Center for Community Engagement

Internship Sites at a Glance

Each summer, 150 students hold public service internships around the nation and the globe as part of the Center for Community Engagement's public internship programs. Listed below is a sampling of organizations where students frequently intern. Browse the list below to learn more about each organization.

National and International Sites

African School for Excellence (Gauteng, South Africa)
The African School for Excellence a non‐profit organization developing a unique concept: a self-sustaining network of elite independent secondary schools that anyone can afford.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Los Angeles, California)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 200,000 patients in 28 countries. AHF is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.

American Cancer Society-Illinois (Chicago, Illinois)
For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice facilitates continuous dialogue between practitioners and scholars of law to address contemporary challenges in our increasingly multi-racial society. The Institute serves as a critical bridge between scholarship, law, policy and practice.

Hope on a String (Corail, Arcahaie, Haiti)
Hope on a String is a non-profit, grassroots organization that seeks to foster an environment of social transformation in Haiti through participation in music.

LitWorld (New York City, New York)
LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.

OneVillage Partners (Jokibu, Foindu, and Pujehun villages, Sierra Leone)
OneVillage Partners takes a whole-village approach to rural development work in Sierra Leone. Working alongside Sierra Leoneans, OneVillage Partners facilitates systemic and iterative growth in a number of areas, including health, education, and income generation.

Root Cause (Boston, Massachusetts)
Root Cause is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today’s toughest social issues.

Seva Mandir (Udaipur, Rajasthan, India)
Seva Mandir is one of India’s leading development nonprofit organizations, working in partnership with 360,000 people across 700 villages in southern Rajasthan. Through a range of programs, Seva Mandir works to build stronger and more ethical communities.

Pioneer Valley Sites

Amherst Business District
The Amherst Business Improvement District is a nonprofit economic development organization comprised of local property owners dedicated to providing programs and services that serve the town’s residents and businesses.

Amherst Survival Center
The Amherst Survival Center promotes the health and well being of residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties with a wide variety of programs designed to help people meet their basic needs. The ASC provides a welcoming community where families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet can come for food, clothing, health care and for companionship and relief from isolation.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hampshire County
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches volunteers with children who need another positive adult role model in their lives. BBBS is a leader in youth service which focuses on developing positive one-on-one relationships between mentors of all walks of life and children ages 6 to 18 all over the U.S.

Book and Plow Farm
Book and Plow Farm strives to sustain and nourish the academic community by growing high quality produce, to act as an educational resource, and to act in the best interest of the natural ecosystem and replenish the soil for long term sustainability.

Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is a twelve week life skills program for at-risk and high-risk youth ages 12-18 years old.

City of Holyoke Mayor’s Office
In 2012, Mayor Alex B. Morse was sworn in as Holyoke's youngest mayor at the age of 22. During his first term, Mayor Morse has prioritized economic development, literacy, and public safety.

Connections/Holyoke Public Schools
Connections is an indisciplinary after-school program at EN White Elementary School in Holyoke for students in second through fifth grades.

Enlace de Familias
Enlace De Familias is a non-profit organization located in Holyoke, Massachusetts provides programming and resources to help strengthen the community and help families build their lives in confidence and with hope.

Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing them the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential.

MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create positive personal and social change by building community safety nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers.

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts is a progressive organization of working class, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic people working together to build political and economic power to improve the quality of life in our communities.

Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School is a public high school preparing students for college success while inspiring them to be active and effective citizens.

Simple Gifts Farm
The mission of Simple Gifts Farm is to grow beautiful and delicious organically-grown produce and raise grass-fed meat for people living in, working in, and visiting Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

Vela Scholars/Amherst Regional Public Schools
The Vela Scholars program is a year-round partnership between Amherst College and Amherst Regional Middle School designed to help students "rise and grow" to their full potential.

Youth Action Coalition
Youth Action Coalition promotes youth empowerment through creative expression and social action projects. YAC’s core program, Arts-for-Change, is a series of distinct arts and media projects that pairs intensive arts immersion with social justice education.