Immigration Assistance with Grace Immigrant Outreach (GIO) Millbrook, NY

Available for Spring 2020

Website: Grace Immigrant Outreach

Grace Immigrant Outreach is a non-profit that offers immigration assistance.

Position description: Helping Spanish speaking people with the 2020 Census.

Marketing/Communications Outreach – Creating and distributing posters/flyers for social media and local establishments (Laundromats, bodegas, churches, schools, etc.)

Distribution of census specific information to be disbursed on the hosts’ social network. The information shared to hosts should be shared on any platform – sign a release form.

Managing social media accounts.

Identifying all clergy representatives of Latino communities in Dutchess County – reaching out for their support in the Census count.

Data Collection and Analysis.

Logging in all answered surveys

Organize surveys by towns, villages and cities.

Design a log program to maintain the survey information.

Keeping data on the communities visited

Keeping detailed contact information for host families

Keeping track and follow up of shared information via social media – did host family share Census information with network?

Requirements: Must speak Spanish

Number of available positions: 3

Time: 3 hour events, 3 events per week

Office of the Public Defender, Dutchess County

Limited availability for Spring 2020

Students will be placed in the in-take unit where they will be trained to conduct one-on-one interviews with prospective clients. The interview will contain components of the crime, a detailed statement and a financial component to determine eligibility. The intern will also attend case conferences with the County Court Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys and a Probation Officer. Additionally, the intern will assist the Legal Secretaries in pulling court calendars and adding case notes from the Attorney into the electronic files of the defendants.

Please contact Lisa Kaul at likaul@vassar.edu

Intern with Protect Students Abroad

This opportunity is available Spring 2020

Protect Students Abroad (PSA)  

In 2011, Thomas Plotkin died during study abroad. In 2012, Ravi Thackurdeen died during study abroad. In 2013, their moms met. Elizabeth Brenner and Ros Thackurdeen shared their astonishment that no state or federal requirement exists for education travel programs to collect and share student deaths and injuries. While students are heavily marketed with information about the benefits of student travel programs, there’s literally no industry-wide safety database. Therefore, a student’s ability to make fully informed education abroad decision is incomplete. 

Students deserve transparency. This is the reason why PSA was born. Elizabeth and Ros have organized to educate the public, advocate with state and federal leaders, and pressure education abroad professionals and institutions to collect and report travel program safety information.

In 2015, PSA launched a website to distribute information. Using the Internet and word-of-mouth, they collect education abroad student deaths and non-lethal safety incidents. This information is uploaded on their website. PSA also speaks at conferences and attends state and federal meetings with legislative staff. Since 2014, two states have passed transparency laws, with two more states in process. Multiple times, two federal laws have been introduced to the House. This year, both bills also have Senate sponsorship. All bills have been referred to committees, though none has yet received a hearing. 

During the 2018-2019 academic year, PSA had the privilege of working with two Vassar student interns. One intern used Excel to build a searchable spreadsheet of education abroad student deaths and injuries. The other worked on legislative outreach, including attending meetings in Albany and Washington, D.C. 

This year, we again hope to have two interns. PSA’s data project will continue, with one intern focused on using this information to better understand relationships between variables and fatality. The second intern will work on legislative outreach, with an emphasis on using social media to educate and mobilize various communities. 

If interested in working with PSA, please submit a CV, as well as any questions or comments to Elizabeth and Ros. (Web and email addresses below.)

http://protectstudentsabroad.org/

elizabeth@protectstudentsabroad.org

ros@protectstudentsabroad.org

Intern for McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa, Patterson Attorneys at Law

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

We are a general practice law firm specializing in Criminal, Real Estate, Business and Matrimonial law seeking energetic, responsible interns to join our growing organization. In this position you will be expected to learn the ins-and-outs of our daily routines and procedures. You will focus on learning how our organization runs.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  •         Answer phone inquiries, direct calls, and provide basic company information; assist with mail, errands and deliveries
  •         Perform clerical duties, typing, maintain files, and organize documents; photocopy, fax, scan, etc. as needed
  •         Assist in preparing information and research materials; prepare documents
  •         Run general industry related errands
  •         Research and gather documentation
  •         Set up, break down, organize, and maintain conference rooms, training rooms, and meeting rooms; update company calendars
  •         Shadow multiple office positions and train in a variety of tasks, including real estate closings, estate planning meetings and prep, court appearances, etc.

Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  •         High school degree or equivalent
  •         Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  •         Experience with multiline phone system
  •         Must be at least 18 years of age
  •         Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •         Self-directed and able to work without supervision
  •         Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas

Intern for Congressman Antonio Delgado

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Agency Website: https://delgado.house.gov/

Agency Location: 256 Clinton Ave., Kingston NY

About Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado: Congressional Representative – Kingston District Office

Position Description: Assist staff in public outreach

Skills Desired: MS office skills, phone answering etiquette

Number of Available Positions: 2

Schedule: Weekdays 9am to 5pm

Who to Contact: Vicky perry, Deputy District Director https://delgado.house.gov/ 845-443-2930

Political Education Intern for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

Agency Website: nobodyleavesmidhudson.org
Agency Location: 29 N Hamilton St, L05, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

About Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson: Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a grassroots organization based in the Hudson Valley of New York State. We are made up of members, predominantly working-class people of color, who fight around the issues that most deeply affect our community while challenging the systems of power at the root of these problems. Currently, NLMH organizes immigrants and allies to win protections for undocumented people and stop deportations.

Position Description: Our interns play critical roles in making Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson’s work possible. They do everything from everyday office work to social media management to moving dozens of their peers to action and raising thousands of dollars. Given their importance, we are looking for people who are passionate about social justice and the work of building the power we need to create a world where people and planet come before profit. We don’t expect that they know everything about what that entails, but we do expect them to have the drive to learn, take initiative, and be flexible. The work that our interns do is not always the most exciting but every task they do, from data entry to research, grows our capacity as an organization. Our internship program provides an opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of grassroots organizations, to develop practical skills through hands-on work, and to contribute to and be a part of movements for immigration and utility justice.

We have areas of work that each intern will focus on, but interns will participate in work outside of those areas in their time with us. As such, there’s no need to be a perfect fit for one position.

The Political Education Interns will create curricula to develop the political education of our members and allies.

Responsibilities:

  • Research workshop topics (e.g. immigration policy history, social movement history)
  • Identify key readings and resources for prospective volunteers
  • Develop interactive workshop lesson plans for different audiences

Skills Desired:

  • Experience in lesson-planning is a must!
  • Passion for social justice and strong familiarity with social justice frameworks
  • Self-motivated and well organized

Additional Requirements:

  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a variety of tasks
  • Possesses the drive to learn new skills, the initiative to take on challenges, and the resourcefulness to address obstacles head on
  • Ability to give and receive criticism and contribute to an anti-oppressive organizational culture that aims for both support and accountability
  • Readiness to work outside of regular hours on occasion
  • An active interest in social justice, grassroots movements, and/or immigration justice
  • Commitment to Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson’s mission and program

Number of Available Positions: We don’t have a hard limit

Schedule: Depends on role & intern – we work directly with interns on scheduling

Case Intern for Attorney Thomas Whalen at the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Thomas J. Whalen Attorney and Counsellor at Law & Ulster County Public Defender’s Office

Agency Location: 3146 Route 22, Dover Plains NY 12522

CEL Location: Mostly in Poughkeepsie; Dover Plains

About Thomas J. Whalen Attorney and Counsellor at Law & Ulster County Public Defender’s Office: Public Defender’s Office, private law office

Position Description: Assist Attorney Thomas J. Whalen in his position at the Ulster Country Public Defender’s Office with specific, sensitive case. This position would be ideal for an individual interested in criminal law and psychiatry. 

Skills Desired: Aspiration for career in criminal justice/psychology

Number of Available Positions: 1

Schedule: Wednesdays, Fridays

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Learn more about the work of lobbying and advocacy.

Intern with NYAGV !

Tasks include:

  • Liaising with other local advocacy groups
  • Attending local events (subject to your availability)
  • Updating mailing lists
  • Designing promotional material

Contact: likaul@vassar.edu