Community Partners, Spring 2015
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.
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
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.
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
3. Alley Pond Environmental Center
Alley Pond Environmental Center is a non-profit environmental education center and an advocate for sustainable environmental policies and practices.
Alley Pond Environmental Center seeks educational interns, with the opportunity to gain experience in presentation of classes, guided interpretive walks, animal care, special events, research and publications.
Hours: To be determined
4. Sustainable Long Island
Sustainable Long Island is a non-profit organization that promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity.
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
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.
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
6. 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.
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, and building lesson plans and developing curricula for after-school programs. Queens Community House also seeks interns with strong communication and basic database skills (Excel) to work on a housing asset-mapping project. Interns will work with staff collecting and analyzing data on housing issues and needs.
Hours: 7-10/week; M-F
7. 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.
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
8. 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.
The organization seeks interns to work closely with the CEO and other staff to conduct research on the issues of obesity in the Ecuadorian and Mexican communities and child abuse and domestic violence among Latinos, with the intent of publishing the results. LWA also seeks interns interested in developing a political leadership program for young adults; technology savvy interns to work on developing and editing LWA’s website, developing its e-mail database and researching e-mail marketing strategies and/or teaching basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint); interns to teach ESL courses; and interns with an interest in marketing and management to help plan LWA’s annual Back to School Festival. Spanish language skills desired, though not required.
Hours: To be determined.
9. 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.
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.
10. Make the Road New York (Queens)
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and survival services. It promotes equal rights, economic and political opportunity for immigrant New Yorkers through organizing and leadership development, adult and youth education, legal support services and strategic policy advocacy
Job Description: Interns are needed for MRNY’s Education Justice Project, which seeks to improve schools for students and their families. A current focus is public school overcrowding. Interns will conduct research on population and educational systems and educational infrastructure as MRNY seeks to identify potential properties on which to build new schools. The position(s) is a combination of research, analysis and planning.
Hours: To be determined
11. 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.
Potential internship opportunities are available in many aspects of the organization.
12. North Shore University Hospital
North Shore University Hospital is part of the North Shore/LIJ Health System
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
13. 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.
Interns work out of Councilmember Dromm’s office in Jackson Heights, and assist preparing 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