Outstanding Organizations with Possible Internship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Summer of Service Co-founder and 2006 participant, Elle Pishny, greatly enjoyed her internship at Common Impact. E-mail her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocates for Children of New York, New York,
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
Groundwork Inc. Powerful Youth for Powerful Communities-
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,
Contact Belinda Waters-Brown at 718-346-2200 ext.107 for more
Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), South Bronx,
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,
x.108. Summer of Service Co-founder and 2005 participant, Jessica Palacios, interned with KIPP. Read about her internship here or e-mail Jessica(email@example.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
(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 email@example.com or (212) 402-1106. More details about the internships are available here.
The After-School Corporation (TSAC), 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 547-6958
Truce Fitness, Harlem Children's Zone, Harlem,
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, email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Red Cross, Washington,
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,
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
Special Olympics International, Washington,
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
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)
Idealist.org 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 Idealist.org
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.
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.