Please note: At the moment, HIAS PA is has indefinitely paused volunteer activities due to COVID-19 concerns. Our next volunteer info session is May 6. Please review the below procedures to get started in the volunteer process but note that there will be a wait period. We will continue to update this page as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Interested in Volunteering or Interning?
There are many areas in which folks volunteer with HIAS Pennsylvania.
Click on the different areas below to learn more about the opportunities and how to apply!
Pro Bono Attorneys
We are currently recruiting attorneys to take on asylum cases. Those without experience are required to attend a HIAS PA asylum CLE which are currently offered twice a year in June and in December. HIAS PA is a PA CLE accredited provider and a participant in the PA CLE’s Pro Bono Pilot Project.
Mental Health Professionals
We are currently recruiting folks to support both staff and clients through evaluations, trainings, and consultations. Volunteers must have:
- License in Psychology, Psychiatry, or Clinical Social Work.
- Malpractice insurance coverage
- Relevant experience and/or training, such as Physician’s for Human Rights, HealthRights International, Penn Human Rights Clinic or similar forensic training for asylum seekers.
General Pro Bono
Do you have a skill in communications, research, or other general expertise? These opportunities come and go, but please apply and we will follow up to have a conversation with you to see whether your skills fit our current needs.
A limited number of internship opportunities in our administration, social services, and legal services departments are available to students who are college-aged or older. Internships at HIAS PA are unpaid.
If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Resume and cover letter
- Which program you are interested in (administration, social services, legal services)
- Start and end dates
- Number of hours/week
Interns are accepted on a rolling basis and we cannot guarantee a position.
HIAS PA has a partnership with Airbnb’s Open Homes initiative. Open Homes hosts go through the Airbnb platform to provide free, temporary housing to folks in need as they settle into their new communities. Hosts have full control over when and who they can accept, and would liaise with a HIAS PA staff member around specific housing requests before making the decision whether or not to accept. Learn how you can use your extra space to provide a welcoming stay for refugees through Airbnb’s Open Homes program here!
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Thank you for your interest in partnering with HIAS PA for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah project. Here are some ideas of what students have done in the past. Ideally, students do a combination of service work with us and then advocacy, community education, and/or fundraising in their communities to share what they have learned and garner support for immigrants and refugees.
Upon reviewing the above document, email email@example.com and share your timeline and which project(s) above are of interest.
Volunteer Workshops and Trainings
Want a speaker to come to your congregation, organization, or place of business?
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