Interns generally work an average of 15-25 hours per week for academic credit and last the duration of one semester. Opportunities include:
Digital Literacy Tutor: helping to improve basic computer skills, navigating the keyboard, using Microsoft Office, creating email accounts, and searching for employment on the internet.
JNRC Works: Assist in resume writing and interview skills. Summarize resumes to add them to our website. Help search for positions for which our guests can apply and post them on the Jobs Board.
Literacy: Reading and writing using the Roman alphabet can be a life changing skill. Literacy interns provide support in small groups using materials designed specifically for our guests.
Assist with daily administrative tasks: Make modifications to the website using WordPress, sign creation and updates, posting on Facebook, assist in event planning, etc.
Garrett’s Internship Experience
Haley’s Internship Experience
My name is Haley Elizabeth Claffy, and I am a rising senior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in International Studies and Criminal Justice.
When my internship coordinator told me I was going to be working at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in the spring of 2016, I was thrilled. With the refugee crisis in Europe being such a prevalent topic, I was excited to have an internship so relevant to current world affairs.
The JNRC ended up being so much more than that for me.
I met so many different people, from all over the world and who had experienced so many different things. Young men, my age, who had travelled hundreds of miles, crossed deserts and seas, to come to Europe, some at the risk of losing their lives in the process. I made friends with people who spoke as little English as I did Italian or French or Farsi. I met other American students who, like me, were fascinated in global affairs and wanted to make a difference in our world.
Interning at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center has changed me in more ways than I can count. I have made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Through my research, I have learned about countries and regions I had never even heard of before, but more importantly, through working, laughing, and talking with the wonderful staff and guests alike at the Center each day, I have learned so much about myself as well.
Because of my time with the JNRC, I’ve realized that I don’t want to work from a desk- I want to work with people, connecting personally rather than staying aloof and apart. I want to look into non-profit work, and in addition, I wish to return to Italy one day to form a life for myself. And I know that when I do, there will always be a place for me at the JNRC.