Internship, Co-op or Research Site:International Rescue Committee
Position Title:Immigration Intern
Work Term:Fall 2017
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
Last fall, I worked directly with refugee and asylee clients to help them receive immigration benefits such as adjustment of status(green card), citizenship, and family reunification. In addition, I filled out United States Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) immigration forms for clients, and wrote financial affidavits for fee waivers. My duties also included notifying clients via telephone or mailings about matters related to their applications and assisting the immigration team with tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents, applications, and notices of action.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I obtained this position through the UMBC Career Center. With their help, I was able to make my resume stronger, and improve my interviewing skills.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
I enjoyed working with refugees from all over the world, and helping them obtain immigration status here in the United States. Working in such a diverse environment has inspired me to help others in the future adjust to the American way of life. As the daughter of immigrants myself, I am thankful for the sacrifices my parents made when coming to the U.S.Working at the IRC has emphasized the fact that America is a nation of immigrants, FOR immigrants, who continue to make positive contributions to our society.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
Unfortunately, more and more immigrants are being denied entry to the United States nowadays. America has always been the land of opportunity, and I believe that everybody should get the chance to succeed in our country. The refugees and asylees that came to the office are from war-torn countries and are grateful for our service. Through this internship, I gained insight into the world of international development and humanitarian relief work. I hope to use this experience and my newfound knowledge to bring awareness to these issues individuals face everyday.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Reach out, and do not be afraid to show your achievements to a potential internship/workplace. Networking and being able to communicate effectively are the keys to success!
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