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Financial Education Intern

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. 
SCOPE OF WORK: Assist in the implementation of a multi-faceted program to expose newly arrived refugees and immigrants to basic financial literacy skills and develop economic self-sufficiency. Also, assist in launching Sacramento’s new Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) led by IRC Sacramento. The FEC will offer free professional one-on-one financial counseling and coaching to residents. The financial capability program at IRC provides comprehensive in-house financial education classes, personalized financial coaching, free tax preparation, and micro-financing loans for clients seeking to improve their financial capability skills.   
  • Assist with intake data entry of new FEC clients into Salesforce; data will include client demographics, initial financial data, and the nature of financial concerns 
  • Assist in scheduling client intakes and follow-up appointments 
  • Support development of financial education classroom curriculum and activities on budgeting, banking, credit building, car buying, savings, predatory lending, taxes, and asset-building strategies. 
  • Assist in the implementation and facilitation of classroom activities; ensure classroom materials are printed and organized before each session 
  • Organize logistics and outreach materials for financial education classes, workshops and other special events for clients; provide transportation for clients as needed 
  • Provide one-on-one support to assist clients with completing financial aid/low-income discount applications, opening a bank account, completing an IRC loan application, and setting-up mobile banking 
  • Research state legislation on consumer protections/rights as well as debt relief  
  • Research free or low-cost community resources available for clients who need assistance with meeting basic household needs 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Experience with teaching or mentoring preferred 
  • Previous multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with people of varied backgrounds strongly preferred 
  • Digital fluency with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), Windows, and online platforms 
  • Familiarity with and desire to learn about  U.S. credit system, banking system, income taxes, and personal budgeting 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations 
  • Reliable transportation with proof of a valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record 
This position reports to an FEC Financial Coach.  
  • This is an unpaid internship requiring a minimum of 240 hours to be completed during business hours 9a-5p, M-F. 
  • Work-related driving is eligible for reimbursement at the IRS Charitable Rate. 
  • Internships are available for current college students starting in their second year, graduate students, and graduates less than 2 years post-graduation. Course credit is available if the student coordinates with their university and confirms the appropriate paperwork with the Volunteer Coordinator. 
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