Volunteer and Internship Opportunities at ARC
Join ARC as a volunteer! 

Our vision for volunteering...
Volunteers have been an integral part of ARC since the organization was established in 1979. ARC is committed to connecting dedicated individuals with meaningful opportunities to use their talents to impact change.

While we do have regular, ongoing volunteer needs, we also want to hear from you. What is your passion? What are your ideas? What skills and expertise might you lend to our mission?  

Where can I volunteer?
ARC accepts volunteers/interns for our Headquarters office in Minneapolis, our Washington D.C. office, as well as our overseas locations.

What is ARC looking for?
ARC looks for volunteers/interns across each of our departments including International Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising/Events, and Government Affairs.

We also want to hear your ideas and work directly with you on creating new opportunities.

What kind of time commitment do you need?
We have part-time, full-time, one-time, and on-call options for volunteers. On average, most volunteers at our HQ complete a 2-4 month commitment, volunteering anywhere from 5-20 hours per week. However, there are many who come in less frequently to help with other projects and events as needed.

For international volunteers, we require a commitment of at least 4-6 months.

Can I receive credit for my internship?
Some past volunteers have received credit for their internships. This is something we coordinate on a case-by-case basis with the intern and their institution. 

How do I get started?

+ Headquarters Volunteers/Interns +

Local to Minneapolis? Join us at one of our Volunteer Information Sessions to learn more about our work and how to get involved! Sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30PM. Please note, attendance at a session does not require you to commit in any way; this is simply an informational presentation and a chance for us to get to know you. RSVP required. 

Contact Vanessa for questions or to RSVP for an upcoming session:  or (612) 872-7060

Not local to Minnesota but interested in domestic opportunities? Vanessa is still your point of contact! Send her an email letting her know about the opportunities you are interested in at our HQ. 

Already know ARC? Email Vanessa to share your ideas and reconnect.

+ International Volunteers/Interns +

Interested in International Opportunities?  Please click here to read more about our overseas volunteer/intern opportunities and submit your resume to our international team. 

+ Other Opportunities +

Not sure how you want to get involved just yet? Here are a few great ways to stay connected and be inspired by ARC’s work around the world:  

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+ Sign up for our Insider Updates eNewsletter

+ Sign up for job notifications to learn about employment and volunteer opportunities at the bottom of this page





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Using only recycled materials, we were able to build a playground for the 5,000 kids living at Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.
On Famine
Daniel Wordsworth - American Refugee Committee President - talks about the situation in Somalia and how all of us can make a difference and help save lives.
Returning to Somalia
Nimco Ahmed shares her recent trip back Mogadishu her first time back to Somalia in 24 years
South Sudan
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Senior Director of Program Quality Monte Achenbach, is interviewed from the field in Haiti.
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