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.

Program Description: Fifteen percent of Maryland's population are immigrants, not including over 5,470 unaccompanied migrant children who started living with caregivers in the state in 2021. While the need for mental health services for immigrants has grown, service delivery has not been able to keep pace. Cost is always a barrier. Lack of provider capacity, cultural competency, and fluency in the client's native language also stand in the way. In a pilot effort to provide direct mental health services to vulnerable newcomers in a community-based setting, LIRS's Children and Family Services provides individual, group and family therapy to immigrants and refugees living in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Bilingual clinicians provide individual, family and group therapy in a community-based setting. Recognizing that housing instability, lack of access to medical care, food insufficiency, inadequate childcare, family violence, and other stressors have a negative impact on mental well-being and prevent clients from engaging in therapeutic services, LIRS provides comprehensive and holistic care. LIRS' approach to treatment is trauma-informed, culturally competent, and evidence-based. Case managers help meet client needs that cannot be addressed through therapy alone, such as identifying and coordinating resources, advocating for clients, and ensuring successful community integration. Case managers work with each client to create a client-centered individual service plan with concrete goals, along with an outline of the resources needed to meet those goals.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Associate Director for Therapeutic Services, the Migrant Mental Health Intern supports the clinical team in providing clinical and case management services to LIRS' clients in Baltimore. This is a paid internship.


  • Provide client-centered, trauma-informed case management services to asylum seekers and other program participants.
  • Provide interpretation and translation services to program participants, as well as transportation and accompaniment to appointments as required.
  • Assess emergency needs and provide financial and in-kind assistance, and case management support.
  • Develop and facilitate support groups for program participants.
  • Shadow clinicians in individual and family therapy sessions.
  • Provide individual therapy to a small caseload of participants.
  • Cultivate new relationships with service providers and referral partners.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with key stakeholders and service providers to ensure that program participants are linked and offered services in a timely manner.
  • Develop training materials and resources for community organizations and partners.
  • Conduct outreach and present to congregations, businesses, organizations, and the broader community to provide education about asylum seeker support.
  • Clearly document service provision through case notes and other program forms.
  • Maintain relevant reports and statistics related to client activities and program services.
  • Participate in performance-related goal setting and achievement to meet personal and organizational objectives and goals.
  • 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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