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Great organization to work for if you care about humanitarian issues.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

I worked at International Rescue Committee

Pros

The IRC is definitely much more structured/organized than many smaller NPOs. This can be both good and bad (see cons). The clients and staff are typically great to work with.

Cons

Given the size of the organization, it can often feel overly bureaucratic. US programs seem to receive far less attention that international programs (this can be good or bad depending on where you work).

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fun internship, but don't expect it to open doors

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    Former Employee - Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    -Opportunity to interact with all types of refugees
    -Open, supportive office environment
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Never a dull moment in the office

    Cons

    -Work routine and repetitive (shop at Walmart, drive refugee to appointment, etc.)
    -No sense of how to advance professionally
    -No pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicate some time to talking to interns about how to leverage interning into career in non-profits

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    A good place to work for self-starters

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    IRC's mission is extraordinary. Its core values - which include making decisions based on input from the communities it services - and its commitment to hiring people from the countries and communities it serves are spot on. It's easy to come to work (even at headquarters) and feel that you are making a difference in other people's lives.

    Across the board, those who work at the IRC are bright, committed to the work, and invested in making a difference in refugees lives. They are often well-traveled and well-educated and come from interesting professional and cultural backgrounds.

    Cons

    Here are three, based on limited exposure to the organization (8 years, but obviously I didn't work in all departments/programs):

    1. With such a large agency, sometimes information fails to flow down from the executive offices. There's an effort being made to get information about strategy and values and guiding principles to line staff and middle managers, but there's still work to be done.

    2. There are advancement opportunities in headquarters, but the structure of some (especially smaller) regional offices and country programs makes it hard to advance. Some very bright, talented, hard-working people have had to leave the organization, because they didn't want to relocate but didn't want to stay in their jobs past a certain point.

    3. In some units and departments, staffing capacity means that data analysis is not always as rigorous as it could be. With more quantitative people on board, the organization could look at the data it collects to see what is driving its outcomes. This would allow the organization to provide even better services to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and honest with staff - create a set of guiding principles, and share it across the organization. Compile and share annual or biannual plans for each department across the agency. Seek key staff's input (from line staff to senior management) in creating these plans, and be explicit about how staff's input is driving decision-making.

    Create a virtual drop-box and other tools for staff to share ideas and solutions.

    Create a mentoring program to match senior staff with long-term entry/mid level staff - this would keep senior staff connected with the "reality on the front lines" and would create a venue for professional development for the entry/mid level staff.

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