Xinyi Chen, IPD ’19

International Rescue Committee

During the summer of 2018 I had the great opportunity to intern with International Rescue Committee at its Seattle office. IRC is a U.S. based non-profit organization that helps refugees to resettle and find employment in the U.S. It also has oversea operation and it is one of the most influential NGOs that specialize in serving refugees. My capacity is at the finance and administration office. Although the finance department does not directly work with clients—refugees that IRC serves—I still had the chance to learn about the work that other departments are doing. During my time at finance department, I have helped with bank reconciliation and internal audit. I have also created and updated internal policy manual, which is a function of human resources. I have also talked with other departments to learn about their specific work. I have attended the event that celebrates refugee day, which was inspiring and also fun. Interning with IRC has really offered the insights of how NGO functions in the U.S., and especially of those which only have specific purposes and narrower target groups. The work of IRC seems to be the most meaningful when refugees thrive and connect with IRC to help other refugees. My two finance supervisors, who were refugees fled from wars and conflicts, have been working for IRC for almost a decade or two. My experience with IRC has been wonderful because of their support and I feel the work of IRC is rewarding in terms of helping people to find security and stability.

Click here to read Xinyi’s report on her time at the IRC

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