Community Partners, Spring 2016

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

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

10. 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

 11.     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

12.     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

13.     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

Community Partners for Environmental Studies Majors enrolled in URBST 372*

1.  Alley Pond

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 application below. 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

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.  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

4.   Food & Water Watch — GMO Labeling campaign

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

Job Activities/Scope: Interns and volunteers will provide support to all aspects of our GMO labeling campaign, including volunteer recruitment, leadership development, event planning, and grassroots visibility tactics. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about how to use grassroots pressure to influence elected officials. Trainings will be provided.

Hours: 8 hours/week
Click on link for more Info: GMO Watch

5. Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is the collective voice that represents and advocates for the needs of the diverse business and civic community of greater Flushing. We seek to foster the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through advocacy, networking, and mutual aid.

Intern will assist with the planning of the Chamber’s Earth Week Kick Off Event / Green Job Fair in April, as well as designing potential programming and helping to find funding sources for our farmers market project.

Hours: 7 hours/week
http://www.flushingchamber.nyc/

*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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