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.

The LIRS Foster Care Quality Assurance (QA) department oversees the annual monitoring and ongoing compliance of all 18 unaccompanied children's programs, including Transitional Foster Care (TFC), Long Term Foster Care (LTFC) and Therapeutic Services (TS). The focus of the department is on compliance with federal policy as outlined by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to ensure quality and timely services for unaccompanied children in the care of our partner programs.

The work of the QA team involves data management, analysis, compliance evaluation, continuous quality improvement, annual monitoring, grant management, and reporting.

Reporting to the Senior Program Officer for Quality Assurance, the Quality Assurance Intern will support the goals and objectives of the Foster Care Quality Assurance department by working closely with the team to ensure quality data management for tracking and reporting compliance of services provided by LIRS foster care partners according to ORR policies and procedures. This is a paid internship.


  • Assist the Program Specialist for Data, Evaluation and Quality with managing program data in the current database, Apricot, and generating daily reports.
  • Assist the Program Officer for Compliance and Quality with analyzing compliance data related to ORR-required services that the programs provide to the unaccompanied children in care.
  • Assist the Program Officer for Training and Compliance with tracking staff compliance with ORR-required trainings.
  • Assist the Program Officers for Monitoring and Evaluation with organizing the annual monitoring visits of each of LIRS partner programs.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned


  • 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;
  • 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, updated yearly.
  • 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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