working with and a strong commitment to the refugee or immigrant community preferred, but not necessary;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel;
  • Ability to multitask and work independently;
  • Ability to engage stakeholders professionally;
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and experience in internet research;
  • Sense of humor appreciated; and
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners; commitment to empowering refugees and migrants.

Special Position Requirements:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be willing and able to clear a criminal background check for the past 7 years.
  • Must be willing and able to request and clear Child Abuse and Neglect background check in all states lived within previous 5 years.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain FBI fingerprint check.
  • Must obtain a negative TB test.
  • Must have valid driver's license and MVA check free of major infractions for the last 7 years.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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