Community Partners, Fall 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 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.     Make the Road New York

Make the Road New York builds the capacity of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and survival services. Programs focus on expanding civil rights, promoting health, workplace justice, empowering youth and improving housing and public education.

Job Description: MRNY seeks interns to work on several health-oriented projects. Past opportunities have included helping organize, plan and promote events related to the Partnership for a Healthier Queens Coalition (bilingual Spanish/English preferred); and help developing workshops, materials and presentations for a statewide campaign for immigrant access to healthcare. Potential opportunities also exist working on healthcare policy and advocacy.

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

5.     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

6.     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

7.    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

8.    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

9.    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

 10.     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), where interns have the opportunity learn about qualitative research methods.

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

11. 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

 12.     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

13.     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

14.     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*

Note: As of May, 2016, this list is still in process! 

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.  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.  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
Websitehttp://www.grownyc.org/grow-to-learn

5. 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.  Urban Field Station
The New York City Urban Field Station’s mission is to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management.

Job Description:
Interns assist with planning Urban Field Station events, including the World Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, and Science of the Living City seminars. As well, interns provide research assistance that contributes to some of the UFS’s ongoing research and seminar projects, including for example, evaluating street tree programs, best practices for urban forest restoration, and assessing urban tree health.

Hours:  7 hrs/week; M-F

Website: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/nyc/

7. 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

*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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