Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities for students in the program

Students in the BHS Program for Social Justice Leadership are required to volunteer as an intern for 2-3 months (at least one afternoon per week) at a local social justice organization.  If your organization is interested in hosting a intern, please contact Roger Grande or complete an organization host form.  Below are some of the past or current internship partner organizations (click to open website in a new window):

Alternatives to Community and Environment (ACE) empowers communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and achieve environmental justice.  ACE works to eliminate the root causes of environmental degradation in poor, urban communities by organizing youth and adults to confront power.  ACE believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities.

Bikes Not Bombs has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB's programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles. BNB trains local youth as riders and mechanics, and sends used bikes to poor communities abroad. Past interns have led a youth development program.

The Brookline-Cambodia PartnershipThis emerging program between BHS and Cambodia seeks to build a rural school and develop global partnerships between BHS and Cambodian students.  As part of this initiative, our goal is to raise $24,000 through a variety of school and community fundraising efforts.  A student intern will assist with the planning of various stages of this exciting project while helping to run a variety of fundraisers at BHS and within the Brookline community.

The BHS-Emerson Literacy Partnership is a group of Brookline students and community members working in partnership with the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Dudley Square, Roxbury to help build a library and literacy resources.  We are committed to promoting equal opportunities for literacy where there are fewer resources. 

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice "Redirecting the School to Prison Pipeline" project addresses the policies and lack of resources that have pushed low-income and minority students out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Past interns have been able to help organize local events and experience a social justice workplace environment while exploring issues of race and access to education.

City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization in Boston committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. Through organizing poor and working class people of diverse races and nationalities CLVU promotes individual empowerment, develops community leaders, and builds collective power to effect systemic change and transform society. Much of their work focuses on housing.

Corporate Accountability International's mission is to challenge corporate abuse of power and to protect people from it. CAI's three campaigns focus on water, food, and tobacco. Past interns have worked on their "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign. Billions of people face water shortages or do not have access to safe drinking water, and CAI works to stop the privatization of water, as it is their belief that free and public access to water will ensure a safe and ample supply for all people.

Family Services of Greater Boston YPACT program is a youth leadership development program working with teens across Boston to train them in change strategies, personal health and safety, conflict resolution--and to become change agents in their commuities.

The Food Project's mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. They produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, they strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities. Interns will meet peers from across the Boston Metro area. (Interns must work for Food Project during prior summer.)

Grassroots International is an international development and human rights organization that works with social movements and progressive organizations to build a global movement for social justice. Through grant-making, education and advocacy, we support the initiatives of peasants and family farmers, women and indigenous groups to protect human rights to land, water and food.

Health Care for All seeks to create a health care system centered on consumers, rather than corporations, one that is affordable, high quality and accessible to all people and cultures, especially the most vulnerable.  Past interns have supported fundraising work. 

The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) is a membership-based non-profit organization dedicated to being a strong, progressive, inter-generational voice, inspired by Jewish teachings and values, for social justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. They work for both economic and social justice, and seek reform in education and heightened constitutional protections for all.

Jobs with Justice engages workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. They believe that by engaging a broad community of allies they can win big victories. JWJ is a national organization with a Boston affiliate. Past interns have worked on labor organizing campaigns.

Mass Equality is a grassroots organization working to achieve full equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and believes that every LGBT person deserves to be treated equally, to be safe, and to be free from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. MassEquality led the struggle for gay marriage rights in Massachusetts and continues to work on this and other issues.

Mercy Corp works to eliminate poverty, conflict, disease and suffering due to human and natural disasters in 40 countries and in some of the world's toughest places to work.  Past interns have supported fundraising, event development and administrative work and will gain insight into international development.

SHARED is dedicated to improving global health for the world's poorest by increasing the availability of the essentials of good health--medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment and community gardens. Past interns have planned and coordinated a fundraiser.

The City School bring together youth from Boston's diverse neighborhoods and surrounding communities for programs that empower youth to be activists and informed about incarceration, leadership and social justice.  The BHS Program in Social Justice has successfully worked with City School on programs in the past.

United for a Fair Economy raises awareness about issues of concentrated wealth and power that undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. UFE supports and helps build social movements for greater equality. 

 

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