Community Partners

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.     Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corporation

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corporation seeks to revise Farmers Boulevard into a vibrantly utilized main street serving the residents and visitors of southeast Queens. 

For the Fall, the organization seeks interns who are interested in the processes of bricks-and-mortar community development with a particular focus on housing, labor and construction, architecture and planning, zoning and land use, school infrastructure and commercial/retail development.

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

4.     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

5.    New York State Youth Leadership Council

New York State Youth Leadership Council is an undocumented youth-led organization that works to empower immigrant youth through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement and self expression. 

Job Description:

Interns with NYSYLC have the opportunity to do grassroots fundraising, media and communications and development work. Included are opportunities to learn about immigrant justice organizing at Queens College, support for an annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Program and the launch of a scholarship program that prioritizes undocumented students.

Hours: Flexible
Website: nysylc.org

6.     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: Woodside on the Move foresees having two internship opportunities for the Fall semester. The first, Project Coordinator intern, will work closely with senior staff and oversee planning, implementation and tracking of a specific short-term project. The second will be involved in Woodside on the Move’s partnership with the NYC Dept. of Education’s Beacon Community Centers project, which offers a variety of family services.

Hours: Flexible
Website: woodsideonthemove.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.

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.     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

10.     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

11.     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 (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

   2.     The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

The mission of the Sustainability Institute is to serve as a core resource on environmental excellence, and to promote positive solutions that advance the three dimensions of sustainability, economy, environment and social equity, for both the students & faculty of Molloy College and for the larger Long Island community of which Molloy is a part.

Hours: TBD
Website: https://www.molloy.edu/about-molloy-college/community-and-institutes/the-sustainability-institute/mission-and-history

   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:

2019 Farm & Compost Internship: Interns will support NYC Compost Project staff in running and maintaining one acre of intensively planted, mixed vegetable, fruit, and flower production and educational areas. Interns will also help support on-site composting operations; including processing organics collected at food scrap drop-offs.

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

   4.  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

     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. 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

 8. 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

    9. Queens College Facilities Management, Planning and Development – Sustainability Management/Environmental Health and Safety
The Facilities Department is guided by commitments in the Queens College Strategic Plan to be a “green” campus and the efforts of our Sustainability Council and its partners.

Job Description:
Interns will work with the AVP of Facilities and Planning Operations and assist in the implementation of the campus’ 10 Year Sustainability Plan. Much of these initiatives center on improving energy and water efficiency in all QC buildings. Other initiatives include using electric cars, capturing grey water, compositing, etc.

Interns will work with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, ensuring that all campus facilities follow environmental safety regulations and measure.
Hours: 7-8/week; M-F
Website: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

 10. The YEARS Project

TBD

Website: http://yearsoflivingdangerously.tumblr.com/

11. The Suffolk County Landbank

TBD.

Website: http://www.suffolkcountylandbank.org/

12. Harlem Grown

Harlem Grown is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. Founded in 2011, we operate local urban farms, increase access to and knowledge of healthy food for Harlem residents, and provide garden-based development programs to Harlem youth.

Hours: 7-8/week; M-F
Website: http://www.harlemgrown.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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