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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Small offices provide for intimate work environment (in 27 reviews)

  • and you will also get hands-on experience working with refugees and understanding the resettlement system (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Like any non-profit they tended to be short on funding (in 17 reviews)

  • Entry-level positions have been replaced by unpaid internships and AmeriCorps service years, making for high turnover and underpaid workers (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Health and Medical Advocacy Intern"

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    Current Intern - Health and Medical Advocacy in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Health and Medical Advocacy in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love my supervisors and the others working with me. It's so great to feel like I am helping our clients become more self-sufficient in their time in America. The organization itself is organized and well established, in my experience. They make it clear that the interns are really important to their operation.

    Cons

    As an intern, you are asked to drive to drive clients to a lot of appointments, which can feel a little tedious and like you're being stuck with the "grunt work" but hey- I guess that's what the interns are for! We are kind of at the mercy of the government to decide how much funding we get/how many clients we can bring in, which is a little frustrating, which is not the fault of the company, just something to note!


  2. "Great place to intern as long as you have means to support yourself"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern

    Pros

    Real experience
    doing real job
    field experience

    Cons

    unpaid
    hard to get a job there, even for the interns with degrees

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    -You have a direct impact on the well-being of your clients
    -Working in local office allows you to have impact on your immediate community
    -Great glimpse at what its like to work in a nonprofit

    Cons

    -Not a whole lot of direction given from supervisors-- a lot of my work depended on my own initiative
    -Sometimes work was menial, but that's to be expected in a nonprofit where the work is so critical
    -Unpaid, which also understandable but limited the amount of time I was able to work there since I had to hold at least one other job to support myself


  4. "Resettlement Caseworker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Supportive team; The company also stresses self-care and hold non-work events for the whole office (picnics, park-visits, etc); Generous paid time-off (sick hours and vacation days are separate)

    Cons

    Difficult to advance to higher positions


  5. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to intern. I was working on grants support in one of their field offices in Asia. Really amazing programs and clear delegation of tasks.

    Cons

    Definitely intense environment and questionable expat-local staff dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    More local staff in top positions!


  6. "Great mission, Great employees, Difficult to obtain permanent position"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee as a contractor

    Pros

    Organization has a great mission and is highly effective. Employees are dedicated and passionate about the people they serve.

    Cons

    Entry-level positions have been replaced by unpaid internships and AmeriCorps service years, making for high turnover and underpaid workers.


  7. "Wonderful Organization"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Elizabeth, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Elizabeth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern

    Pros

    Great humanitarian work
    friendly atmosphere
    well organized

    Cons

    not many office supplies
    can get very hectic/busy
    can be very stressful

  8. "Fair trade - Win-Win! Wonderful place to experience the American spirit of working and playing and winning, together!"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many, many willing hearts, determined minds and helping hearts teaming to make things happen for clients. These employees and contracted staff are happily pitching in and working and playing together. Positive attitudes and encouraging work ethic. Exec Dir - RC - admirably humble and wise - much knowledge, skill and experience to impart to his staff. A lot to learn from someone at the top, yet every so polite, approachable, down-to-earth, genuine, truly invested in his staff and everyone who shows interest in the institution's mission: which is to support the displaced immigrants feel cherished and to find their footing.

    Cons

    Many opportunities are created for job placement, after internship, or temporary contract. However as a non-profit institution, the corporate budget often does not allow for hiring the identified, desired candidate. Budget is limited by corporate sponsorship and partnerships and donations and the true potential of this institution is limited by its marginal budget. In need of greater funding and never hurts to have extra volunteers! Current limited budget does not allow for hiring of genuinely-interested PT and contracted candidates who want to continue on really make a difference, shouldering the challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain that already-existing open communication with staff. Maintain that culture and that positive spirit of selfless ambition and collective conscience.


  9. "Great place to get your career start as an intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    -You're directly helping people and creating positive change in their lives
    -The diversity of the people you will work with-both clients and supervisors& interns is amazing and great experience
    -You have a good amount of responsibility as an intern and your supervisor will really allow you to grow in your respective department if you show them you are willing to do good work and show great interest
    -They let your skills shine and allow to work on/create new skills

    Cons

    -It is unpaid. Although you know this going in, interns do do a lot of work and it dawns on you occasionally how you wish you were getting paid for it.
    -The environment sometimes be disorganized and hectic


  10. "Incredible agency to work for"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern

    Pros

    Irreplaceable opportunities
    Amazing employees
    Close-knit work environment

    Cons

    Lack of structure and training


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