Volunteer, Intern, and Job Opportunities
Volunteer or Intern at IIB
Do you have a passion for human rights? Our volunteers and interns work in the departments of Refugee Resettlement & Employment Services, Survivor Support Services, Language Services and Global Education & International Visitors to help assist immigrants, refugees, their families and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
Download the general application form here
Home English Language Learners Outreach (HELLO) Program
The Home English Language Learners Outreach (HELLO) Program at IIB addresses an important pillar of refugee resettlement: proficient English. In this 12-week program , HELLO volunteers serve about two hours per week using our learning tools and flexible curriculum directly in the homes of our clients, particularly serving women, the elderly and the disabled who cannot easily get to adult learning classes. Volunteers help bridge the language divide so that newly-arrived refugees can more fully participate in society.
Friends & Mentors Program
The Friends & Mentors Program aims to bring together interested refugee clients and neighborly volunteers in order to meet the former’s expressed needs, develop a cross-cultural rapport and, if desired, extend that friendship beyond the duration of the program. Participants in the two-month program further integrate refugees into the Western New York community and broader American society through direct engagement, mentorship and cultural appreciation.
Download the application for HELLO and Friends & Mentors here. No application deadline.
Interested applicants can download the appropriate application and submit it along with their resume to the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
This internship has been such a good experience so far! I have met so many amazing people and learn so much every time I come into the Institute…I swear I'm not just saying this, I really mean it. Even though I've lived in Buffalo my whole life, this is the first time that I've needed to go to social services, use the bus system and visit many other places downtown.
I'm glad that I've actually been able to see the process of applying for health insurance benefits, social security and so on because although I am not proud to say it, I was ignorant regarding much of this before.
I really enjoy spending time with the refugees and seeing what amazing people they are. I was just able to use Spanish for the first time (I studied it through high school and my first year of college), with one of Mariya's clients and he was telling me a little bit about what life was like in Cuba. Each client really is amazing; I can't imagine having to adjust so abruptly to a different culture and language.
I am so happy that I got the chance to intern with the Institute because I can see that what you do is so important to the community and plays an essential role in helping these families become accustomed to a totally different lifestyle. Thanks so much for this opportunity!
-Arielle W., age 19, intern, Summer 2013
Please check our Facebook page or Craig's List for current job openings.
Volunteer Coordinator (posted 8/14/17)
Immigrant Domestic Violence Advocate (posted 8/22/17)