International Rescue Committee (IRC Denver)

Health Education Intern

3-6 months

Project Term: Ongoing
Est. Hours: 8-10 hours per week
Locations: Aurora
Jefferson County

The Health Education Intern will focus on teaching health topics to refugee, SIV and Asylee clients. This may be in the form of home-visits or in group classes. The health education intern will also help in researching health education materials and/or creating new materials that support clients with varying educational backgrounds about how to access health services and how to keep themselves and their families healthy.


  • Provide in-home lessons on a variety of health topics to newly arrived families (general info on Medicaid; the differences between emergency, primary and urgent care; how to call 911; dental care/hygiene; how to make an appointment on the phone; reproductive health; nutrition; etc.)
  • Teach clients how to take the bus to their primary care location
  • Provide one-on-one support to clients who need additional support understanding key concepts relating to their health
  • Support the health team as necessary with transportation to health appointments

Preferred Skills:

  • Background in teaching a plus
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester a commitment

Required Skills:

  • Pursuing degree in health sciences, public health, social work or possessing equivalent experience
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record

Learning Objectives:


  • The Health Education Intern will gain experience in delivering health information to newly arrived refugee families. The intern will learn about barriers that affect access to health care for refugee populations and health issues. They will become confident in addressing these barriers by creating simple curriculum to teach families about topics relevant to their health. The health education intern will learn about Medicaid in Colorodo. The health education intern will work closely with the rest of the health team to assist clients with extensive health needs.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in the U.S. and around the world to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster as they survive, recover and regain control of their future. We are one of the nine national resettlement agencies that partner with the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) to provide services to refugees approved for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.