The Integration Services Coordinator position is housed on the Advocacy and Education team that, through policy advocacy, voter engagement, strategic communications, and public education, works to promote policies and programs that make it easier for all Tennesseans to fully participate and contribute. The Integration Services Coordinator will oversee our existing integration services programs, build the capacity of our member organizations, connect service delivery to strong, grassroots organizing, and promote local and statewide coordination and policies to promote the most effective delivery of integration services. Primarily, this person will be responsible for coordinating our legal service workshops, and assisting immigrants in applying for naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
TIRRC offers internships to dependable high school, college or graduate students who are willing to dedicate regular hours over a long period of time. Interns are not required to have experience, however, they must desire to gain real skills and have an interest in immigrant and refugee rights.
All internships are unpaid.
Requirements: Interns must be willing to work a minimum of 10 hours a week and commit to 3 months, 6 months, or a year with a specific TIRRC program. Interns must also be able to provide their own transportation.
Ideal applicants are those who enjoy building relationships with people from diverse backgrounds that are very motivated and work independently with little supervision.
We are currently only taking applications for our 2014 Summer Internship Program. Please see current internship positions open below.
To apply for an internship please submit your resume and a cover letter to Karla Vazquez at KarlaV@tnimmigrant.org
Volunteer Description: Provide weekly activities and learning opportunities on Friday nights for children while their parents attend committee meetings in the same building. This volunteer must: • Be at least 18 years old • Have reliable transportation • Be available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday nights
- East TN Organizing Intern, based in Crosville or Knoxville, TN
- West TN Organizing Intern, based in Memphis,TN
The position would include helping increase regional organizer’s capacity to identify and outreach to leaders in Crossville, Cookeville, Memphis and Jackson TN and expand into new communities in the state. Other tasks would include:
- Working with regional organizer to prepare materials for KYR presentations
- Updating and keeping current our database of contacts for East or West TN
- Planning and attending all committee meetings and events organized in the area of internship
- Periodic phone conferencing, and very regular email communications with regional organizer and Organizing Team
Qualifications & Experience:
- Work well in a diverse setting
- Desire to combat stereotypes of the immigrant and refugee community
- A willingness to take initiative and think creatively
- Fluency in English [co-fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required]
- Proficient in general computer usage such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Internet navigation
Hours per week: Minimum 10 hours a week; at least 3 months (Internship can exceed to 12 months)
Benefits: Will receive regular training from experts in the field of communications, community organiz-
ing, and advocacy. Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship.