Updated 29 days ago

Community Interpretation Volunteer

Silver Spring, MD 20901
Full-time, Part-time

Requisition ID: req17314

Job Title: Community Interpretation Volunteer

Sector: Administrative/General Office

Employment Category: Volunteer

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: Silver Spring, MD USA

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency. 

The Community Interpretation Volunteer will assist the Community Interpreter Program (CIP) program manager in scheduling appointments with appropriate interpreters, taking into consideration interpreter's availability, training, experience, past performance, and familiarity with client's needs and identify potential candidates for community interpreter training to recruit them to the CIP at an appropriate time. In the absence of the CIP Manager, undertake other CIP duties as needed and as assigned by program Manager.


  • Support Interpreter Program Manager in preparation for interpreter training including scheduling interviews and language tests, collecting documents, tracking participant information. 
  • Schedule interpretation appointment using online scheduling system. 
  • Create and update documents for the IRC Community Interpreter Program. 
  • Conduct research on interpretation opportunities for the IRC Interpreter program, focusing on organizations that serve the refugee community, organizations that are non-compliant with language access standards and opportunities for interpreter quality improvement through IRC interpreters. 


  • Volunteer will understand language access laws, specifically Title VI, and how these laws effect the immigrant experience.
  • Volunteer will develop organizational and tracking skills while supporting the application and interview process for potential interpreters.  
  • Volunteer will better understand the landscape of interpretation services in the U.S., specifically the greater DMV area.



  • Minimum commitment of six months and at least 15 hours per week. 20 hours per week preferred. 

  •       Excellent English language, computer and internet research skills.

  •       Familiarity with online scheduling systems and experience in administrative work.


    Click Apply Now at the top of this page. Please attach a resume, cover letter and a list of (at least) three references to your application. This position is filled on a rolling basis. 

    This position is requires a minimum commitment of 6 months and 15 hours per week. 20 hours per week preferred.

    IRC Silver Spring is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will start remotely, and the situation will be reevaluated as things evolve. 

    Note: This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity.

    To protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We ask that you make a $30 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 87% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients. Instructions will be provided after you have been selected to intern or volunteer.

    IRC leading the way from harm to home.

    IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at (see application details). As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

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