Volunteer: Intern, Mentor, Tutor

Building the diversity and strength of individuals takes a community. Here at Dorcas International, we rely on multiple levels of support from dedicated volunteers and interns to mentors and tutors who can help our clients get the most out of our services.


Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers play a critical role in providing individual, small group, and project-based support to our program to help participants succeed. Opportunities include, but are certainly not limited to, working as tutors, classroom aids, immigration and citizenship support, and refugee mentors. In addition to individual volunteer openings, we provide group opportunities and work with multiple colleges and universities to provide meaningful and high quality internship experiences for students.


Please note that placement is based on need and may not be immediate. Many opportunities may require a minimum of a three-month commitment; please see the descriptions of each department’s volunteer opportunities for further details.

All opportunities are available to those 18 years of age and older and require a three-month commitment. They are also dependent on departmental needs and volunteer interest.


Current volunteer positions include:



Tutor small groups or individual students in math, reading, writing, computer lab/computer skills, and learning English.


Classroom Assistants

Assist teachers with lessons in the Refugee Education Classes. Provide students with one-on-one or small group tutoring. Assist students with navigating language programs in the Language Lab.


Refugee Mentors

Mentors are needed to provide support to newly arrived refugees and minors. Mentors will assist with orientation to U.S. culture and help with everyday needs and activities. Volunteers should be available at least two to four hours a week for a minimum of three months.



In the past, we have been unable to offer volunteer opportunities to those who could not commit to a weekly schedule or outside of normal business hours. We recently have developed an “as needed” volunteer program that is hopefully going to change this. As opportunities arise, we contact all volunteers who have indicated they are available at that time and are interested in that specific type of opportunity.


If you want to explore opportunities here at Dorcas International, fill out our informational form and we will be in touch to find the right match for you.


Internship Opportunities

Our interns play a critical role at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, and we make sure to provide the individual with the attention and tools that our program participants require to succeed. During their time here, interns will receive a unique and enriching experience providing support to staff and clients and will be supervised by a staff member who will provide on-going support, mentorship, and guidance to ensure that they are fully engaged.


If you are interested in interning with us, please fill out informational form, and we’ll be in touch!

Questions about interning at Dorcas International? Send us an email: diirivolunteerservices@diiri.org


Internship Process

  • The Coordinator of Volunteer Services will conduct an interview with qualified candidates
  • Interns will attend an orientation session
  • Interns will meet with Supervisor to review learning objectives
  • Supervisor will provide on-the-job training
  • Supervisor will provide ongoing support and professional development


Deadlines to submit resume and cover letter.

Spring Term: November 21, 2018

Summer Term: April 21, 2019

Fall Term: July 21, 2019


For additional information or questions, you can reach out to us directly at: diirivolunteerservices@diiri.org or 401-784-8761.


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