Paid Nonprofit Summer Internship Opportunities – Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund
In June 2013, the Hope Fund will, for a second summer, provide paid internships for five college students at nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn. Our goal is to reach stellar students who would otherwise be unable to gain work experience at grassroots, social justice nonprofits due to their financial circumstances.
The Hope Fund internship program is available to New York City resident college freshmen and sophomores with demonstrated financial need. We match students with internships that are traditionally unpaid and thus out of reach for students who cannot afford to work for free. The Hope Fund seeks to closes the “experience gap” by providing stipends for the students’ work.
In our first year, we were proud to place students at five dynamic change-oriented organizations in Brooklyn:
- Intern Ben Joson knocked on dozens of doors in East New York on behalf of VOCAL-NY, seeking signatures to end the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” policy.
- Ariel Estrella wrote about hundreds of public mural projects for Groundswell, the youth arts organization for which she interned.
- As part of her internship with Brooklyn Defender Services, Brenda Grande shadowed attorneys in the courtroom during arraignments and sentencing hearings, an experience that affirmed her aspirations of becoming an immigration lawyer.
- Nia Gumbs worked in the classroom at The HOPE Program, a nonprofit job readiness program, helping its students learn the skills they needed to find a job.
- ·Colleen Mims helped coordinate a major event for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a community development organization that partners with residents and businesses to improve the quality of life of Central Brooklyn.
In addition to their internship placements, Hope Fund recipients participated in seven professional and personal development programs, including: an introduction to city government with Councilmember Stephen Levin at City Hall, a social-impact career workshop at Echoing Green, and a dinner with local arts activists.
The application to the Hope Fund is Due March 1, 2013 and is available online.