Through all the adjustment and the new challenges that refugees face in resettlement, we believe that North Korean refugees have huge potential to succeed in their new lives—and they do. High school graduations, weddings, starting new businesses. These are only a fraction of the milestones that North Korean refugees have shared with us. Our U.S. Resettlement Assistance program is designed to ease the adjustment process for newly-arriving refugees and to offer capacity-building services that help them become self-sustaining individuals. You’ll have an opportunity to help provide support to refugees and further develop our resettlement programs. You will also be involved in other facets of LiNK’s mission by using your Korean language skills for translation projects.
Your projects may involve but are not limited to:
- Research latest information on immigration law, refugee news, and other information that pose a potential benefit to refugees by attending webinars and conducting web-based research to seek information regarding a wide range of topics related to refugee resettlement.
- Send out quarterly newsletters to refugees by compiling new and useful content acquired through research, so that they can stay informed with the most recent and important news that are relevant to them.
- This internship may involve travel to visit resettled defectors to check-in, assess their needs, and receive feedback on how the resettlement process has been so far. We have a close relationship with many of the individuals we’ve been able to support, and it’s always great to get a chance to visit!
- Complete small to large scale transcription/translation projects (e.g., creating a Korean version of the Resettlement Guide book, Subtitling Documentaries) to reach a wider audience or to provide useful resources to refugees.
- Respond to requests from refugees by translating a variety of documents (e.g., letters, e-mails, legal documents) in order to assist with all aspects of the resettlement process.
- Provide interpretation services for refugees by translating between Korean and English in real-time to enable refugees when needed.
Korean-American Community Outreach/Development
- Assist in preparing presentations by gathering data and the most updated resources provided by LiNK’s media team and elsewhere.
- Table at various events by providing information regarding LiNK’s mission, values, and efforts to grow support for the North Korean people.
- Contact potential donors and partners via phone calls, emails and direct mail using both Korean and English to secure donations and schedule donor meetings and presentations.
- Brainstorm fundraising and outreach ideas targeting the Korean-American community.
Potential Tasks & Responsibilities
- Provide tutoring services to recently resettled refugees by determining their needs through initial consultation, creating a lesson plan, and using available resources (e.g., textbooks) to assist refugees’ transitions into schools in the United States.
- Ability to speak and write in English and Korean fluently
- Skill in communicating cross-culturally
* This is a must! If you’re not fluent in Korean, please check out our other internship opportunities!
- Ability to work independently as well as on a team
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment
You'll be working out of our sweet office, a.k.a., LiNK HQ in Long Beach, CA. This is being offered as a full-time internship from January 24th to June 27th. The internship is unpaid, but we will gladly help you earn school credit. Housing is provided for free at the awesome LiNK intern house in Rancho Palos Verdes, as well as use of LiNK vehicles during your internship so that you can commute to and from the office and explore LA!
We aren't able to be flexible with the start and end dates, so if you aren't available for the full term then we encourage you to apply for an internship in the future! We offer internships every spring, summer, and fall.