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Paid Internship at Austin Can Academy

July 14, 2014 · No Comments

About Austin Can Academy

Austin Can Academy is a 501(c) 3 charter school that serves students who have fallen through the cracks in a traditional high school environment.  The common thread in the background of most of our students is they find themselves in overwhelming situations.  Not knowing where to turn for help, they often give up on the one thing that will give them a better future: their education.

At Austin Can Academy, each student works with a teacher and a highly trained advisor to set higher expectations, and to adopt a strong value system.  While the teacher teaches, the student advisor aggressively removes barriers to education that students face in their personal lives, such as arranging daycare for their children and locating safe havens for those who are homeless or live poor neighborhoods.  Austin Can Academy provides a support system that ensures that students can focus on their education and build their expectations for success.

About the Program

Austin Can Academy has received a grant form a local Foundation to collaborate with Austin Community College (ACC) to implement a Certified Nursing Assistance program on the Austin Can Academy campus.  The intern will work closely with the Development Director to implement and oversee the pilot program, as well as other program duties.  The chosen candidate will be required to work 15 hours/Week, and will be paid $500 a month.

Our ideal candidate is someone who would like to gain experience in the following areas:

  • Nonprofits External Relations / Networking
  • Program implementation and management
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Social Media / Marketing

Required Skills

  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Organizational, and customer service skills
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, attention to detail, and listening skills
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, high change environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently as well as with a team
  • Can do positive attitude!

If interested please email a cover letter and resume to:

LLyas Salahud-din

LsaLahud-din@texanscan.org

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Fast Approaching Deadline: USAID Virtual Internship

July 14, 2014 · No Comments

JULY 22nd DEADLINE

U.S. college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government and one of these ways is through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS).  The application period for the 2014-2015 VSFS eInternship program is July 2-22, 2014.  Check out the projects here, create an account with USAJobs, and don’t miss this opportunity to apply to a virtual internship which gives you real experience.

Find more information about the program here: http://www.state.gov/vsfs/

VSFS is designed to engage civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students. Since 2009, 1,205 eInterns have expanded the reach of U.S. government efforts around the world.  There are 323 projects this year from:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Army Research Laboratory Library
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Education – Federal Student Aid
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agricultural Service

There is something for everyone and these agencies need your skills and creativity whether you are someone aspiring to work on diplomatic or development issues overseas, a graphic designer, a software engineer, or a scientist.  This introductory video provides an overview of the VSFS program.

Program Details

Every applicant gets to choose three projects of interest.  During the interview process in August, supervisors select the eIntern who is the best fit.  Selected students are expected to work virtually an average of ten hours per week on VSFS eInternship projects, which run from September through May. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS internships through their own efforts with their schools.

For more information on VSFS, please visit the FAQ section. Email VSFS@state.gov if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site.

2014-2015 Projects can be found here:

http://www.state.gov/vsfs/228455.htm

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Fall Internships with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice

July 11, 2014 · No Comments

Call for Applications

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Internship

Deadline: Monday, July 28, 2014

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is currently accepting applications for UT undergraduates to intern with us during the fall of 2014!  Interns will support various initiatives at the Rapoport Center.  This internship is ideal for students who are interested in:

  • Working on human rights research and advocacy projects
  • Learning how an academic center functions
  • Engaging in human rights scholarship
  • Gaining practical experience
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students

This is an unpaid internship.  Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester.

 

The Role of Human Rights Interns

Undergraduate interns play an important role at the Rapoport Center.  Interns will focus on different activities, depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center.  Primary duties include:

  • Assisting with human rights research and advocacy projects
  • Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
  • Expanding the Center’s social media outreach
  • Providing administrative support for Center programs
  • Contributing written work for press releases, website, and Annual Review publications
  • Serving as liaison to the UT undergraduate community and helping develop the Center’s undergraduate outreach
  • Assisting Center Administrator, Co-Directors, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Regular and punctual maintenance of office hours
  • Professional demeanor
  • Experience with internet research, standard office equipment, and Microsoft Office

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Event planning and/or fundraising experience
  • Experience with publication, design, and website software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Experience with video editing software (Final Cut, Avid, etc.)
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing

How to Apply

Qualified students should submit the following materials in PDF format to Rapoport Center Administrator William Chandler at wchandler@law.utexas.edu (subject: Undergraduate Internship):

  • Cover letter (state why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities)
  • CV/Resume (indicate any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency)
  • Transcript (an official copy can be mailed separately if needed)
  • List of three references (at least two must be UT faculty; include contact information)
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable)

Questions?

Contact William Chandler at wchandler@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-4857.

Thank you and good luck!

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Sustainable Food Center Seeking Interns

July 9, 2014 · No Comments

The Sustainable Food Center is an Austin non-profit that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.

SFC has two internship positions available:  Public Relations & Media Intern, and SFC’s Farmers’ Market Marketing & Communications Intern. Visit www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/about/careers to learn more.

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Press Internship with Congressman J. Randy Forbes in D.C.

July 1, 2014 · No Comments

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) has an unpaid Press Internship position available for the 2014 Fall session in his Washington, DC office.

Duties will include writing, compiling morning clips, updating press lists, monitoring news coverage, social media and website updates, drafting press releases, blog entries, as well as answering telephones and greeting visitors, collecting constituent information, and other general office tasks as assigned.

Candidates should be professional, possess strong writing skills, and have a working understanding of the news cycle. Interns are an important part of the office and are given significant opportunities to learn and grow in a proactive, detail-oriented office.

Must be highly motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline. The ideal candidate will be a college or graduate school student with a background or interest in journalism or communications. Virginia ties preferred, but not necessary.

Please email a resume, cover letter and two writing samples to VA04Interns@mail.house.gov with “Press Internship” in the subject line by Friday, July 18.  No phone calls please.

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D.C. Internships with The Center for International Environmental Law

June 27, 2014 · No Comments

Fall 2014 Internship Opportunity:  Protecting Human Rights in Development Finance

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is seeking exceptionally motivated, organized undergraduate students, graduate students, and graduates for the opportunity to gain experience in human rights and development.  Fall 2014 internship opportunities may be part-time or full-time and are based in CIEL’s Washington, DC office for a minimum 10 weeks. The start date is flexible, though CIEL prefers an August or September start date. Due to limited resources, internships/externships are unpaid. CIEL is happy to work with accepted interns to seek course credit for their work.

The Early Warning System

The Early Warning System (EWS) is the first web-based tool to centralize information on development projects funded by multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, that have the highest likelihood to negatively impact human rights worldwide.  The purpose of EWS is to ensure that communities have access to information as early as possible in the project cycle so that they are empowered to change the course of development.  The information include the possible human rights impacts that might be caused by a project, and it should be provided in a writing style that is clear, concise and easy to understand or translate into local languages. Armed with information about the project and the standards that apply, communities can influence the design of a project.

The Early Warning System has been jointly developed and managed by International Accountability Project

and CIEL.  More information on the “Early Warning System” can be found at: http://bankonhumanrights.org/resources/early-warning-system-map/.

Intern Responsibilities and Qualifications

The EWS intern will work closely with the People, Land & Resources Program to draft and publish project analyses about projects that pose the highest likelihood of adverse human rights impacts.  Duties include: utilizing the website to track pipeline development projects; review of project documents for potential human rights impacts; drafting project analyses for publication on the website; attending meetings; data entry; assisting with production of materials; if necessary, coordination of translation of materials into appropriate languages; and administrative duties, as required.

Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and writing skills and a strong interest in human rights and/or development. Additional language skills, such as Spanish, Hindi, Tagalog, and Burmese, are highly desirable but not required.  CIEL actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds.

To apply for the Early Warning System internship in Washington, D.C., please send a cover letter, resume, and one short writing sample (less than 10 pages) in English to info@ciel.org, or mail them to:

Center for International Environmental Law
Attention: Early Warning System
1350 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

Application Deadline: Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.  This internship position is available immediately. No phone calls please.

You can find information about other internship opportunities with CIEL here: http://www.ciel.org/Education_Training/index.html

 

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Internships with the Amala Foundation

May 13, 2014 · No Comments

Interested in serving the youth of Austin and the global community this summer through a hands-on internship experience?

The Amala Foundation, a local humanitarian service organization, is looking for two Interns to help support our youth programs including our Global Youth Peace Summits (Austin and California), One Village Music Project, Camp Indigo, and our One Village Walk inside San Quentin State Prison.

Applications for Summer 2014 (and Fall 2014) internships are now being accepted! If interested, please email cover letter and resume to info@amalafoundation.org. For more information on the Amala Foundation, please visit www.amalafoundation.org.

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Summer and Fall Internships with Teysha

April 30, 2014 · No Comments

Each semester we offer the opportunity to intern with Teysha. As an intern, you gain insight into the start-up world, gain cultural awareness, and contribute your valuable skills to the Teysha mission.

To find out more about Teysha visit their website here: http://www.teysha.is/.

 

Applications for summer and fall 2014 internships are now being accepted for the following areas: creative direction + design, community engagement, advertising/PR, marketing, and operations.

To apply, please email us with your resume and cover letter at village@teysha.is with the subject line Summer (or Fall) Internship. We look forward to having you on our team!

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Press Intern, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. DC

April 25, 2014 · No Comments

Help us build on the more than 8 million consumers who have already signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

HHS is seeking a summer intern to join the ACA public affairs team. The press intern will serve on the team working to inform Americans about the ACA as we continue outreach efforts over the coming months. As the press intern, you will have wide-ranging responsibilities: from monitoring print and online media to helping plan and pitch events to reporters. Each day brings new challenges and opportunities for this fast-paced team, and we need an intern with the attitude and experience to execute under pressure.

We are accepting applicants for a full-time (40 hours a week) schedule. The internship is unpaid.

Requirements: This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate is an organized, self-starter with experience working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Public affairs, journalism, or communications background preferred, as is someone with an understanding of the Affordable Care Act.

This position is not a federal appointment, therefore volunteer service is not creditable for leave or any other benefits. The selected candidate and their sponsoring institution (college or university) will also be asked to sign a Department of Health and Human Services and Educational Institution Student Volunteer Employment Program Agreement.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (2 pages or less) to Aaron.Jacobs@HHS.gov by Monday, April 28, 2014.

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Fall 2014 Research Assistant Position Examining Food Insecurity and Obesity

April 24, 2014 · No Comments

Looking for an interesting undergraduate research opportunity for Fall?  If you are a Spanish speaker, a junior with a good GPA (3.0 or more), you may qualify to assist with data collection and analysis for a project involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)!

Qualifications:
GPA: 3.0 and above
Ability to speak, read and write Spanish fluently
Junior Year

Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with data collection and data analysis

Description of Project
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, with the United States (U.S.) reporting the highest rates of obesity among developed nation. Food insecurity is a public health problem that concurs with obesity. Low-income populations are disproportionately burdened by the dual problem of food insecurity and obesity. The Food Stamp Program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was launched to boost the agricultural economy, and reduce food insecurity in the U.S. In 2012, nearly $74.6 billion were distributed in the form of SNAP benefits to 46.6 million Americans. Allotment of SNAP benefits is based on the Thrifty Food Plan, and the average monthly benefit per person was $133.41 in 2012. Given the vast outreach of the SNAP, its effective use may serve as a centerpiece to help improve nutrition among low-income Americans. An understanding of the dietary behaviors of SNAP participants is required to guide the development of effective policy measures. In order to gain an accurate knowledge of dietary behaviors of SNAP participants, this study will investigate food and nutrient intake of this population over the entire month. Individuals participating in SNAP may face barriers that reduce a healthy eating lifestyle. It is hypothesized that individual, environmental, sectors of influence and social and cultural factors will influence food intake patterns in this population. This hypothesis is based on the social ecological model, which posits that health behavior is determined by an interwoven relationship between the individuals and their environment. No study, till date, has evaluated the effect of social-ecological factors on dietary behaviors of SNAP participants. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the understanding of the role of social-ecological factors on monthly food intake patterns, thereby emphasizing the need to address dietary behaviors of SNAP participants at both an individual and societal level.

To Apply:
If you would like to work as a research assistant for this project, you can contact Namrata Sanjeevi, PhD student in Nutritional Sciences, at namratas@utexas.edu.

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