Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
“Having come to the United States as a refugee, my decision to pursue this internship was rooted in a desire to obtain a well-rounded understanding of the resettlement process from both the perspective of the recipient and the benefactor.”
My responsibilities as the low income housing intern were to communicate with property managers to find suitable and affordable housing for newly resettled refugees and arrange appointments with clients and interpreters to complete subsidized housing applications. Working 32 hours a week, I was able to apply all of our newest families—over 80 applications—to different housing programs within the first two months. In addition to completing housing applications, I conducted research on local demographics for IRC headquarters and presented at community outreach events to familiarize the community about the organization’s mission and help garner support for the refugee community. With efforts to resettle displaced Syrians in the United States met with great opposition in Idaho communities, the IRC has made a concerted effort to educate the population and dispel popular misconceptions.
- Date September 24, 2015
- Tags 2015, Preston, USA