Guest post: Employment Services Intern

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in MCC’s offices? Our current Employment Services Intern, Hannah, shares her experience with Refugee Services.

“I began my internship at MCC in early July and hit the ground running. The staff was so welcoming and quick to accept me as a member of their team. I have been impressed with the patience of the staff, the excellent relationships they develop with the refugees they serve, and their extensive knowledge of Twin Cities employment networks and community resources. It is a privilege to work with them and learn from them.

I learn something new every day. A typical day for me is – well there is no typical day. In only my second week on the job, I helped teach a job readiness class which included basic explanations of the job search process and helps them navigate the paperwork that comes with applying for and receiving a new job. Some days I take clients to apply for benefits at the County or to apply for Social Security cards. I have enjoyed accompanying our clients to fill out applications, attend interviews and to orientation after they get the job!

Some days are more hands-on, helping make resumes and discuss one-on-one with clients about working in the United States including what to expect and how to have a career here. I’ve worked with clients who hope to become nurses and accountants! I’m humbled by their willingness to start over here in the US from scratch even after leaving their homes, careers, and family back home. Their resilience and dedication is obvious and this is what I believe makes refugees so successful here and such good employees.

I don’t know what the remainder of my time at MCC will bring, but I’m sure it will be full of rich experiences and befriending many more intriguing and interesting individuals. My first encounter with refugees was visiting a Liberian refugee camp in the country I grew up in, Cote d’Ivoire. Since then my desire to work with and help refugees has not gone away. I have been volunteering, working and interning in refugee services since 2008. I feel that this is very rewarding and fulfilling work which I hope will be part of my life for a long time.”

If you are interested in a similar internship with Minnesota Council of Churches- Refugee Services please visit the link below to learn more about the position and how to apply:

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