An internship at City of Refuge is designed to provide students an opportunity to serve the refugee population in Columbia, MO. The internship will involve the day-to-day activities that help our nonprofit run and also some refugee Youth Mentorship opportunities. Internships can be tailored to the needs and interests of each student in the program. If you are looking for class credit or a way to get plugged into the community, this unpaid internship is a great opportunity to make a difference!



Fall 2022 Dates: August 24th- December 7th

Weekly Commitments: Monday Nights, 5:00-8:00pm (Training & Youth Nights)


  1. Gain understanding and knowledge of how a non-profit operates
  2. Empower interns to use the gifts and knowledge they have to add value toCOR
  3. Exposure to and interactions with a multiethnic environment
  4. Gain understanding of the Refugee Process from start to finish
  5. Create opportunities to impact and serve the refugee youth
  6. Experience growth in skills and abilities 


  • Self-Starter
  • Dependable
  • Flexible 
  • Creative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office & research
  • No experience necessary but a desire to work with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Passionate about learning how to serve the refugee population


  • Front desk duties
  • Sort donations
  • Plan and execute a fundraiser 
  • Plan and participate in youth events
  • Transport refugees
  • Research Projects
  • Participate in Homework Helpers or English Buddies if schedule permits
  • And more! 

What do the Interns have to say?

“I’ve only been at City of Refuge for a short time, but I’ve already learned so much about our mission and community. Interacting with refugees from all over the world on a regular basis is an experience that not many students get to have, and I know that the skills I build through this internship will be valuable in my professional and personal life alike. I really value the opportunities that City of Refuge has given me, and I’m excited to be a part of the team!” – Gracie 


“City of Refuge has impacted me by exposing me to refugee experiences, and cultures. City of Refuge is a great Organization to intern for because it has taught me the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector. I have learned about how nonprofits can most effectively help their clientele.” – Ben


“Through my internship with City of Refuge my eyes have been opened to a new perspective on service and advocacy. There is an unity of mind amongst the team to fulfill their mission and reach the needs of refugees. I have seen that unified mindset overflow onto the interns and volunteers and I feel privileged to share in the work they’re doing. I have learned much about non-profit organizations, the refugee population in Columbia, and the minutiae of providing true care for people. I have developed relationships with refugees and have gained invaluable experience through the internship. I feel an overall sense of gratitude towards City of Refuge and its team.” -JJ