Community Partners, Spring 2017

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:

Interns assist with a wide range of planning and advocacy issues, including community revitalization, brownfield redevelopment, environmental justice and food equity. Past opportunities have included working on SLI’s Brownfield Opportunity Program, conducting research on access to healthy, affordable food and farmers’ markets and assisting 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 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

4.    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

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 offers opportunities 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.

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.     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

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 on community issues. 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 Melinda 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 gain insight into New York City governance by assisting with a variety of projects and general office duties, including constituent services, researching community issues such as affordable housing, and sitting in on meetings with Queens Community Board district managers and Borough cabinet members.

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

12.     Queens Historical Society 

The Queens Historical Society promotes and provides assistance for research into social, political and economic aspects of Queens history and documents the constant changes that continue to shape the borough.

Job Description:

This a research-oriented internship. Interns work closely with Queens Historical Society staff conducting research on the impact of recent re-development and the resulting gentrification of Long Island City on this historically industrial area and its nearby public housing.

The intended outcome of the research project is a written report and related exhibit, involving artifacts, written documents, personal histories, photographs, etc.

Hours can be flexible.

Hours: Flexible
Websitequeenshistoricalsociety.org

Spring 2017 Community Partners for Environmental Studies Majors (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. In the past these have included support of WeACT’s “Trash to Treasure” campaign for conversion of a Marine Transfer Station at 135th Street, and research on bike share program equity for WeACT’s Transportation Equality Campaign.

Hours: To be determined
Websitewww.weact.org

  1.  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:
QBG has three specific internships for the spring, all centered around Environmental Education and Horticulture. These involve co-teaching in their Forest Intern 2017 (an outdoor drop-off Preschool Alternative) or Children’s Garden Intern 2017 (ages 2 to 14). Or working more generally as a Children’s Garden Intern 2017. See links for details.

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

  1.  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; and its Latino/immigrant workplace health program (Spanish language skills required).

Hours: To be determined
Website: Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment

  1. GrowNYC, Grown to Learn NYC
    Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative, was established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between GrowNYC, the Mayors Fund to Advance New York City, and several government agency partners, with a mission to inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City. Grow to Learn serves as a one-stop shop for school gardens activities across the city and we collaborate with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens.

Job Description:

Interns will help to develop resources for program participants including workshops on using webcasts and videos, and online tools and materials. As well the will assist with program evaluation and general program operation. Intern duties can also be tailored to individual interests and strengths. Interns will work from the downtown office (see website).

Hours: 7 hrs/week; M-F
Website:  http://www.grownyc.org/grow-to-learn

  1. 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

  1.  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

  1.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Public Affairs Division, Region 2

PAD develops, implements and coordinates communications for the region and plans and oversees community relations, public outreach, international relations and intergovernmental activities. This division serves as a focal point for relations with the print and broadcast media, Congressional, state and local elected officials, public interest groups and concerned community members, and works to ensure that the public is informed about the Agency’s policies and programs. It produces public information materials and events, and is responsible for managing the region’s environmental education program, Superfund community involvement, the Region 2 Web site, Facebook page and Twitter account and the Freedom of Information Act control office.

Job Description:
Volunteer Interns work on various activities as described above.

Hours: 7 hours/week
Website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-2

  1. Sustainable Long Island

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

Job Description:

Interns will assist with two main projects: Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC). Includes assistance with the digital input and analysis; Long Island Native Plant Database. Includes research, data input, map creation. GIS is a plus but not required.

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

  1. Battery Park City Authority

The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority is a New York State public benefit corporation whose mission is to plan, create, coordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92-acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan. There is a recognition that, as development of new parcels is completed, the importance of maintenance within the mission will become more significant.

Job Description:

Interns work with the horticulture and compost programs, including working in the lab to analyze compost samples and conducting general horticulture planting, planning and maintenance.

Hours: 7/week; M-F

Website: http://bpca.ny.gov

  1. Queens Community House – Food Access Program

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:

Intern will be assisting with our cooking and eating program. This is a community wide initiative that aims to create relationships among residents through the preparation and consumption of food in a festive classroom environment. Our intern will assist with outreach and event coordination to promote and support our staff with the day to day operation of the program. If possible, we would ask for our intern to have some night availability as well but it is not required.

Hours: 7-10/week; M-F (night time availability is preferred but not necessary

Website: www.queenscommunityhouse.org

  1. NYC Parks Dept: GreenThumb – Youth Leadership Council

The GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council is an opportunity for high school youth 14-21 years old and college students to volunteer at a community garden in New York City.

YLC Internship Responsibilities:

  • Conduct youth volunteer outreach throughout the five boroughs in high schools, colleges, and youth based community groups
  • Attend meetings with Community Board members; Parent Teacher Coordinators; and Political Staff
  • Develop training materials for youth gardening
  • Travel to various locations during program hours to conduct garden visits and outreach
  • Promote the Youth Leadership Council Program through social media and at community events
  • Assist in supply inventory and management
  • Maintain and update networking contacts using excel

At least 50% of internship hours are at the main GreenThumb office, 100 Gold St, Suite 3100 New York, NY 10038. See attached for more details.

Hours: 8/week; M-F

http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/

  1. NYC Department of Environmental Protection

DEP manages the city’s water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8 million in New York City. Offices are located in Flushing.

Job Description:

DEP is looking for bright, motivated, and inspired young talent to share our commitment to preserving and protecting NYC’s water supply and making New York City more sustainable. The internship program will give students an in-depth work experience that supports our core functions while also providing a broad overview of our responsibilities and operations through site visits, seminars, and projects.

Hours: 7-8/week; M-F

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/about_dep

 

 *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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