Internship: New American Services – AmeriCorps Member

AmeriCorps Internship Opportunity at JFS of Metrowest, Framingham, MA
One Year (September 2016 – August 2017)

The Massachusetts AmeriCorps “New American Integration Program” (NAIP) is an opportunity to serve immigrants and refugees while building and utilizing your professional skills. NAIP is accepting applications from individuals wanting to serve as fulltime AmeriCorps members for the 2016-2017 year. A placement at JFS Metrowest in Framingham, MA will allow the AmeriCorps member to be involved in immigrant services across the agency with particular focus on Citizenship, pre-employment services, refugee resettlement, volunteer recruitment, and support programs for immigrant children and their families. This is a full time 40 hour week service position.

*Those with Portuguese or Arabic language skills preferred

Scope and Expectations:

  • Complete at least 1700 hours of documented service
  • Satisfactorily complete projects in assigned host organization
  • Complete NAIP-wide projects to benefit the field of immigrant integration
  • Attend all corps wide training, retreats and weekly supervisory sessions at host site
  • Maintain a service portfolio and service journal
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation

Service Position Benefits:

  • Living allowance of up to $12,530.00
  • Health insurance
  • Child Care, if eligible
  • High-quality TESOL or community interpreter training and service opportunities
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • $5,775.00 Education Award upon completion of service
  • Interest Accrual Payments on loans placed in forbearance
  • Loan Forbearance

The AmeriCorps Member will be involved in immigrant services across the agency.

  • Citizenship Services –Assist clients in completing the N-400, provide interview and exam prep. Work with civics instructor to assure all students successfully complete the process.
  • Volunteers – Assist Program Specialist in recruiting a cadre of volunteers to assist with all agency immigrant services with a special emphasis on pre-employment.
  • Resettlement Services – Assist case managers in providing reception and placement services and employment support. Create and administer a survey to past resettlement clients regarding employment and educational attainment.
  • Programs for Immigrant Youth and their Families – Work with staff team on Reducing Achievement Gaps program implementation; mentor a group of 4-5 immigrant youth. Assist with planning and coordination of Parent University workshops.

With this mix of direct service work and specific projects across the immigrant services, the AmeriCorps Member will:

  • Provide data on employment and educational attainment of our resettlement clients and increase JFS’ capacity to understand the employment and educational patterns among refugees and asylees.
  • Increase JFS’ capacity to serve immigrant clients through more strategic recruitment and training of a team of immigrant services volunteers.
  • Assist JFS in establishing formal systems needed for better service delivery.

Deadline to apply: August 12, 2016

About JFS

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest’s (JFS) mission is to provide vital social, health and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives, and support people in need.  JFS provides services throughout Metrowest, primarily in Framingham and surrounding towns, and serves families across the life cycle, from young children to frail elders.  Our programs include adoption services, Geriatric Care Management, citizenship and resettlement services, academic after-school programs, family assistance programs, a food pantry, intergenerational volunteer programs, and many others.

Please contact Sarah Roth at sroth@jfsmw.org or 508-875-3100 x320 if interested in applying.

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