Mentoring and Career Pathways Intern

Founded in 1946, Church World Service (CWS) provides life-saving humanitarian aid around the world, as well as refugee resettlement in the United States through 15 affiliates and seven CWS field offices. CWS Jersey City provides comprehensive case management and employment services aimed at empowering refugees, asylees, and asylum-seekers to build a foundation for long-term self-sufficiency and success in the United States. Services include basic needs support, case management, cultural orientation, health access assistance and intensive job preparation and placement services.
CWS provides two supplemental programs, Youth Mentoring and Refugee Career Pathways. The Youth Mentoring program pairs refugees and asylees 18-24 years of age with volunteer mentors who provide guidance and support in their educational and vocational endeavors while engaging in remote civic and social activities to build a sense of belonging in the client’s community. The Refugee Career Pathways program helps enable refugees, asylees and asylum seekers to achieve self-sufficiency by obtaining the necessary credentials, education, experience, and job skills to secure employment in professional and/or skilled career fields. The intern will assist in various aspects of the Youth Mentoring and Refugee Career Pathways programs including, but not limited to:


  • Assist with researching and conducting outreach to educational institutions that provide vocational training, certification and higher education based on the clients’ specific goals;
  • Assist with researching job openings for clients upon completion of their training programs and/or pertaining to their vocational goals;
  • Assist with researching remote civic and social engagement activities to promote to youth mentees and mentors;
  • Assist with promotion and advertisements for volunteer youth mentor recruitment;
  • Assist with administrative tasks pertaining to the programs (data entry, case notes, client follow-ups).


  • Acquire detailed knowledge of the U.S. refugee resettlement program;
  • Acquire knowledge of public funding requirements, specifically service delivery and documentation requirements pertaining to the Youth Mentoring and Refugee Career Pathways programs;
  • Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills through interactions with clients, CWS staff, volunteers and community partners;
  • Strengthen research skills through various assignments pertaining to the programs;
  • Acquire knowledge on navigating the Immigration and Refugee Information System (IRIS);
  • Strengthen organizational and time management skills through balancing multiple projects in a fast-paced nonprofit environment.


  • Undergraduate or graduate level studies required;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent attention to detail and effective communication skills;
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and a can-do attitude;
  • Willing to learn about CWS history and philosophy;
  • Willing to adhere to CWS volunteer and workplace policies, including holding client confidentiality to the highest standard.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to
Please note applicants are required to have a university agreement from your current educational institution that indicates the internship would be related to your education or studies. This is an unpaid internship.

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