COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

For the listings below, more detailed information is available in the Internship Office.

** Newest Opportunities Listed First**

Poverty & Race Research Action Council / The Sheff Movement (SPRING). The Sheff Movement is a community based coalition that is working to expand and strengthen the range of quality, integrated education programs available to Hartford families under the Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation court decree. These programs include the "Project Choice" program, which places Hartford children in suburban schools, and a system of 15-20 Hartford based magnet schools that are open to children throughout the Hartford region. An intern is needed to assist with expanding support for the Project Choice program in the Hartford suburbs. Tasks will include helping to organize at least two suburban gatherings, identifying suburban institutions and supporters; archival research at Storrs, Trinity and the State Library; and other tasks to be determined. Interested students should send a resume and recent writing sample to: Philip Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action council, 1015 15th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005, 202-360-3906, 202-842-2885 (fax), ptegeler@prrac.org. (1/07)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford SPRING, SUMMER. Youth service organization whose goal is to provide every child with the essential tools needed for a successful and bright future. Intern needed to assist in writing marketing materials for the Development Office, researching grant opportunities, and fundraising event planning. Intern must be college junior or senior. Contact: Gina Guerrera, H. R. Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, 170 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT, 860 724-0700, x-315, eguerrara@bgchartford.org. (11/06)

1000 Friends of Connecticut SUMMER, FALL, SPRING. Statewide organization whose mission is to reduce sprawl and promote revitalized/distinctive communities through high quality public transportation and transit-oriented development, housing choices, the preservation/restoration of historic and cultural assets, the strengthening of new development to reduce sprawl/environmental damage and use taxpayer dollars more effectively, and to promote quality educational and housing opportunities to all Connecticut residents.  Intern duties: shadow director, organize candidate forums, assist with editorial board meetings, support/attend revenue rebalancing task force. Please contact Heidi Green, President, 484 Farmington Avenue, P.O. Box 1988, Hartford, CT, 06144-1988, 860-523-0003, hegreen@1000friends-ct.org. Stipend possible for full-time summer intern. (4/06)

South Hartford Initiative SPRING. Community development financial institution provides financial/technical assistance to residents and business owners in Hartford's low and moderate income neighborhoods. Intern would conduct research on bank lending patterns in Hartford through research of Community Reinvestment Act data. Some quantitative and computer skills required. Please contact Rex Fowler at 860-296-7005, 434 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114. No stipend. (12/05)

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities  SPRING. Association of cities and towns, representing its members at the CT General Assembly, before the State Executive Branch, regulatory agencies and the courts. CCM provides other services, including assistance with management, labor relations, technical training and policy development. Intern will assist advocacy staff with tracking/monitoring legislation and amendments at legislative meetings/hearings. Will require research of legislative history, floor debates, opposition and support for current law/pending legislation to enable the staff to craft effective lobbying strategy. Though CCM's office is located in New Haven, most or all of intern's time will be spent in Hartford. Intern must  provide own transportation, and be aware that hours toward end of legislative session are very long, and often reach past midnight. He or she MUST be able to work during this period. Please contact Kachina Walsh-Weaver at 203-498-3026, 900 Chapel Street, 9th floor, New Haven, CT 06510. Stipend available. (11/05)

Capital Workforce Partners SUMMER. Private non-profit whose mission is to support an effective workforce development system. Resource development intern needed to research funding opportunities and create database, research job training programs and create database. Please contact Yvonne Jones at yjones@capitalworkforce.org; phone: 860-522-1111, x327. Stipend possible. (5/05)

Citizens Network (A program of The Gathering Place) SPRING. Assist a dynamic group of local citizens looking at the issues around funding for public education. Great opportunity for student interested in public policy, urban studies, government, and/or community organizing to be in on the ground floor of a new regional citizens’ initiative.  Intern will provide assistance to the Network’s 1st regional citizens' study committee on the issue, "Financing Local Education." Beginning in early March the committee will meet weekly for 10-12 weeks, probably in the early evening. Intern will assist in setting up the committee, attending committee meetings, doing prep and follow-up work. May involve research (25%), writing (25%), office help and field visits (50%), including extensive contact with resource people, committee members, co-chair, etc. Please contact: Rich Pearson, 860-289-2141 or pearsonrjr@earthlink.net. (1/05)

The Partnership for Strong Communities SPRING, SUMMER. Education and advocacy group whose mission is to advance supportive housing, affordable housing, community development and the promotion of sound housing policy options. Several different internship opportunities available: Compilation of Statistics & Authorship of Monthly Narrative on CT's Leading Housing Indicators (for economics/finance major): to measure housing availability, affordability, industry health. Lyceum Speaker Series: contact constituent groups to develop lists of potential speakers. Develop series of high level policy explorations for public and private sector opinion leaders, journalists and activists. Development of Student Art, Essay and Public Speaking Contests on homelessness, housing policy and community development: work with CT associations of boards of education, superintendents, teacher unions, PTO's, individual schools and students to think, write, examine the meaning of home and the integral - if taken for granted - role that the safety/security of a home plays in our lives. Research/Development of Marketing Plans for The Lyceum, Affordable Housing Campaign and Next Step Initiative for Supportive Housing (for communications, marketing, public policy student): adapting affordable housing campaigns from other states facing similar problems to a campaign that would work in CT. Conference Planning & Development (for public policy student): arrange for speakers, demographically develop strategic audience in conjunction with the CT Conference of Municipalities and CCSU. Affordable Design (for student in architecture, art or design): update website feature on design, develop new film exhibit, oversee visiting Affordable Housing Design Show. Partnership Partners' Regional Report (for student with strong reporting, writing, policy skills): reporting, publishing, circulating monthly newsletter.  Please contact David Fink or Shelby Mertes at 860-244-0066, The Lyceum 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106. No stipend (11/04)