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The American Red Cross - San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is delighted to offer opportunities for you to gain on-the-job experience through our unpaid internship program. After we have received your Volunteer Internship Application, we will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Please note that Volunteer Services is unable to guarantee placement in an internship position.

International Services: Restoring Family Links Intern
Six-month commitment, available immediately
5-10 hours per week, during regular business hours


The chaos and confusion of war and disaster can separate families when they need each other most. When this happens, the Red Cross joins the search across international borders, offering a unique service that reconnects families - "Restoring Family Links." International Services Restoring Family Links Interns will supervise International Community Services Volunteers, partner and collaborate with local refugee agencies in the San Diego area, attend meetings and forums related to refugee efforts (e.g. San Diego Refugee Forum) and represent the American Red Cross International Services in the community.

Qualifications: Must speak Spanish fluently; have strong verbal and written communication skills; exhibit excellent multi-tasking and organization skills, and work proficiently under pressure; enjoy sourcing new programs and organizations within the community through various methods of research; demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiastically work independently or as part of a team, with minimal supervision; choose to reach for leadership growth opportunities; possess basic to excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office, Internet; exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills; a flexible, passionate individual that inspires others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community.

International Services: Exploring Humanitarian Law Intern
Six-month commitment, available immediately
5-10 hours per week, during regular business hours


We invite you to join our International Services team as an Exploring Humanitarian Law Intern, promoting the American Red Cross EHL curriculum at local schools. This curriculum is a flexible toolkit that gives teachers easy-to-use materials to unravel complex global issues, and helps students understand the Geneva Conventions, rules governing war and their impact on human life and dignity. EHL Interns will promote and support the EHL curriculum and integration into the school system, supervise International Initiatives, Advocacy and Education volunteers, provide outreach regarding our EHL and IHL (International Humanitarian Law) programs to the San Diego communities, local organizations and school systems, and participate in National American Red Cross conferences/meetings regarding International Campaigns. Please review the Exploring Humanitarian Law website at http://ehl.redcross.org before applying to familiarize yourself with the program.

Qualifications: Understand the San Diego community college educational system; have strong verbal and written communication skills; exhibit excellent multi-tasking and organization skills, and work proficiently under pressure; enjoy sourcing new programs and organizations within the community through various methods of research; demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiastically work independently or as part of a team, with minimal supervision; choose to reach for leadership growth opportunities; possess basic to excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office, Internet; exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills; a flexible, passionate individual that inspires others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community.

Service to the Armed Forces: Client Casework Chair
One-and-a-half-year commitment
Six months of training; One year working as Client Casework Chair

The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Client Casework Chair works closely with American Red Cross staff in coordinating and administrating all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling program activities. Appointee supports SAF staff to achieve long-term organizational success and complete assignments and projects to help achieve the strategic goals set forth by the Region and National Headquarters. The Service to the Armed Forces Family Follow-Up Program provides quality case management services for active duty, veterans, retirees, and their families during emergent and often challenging situations. Through education, referral, advocacy, case management and other support services, Service to the Armed Forces aims to promote self-resiliency and self-reliance within the military community.

Qualifications: Have strong verbal and written communication skills; exhibit excellent multi-tasking and organization skills, and work proficiently under pressure; enjoy sourcing new programs and organizations within the community through various methods of research; demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiastically work independently or as part of a team, with minimal supervision; choose to reach for leadership growth opportunities; possess basic to excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office, Internet; exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills; a flexible, passionate individual that inspires others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community.

*Preferred Qualifications*
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with valid license to practice, current /valid hospital approved credentials to practice, experience working in the non-profit sector. Effectively makes use of community resources and ability to create relationships with external companies to support team members and their mission.

Service to the Armed Forces Program Assistant
One-and-a-half-year commitment
Six months of training; One year working as Program Assistant

The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Client Casework Program Assistant(s) assists American Red Cross staff and Program Chair by overseeing the daily operations of the SAF Family Follow-Up Program. Program Assistant(s) work to achieve long-term organizational success and complete assignments and projects to help achieve the strategic goals set forth by the Region and National Headquarters. The Program Assistant(s) mentor SAF Client Casework volunteers and interns by appropriately delegating tasks and projects. Please note: this position is only available to Senior Level Volunteers/ Interns with at least six months of service. Program Assistants will manage, direct and train the Client Casework Admin Assistant(s) and Client Casework volunteers and interns with direction from staff members. Engage with clients, complete comprehensive client assessments, and provide casework skills, as necessary, as well as develop, access, coordinate and monitor service plans and documentation. They will lead and/or support short-term projects from conception to completion as well as develop and administer reports, training and presentations. Program Assistants will implement new programs and participate in local outreach, awareness projects, events, and fundraising. Additionally, they will provide training and presentations to internal departments and external organizations. Program Assistant(s) provide direct assistance to staff member(s) to include: the ability to perform all tasks normally carried out by staff member(s), when needed, while continually exploring local community and resources and remaining current on all functions of SAF Self-Service and its components. Conduct ongoing and short-term case management services and complete comprehensive client assessments via phone or in-person, as needed. Maintain optimal organization and practice exceptional time management skills and uphold a strong will to succeed and dedication to expanding and fulfilling the long-term goals of the SAF Self-Service Program.

Service to the Armed Forces: Client Casework Program Intern
Six-month commitment, available immediately
Multiple Internships Available
10 - 15 hours per week, during regular business hours


Support local military families through our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Client Casework program. Assist with day-to-day operations in order to preserve the goals, roles, responsibilities, and achievements of the SAF program as a whole: coordinate all Client Casework volunteers and interns; develop and implement new programs; generate reports; demonstrate problem solving and identify local resources with the purpose of developing resiliency and self-reliance. May also participate in short-term fundraising and outreach projects to help achieve long-term goals of the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services programs.

Qualifications: Have strong verbal and written communication skills; exhibit excellent multi-tasking and organization skills, and work proficiently under pressure; enjoy forming relationships with clients, co-workers and outside organizations, completing comprehensive assessments, developing service plans, accessing services, overcoming barriers, and coordinating and monitoring services; demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiastically work independently or as part of a team, with minimal supervision; choose to reach for leadership growth opportunities; possess basic to excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office, Internet; exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills; a flexible, passionate individual that inspires others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community. Background in case management or social work preferred. Bilingual skills are helpful but not required.

Service to the Armed Forces: Client Casework Indirect Services Intern
Six-month commitment, available immediately
Multiple Internships Available
5-10 hours per week, during regular business hours


Support our Service to the Armed Forces Client Casework team with a focus on Indirect Services. Indirect Services volunteers will address the initial concerns outlined by the Direct Services Caseworker and client noted in an Emergency Communication Message generated by the SAF Call Centers. Generally completed through email, the Client Casework Assistant for Indirect Services follows up to provide San Diego chapter contact information, any additional resources requested, ensure that immediate needs have been addressed, and to administer a client survey either via email or over the phone. Additionally, Indirect Services will contact various organizations to research how the military community can benefit from specific programs offered and explore new organizations and programs. Since every client will have different needs, it has become increasingly important for SAF to be able to present a variety of solutions to military families as offered by community organizations.

Qualifications: Have strong verbal and written communication skills; exhibit excellent multi-tasking and organization skills, and work proficiently under pressure; enjoy sourcing new programs and organizations within the community through various methods of research; demonstrate strong interpersonal and customer service skills; enthusiastically work independently or as part of a team, with minimal supervision; choose to reach for leadership growth opportunities; possess basic to excellent computer skills – Microsoft Office, Internet; exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills; a flexible, passionate individual that inspires others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community. Background in case management or social work preferred. Bilingual skills are helpful but not required.

Please note that internship availability changes frequently; a full list of current opportunities will be provided once you have started the application process. If you have any questions, please email Curt.Luthye@redcross.org.