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The LACS Internship program is designed for undergraduate students to get a hands-on experience working with Latin American/Latino issues in their larger community or in institutions devoted to Latin America.  It is normally undertaken in the junior or senior year and serves as a practicum complement to classroom learning about the region, its cultures, and its peoples. Students must register for LAC 488 (3-6 credits) and discuss their proposed internship beforehand with the Director for permission and/or suggestions. Interns are expected to complete between 40-50 hours of service, maintain a weekly journal, and submit a final report (6-8 pages) on their internship experience.


RIVERA-JULKA LAW GROUP is an immigration law firm based in Bay Shore, Long Island. The firm represent individuals and companies, in the United States and abroad, in their immigration matters. Rivera-Julka specializes in visa applications, green cards, asylum and refugees, deportation, juvenile status, and temporary protected status. We pride ourselves with providing quality, efficient, and professional services. The firm caters to the needs of Long Island’s growing immigrant community, particularly from Latin America. They look for interns who are interested in learning about the intricacies and reality of the U.S. immigration system. Advanced Spanish language skills are highly favored as most of our work involves Spanish language interactions, Spanish-English interpreting, and document translation. Our office prides itself in our diverse and welcoming environment as well as our hands-on learning.

Contact: Christopher Luna:, 631-647-9040.

VOXPOP GAMES INC. (NYC) is a profit-sharing, independent game development company aiming to help students prepare for careers in the video games industry. Students can leverage their skills in art, writing, and music to make games come to life, and take a share of the profits. Sign up at, and VoxPop will be in touch with opportunities tailored to your skillset as they come in.


GIRLS A.C.T. SUMMER INTERNSHIP The Summer Internship (SI) is a temporary position that will consist of 25 hours each week for 10 weeks; this role will be essential to the facilitation of the Girls A.C.T Summer program. The Girls A.C.T Summer Program is a program designed to engage Latina Youth ages 14-20 in a culturally competent setting, and assist them in developing skills that will support them in their future successes.More information at 

Contact:, (631) 980-2555

SEPA MUJER  SEPA Mujer has been working to support immigrant women on Long Island since 1993, bringing together community members and advocates to speak out against injustice, provide access to opportunities and services, take a stand against domestic violence and other abuses, and to push for social change.  Bilingual interns needed to work with clients to complete their legal application, work in legislative records and research, and participate in community organizing and legislative advocacy. More information at 

Contact:, (631) 980-2555 

BILDNER CENTER FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERIC STUDIES is located in mid-town Manhattan at the CUNY Graduate Center.  They are looking for interns to help coordinate events and maintain the center's web page, while offering an opportunity to expand your horizons and knowledge about Latin America, especially, Brazil and Cuba.  Interested students should email a letter of interest with your resume to Rosalina Lopez.

Contact: Rosalina Lopez, (212) 817-2096

CLEMENTE SOLO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER (NYC) The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. is a Puerto Rican/Latinx multi-arts cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and inclusive philosophy rooted in NYC’s Lower East Side/Loisaida. They offer internships in the areas of communicationsandart managements, and research fellowships in Public Health and Latinx studies. Interested students should email a letter of interest with your resume to Libertad Guerra at

(212) 260-4080

El MUSEO DEL BARRIO (NYC) Hands-on museum education and practical museum work experience; help with workshops and other educational materials. For enhanced understanding of Latin American arts and culture.

Contact: Donna Lalwani,

EMPIRE JUSTICE CENTER A legal advocacy organization that works directly with immigrant rights organizations on Long Island and beyond. We seek Spanish-speaking, bilingual interns with an interest in learning about the legal justice system and working in advocacy.

Contact: Zoraida Espinal (631) 533- 5280, 

HISPANIC ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HACU) (Washington D.C.), (paid) Internship Programs. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Application deadlines and requirements are posted on HACU's website. HACU offers paid internships.

Contact: Mirell Gutierrez,, 916-442-0392   

INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE (IEP) The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic benefits.  Interns have the opportunity to work on researching country reports for Latin America, help to assemble the IEP’s renown “peace indices,” and engage in public media and legislative advocacy.  The New York office is located in Manhattan.

Contact: Michael Collins,, 332-213-1666

LITERACY SUFFOLK INC. A pro-literacy (ESL) organization dedicated to supporting adults in need of literacy services.  Literacy Suffolk seeks interns to enrich the lives of our students and their families.  Located in Bellport, NY. 

Contact: Susan Fhilony,, 631-286-1649

LONG ISLAND IMMIGRANT STUDENTS ADVOCATES (LIISA) The Long Island Immigrant Students Advocates is an organization that advocates for equal educational opportunities for immigrant students regardless of immigration status.  It provides leadership development and resources to immigrant students to allow them to pursue their professional studies. 

Contact: Osman Canales, 

LONG ISLAND MUSEUM  Interns assist in a variety of functions, including help in curating exhibitions, writing catalogue text and engaging with visitors.  Located in the village of Stony Brook. 

Contact: Beth Chiarelli,

MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK Make the Road is an advocacy organization that works with Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.  Make the Road New York seeks interns to work on its organizing and advocacy campaigns.

Contact: Kendra Cornejo,, (631) 231-2220

MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (NYC, Mid-town) The Mexican government sponsors this autonomous institute devoted to diffusion of Mexico’s cultural contributions (in plastic arts, film, writing, scholarship) and to cultural exchange. Sophisticated program provides student insights into cultural policy and Latin American arts. Hours are flexible. Interns assist in events and programming.

Contact: Carlota Mariel,, 212-217-6478 and Hector Solorio,, 212-217-5915

NACLA  North American Congress on Latin America (New York City, Upper West Side) 5-6 hours weekly, helping with cutting edge research on Latin American political and human rights issues for this renowned periodical. Demanding.

Contact: Heather Gies,, (212) 992-6965

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Under the direction of a Diversity and Affirmative Action Employee this 3 credit Stony Brook graded internship will enable students to coordinate special projects and events that service the Latino campus community within Stony Brook University and provide additional resources to Stony Brook University Employees.  

Contact: Antonio Ferrantino,, 631-632-6280

OLA A nonprofit advocacy agency committed to promoting social, economic, cultural, and educational development within Long Island’s East End Latino and Hispanic communities.  Interns gain hands-on experience in nonprofit operations, with potential opportunities for special projects depending on the applicant’s skills.  For more information call (631) 899-3441 or visit their website.

Contact: Minerva Perez,, (631) 899-3441 

PUERTO RICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND (NYC) Broad-based organization working in Litigation, Education and Policy areas affecting Latinos and Puerto Rico. Students with a pre-law educational focus are preferred. Applicants accepted on a case-by-case basis.


RURAL AND MIGRANT MINISTRY (RMM) works to defend the legal, labor and social rights of rural immigrant farmworkers in New York State.  There are a range of semester and summer internships, several of which offer a stipend.  Options range from youth empowerment, to conference and camp organizing, to outreach with farmworker leadership.  The organization has positions in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Lyons (on the northern border by Lake Ontario), and Long Island, as well as doing legislative campaign organizing from NYC.

Contact: Katia Chapman:  

STUDY ABROAD LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN/SPAIN  Interns who wish to study or work in Latin America or the Caribbean should investigate possibilities available through the Stony Brook “Study Abroad Office,” which can be a gateway to SUNY-sponsored travel programs to various regions of South America, Spain, and the Caribbean.

Contact:, 631-632-7030, or visit the Stuby Abroad office at the Melville Library E-5340

TEATRO YERBA BRUJA  The Teatro Yerba Bruja is an independent theater company and a grassroots organization in Central Islip that is inspired to make a difference through social change.  Its mission is to connect community, art, and education to create a positive impact in the lives of Latinos on Long Island.  Interns help coordinate all aspects of theater programming and community outreach. 

Contact: Margarita Espada,, 631-626-3603