Outstanding Organizations with Possible Internship Opportunities


The AjA Project, San Diego, CA
The AjA Project was founded in 2000 by a pair of Duke graduates and is a nonprofit organization that provides participatory photography programs for refugee youth, empowering them to use cameras and other media tools to document and share their stories. The AjA Project is based in San Diego and operates programs there for refugee youth from East Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The AjA Project welcomes all interested students to apply for an internship. Experience working with young people and an interest in photography are a plus, but not a prerequisite! For more information, click here. For questions and to apply, contact Summer Lopez at or (619)223-7001.

Emmaus House, Hollister, CA
The mission of Emmaus House is to provide a safe harbor for women and their children seeking immediate relief from a threatening situation. In a secure and child-friendly environment, trained staff at the Emmaus House supports a woman with her immediate concerns for safety, shelter, food, and clothing. A female intern is preferred due to direct contact with clients on a daily basis. The intern should be a dynamic individual with demonstrated compassion for women and children. Interns can provide a wide variety of services based on their preference, including: finding and writing grants, advocacy, case management, community outreach, house programming, and childrens activities planning. Website design experience is a plus. Work hours are flexible; the Emmaus House is a 24-hour operation. Interested students should contact Alma Sanchez, House Manager, at or (831)636-7224 for more information and to apply.

Street Outreach Services , San Francisco, CA
Street Outreach Services (SOS) is the mobile outreach component of SFCCC's Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. Since 1988, SOS has provided high quality, non-judgmental health services directly to homeless people in places where they live and congregate. Traveling in a medical van to sites throughout San Francisco, the dedicated Street Outreach Services team of doctors, nurses, outreach workers, and volunteers creates “clinics without walls,” at soup kitchens, on city streets, in parks, and if the need arises — and it has — under freeway overpasses. Anywhere homeless San Franciscans can be found, the SOS team finds itself. Interested students should contact 2006 Summer of Service participant Dave Lee (Class of '07), at or call Street Outreach Services at (415)355-2222.


Common Impact , Cambridge, MA
Common Impact matches teams of skilled corporate volunteers from leading companies to community nonprofit organizations in need of assistance in the areas of IT, marketing, and human resources. Since its founding in 2000, Common Impact has worked with leading companies such as Fidelity Investments, State Street Corporation, Cisco Systems, and BEA Systems to strengthen nonprofits in three areas: Education & Youth; Health & Human Services; and Housing & Homelessness. Students interested in fostering engagement between the private and social sectors to create a stronger social sector should apply. For more information, contact VP of Partnerships, Lesley Edwards at 617.868.1014 or Summer of Service Co-founder and 2006 participant, Elle Pishny, greatly enjoyed her internship at Common Impact. E-mail her with questions at

Jumpstart, Boston, MA
Jumpstart is a national early literacy organization that recruits and trains college students to work one-to-one with preschool children from low-income backgrounds. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong mentoring relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program, was founded at Yale University in 1993 and has grown from a campus-based service program to a national education leader that currently engages 2,500 college students in service to nearly 10,000 children in 22 states and 60 communities across the country. Jumpstart has opportunities in the Development, Marketing, and Program departments. For more information, contact recruiting coordinator Julia Karol at 617.542.5867 x 12 or

North Carolina

A Helping Hand, Chapel Hill, NC
A Helping Hand is a local nonprofit agency providing companion services to assist senior citizens, caregivers and individuals with disabilities in Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.  Internship opportunities include individual assignments as well as group projects, both of which are immeasurably valuable for both the student and the client.  In addition to assisting those who really need it, these internship experiences are great for job experience, grad school applications, and developing relationships with people outside of the college atmosphere.
For more information, click here or download an application. Questions? Contact Emma Griffis at

New York

Advocates for Children of New York, New York, NY
For over 25 years Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) has worked in partnership with New York City's most impoverished and vulnerable families to secure quality and equal public education services. AFC works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure. By effectively combining legal services, impact litigation, individual case representation, public education, training, organizing, and in-depth research and policy analysis, AFC has been a powerful engine for change on behalf of children in New York.

Best Buddies, New York, NY (also Wash DC, LA, Boston, Pittsburg, Houston)
Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

The Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Founded in 1879, The Bowery Mission is the third oldest Gospel Mission in the U.S. It strives to be the most effective provider of compassionate care and life transformation services in the City of New York. The Bowery Mission meets the critical physical needs and deeper spiritual needs of the New York City's homeless and hurting at its flagship site, The Bowery Mission, The Bowery Mission Transitional Center, and The Bowery Mission Women's Initiative.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, New York, NY (also Wash DC)
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation creates a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS, providing care and treatment to people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses.

FEGS Health and Human Services System
F·E·G·S (Federation Employment and Guidance Service) has evolved to become the largest and most diversified private, not-for-profit health related and human service organization in the United States. F·E·G·S has served more than two million people since its inception. Services are delivered in the areas of Employment & Training, Education & Youth, Career Development, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Residential, Rehabilitation, Family Services and Homecare. F·E·G·S operates programs throughout the metropolitan New York area, and provides consultation and technical assistance to government, organizations, and businesses throughout the United States and abroad.

Fresh Air Fund, New York, NY
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Student interns known as "Friendly Towners" are responsible for communicating information to volunteer leaders living in 300 towns where Fresh Air children visit for summer vacations. Thesy also keep records of host/child “matches” and communicate these “matches” to volunteer leaders on a daily basis. Friendly Towners oversee children’s bus departures to host families and keep records of visits and are responsible for a variety of tasks related to the safe and organized departure and return of Fresh Air children. For more information and to apply, click here.

Groundwork Inc. Powerful Youth for Powerful Communities- Brooklyn, NY
Groundwork helps neighbors build powerful communities. They identify small neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York-- typically public housing developments and the blocks that surround them-- and provide high-quality educational programs and support services to the families who live there. College interns are needed as Senior Team Leaders. Each Senior Team Leader works with a group of 10 children in the same grade level. The program curriculum combines literacy instruction with athletics, field trips, community service projects, and arts activities. Each group will also go on an overnight camping trip and a 3-day trip to Philadelphia. These paid internships are 9 weeks long (including a two week training session.) Click here for internship description, and application. Contact Belinda Waters-Brown at 718-346-2200 ext.107 for more information.

Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), South Bronx, NY
The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Academy is a college preparatory, public middle school that begins working proactively with its students when they enter as fifth-graders. KIPP Academy's mission is to prepare students with the academic and character skills necessary to achieve success in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond. Depending on the capabilities of the intern, the student would be helping to organize and decorate classrooms, performing breakfast and/or lunch duty, helping with inventory, providing one-on-one tutoring to students, performing computer upgrades (if possible), translating documents (if fluent in Spanish), organizing class field trips, etc. This is a great opportunity for a creative and motivated student to get a first-hand account of what it’s like to create a new school. Click here for more information. Interested students should contact Mandy Gauss, (718)665-3555 x.108. Summer of Service Co-founder and 2005 participant, Jessica Palacios, interned with KIPP. Read about her internship here or e-mail Jessica( with questions. 2006 participants Kelley Akhiemokhali and Miho Kubagawa also interned at KIPP.

Legal Outreach, Brooklyn, NY
Legal Outreach prepares urban youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. Legal Outreach provides junior high school social studies teachers and students with materials and instruction on the role of the law, the legal system, and the community in the resoluntion of social problems. A student internship position might entail coordinating a community service program for the high school students who are involved with Legal Outreach, or developing and running the Young Women's Program. Interested students should contact Marsha Scipio, (718) 797-3396. Summer of Service 2005 participants Philip Sugg and Dan Friedman both interned at Legal Outreach. Click here to read what they have to say. Kathy Choi, Kathy Stanton, and Buki Samuel interned at Legal Outreach in 2006.

Summer Search, Brooklyn, NY
Summer Search is a unique leadership and character development program that cultivates resiliency, altruism, and performance in low-income high school students from NYC. They achieve this through a combination of long-team, dynamic mentoring and access to life-changing summer experiential education programs and other pathways to success throughout high school and college. The overarching objective for Summer Search is for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain the confidence and self-awareness to take control of their lives, break the cycle of poverty, and become role models for their communities and the larger society.

New York Cares, New York, NY
Each month, NY Cares mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers to take part in a wide variety of flexibly scheduled, team-based projects that have a dramatic impact on the lives of New Yorkers in need. NY Cares embraces virtually every volunteer interest: homelessness, hunger, kids, education, seniors and the elderly, HIV/AIDS, the environment, urban renewal, and other causes. For more information or to learn about an internship in the Annual Events or Education and Technology Partnerships/Volunteer Relations departments, click here and contact Heidi Schumacher (Trinity '04) at or (212) 402-1106. More details about the internships are available here.

The After-School Corporation (TSAC), New York, New York
The After-School Corporation provides grants, training, and technical assistance to more than 130 community-based organizations in New York, to run programs in schools from 3-6pm every day school is in session. TASC is now supporting 279 programs serving 322 schools- 232 programs in NYC and 47 programs throughout New York State. With the help of their supporters and partners TASC works to ensure that every child will have access to free, quality after-school programs by 2010. Student interns are needed as Site Monitors or to work with External Relations for the 2005 summer. Of these positions, the Site Monitor position would be the best choice for a SOS internship. These individuals are responsible for visiting the TASC program sites and making sure everything is running smoothly. Dates for the internship are flexible. There will be a position open at TASC for a Duke student, but TASC would like students to be open to working in either position (Site Monitor or External Relations Intern). For more info click here, and to apply students should send a cover letter and resume to Martha King, (212) 547-6958

Truce Fitness, Harlem Children's Zone, Harlem, NY
TRUCE, a comprehensive youth development program for 200 adolescents between the ages of 12-19, fosters academic growth and career readiness through the innovative use of the arts, media literacy, health and multimedia technology. Each year, TRUCE helps seniors graduate on time and get admitted to college. Interested students should contact: Will Norris, (212) 864-7159

United Way of NYC, New York, NY
United Way creates programs and drives collaborations around five of the most critical issues facing New Yorkers in need. By leading programs that get at the root causes of these five key areas, United Way of New York City creates lasting, systemic change. The five most critical issues that United Way of New York City seeks to address include: Homelessness Prevention, Access to Health Care, Education and Early Childhood Development,
Building Economic Independence, and Strengthening Local Nonprofits.

Yai/National Institute for People with Disabilities, New York, NY
Since its inception in 1957, YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network has been a national leader in the provision of services, education and training in the field of developmental and learning disabilities. The YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network mission is to build brighter futures for people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families. We are firmly committed to helping the people we serve to achieve their potential for independence, individuality, productivity, and inclusion in their communities.


Youth Villages, Memphis, Tennessee
Youth Villages offers help and hope to more than 5,000 troubled and troubling children and their families each year through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, community-based programs and prevention services.
For internship information e-mail:

Washington, DC

American Red Cross, Washington, DC
Each year over one million Americans serve as Red Cross volunteers serving local community needs — helping people in emergencies, providing half the nation's blood supply, teaching first aid and CPR courses, delivering emergency messages to members of the military, organizing programs for the elderly, for the youth…
Red Cross volunteers work directly with people, serve on boards of directors, serve as managers, advisors, and provide behind the scenes support.

National Women's Health Network, Washington, DC
The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.

Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM), Washington, DC
The QEM Network is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving the education of African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans. The QEM Network Internship program is designed to enhance the students' ability to: apply their knowledge to a summer internship assignment; increase their understanding of the educational needs of minorities; and instill a sense of responsibility for helping minority students from low-income families through participation in campus projects at their home institutions during the academic year.

Special Olympics International, Washington, DC
Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Interns provide individuals with improved fitness and motor skills, greater self confidence, a more positive self image, friendships, and increased family support.

YMCA, Washington, DC (Also NYC, San Diego, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Ann Arbor)
Together, the nation's more than 2,500 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. Ys are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. YMCA provides programs that include job training, child care, educational exchange programs, and drug abuse prevention. Interns can work as camp counselors, activity counselors, site supervisors, program specialists, horse wranglers, cooks, “mustang riding assistants,” trip coordinators, aquatic instructors, and/or lifeguards. (lessons included)

Useful Links:

Duke University Home

Duke University Career Center
The Career Center website has many useful links for students, alumni, and employers. Students can gain access to extremely useful resources that have been paid for by the University, such as "Career Search," a database that allows you to search for internships by type, location, keywords, etc. A link to BlueDevilTrak is also available on the Career Center website. This site also includes information about the numerous programs, services, and resources offered by the Career Center.

Duke University Alumni Affairs

Enterprising Leadership Incubator (ELI) is a site that lists over 40,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, which you can search or browse by name, location or mission. It is the best Nonprofit Career Center on the Web, with hundreds of job and internship listings. Dan Kessler is the Director of Campus Programs for and is a Duke grad who has been working closely with our Summer of Service team. At Duke, Dan was a co-founder of LEAPS, a student-led organization that coordinates and promotes service-learning opportunities for undergraduates.

University of Notre Dame, Summer Service Project Internship Page
The University of Notre Dame has an enormously successful Summer Service Internship program and we have looked to their program for guidance and ideas as we developed Summer of Service at Duke University.