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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.

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.

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AFL-CIO UNION SUMMER PROGRAM. Union organizing, in predominantly Latino communities. Varied locations: NYC, Chicago, LA, Syracuse. Modest compensation for 4- weeks training, internship. Contact: Carol Carvalho, 

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

CARECEN-NY (Central American Refugee Center)  CARECEN provides legal assistance and services to immigrant communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with offices in Hempstead and Brentwood.  Interns are needed to assist with interpreting, teaching ESL, legal administrative work, and other services.  See the website for contact information.

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

DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTER (Rockville Center). “Religious Education for Hispanic Adults/Hispanic Ministry.” Catholic-sponsored but non-sectarian, out-reach programs to growing Latino population on Long Island, especially tutoring and translation services. Active in parishes throughout Long Island. Contact: Francisco Cales 516-678-5800 ext 618, 

DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE NETWORK (LINDESMITH CENTER) (NYC)Internships available in media and policy development promoting alternatives and reforms to current drug policy. Contact: Evan Goldstein,, 212-8038 or visit

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 Michelle Caldera-Kopf

GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK (NYC)Media, NGO and reform-oriented research, with a special interest in news from and about Latin America, and an audience in U.S. minority communities. Contact: Lisa Vives 212-244-3123.  

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. Contact: Sandra Ramirez, 916-442-0392 for assistance with internship opportunities.  

IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES NETWORK  The Immigration Advocates Network is an online, nonprofit resource center that provides a directory of immigrant rights and advocacy organizations throughout New York State.  The website is an excellent place to search for an organization that meets your interests and location options for a semester or summer internship. 

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. 

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 for more information. 

LONG ISLAND IMMIGRANT ALLIANCE The Long Island Immigrant Alliance is coalition of immigrant rights organizations located in Amityville, N.Y.  The alliance brings together Long Island advocacy groups working with community education, political activism, and policy research.  For more information call 631-789-0720 or contact Luis Valenzuela:

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 MUSEUMInterns 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 Walter Barrientos:

MAP OF LATINO LONG ISLAND This is an on going research project developed by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature with support from the Geo-Spatial Center and LACS.  Interns should be fully bilingual and will participate in a variety of tasks according to their abilities and interests. These tasks may include transcription of oral interviews, translation from Spanish to English, web design, as well as internet and library research.  Training will be provided. Serious and motivated students only.

MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (NYC, Mid-town). 5 hours. 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: flexible. Interns assist in events and programming. Contact: Sofia Ruiz,  212.217.6400 Ext. 5822

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, Fred Rosen: 

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, phone 631-632-6280 or email:

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.

ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES La Selva Research Station in Costa Ricxa provides undergraduate students with unparalleled access to tropical forest ecosystems, mentoring by experienced tropical ecology researchers, training in field research methodology, and experiences with local culture. Each student will work with an on-station mentor as well as an on-campus mentor from his/her home institution to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into students’ academic careers.

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. Contact: Sonji Patrick 212-739-7497. 

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:

SEPA MUJERSEPA 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.  Contact:  

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 the International Study Abroad Advisor at: Visit the Stuby Abroad office at the Melville Library E-5340 or call 631-632-7030. 

SUFFOLK COOPERATIVE LIBRARY SYSTEM (Bellport, Long Island). (Varied Library locations) “Spanish Language Internship Program.” A well-organized innovative program to enhance bi-lingual services throughout the library system. Translation and other assistance. Contact: Edana McCaffery-Cichanowitz, 631-273-7883 ext. 340 or

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:

WORKPLACE PROJECT (Centro de Derechos Laborales) (Hempstead and Farmingville). A non-profit organization founded in 1992 that unites immigrant workers and their families for better working and living conditions.  The Workplace Project accepts Interns to work with timely projects relating to workers’ and migrants’ rights on Long Island.  
Contact: Phone: 516- 565-5377 or 565-5378
Farmingville: Omar Angel Perez,