Refugee Reception and Placement Internship Program

Majoring in International Studies? Want to work with the local refugee community? Consider interning with the Refugee Reception and Placement Program, administered through Lutheran Services Carolinas.

The opportunity: Multiple in-person internships are available to help support LSC’s refugee resettlement efforts; interns will help with logistics, administrative work, community outreach, educational workshops, and even conduct research and become experts in international migration.

  • You can even take this CofC sponsored internship for credit, counting as INTL 401.

Great fit for: International Studies / Political Science / Anthropology / Women’s and Gender Studies

How to apply: The deadline to apply for spring semester is November 21; read below for more details and application instructions, and contact Sarah Koellner (koellnersk@cofc.edu) or Blake Scott (scottbc@cofc.edu) with questions.

Refugee Reception and Placement Internship Program

Location: North Charleston, South Carolina

Dates: Each semester (minimum 3 months, 40 hours per credit hour), based on College of Charleston calendar

Suitable Discipline/s: International Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies

Academic credit: INTL 401, with the potential of counting for the Global Studies concentration

About the Organization

Lutheran Services Carolinas is a faith-based health and human services organization that supports refugees arriving to North and South Carolina as part of the US State Department’s Reception and Placement Program. Currently in the Charleston area, LSC is providing services to refugees from Afghanistan, Congo, and Ukraine, including refugees from various parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LSC helps refugees with the resettlement process in the United States, assisting with arrival, housing, employment, healthcare, education, and in general, helping them adjust to their new community.

In partnership with the College of Charleston’s International Studies Program, LSC is offering internship opportunities for students interested in issues of international migration, cross- cultural communication, and community outreach. Below are some of the sample activities interns would participate in:

  1. Work closely with an LSC case manager to support refugees (families, children, and individuals) resettled in Charleston.
  2. Help with logistics and administrative tasks at LSC’s Charleston office.
  3. Engage in community outreach and public education programming to create more cultural awareness and cross-cultural competency in Charleston about issues related to international migration.
  4. Read an interdisciplinary collection of sources focused on issues of international migration, and develop a reading guide for LSC volunteers and staff.
  5. Support LSC in educational workshops for refugees and volunteers

Eligibility and How to Apply

  1. Students should have completed International Studies courses at the 100 and 200 levels at the College of Charleston campus before applying for this internship.
  2. Students should demonstrate in their application materials how their studies and previous experiences could contribute to LSC’s work.
  3. Students who are interested in a career in international migration or international development are especially encouraged to apply.
  4. Send the following application materials to Sarah Koellner (koellnersk@cofc.edu) and Blake Scott (scottbc@cofc.edu): a 1-2 page cover letter, resume, and the contact information for two references. Please let us know for which position (see below) you are applying for.

Application Deadline for internships:

  • November 21 for Spring semester
  • February 15 for Summer semester
  • April 15 for Fall semester

Current internship positions with LSC

Community Engagement Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston

Duties:

  • Assist with weekly communication and coordination of volunteers
  • Research potential partner organizations and compile contact information
  • Help onboard new Circle of Welcome teams
  • Serve as a liaison between the College of Charleston’s refugee task force and LSC
  • Assist in event/training planning and execution
  • Assist with volunteer documentation and other office tasks
  • Catalog and sort donations and provide donors with appropriate forms
  • Other duties as assigned by the Outreach Coordinator

Refugee Resettlement Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston

Duties:

  • Assist case management staff with pre-arrival duties such as applications for public benefits, locating housing, organizing airport reception
  • Make appointments for clients when necessary
  • Assist the case manager in providing services to clients (education, health services, housing, food, transportation, legal services)
  • Assist with other administrative tasks including updating case files and documentation
  • Assist staff with identification of needs and coordination of the appropriate referrals to meet those needs
  • Attend home visits with case management staff and assist with case notes
  • Transport items to and from clients as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Refugee Employment Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston

Duties:

  • Complete trainings on state and Office on Refugee Resettlement employment programs, including Refugee Social Services, Refugee Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Matching Grant
  • Provide support to Employment Specialist staff through case noting, documentation, and other administrative tasks
  • Assist in referring refugee clients to community-based resources that will reduce barriers to employment, including but not limited to childcare resources, ESL services, financial literacy training, transportation, mental health resources,
  • Provide support for Matching Grant orientations, Job Readiness Training, and Financial Literacy Training
  • As needed, teach refugee clients how to pay rent, utilities, etc. and provide budgeting and financial education
  • Provide bus training to refugees as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by Area Manager and/or Employment Specialist staff

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

The Osgood Center for International Studies has two opportunities available for students of all majors!

The International Studies Program is pleased to announce, together with the School of Languages, Cultures, & World Affairs that the application process for a great opportunity to learn more about global leadership and to engage in professional development in 2023 is now open.

The Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington DC has partnered with CofC to make it possible for a select number of students from the College to attend their Leadership Program in January 2023.

The Osgood Center for International Studies is also selecting candidates for a professional development program the Osgood Center is offering in the spring and summer.

The deadline for the Osgood Center Leadership Institute is November 21, 2022. The deadline for the professional development program is January 1, 2023.

You can also find the application links for both programs here:

Leadership Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies.php

Professional Development Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies-professional-development-program.php

MUSC Night 2022

Check out the upcoming MUSC Night!

MUSC Night is a great opportunity for anyone considering going to MUSC after graduation. There will be representatives from all 6 colleges at MUSC (College of Graduate Studies, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Medicine).

MUSC Night will take place in the School of Science and Math Building Courtyard on November 9th from 4:30 to 6:00

This is a great chance for students to get a wealth of information about the various programs at MUSC and some of the other opportunities for patient  hours.

For additional information, please reach out to Dr. Eippert.

Students 4 Support is Recruiting

Become a trained S4S volunteer and help support your peers and the CofC community

The opportunity: Students 4 Support is a group of highly trained volunteers who provide their peers with nationally recognized nationally recognized emotional response techniques. Team members are trained to…

  • Provide academic, personal, and social support for students
  • Assist students in the navigation of the college environment
  • Build relationships between students, staff, and faculty
  • Foster individual development of self-reliance and self-advocacy

Great fit for: Those who are passionate about mental health / enjoy helping others / Prioritize diversity & inclusion / Are interested in becoming part of a welcoming team

  • All majors, genders, and personalities are welcome and encouraged

How to apply: Visit the S4S application page for more details

The College Reads Program Author Event

Join The College Reads Program and Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery, for a book discussion.

The book discussion will take place on Monday, October 24 at 7 pm. This event is completely free and open to the entire CofC community.

Although it is encouraged, students do not have to have read the College Reads Book. Free copies of How the Word is Passed are available in the Lightsey Center Lobby, Education Center Lobby, Beatty Center Lobby, Rita Hollings Science Center Lobby, and the Office of New Student Programs in the Lightsey Center Annex.

Apply for a Critical Language Scholarship and study abroad developing critical language skills

Apply today for the 2023 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program!

The CLS Program is an intensive, overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.

Selected students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying 1 of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

The CLS Program actively seeks applicants whose study of a critical language relates to their academic field of interest and future career goals. Students in diverse fields of study, including STEM fields, law, medicine, international studies, and the humanities are encouraged to apply.

The National Application Deadline is November 15th, 8pm EST.

For all questions and application information, please check out the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards or email nationalawards@cofc.edu.

Volunteer with an Honors Engaged Partner

The Trident Literary Association needs volunteers for their upcoming Gala.

Trident Literary Association is looking for volunteers to help with their Gala. Volunteering will include light duties such as ushering, check-ins/outs, room monitoring, and silent auction assistance!

The event will take place on  October 29, 2022, at Trident Technical College 7000 Rivers Ave North Charleston, SC 29406, from 5pm – 10pm.

Volunteers will be able to experience this exciting event with Carolyn Murray as MC, Tom Crawford as auctioneer, and keynote speaker British Robinson, a nationally known speaker and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

For any questions and sign up information, click here!

Join the Cougar Refugee Alliance

Cougar Refugee Alliance is now working to recruit tutors for refugee children in the Charleston area.

Cougar Refugee Alliance works together with the local resettlement agency (Lutheran Services Carolinas) along with the College’s Taskforce on Refugee Resettlement to assist local refugees in many aspects.

Last year Cougar Refugee Alliance helped resettle over 80 Afghan refugees in the Charleston area. Cougar Refugee Alliance is continuing to receive refugees weekly from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Ukraine.

Students interested in becoming tutors may sign up here!