With an influx of refugees and immigrants coming into the United States from various countries, political science major Angie Gonzalez said she’s thrilled to intern at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta to help them adapt to life in the U.S.
Gonzalez had to go through an interview process to land the internship at the IRC, which provides direct assistance to refugees and immigrants suffering from humanitarian crises such as war.
“This is necessary work that needs to be done,” Gonzalez said. “It’s really impactful knowing that this organization is helping refugees in the wake of global crises. This is a very rewarding experience.”
At the IRC, Gonzalez works as an operations and supply chain intern where she helps connect refugees with their IRC case worker and assists her supervisors with tasks related to front desk operations, compliance and grant work.
Gonzalez said she enjoys the operational and compliance aspects of her position. As part of the IRC’s compliance team, Gonzalez helps the organization maintain its contractual requirements and policies by assisting with quality assurance tasks such as digital filing and file maintenance.
“It’s been very insightful,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve learned about my strengths and weaknesses. In particular, this work has allowed me to strengthen my communication with individuals of other cultures. I worked closely with my coworkers to meet the needs of clients and was intrigued to learn from them. I’ve been getting a very well-rounded experience.”
Throughout her internship, she has worked on grant projects assisting with refugee resettlement and taking inventory of donations received by the IRC.
Gonzalez said her older brother, who works for the Department of Defense, helped spark her interest in working in the political science field. After graduating in December, Gonzalez said she plans to continue her education in graduate school or possibly join the Peace Corps where she can continue to help others.