Volunteer Interns

  • Two Red Cross youth volunteers comforting a woman in a shelter
     

Apply Now

Click here to access the Volunteer Internship Application
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 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.

WIC: Nutrition Education Intern
Six-month commitment, January – June 2014
10 hours per week, during regular business hours


The Nutrition Education Intern will assist the Nutrition Education Associate, Registered Dietitian with on-going projects and duties related to our Nutrition Education Special Projects: Weekly Weight Loss Program, Employee Wellness Program, Cooking Demonstrations, Hands-on Cooking Classes and Food Safety. Responsibilities: travel to one or more of the 6 WIC sites to assist in the set-up and clean-up of four monthly classes including a Weight Loss Program Orientation, Workout class, Cooking Demonstration, and Cooking Live! Class; set-up and clean-up for these classes includes but is not limited to prepping handouts, taking weights and waist/hip measurements, grocery shopping, washing dishes, chopping produce, and rearranging the room; teach hands-on cooking classes and cooking demonstrations; lead a weekly weight loss support group; conduct nutrient and cost analysis on all recipes created; research “talking points” for recipes; make reminder and follow-up calls to WIC participants about appointments; enter data from surveys and weekly weigh-ins and compile results; create Weekly Challenges for Employee Wellness Program; research other special projects such as writing wellness newsletters, writing and distributing weekly weight loss emails, updating weight loss twitter account, creating handouts, and updating Weight Loss, Wellness, and Cooking Live! Websites; WIC Nutrition Education Intern Project; perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience in recipe development/modification, cooking and presenting; experience in cost and nutrient analysis; a basic understanding of WIC and the American Red Cross; ability and willingness to travel to assigned WIC clinics; valid California driver’s license, auto insurance and reliable vehicle during working hours; computer skills and experience- including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; appreciate diverse staff and clientele; desire to work in fast-paced clinic setting; ability to work independently and take initiative; good written and verbal skills; well-developed organizational skills with a solid orientation to detail; flexible and able to adapt to variety of working conditions and culturally-diverse population.

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 brittany.rhyne@redcross.org.