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Internship Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

I. Columbia University Internship Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

Columbia Center for Career Education (CCE) encourages students to make an appointment with a career counselor to determine what type of internship they might wish to pursue. The CCE offers various career tools and will help students create a resume, prepare cover letters, learn how to network, prepare for an interview, learn business etiquette, apply to graduate school, and more. The Center offers additional information on getting started, industry exploration, graduate school and alternative paths, majors and careers, career tools, Columbia resources beyond CCE, diversity.

The Resource Library lists job and internship opportunities in the U.S. according to industry.

Columbia University’s Encouraging Dynamic Global Entrepreneurs (EDGE) program offers students a summer internship in Guatemala. Students gain experience in international development by working with professional social entrepreneurs while studying and improving their Spanish. Other CCE managed internships programs include New York-based Columbia Arts Experience and Summer Interns Living and Learning programs.

Community Impact at Columbia partners with more than 100 community organizations and agencies to provide services to more than 8,000 residents in Harlem, Washington Heights and Morningside Heights every year. Almost 1,000 Columbia students volunteer in an array of community services programs, providing food, clothing, shelter, educational services, and companionship to local residents. The America Reads program connects Columbia University students with New York City Public School children in the neighboring Harlem area. Work-study and volunteer Columbia students will take the role of after-school teachers and work in teams with other teachers 2-3 days per week, from 3-6 pm at one of three sites: Grant Houses, located on Broadway and La Salle, P.S. 154, located at 127th between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and, P.S. 76, located on St. Nicholas at 121st.

Columbia University Alumni Internship Funds are available for students who have secured unpaid summer internships. Award amounts often range from $1,000 to $3,000. The CCE holds information sessions about these funds in March. Additionally, the CCE offers information on how to fund an internship.

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the School of International and Public Affairs offers an Undergraduate Internship Grant, for CU undergraduate students who are enrolled in programs at Columbia with a substantial focus on Latin America and who have secured a summer internship or study opportunity in Latin America. Please refer to the Application Guide for more information on this and/or other ILAS grant programs. Applications are due in early May. partners with local organizations to help improve the quality of life in the community. Columbia provides funding and other resources for various community programs and many Columbia faculty, staff and students work alongside neighbors to deliver services that make a difference to people in Upper Manhattan - from health care and education to job training and youth mentoring. The Neighbors of Columbia web site contains information about the programs and services that Columbia and its community partners provide to individuals and families, schools, and businesses in Upper Manhattan.

Internship search sites

  • ColumbiaTrak contains listings for internship opportunities, job opportunities, and work-study positions advertised by employers specifically for Columbia students.
  • InterviewTrak is the campus recruiting program that enables students to view positions, employer presentations and information sessions, as well as submit résumés, cover letters and/or writing samples, and sign up for on-campus interviews.
  • Barnard College Career Development Center contains links to organizations in the U.S. listed by industry.

II. Internship Resources and Volunteer Opportunities in New York City

Internships search sites for New York City

Internship resources and volunteer opportunities in New York City

ACCIÓN USA is the largest microfinance organization in the United States. By providing microloans, business advice, and financial education, ACCION New York improves the lives of individuals and business owners who do not have access to mainstream sources of credit. Part time internships are available for the Single Stop program, which provides financial advising services to low income individuals at sites around New York’s five boroughs. Students may also participate in ACCION’s microfinance practicum internship, which are full time summer positions. After the summer students may intern part time during the academic year. Fluency is Spanish and a willingness to help others is necessary.

Asociación Tepeyac is a network of 40 community based organizations that aims to promote the social welfare and human rights of Latino immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants in New York City. Internship and volunteer positions are available in the following areas: permanent residence campaign, adult education, health, workers rights, youth and adult leadership, fundraising, and cultural events. Volunteers are required to commit to 10 hours a month (2 hours a week, the first 3 weeks of the month, 2 hours on the last Saturday of the month and 2 hours the last Sunday of each month. Volunteer positions are for 6 months or one year.

Aspira of New York was created 1961 by educators and social work professionals concerned with the high dropout rate of Puerto Rican youth in New York City. The organization is now a national organization dedicated to supporting Latino youth and families in the pursuit of educational excellence, while emphasizing community commitment and pride in the Latino cultural heritage. The Aspira Volunteer Initiative Program links corporate and individual volunteers as mentors and role models for Aspira Youth.

Boys & Girls Harbor provides education and character development for over 2,500 children coming from East Harlem, Harlem and the South Bronx each year. Harbor programs include pre-school, after-school, literacy training, substance abuse prevention, college preparation, workforce readiness and a conservatory for the performing arts. Volunteers may tutor students one on one and/or provide academic guidance.

BrazilFoundation is a public nonprofit organization that provides financial and technical support to local Brazilian nonprofits in their pursuit of a more equitable society. Since its founding in 2001, BrazilFoundation has worked with 110 projects in 20 of Brazil’s 27 states. Projects range from helping pregnant teenagers understand child development to enabling low-skilled laborers to build affordable housing in their communities. BrazilFoundation's greatest asset is its network of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers help with fundraising, event planning, web site architecture, database development, marketing, public relations and research.

Children’s Aid Society serves more than 150,000 children and their families at more than 45 community centers and sites throughout New York City. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round and a wide array of programs can fit any schedule. Some volunteer opportunities include tutoring Spanish-speaking youth, becoming a Hoop Brother (mentoring a child through playing basketball) or a Big Sister with the SisterNet program. Individuals may volunteer after school or on Saturdays, and are required to attend a volunteer information session and complete the Adult Volunteer Application.

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has partnerships with schools and organizations in Manhattan. Some of the partnerships that offer volunteer opportunities are listed below.

(CAS) Frederick Douglas Center (885 Columbus Ave. @ 104th Street, New York, NY 10025) provides essential services to children and families on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Center offers various programs including a Head Start program for 3-5 year olds and an English-language training program for adults. Volunteers are needed for the Center’s Story Readings, held from 5:30-7:00pm.

(CAS) Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics (280 Pleasant Avenue, Room B13, New York, NY 10029) in East Harlem provides students with an intensive curriculum in mathematics and science. This background, coupled with a broad base of liberal arts, enables all students to compete for admission to selective four-year colleges. Collaboration with The Children’s Aid Society started in 1998, and partnerships with other community-based organizations continue to expand the services and opportunities offered through this community school. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and/or mentoring students.

(CAS) Mirabal Sisters Campus (21 Jumel Place, New York, NY 10032), a predominately Latino school, opened as I.S. 90 in collaboration with The Children’s Aid Society in October, 1994. Instructional curriculum is based around the small learning communities, or “casas”. Each school offers theme-based learning through specialty areas that enhance academic learning for students. They are; 1) Justice and Social Reform; 2) Culture and Creative Arts and 3) Academic and Career Exploration. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and/or mentoring students.

(CAS) P.S. 152 Dyckman Valley School (93 Nagle Ave., Room 121, New York, NY 10040) P.S. 152, the Dyckman Valley School, is located in the Northern Manhattan community of Washington Heights. The Children’s Aid Society launched its partnership with P.S. 152 in 1998. The school benefits from a demonstrated commitment to the community and the strengths of their other community school partnerships in Washington Heights. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and/or mentoring students.

(CAS) P.S. 5 Ellen Lurie School (3703 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10034), which opened in 1993, is a Children’s Aid Society community school that supports learning and achievement for the entire family. The school is named after Ellen Lurie, a community organizer, school board member, teacher, author and parent advocate. Volunteers are needed for tutoring and/or mentoring students.

(CAS) Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Campus (4600 Broadway @ 196th Street, New York, NY 10040) In 1992, The Children’s Aid Society joined in an unprecedented partnership with the New York City Board of Education, Community School District Six and other community-based partners to open the Salomé Ureña Middle Academy (SUMA). The school is named after Salomé Ureña de Henríquez, a famous feminist poet, educator and founder of the first school for girls in the Dominican Republic in 1881. Volunteers are needed for tutoring/mentoring students.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court offers internships to students interested in learning more about international law, the United Nations, human rights enforcement, role of NGOs in the development of international law, government relations and related issues. For more information on the New York City internship program consult the NY Internship Manual.

Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP) focuses on the needs of New York’s Dominican immigrants and the communities in which they live. With over 230 volunteers, ACDP serves the community in education and youth leadership, public and mental health, food and nutrition, immigration and citizenship, housing, and economic development. ACDP offers internship opportunities throughout the year in accounting, education, grant writing, human services, social work, and youth development.

The Council of Americas Society is dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Research internship opportunities in the Corporate Relations Department provide opportunities to interact with leading business and intellectual leaders from the U.S. and Latin America. Research Interns will have a unique opportunity to attend the seminars and meetings held at the Council which feature prominent leaders including Heads of States, Ministers, CEOs and other leaders in their respective fields. Part time interns are asked to commit to 15-20 hours per week. Internships are paid and require at least 3 years of college or university. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful.

Council on Foreign Relations offers internship opportunities focusing on international relations and foreign policy. Some internship positions include Trade, and Innovation, Science, Technology, and Foreign Policy, Global Health Studies, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Women and Foreign Policy. Interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis for both the New York and Washington, DC, offices. The fall and spring semesters require a minimum commitment of sixteen hours per week. The summer semester requires a full-time commitment. An intern’s duties generally consist of administrative work, program coordination, research, editing, and writing. Internships are unpaid but provide a small stipend upon successful completion to offset transportation expenses.

DOME (Developing Opportunities through Meaningful Education), aims to assist young people who are economically, socially, and academically challenged to focus on their education as a means to success. DOME’s Academic Tutoring Program pairs students ages 7-18 for weekly one-on-one tutorial sessions at Brandeis High School on West 84th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. To volunteer as a tutor, download the Volunteer Application.

El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists. Internship opportunities are available for college students and recent graduates who would like “hands-on” training in museum education, practical museum work experience, familiarity with El Museo’s collection and a better understanding of Latin American Art and Culture. Responsibilities may include guiding tours, assisting in conducting workshops, developing educational materials and assisting the Education staff and Artist Educators through clerical support.

Eurasia Group is a global, political, risk advisory and consulting firm that covers political, social, security and economic developments worldwide. Eurasia Group's Latin American Practice Group provides clients with analysis of the political, social, and economic forces that shape events in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela, as well as the Latin American region broadly. Eurasia Group employs research interns on a temporary basis in support of specific projects and analysts.

Goddard Riverside Community Center works to meet people’s basic needs – food, shelter, education – and to bring them together for mutual aid, social action, and to celebrate their richness as a society. The Center has 22 programs at 16 sites on the Upper West Side and in West Harlem. The REACH mentoring program matches middle and high school students with adult volunteer tutors/mentors. Volunteers must be college graduates or current college students. Click here to see the Volunteer Job Description. All tutoring/mentoring takes place on-site at the Center’s Beacon program (154 West 93rd Street) one evening per week (6:00-7:30 p.m.), September to June.

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, a division of Boys and Girls Harbor, is a non-profit performing arts institution that aims to provide students with a complete education in music, dance and theater. Harbor Conservatory is acclaimed for its Latin music curriculum which celebrates the cultural contributions of the diverse East Harlem community. Volunteer opportunities are varied and depend on the individual’s interests and availability.

Human Rights First works to protect people at risk: refugees who flee persecution, victims of crimes against humanity, and victims of discrimination for example. During the academic year internship opportunities are available for 10 –12 hours a week for a minimum 10-week period. During the summer most interns work full-time. Interns engage in a variety of substantive ongoing projects. The precise nature of the work varies by program. Examples of work include research of legal issues and legislative matters, documenting and reporting on human rights conditions, and supporting program staff on broader advocacy initiatives, proof-reading and the checking of legal filings.

International Center in New York is a volunteer-driven community where immigrants, refugees, students and other newcomers to the United States come to practice English and learn about American culture. Volunteers can participate in one or more of the following opportunities: Conversation Partnerships, Pronunciation Partnerships, Writing Partnerships, Advanced English Partnerships, and Career Skills Partnerships. Volunteers must demonstrate native English fluency, make a minimum commitment of two hours a week for six months, participate in at least three 2-hour training sessions, and develop the content and structure of conversation sessions based on the learners' needs and language goals.

International Rescue Committee in New York helps refugees in New York regain a sense of stability, security, and self-respect. At the IRC's New York refugee resettlement office (IRC New York), staff and volunteers assist clients in translating their skills, interests, and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities. Volunteers may help refugees write résumés and prepare for job interviews, assist IRC staff with cultural orientations, provide basic office support, and mentor refugee families or individuals.

Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School (MCNDHS), a unique high school started in 1989, serves 800 students (ages 17-22) with classes from Sunday- Thursday throughout the year. The MCNDHS has a great need for volunteers interested in tutoring since two-thirds of students are immigrants from over 40 countries who are trying to learn English. Standardized test and SAT preparation help is also needed.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders aims to preserve Mexican culture and promote the active participation of Mexican immigrants and their families in cultural, educational and civic life. Composed of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans of many generations and occupations, the Mano a Mano Organizing Committee strives to present the rich range of Mexican cultural forms. Internship and volunteer opportunities include: summer festival work, marketing and outreach, planning fundraising events, developing learning materials about Mexico, database building and office administration, fieldwork with Mexican artists.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) uses organizing, advocacy, and public education to ensure that new immigrants and all disenfranchised New Yorkers are self-empowered so that they are informed, active and influential in civic and governmental affairs. NICE offers internships for their Government Access and Accountability Project, where interns may develop and implement strategies to increase public awareness and support of the non-citizen voting campaign and work with partner organizations to support and coordinate NY Coalition to Expand Voting Rights meetings, events, and activities. NICE also seeks interns with experience in teaching and/or curriculum development to continue to develop the existing curriculum for the ESL and Civic Literacy Program.

New York Cares Volunteer Program brings volunteer support to more than 850 nonprofit agencies, public schools and other deserving organizations throughout the five boroughs. Individuals may search volunteer projects by key words, location, and neighborhood.

North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) provides policy makers, analysts, academics, organizers, journalists, and religious and community groups with information on major trends in Latin America and its relations with the United States. Undergraduate internships are offered in the publication and circulation of NACLA Report on the Americas and in development programs and activities.

The Door is committed to serving people between the ages of 12 and 21 through a holistic approach and effective programs that make it possible for people of all backgrounds to succeed. Some programs include health care, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation, and career development services and training. Internships and volunteer opportunities are available year-round through Education Services. Volunteers commit to a minimum of 2 hours, two days per week; or once a week for 3 hours. Interns are asked to commit 6-8 hours per week. Interns will be expected to take on administrative tasks in addition to providing direct service. All internship candidates are required to provide a résumé and attend an interview.

The Trickle Up Program is an international, nonprofit organization based in New York City, whose mission is to empower people living on less than a dollar a day to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build micro-enterprises for a better quality of life. Since it was founded in 1979, Trickle Up has helped launch over 150,000 businesses in 120 countries across the globe in partnership with locally based partner agencies. The Latin America Program is currently active in two countries: Guatemala and Nicaragua.

P.O.D.E.R. is a corporate accountability organization based in New York City and Mexico City that sells business intelligence on bad corporate practices in Latin America, as well as on compliance services, in order to fund capacity building for local human rights, worker, and environmental organizations in Latin America. PO Box 2086 NY, NY 10013.

III. Internship Resources and Volunteer Opportunities in the U.S. and Abroad

Search sites for internships in the United States

Summer internship resources and volunteer opportunities in the United States and abroad

AIESEC is an international student organization that places students in internships and working situations worldwide.

Amigos de las Américas is a 40-year-old not-for-profit organization that arranges for U.S. college and high school students to participate in community service programs in Latin America. Because it is volunteer-driven, AMIGOS makes a strong effort to keep the cost of participation low and to extend the opportunity as widely as possible. Scholarships are available. Beginning in late June, students may volunteer to work in a community service project in Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Paraguay, and programs last between 5 - 8 weeks. A reasonable level of Spanish (the equivalent of 2 years of high school Spanish) is required and, of course, the experience greatly improves participants' language skills. Since summer 2006, the NYC Chapter of AMIGOS has arranged for more than 20 college students to participate through the NYC Chapter. Some programs include: Healthy Households and Communities, Nutrition, Technology, and Youth Leadership. For more information about the Amigos de las Américas summer programs click here.

Boston University Summer Internship in Madrid offers students the opportunity to spend six weeks living, studying, and interning in Madrid, Spain. The program combines a professional internship with a liberal arts course whose focus is either contemporary Spanish culture or twentieth century Spanish writers. Financial aid may be available.

The Brazilian Embassy has an extensive internship program in a variety of areas. These are usually three-month unpaid positions, either full-time or part-time, which can be renewed for an additional three months. Applicants are required to be fluent in both English and Portuguese, and have a strong interest in Brazilian-related issues. The application process is ongoing. Interested students should send an e-mail to [email protected] for additional information.

CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange offers summer, semester, academic year and full year study programs with internships and research opportunities in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Spain and other countries. Programs include studies in culture, history, business, politics and other subjects, along with the Spanish language study.

CDS International, the Carl Duisberg Society, was founded in New York City as a nonprofit organization to develop more opportunities for Americans to gain international practical training. CDS offers unpaid summer internships in Spain. Host companies are asked to provide some form of non-monetary compensation, such as free housing, meals, and/or public transportation to and from work.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s mission is to support the President, the National Security Council, and all officials who make and execute the U.S. national security policy by engaging in research, developing, and deploying of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. The CIA internship program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies. Students will be given the opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals and see first-hand the role the CIA plays in supporting US officials who make our country's foreign policy. Interns are required to work two 90-day summer internships.

Center for International Policy aims to promote a United States international policy based on cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights. A non-paid internship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras offer students an opportunity to compliment their academic training by using their knowledge and professional abilities in a Honduran civil society organization. An internship with CIP includes the experience of working directly with junior and senior staff to assist with and participate in project-related, substantive work. As well, interns have administrative duties that build the nuts-and-bolts skills necessary to run a nonprofit organization.

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a global family of committed professionals and students who work at the grassroots level to promote the health of the world community. Opportunities in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Nicaragua exist for students to gain a global perspective on health issues by joining health professionals in clinical rotations.

Columbia University’s Encouraging Dynamic Global Entrepreneurs (EDGE) program offers a summer internship in Guatemala. Students gain experience in international development by working with professional social entrepreneurs. Spanish language study is also included.

Columbia University Global Programs offers international opportunities for undergraduate students that combine cultural immersion, intellectual challenge and individual growth through expanding their world view.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute offers Latina undergraduates from across the country an eight-week summer program/internship in Washington, D.C. with a stipend. The curriculum emphasizes work experience, community service, and learning.

Constru Casa is a non-profit organization providing simple houses to poor families in Guatemala. Constru Casa’s objective is to improve housing and living conditions in order to get families on the path to a better future and ultimately change their lives. Constru Casa always selects families in cooperation with local partner organizations, which offer services in health care, education, and community building. Constru Casa requires beneficiary families to participate in the construction of their house and to pay a monthly contribution towards the partial cost of their house. After the construction is finished, for four years Constru Casa accompanies the families in the areas related to housing, in order to ensure a sustainable impact in the family’s development. Constru Casa is currently looking for an intelligent, strategic, and resourceful professional to help us manage and expand our public relations (PR). The PR Intern will work in three main areas: general communications, donor relations and fundraising, and volunteer coordination.

Cross Cultural Solutions offers internship positions Costa Rica and Peru. Students are placed in education, health care, or social services, and may choose the dates they would like to intern (minimum 3 weeks).

Foundation for Sustainable Development provides hands-on, service-learning internships and volunteer opportunities for students looking to gain development experience with international communities. Opportunities are available in Argentina, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.

InterExchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural awareness through volunteer programs in Costa Rica, Peru, and a work program in Spain. Partner organizations specialize in creating partnerships between international volunteers and local organizations. Students may choose to volunteer in wildlife conservation, education, social work, health care, conservation, environmental affairs, cultural affairs, museums, hospitality, tourism, and media projects. The Working Abroad Grant covers amounts cover the Interexchange program fee plus $2000 towards airfare and other expenses while traveling abroad.

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. The Program Intern and IJNet-writer Intern positions will be available to Everett Public Service Interns. Program Intern: will work with staff on various media training programs for journalists from throughout the world. Duties may include conducting research on media in different countries, assisting with logistics and working on other administrative tasks. IJNet intern: Duties may include conducting research and reporting on media assistance news around the world, as well as compiling media laws, web resources, fellowship listings and other information on the site. Foreign language ability is a plus.

International Cooperative Education (ICE) offers paid work and internship positions abroad in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Since 1971, ICE has placed more than 15,000 students in work/internship positions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. ICE students have worked at automotive plants in Germany, schools in China, supermarkets in Japan, and in Aboriginal Communities in Australia. Each working experience is unique and tailored to the student's interests, language ability and goals. See ICE’s website to learn more about their Program and to search a listing of ICE jobs and internships.

International Radio and Television Society Foundation summer fellowship teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship in New York City that includes practical experience and career-planning advice.

MATCH Corps program, founded in 2004, is a group of 45 recent college graduates who work one-on-one with five Boston high school students each day for one entire academic year. This full-time service year program is designed to fully close the academic Achievement Gap between minority students and their non-minority peers, one student at a time. Each Corps member works to guarantee the academic success of MATCH students while building personal relationships. Corps members live in modern dorm-style housing on the 3rd floor of the MATCH school. Corps members also have secondary projects such as teaching assistant to a classroom subject teacher, coaching teams, leading clubs or assisting the faculty and administration.

Organization for International Development provides students a chance to gain experience and facilitate action in the field of international development. ODN helps link qualified students with grassroots development organizations in the US and abroad for internships.

Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 in order to create a singular national voice to advocate for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities-at-large. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. PALCUS has conducted an expanding program of research, educational and public affairs activities on salient issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and the Luso-American relationship. The PALCUS Internship Program, offers internship opportunities in Portugal; Washington, D.C; and throughout the United States. Internships for 2008 will be offered at embassies, consulate offices, U.S. senate and congressional offices, the PALCUS headquarters, large private companies, and other government agencies.

School for Field Studies: Environmental Field Studies Abroad offers 30-day summer programs addressing critical environmental issues in Costa Rica and Baja California Sur in Mexico. Summer courses are offered for college credit and accredited by Boston University.

School for International Training (SIT) offers Summer Abroad Program offers summer programs for undergraduates looking to take advantage of their summer break. Each program carries 6, 8, or 9 academic credits, and focuses on a specific academic theme.

Sister Island Project aims to promote respectful international friendship and cultural, educational, and technical exchange between people of the United States and the Dominican Republic and awareness of issues that challenge developing countries and collaborates with Dominicans on mutually beneficial humanitarian projects. Language study and volunteer opportunities are available during the academic year and in the summer.

Smithsonian Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institute celebrates Latino culture, spirit, and achievement in America. Internships are prearranged, structured, learning experiences relevant to the intern's academic and professional goals, and to research and museum activities of the Institution.

Syracuse University offers a variety of internships and field placements at their study center in Spain. Internships are available in areas such as communications, drama, business, law, international relations, management, political science and social services.

U.S. Department of State uses diplomacy to promote and protect American interests by managing diplomatic relations with other countries and international institutions and promoting peace and stability in regions of vital interest. The Department has a variety of programs, from summer clerical positions to management fellowships and summer internships, which allow students to participate in projects vital to the success of U.S. foreign policy. Foreign language ability is an important factor in placement for internships abroad.

University of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program offers unpaid internship placements in Ecuador and in other countries. Placements are available in areas such as agriculture, education, environmental projects, public health, small business and women's projects. Two years of college-level Spanish is required for the program in Ecuador.

World Endeavors provides internship and volunteer programs in Brazil, Costa Rica Ecuador, and Spain. Opportunities include conservation, health care, community development, teaching, orphanage assistance, street children assistance, journalism, marketing and public relations.

IV. Post-Graduation Job/Internship Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Undergraduate students must apply through the Fulbright Program Adviser at Columbia (Dr. Michael Pippenger, Associate Dean of Fellowship Programs, 208 Hamilton Hall, 212-854-5429, [email protected])

Latin American's Professional Association enables users to search for jobs that require Spanish and Portuguese in Latin American countries and in the U.S.

The NYC Human Rights Fellowship is open to graduates no more than two years out of college and offers a unique opportunity to obtain practical City government experience in the area of civil rights, community relations, public education, mediation and conflict resolution.

New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) aims to recruit and prepare high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most. NYC Teaching Fellows teach NYC students while pursuing his/her own education through a subsidized Master's degree program.

Sapientis is a non-profit organization that develops programs to stimulate change in the public education system of Puerto Rico. After graduation, students may volunteer with Get Involved, a campaign that matches individuals with schools in Puerto Rico.

Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Peace Corps Volunteers work in a wide variety of areas and volunteer opportunities are available in dozens of countries.