Community Partners for Urban Studies Majors enrolled in URBST 370* (scroll down for URBST 372)
1. Queens Community House The Queens Community House is committed to the personal growth of the diverse people it serves and to the creation of self-reliant, open, responsible communities. Job Description: Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization. Past internships have involved data collection and analysis for the organization’s Housing and Neighborhood Preservation program and assisting with its after-school education, childcare network and Pomonok Youth Food Justice Leadership and food access programs. Hours: 7-10/week; M-F Website: www.queenscommunityhouse.org
2. Min Kwon Center for Community Action The Min Kwon Center offers programs that meet the needs of the Korean and Asian American communities through various grassroots organizing, education and advocacy initiatives that address community issues including immigration policy, voter rights and cultural awareness . Job Description: Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization. Recent intern opportunities have focused on immigration policy in general and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in particular, and outreach with the Chinese community concerning access to social service programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Hours: to be determined Website: www.minkwon.org
3. Latin Women in Action Latin Women in Action is a community-based social service agency that provides services to Hispanic women and their families. Among the organization’s areas of operation are immigration, housing, domestic violence, employment, health and education. Job Description: Opportunities are available in all aspects of the organization including education, community outreach, administration and grant writing. Past interns have worked worked closely with the CEO and other staff on projects related to English as a second language (ESL) education, mental health, domestic violence, child abuse and school attendance in the Latinx community. Spanish language skills strongly desired, though not required. Hours: To be determined. Website: www.mujereslatinasenaccion.com
4. The Clemente Center The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is a Puerto Rican/Latino is focused on the cultivation, presentation and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, housing and promoting artists and performance events that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and New York City as a whole. Job Description: Opportunities are available to help in the planning, promotion and presentation of the Center events. Spanish language skills and a background/interest in the arts (visual and performance) encouraged. Hours: Flexible Website: theclementecenter.org
5. Woodside on the Move Woodside on the Move is a community organization dedicated to making Woodside and western Queens better places to live, learn and do business. Its services include help with affordable housing, pro bono legal clinics, youth and adult education and public events and cultural programs. Job Description: Past interns positions have included working closely with senior staff to oversee planning, implementation and tracking of a various ongoing projects related to WOTM’s affordable housing/tenant organizing projects, and its partnership with the NYC Dept. of Education’s Beacon Community Centers project, which offers a variety of family services. Spanish language skills strongly desired, though not required. Hours: Flexible Website: woodsideonthemove.org
6. CHHAYA Community Development Corp. CHHAYA addresses the economic and housing needs of low-income South Asian and Indo-Caribbean residents of Queens. The organization provides direct services and organizes and advocates for systemic change that removes barriers to well-being, housing stability and economic mobility. Job Description: CHHAYA has opportunities for interns interested in working in tenant housing, tenant organizing and broader housing advocacy and policy research. Interested students can be trained to participate in CHHAYA’s organizing and advocacy campaigns around rent and foreclosure reform for both residents and small businesses. South Asian language skills (Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Nepali, etc) are helpful but not required. Hours: Flexible Website: www.chhayacdc.org
7. Center for Community Alternatives The Center for Community Alternatives is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. The CCA’s mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development. It works with youth at risk, families in crisis, people with drug and alcohol problems, those with HIV and AIDS, as well as those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Job Description: Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization. Past interns have assisted in program evaluation, development and design and served as group facilitators and case managers for teen and youth intervention programs. Hours: Flexible, but prefer availability until 6-6:30 pm Website: www.communityalternatives.org
8. Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, located on the Queens College campus, conducts research on urban environmental problems and environmental health Job Description: The Center offers the opportunity to learn about public health policy through various programs, including its Air Quality Monitoring Program, which tracks pollutants at 150 sites; WTC Heart, which investigates the risk of cardiovascular disease among first responders on 9/11; and its Latino/immigrant workplace health program (Spanish language skills required), where interns have the opportunity learn about qualitative research methods. Hours: To be determined Website: Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment
9. Regional Ready Rockaway Regional Ready Rockaway is a group of emergency preparedness professionals and local community leaders that promotes climate-change awareness, resiliency and environmental justice in the Rockaways. Job Description: Students conduct research on help educate local residents on the impacts of global warming and environmental justice in the Rockaways. Among the issue areas interns focus on are chronic health conditions related to John F. Kennedy Airport and community preparedness in response to climate change. Hours: 5-10 hrs./week Website: readyrockaway.org
10. 1NYCHA 1NYCHA is a podcast and social movement that highlights public housing issues, programs and advocates for public housing residents. Job Description: Interns work with 1 NYCHA staff to research, produce and promote the organization’s various social media platforms (Facebook, video programming/podcasts), and to build the 1 NYCHA brand through outreach and fundraising. Students gain hands-on experience producing social media content and assist in the administration/creation of a not-for-profit voice for public housing residents. Hours: 5-10 hrs./week Website: 1NYCHA
11. New York State Assemblyperson Daniel Rosenthal State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-27) represents residents of central Queens, including portions of Willets Point, Flushing, Pomonok, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills. Interns may develop and plan legislative initiatives, monitor district developments, conduct research, and do constituency follow up. Job Description: The Office of New York State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal in Flushing seeks motivated interns interested in gaining first-hand legislative experience. Interns will assist with tracking issue-specific legislation and developments, monitoring legislative developments, accompanying/representing the Assemblyman at community boards, civic associations and/or precinct council meetings, serving as liaison with committee and agency staffs, providing constituent services and performing special projects. Hours: 5-10 hrs./week Website: nyassembly.gov/mem/Daniel-Rosenthal
12. New York State Assemblyperson Khaleel Anderson State Assemblyperson Khalil Anderson (D-31), a graduate of the Queens College Urban Studies and Urban Affairs programs, represents residents in parts of Arverne, Brookville, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Springfield Gardens as well as JFK Airport. Interns may develop and plan legislative initiatives, monitor district developments, conduct research, and do constituency follow up. The Office of New York State Assemblyperson Khaleel Anderson seeks motivated interns interested in gaining first-hand legislative experience. Internships focus on legislative research, community planning, sustainability, resilience and climate change, as well as providing constituent services and performing special project. Hours: 5-10 hrs./week Website: nyassembly.gov/mem/Khaleel-M-Anderson
13. Urban Health Internships are available with a range of local health-related organizations. Follow this link to see some of the current options. Potential interns must be Cities and Social Medicine minors and have taken URBST 132 and URBST 231. Interested students should contact Prof. Claudia Calhoon for potential sites, approval, and more information.
14. NYC Department of City Planning A number of highly competitive internship positions are available for qualified students. Potential interns must be Urban Planning minors and have demonstrable GIS skills. Interested students should contact Prof. Dwayne Baker for approval and more information.
Community Partners for Environmental Studies Majors (URBST 372)*
1. Guardians of Flushing Bay
This internship includes both onsite + remote experiences, and includes two primary activities:
- Assist Guardians of Flushing Bay with the creation of a Flushing Waterways Stewardship Toolkit, which will include a map of the natural, social and built environments and an ecology field guide. Some site visits, mostly remote. Requires Adobe Suite Skills (design and layout).
- Developing a more robust and site specific database of flora and fauna in Flushing Bay and Creek using iNaturalist. The database would build on an existing data set. Mostly on-site in the Flushing Creek wetlands. Living near the Creek is a bonus.
Hours: 7 hours/week https://www.guardiansofflushingbay.org/
2. The American Littoral Society-SUSPENDED FOR COVID The American Littoral Society (NYC chapter) “promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same.” Internships will focus on advocacy, conservation and restoration in and around the Jamaica Bay. Specifically, interns may help with the following projects (depending on interests): organize and promote shoreline cleanups; attend meetings with regulatory agencies and assist with advocacy and outreach efforts; public education; participate in marine life restoration projects and partnerships. The Littoral Society’s offices are in Broad Channel, NY. Hours: 7 hours/week M-F Website: https://www.littoralsociety.org/
3. Queens Botanical Garden The Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Please click on the following links for more information: 2021 Compost Internship Description Hours: 9 hours/week is preferred; 7 days/week Website: www.queensbotanical.org
4. Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment-SUSPENDED FOR COVID The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, located on the Queens College campus, conducts research on urban environmental problems and environmental health Job Description: The Center offers the opportunity to learn about public health policy through various programs, including its Air Quality Monitoring Program, which tracks pollutants at 150 sites; and its Latino/immigrant workplace health program (Spanish language skills required). Hours: To be determined Website: Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment
5. NYC City Councilmember Costa Constantinides Costa Constantinides is the Council member for the 22nd District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes Astoria, East Elmhurst, part of Long Island City, Rikers Island and part of Woodside in Queens. He serves as chair of the Environmental Protection Committee. Job Description: Environmental Studies interns focus on assisting the Council member with his work for the Environmental Protection Committee. Duties include researching and reporting on legislation and policies related to issues such as sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice; writing committee reports; setting up committee meetings. Interns may work either at the Astoria or the City Hall office. **Laptop is not mandatory but strongly preferred. Hours: 7-8 hours/week; M-F Website: http://council.nyc.gov/d22/html/members/home.shtml
6. Alley Pond Environmental Center The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices. Job Description: Volunteers and Interns can contribute in any of the following areas: Animal Care; Grounds and Trails; Maintenance; Clerical; Resource Room/Library; Education; Special Events; Guided Interpretive Walks In order to be an Intern at APEC, candidates are expected to apply to the program using the online application. All interns are expected to attend a one on one interview with the internship coordinator before final decision can be made. Click here for Internship Application (QC students should use this application AND contact Prof. Checker!) Hours: 7 hours/week Website: http://www.alleypond.com
7. Thorium Community Series The Thorium Community series features 34 half-hour edited programs for public access TV broadcast. Each show offers information on energy and the environment, specifically related to the development of ‘new nuclear’ Molten Salt Reactor technology, as well as effects of climate change on our environment, due to greenhouse gas emissions. Job Description: Interns will assist with film editing and promotion. This is a remote internship https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD7go2AvryaQh2q4do3GpbClOm79Fhoiw
8. Energy Training Solutions At Energy Training Solutions, we work at the intersection of energy use and human behavior. We recognize that the most effective approaches to energy management include the people who live and work in their buildings. Whether we are working with public housing residents, K-12 students, or those entering the green collar workforce, our focus is on training and programming that put people in charge of their energy use. This internship includes both onsite and remote experiences.
- Outreach to residents of Pomonock Houses – sign people up for the training program. Provide education on energy efficiencies. (Late March – mid May)
- Market research to find potential partners/funders for the K-12 Killowatch Program.
9. New York State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-27) represents residents of central Queens, including portions of Willets Point, Flushing, Pomonok, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills. Interns may develop and plan legislative initiatives, monitor district developments, conduct research, and do constituency follow up. Job Description: The Office of New York State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal in Flushing seeks motivated interns interested in gaining first-hand legislative experience. Interns will assist with tracking issue-specific legislation and developments, monitoring legislative developments, accompanying/representing the Assemblyman at community boards, civic associations and/or precinct council meetings, serving as liaison with committee and agency staffs, providing constituent services and performing special projects (especially those involving wetlands and other environmentally-related land uses) Hours: 5-10 hrs./week Website: nyassembly.gov/mem/Daniel-Rosenthal
10. The Suffolk County Economic Development Corporation
SCEDC’s primary focus is to provide financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations that make valuable contributions to the health and well being of the residents of Suffolk County. Job Description: Interns assist with administrating, updating and operationalizing Suffolk County’s green energy and sustainability plans. Hours: 7-8/week; M-F Website: http://www.suffolkcountylandbank.org/
11. New York Botanical Garden Plant Research and Conservation – Flushing Creek Project The New York Botanical Garden is a world leader in plant research and conservation, using traditional and cutting-edge tools to discover, understand, and preserve Earth’s vast botanical diversity. This internship is both remote and on-site at Flushing Creek.
- Develop a more robust and site specific database of flora and fauna in Flushing Bay and Creek using iNaturalist.
- Work with local community groups to create activities that help residents learn about, enjoy, and protect the Flushing Creek estuary.
12. Queens Community House/ Pomonock Community Center Food Access Program The Pomonock Community Center, operated by Queens Community House, has a coordinated, long-term strategy that includes food access, education, health screenings, and fitness programming. Job Description: Interns will assist with any or all of Pomonock’s food access programs which include:
- A volunteer-run, weekly Farmers Market providing 7,030 lbs of fresh, organic produce as well as 230 dozen eggs to the community.
- A Food Box Program offering weekly boxed collections of locally grown produce that can be purchased affordably in conjunction with the summer farmers market.
- A Food Justice Youth Leadership Program, which operates as a 24-week, after school curriculum for low-income middle and high school youth.
- A Community Garden with 21 outdoor plots and an indoor hydroponic bed
- Our Cooking and Eating Together Initiative, which convenes community members monthly for instructional cooking classes, nutritional discussion, and healthy meal sharing.
Hours: 7-10/week; M-F Website: https://www.qchnyc.org/programs/adult-family-services/food-access-initiatives *Note: Environmental Studies Majors/Minors (URBST 372) may ONLY choose from “Environmental” Internships, and they will have first priority for these placements. Urban Studies (URBST 370) students may list these positions as alternate choices in case we have more positions than we do ENSTD students.