Community Partners, Fall 2015

Community Partners for Urban Studies Majors enrolled in URBST 370* (scroll down for URBST 372)

1.    Sustainable Long Island

Sustainable Long Island is a non-profit organization that promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity.

Job Description:

Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization. In the past, interns have conducted research and produced reports on food equity issues, participated in community planning and mapping projects and worked in the Farmer’s Market Program. In Spring 2014, interns promoted SLI’s Brownfield Opportunity Program, conducted research on access to healthy, affordable food and farmers’ markets and assisted with SLI’s involvement in the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Hours: 7-10/week; M-F
Website: sustainableli.org

2.     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.

Job Description:

Interns begin work in Visitor Services, where, they greet visitors and help them engage with the gardens. After becoming familiar with Queens Botanical Gardens and its operations, interns work on community outreach, development and research, communications and event organization.

Hours: 9 hours/week is preferred; 7 days/week
Website: www.queensbotanical.org

3.    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 conducting data analysis to identify factors that lead to clients being at risk of eviction from their homes, collecting and analyzing data on housing issues and needs, conducting research on community services needs, and building lesson plans and developing curricula for after-school programs.

Hours: 7-10/week; M-F
Website: www.queenscommunityhouse.org

4.     Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp works to revive Farmers Boulevard into an inspiring, convenient and vibrantly used main street serving residents of and visitors to southeastern Queens. 

Job Description:

Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization. Recent intern opportunities have focused on early childhood education advocacy, neighborhood development and development advocacy. Positions involve hands-on advocacy for the FBCDC’s green spaces initiative, community outreach and coordination with elected officials on issues such as brownfields, foreclosures and affordable housing.

Hours: to be determined
Website: www.farmersblvd.org

5.     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.

For the Fall, the organization seeks interns to work 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 latina/o community. Spanish language skills desired, though not required.

Hours: To be determined.
Websitewww.mujereslatinasenaccion.com

6.    New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Workers Justice Project is a workers’ cooperative that seeks to empower low-wage immigrant workers by building strong and economically sustainable communities through education, organizing, leadership development and the growth of grassroots economic alternatives.

Job Description:

NICE seeks a variety in all aspects of the organization, including community organizing, civic engagement, worker center day laborer programming and worker center marketing and recruiting . All positions work closely with staff, organizers and members on issues such as labor law, wage theft, immigrants’ and consumer rights and immigration reform. Interns  help conduct outreach, help plan and run training events and workshops and assist in creating outreach and educational materials and conduct research and market analysis on the construction industry. Candidates should have a strong command of Spanish. For more detailed job descriptions, contact Prof. Larson.

Hours: 8-10/week.
Websiteworkersjustice.org

7.    Families for Freedom

Families for Freedom is a grassroots human rights organization that works to support immigrant families, educate and build leadership within communities at risk of deportation and advocate for changes in immigration law.

Job Description:

Interns with Families for Freedom (FFF) have the opportunity to tailor their internship to their own interests, as those relate to the organization’s mission. Opportunities include policy research and advocacy, project design and development and outreach. Writing, presentation and graphic skills are desirable, as are research interest/experience and non-English language skills.

Hours: Flexible.
Website: familiesforfreedom.org

8.    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.

Hours: Flexible, but prefer availability until 6-6:30 pm
Website: www.communityalternatives.org

 9.     North Shore University Hospital

North Shore University Hospital is part of the North Shore/LIJ Health System

Job Description:

Internships are in the Department of General and Internal Medicine, collecting and analyzing data on patient perceptions of their experiences moving from hospitalization to out-patient care, excessive emergency room visits and patient discussion/education sessions on pharmaceutical reconciliations. Students interested in internships with North Shore University Hospital must have taken Introduction to Health Services and been referred by Prof. Sardell.

Hours: One day per week preferred

 10.     New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm

The office of Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-25th District) seeks Constituent Services interns. Interns meet and work with members of the community as well as activists, elected officials and community leaders on a range of local issues, including housing, immigration, LGBT and seniors. 

Job Description:

Interns work out of Councilmember Dromm’s office in Jackson Heights, assisting with constituent services, community outreach and organizing events. Interns prepare material for various projects and provide administrative support, as well as research, coordinate, record and track data. Interns should have excellent communication (especially writing) skills and proficiency in MS Word and Excel.

Hours: 12 hrs./week
Website: danieldromm.com

11.     Queens Borough President Melissa Katz

The Queens Borough President advocates for residents of Queens with city and state governments. Internships with Borough President’s office provide the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of city government and gain hands-on experience working in politics.

Job Description:

The Office of the Queens Borough President seeks interns with a a sincere interest in public service. Interns will assist with a variety of projects and general office duties.

Hours: 8-10 hrs./week
Website: queensbp.org

12.     Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

 The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce advocates for the diverse business and  civic community of greater Flushing. It seeks to economic growth, inclusive diversity and shared prosperity.

Job Description:

The GFCC seeks researchers to work closely with the Chamber staff in the development of a project to evaluate local banks performance regarding the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA ensures that local financial resources are benefiting local communities and not being siphoned off for global investments. Opportunities also exist to work on other Chamber projects. Solid writing and Chinese language skills are helpful.

Hours: TBD
Website: flushingchamber.nyc

Community Partners for Environmental Studies Majors enrolled in URBST 372*

1.   WeAct for Environmental Justice

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WeAct for Environmental Justice) is a northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.

Job description:

Interns have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that involve community organizing, campaign work, planning and research. For the Fall, WeACT has particular opportunities involving community organizing and policy/planning work related to climate change and the Harlem waterfront.

Hours: To be determined
Website: www.weact.org

2.     CultivateHKNY/Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project 

Cultivate HKNY, a project of the Clinton Housing Development Company, works in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to revitalize buildings and green spaces and promote active community collaboration. Its programs include supporting emergency food programs, urban agriculture and beautifying local sidewalks. HKFP is an urban rooftop farm in Hell’s Kitchen run by volunteers. 

Job Description:

Two opportunities are available for the Fall. One intern will assist the CHDC’s Department of Community Cultivation in the development its CultivateHKNY initiative. The second intern will have the opportunity to help with all aspects of the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project including farm work days, school farm education classes, CSA pick up and updating of farm outreach material and record keeping systems.

Hours: To be determined
Website: www.cultivateHKNY.org, www.hkfp.org 

3.    Greenwood Cemetery (Horticultural Internship)

Founded in 1838, National Historic Landmark, Green-wood Cemetery includes 478 acres of hills, valleys, ponds and paths. As well, Greenwood is a Revolutionary War site, and of course it hosts thousands of “permanent” residents, including some of New York’s most legendary artists, athletes, politicians, entertainers and inventors. Finally, Greenwood presents dozens of public events including walking tours, concerts, trolley tours, etc.

Job Description:

Horticulture Interns will assist with planting and garden maintenance as well as implementing and developing new, sustainable planting practices. In addition, interns will participate in new mapping and tree database initiatives.

Hours: 7-10/week; M-F
Website: http://www.green-wood.com/

  1.    NYC Parks Department (Trees Count!)

TreesCount! 2015 is NYC Parks’ effort to map and catalogue every street tree on every block in
New York City.

Job Description:

Interns will help complete the Tree Census by assisting in the recruitment of volunteers to help count and map trees near the Queens College campus. In addition, they will build on the work of Spring 2015 interns including implementing and analyzing 1) a social assessment regarding volunteerism and/or 2) a comparative analysis of the census data collected by the QC volunteers vs other volunteers who worked with Parks field staffs.

Hours: 7 hours/week M-F
Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/treescount

  5.   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.

Job Description:

Interns begin work in Visitor Services, where, they greet visitors and help them engage with the gardens. After becoming familiar with Queens Botanical Gardens and its operations, interns work on community outreach, development and research, communications and event organization.

Hours: 9 hours/week is preferred; 7 days/week
Website: www.queensbotanical.org

  1. 596 Acres

596 Acres is NYC’s community land access advocate. We help neighbors identify the lots in their neighborhoods that are publicly owned and navigate the process of getting permission to use them for community projects like farms and gardens and parks.  

Job Description:

Tasks will include talking with NYC organizers, tabling, putting up signs on vacant lots, working on wonky data projects using government information, organizational development, assisting with a fundraising and generally helping us improve the work that we do. The intern will be working out of our office at Spaceworks in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Comfort with navigation in parts of NYC you have never visited (even if you’ve been nearly everywhere) is key. Willingness to talk to strangers and to learn how to do tasks on the computer are equally important.

Hours: 7 hours/week, M-F
Website: http://596acres.org/en/about/

 7. Greening Forward

Greening Forward is a youth-driven, youth-imagined environmental organization. Through grant-making, mentorship, and our International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit, Greening Forward engages 2,000 young people across the country.

Job Description:

Outreach Managers in Greening Forward support broad programmatic areas, including dispersing thousands of dollars in grant funds to student eco projects, planning the coordination of our International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit in New York City, as well as building partnerships with local organizations, media, and elected officials.

Hours: 10 hours a week preferred but 7 is also okay. M-F.
Website: greeningforward.org

*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.

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