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Some Internship Opportunities


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The below internships are are offered Afterschool (a), Short term (st), Summer (s), Weekends (w) or at All Times (all). Please see indication for when they are offered.

Atlanta Children’s Shelter

(a) (st) (s)

Since opening in 1986, the Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS) has provided loving care for nearly than 7,600 homeless children and helped guide nearly 5,000 homeless families to stable, self-sufficiency. ACS provides developmentally-appropriate instruction and activities for children one month to five years old, Mondays through Fridays from 7am to 6pm.  Volunteers are needed to help in the classrooms.

Contact:
DeCarlos Wardlaw
Volunteer Coordinator
404-892-3713 ext 20

Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children

(a) (st) (s)

The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children is an ecumenical ministry whose mission is to ease the burden of homelessness for women and children by providing basic and daily necessities while respecting their human dignity. The Shelter is committed to assisting individuals in their resettlement and independence.

Contact: 
404-876-2894 

Atlanta Medical Center Volunteen Program

(s)

The Volunteens program starts at the beginning of June and runs through the end of July.

Contact: 
Judy Pierce, Volunteer and Community Services 
404-265-6042  Cell: 404-202-0886

Atlanta Urban Ministries

(a)

Atlanta Urban Ministries works with homeless children and teens at two shelters.  Help is needed in the after school program at My Sister's House Shelter, 921 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Monday through Friday from 3:45PM to 5:15PM helping the children with homework and school projects and in the reading program on Monday through Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM reading with the children one-on-one or in small groups. These programs serve children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

An intern can also work with homeless adolescents and teens, grades 6th to 12th, in an after school program from 4:30PM to 6PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, helping the teens with homework and school projects. This program takes place at City of Refuge Shelter 1300 James Boone Rd. (formerly 1300 Simpson Rd.) Atlanta, 30314.

Contact:
Ginger Cashin
404-580-0896

Be The Match Foundation

(a) (st) (s)

Be The Match Foundation helps thousands of patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant find their match, afford their transplant and build a future, as medical research helps them live longer, healthier lives. Interns are needed for:

Clerical and Administrative Support:
  • Data Entry.
  • Delivery of grant proposals.
  • Work during fundraising or donor registry drives.
  • Complete the follow up packets after drives.
Event Support:
  • Putting together event packets.
  • Working during events.

Be The Match is in Decatur, near MARTA.

Contact:
Tiffany Friesen
Executive Director

404-387-3499
BeTheMatch.org

Café 458

(s)

Café 458, a program of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, is case management and support service (including a restaurant-style lunch) to over 200 homeless men and women struggling with addiction issues, mental health concerns, and severe physical disabilities.  Volunteers can serve food and wait tables.  To intern at Café 458, you must sign up for internship 3rd/4th period; maximum 4 students.

Contact:   
Allison Smith
404-446-4685

Chattahoochee Nature Center

(s)

The Leadership Naturalist Training (LIT) program at the Chattahoochee Nature Center's Camp Kingfisher is an internship for students entering grades 10-12.  LIT interns conduct environmental education activities with elementary-aged day campers, including games and canoeing.  Download an application packet from www.chattnaturecenter.com.

Contact: 
Debby Head
Camp Coordinator
770.992.2055 x222


Create Your Dreams

(a) (s)

Create Your Dreams is a youth development program in Northwest Atlanta located at the King Plow Arts Center, devoted to nurturing the talents and dreams of our students through a long term enrichment program. Volunteers are wanted to tutor after school from 4-7pm once a week, each school week  beginning, September 2012 and running through December 2012. Standard holidays apply and planned absences are acceptable. Specific subject expertise is not required; tutors should be prepared to work with students to help sharpen methods and processes as well as assist students in finding additional resources for their studies.

Contact:
Kim Dennis
Executive Director
404-431-5766

Decatur Cooperative Ministry

(a) (st) (s)

Decatur Cooperative Ministry is a community-based, non-profit organization serving people who are homeless or in danger of homelessness.  DCM has a shelter for women and children, a transitional housing program and a homelessness prevention program.  Among other opportunities, volunteers are needed for childcare on Saturdays 9:30 – 11:00am for the kids staying at Hagar House, DCM’s family homeless shelter.

Contact:
Cliff Richards, Program Manager
Project Take Charge
404-284-3648 

Rachel Small
Manager of Volunteers and Donations
404-377-5365 

DeKalb Medical Atlanta Hospital and Medical Center

(s) (all)

The Teen Auxilian
Teen volunteers brighten the hallways of DeKalb Medical in a myriad of placements. They are required to volunteer at least nine hours of service per month.Teen volunteers also may participate in career and education development events. All teen volunteers are required to pay a one time only $5 dues upon entry to the program. Teens purchase a volunteer shirt for $15 and wear their own khaki slacks or skirt and clean tennis shoes. 

Summer Teen Program – for ages 14-18
Teen Volunteer Applications accepted starting January 1. All documents, including immunization record, sealed doctor’s letter, sealed recommendation forms and parent’s agreement, received by deadline of March 31, in one packet to be invited to an interview.
Interview with Volunteer Staff after all paperwork is submitted, in one packet. First 50 qualified, complete packets will be invited for an interview.

Signed commitment to 5 consecutive weeks, at least one shift a week. Additional weeks and shifts are encouraged.  No weekend or evening hours available.

  • Session I (last week in May – last week in June)
  • Session II (first week in July – first week in August)

Attend mandatory group orientation with a parent or guardian.

  • Submit to a two step negative TB screen or chest x-ray (after interview but prior to starting service).
  • Strongly recommend attendance at the Lunch & Learns that are given during Session.
  • Pay dues (one time $5.00) and purchase uniform for $15.00.

Submission of an application is not sufficient; the packet of forms must be in the Volunteer office before an interview can be scheduled. 

Contact
Linda Dacey-Caban,
Director of Volunteer Services
404-501-5503

Emmaus House

(a) (st) (s)

Emmaus House, in Peoplestown (near the stadium) seeks to diminish poverty and its broader consequences by strengthening individuals, families and communities through education, assistance and social action. Volunteers may support Emmaus House in a variety of ways, including working in the Poverty Rights Office, after-school and summer camp programs, a Saturday arts program, and more. Visit http://www.emmaushouse.org/ for details.

Contact
Phone: 404-501-1344
Fax: 404-501-7980

The Frazer Center

(a) (st) (s)

The Frazer Centeris a private non-profit center for the rehabilitation of children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers may work in the preschool inclusion program or with adults in the Adult Day Services program.

Contact:
Paige McKay Kubik
404-377-3836

www.frazercenter.org/volunteer

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

(a) (st) (s)

Among other programs, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides eyeglasses, eye surgeries and hearing aids to Georgians and needy people in developing countries. Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Preparing Eyeglasses to go Overseas
  • Helping Patients pick out Eyeglasses at Clinics
  • Performing Various Administrative Tasks
  • Planning or work at Special Events
  • Taking Eyeglasses on Your Next Mission Trip
  • Hosting a Vision Screening

Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator:
Tasha White (Contact for Eyeglass, Hearing Aid and Cell Phone Recycling, Vision Screenings and Volunteer Opportunites)
404-325-3630 x 308

Girls Rock Camp

(s)

Girls Rock Camp ATL is a charitable non-profit organization that mentors girls through music instruction and performance.  We are looking for responsible and committed people (ages 17 and over) to take on a variety of roles, and many don't require any musical knowledge! 

Girls Rock Camp ATL is a six-day summer day camp for girls ages 10 through 16.  Campers are instructed in guitar, bass, keyboards, or drums, and participate in workshops geared toward encouraging freedom of expression, creative collaboration, and developing positive self-image.  Campers and CITs also form rock bands, write an original song, and perform in a rock and roll showcase on the last day of camp.  

Contact:
Stacey Singer
Executive Director, Girls Rock Camp ATL
404.964.5976

www.girlsrockcampatl.org

Global Village School

(a) (st)

The Global Village School provides an enriched education to teenage girls whose formal education has been interrupted by war and refugee camp experiences. Pioneering an innovativecurriculum, the school provides  teenagers with intensive English language training and enhanced education, including an  emphasis on science and math, the humanities and integrated arts. Volunteers help as classroom tutors.

Contact:
Rachel Stanley
Program Coordinator
404-371-0107

www.globalvillageproject.org

Grady Summer Program

(s)

To participate, you must meet the qualifications listed below and complete the summer teen volunteer application form. Space is limited - apply in early winter.

Qualifications:

  • 14 (by Aug. 31) through 17 years of age
  • Recommendation of school counselor or principal
  • Conduct average of "B" on most recent report card
  • Academic average of "C" on most recent report card
  • Permission of parent or guardian
  • Good health and grooming
  • Availability to work at least 3 hours weekly for 6-8 weeks (assignments available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Completion of personal interview and hospital orientation

Contact:
Grady volunteer office
404-616-4360

Greening Youth Foundation

(a) (st)

Greening Youth Foundation's mission is to nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewardship among underserved disconnected children, youth and young adults. Interns will work in the office and/or help with afterschool elementary programs.

Contact:
Youth Programs Manager
427 Moreland Avenue, Suite 100
Atlanta GA 30307
404. 254-4827
sjackson@gyfoundation.org
www.gyfoundation.org

Hands On Atlanta Discovery Program

The Hands On Atlanta Discovery Program is a volunteer-led Saturday tutoring and enrichment program that supports Monday –Friday instruction at elementary schools through homework assistance, tutoring, educational games, and enrichment through field trips and service-learning projects. Sessions occur two or three Saturdays per month for two hours (10am - noon). Our goal is to get as close to one-on-one volunteer to student ratio as possible to allow for more individualized attention and to develop relationships between students and adult volunteers. Students are divided up by grade level and the activities for each grade are planned by grade captains who manage the classroom activities. The elementary schools typically need anywhere between 30 and 80 volunteers each week. You can find out more information about the program and the schools at HandsOnDiscovery.HandsOnAtlanta.org.

Contact:
Tessa Schussler
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Hands On Atlanta Discovery Program
tschussler@handsonatlanta.org
404-979-2862

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta

(s)

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is looking for interns for their Summer Camp program, which is in June and July.

Contact:   
Summer Camp Coordinator
404-527-3693   

Inman Park Cooperative Preschool

(st) (s)

This summer, children can have fun while engaging in educational activities at IPCP’s Summer Camp 2009. Four two week sessions will be offered beginning June 8 and running until August 1. 

  • Session 1 - What Happens at the Zoo
  • Session 2 - Let’s Enjoy Summer
  • Session 3 - Let’s Explore the Circus
  • Session 4 - Going to the Beach/Ocean Life

All sessions last from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (may have some campers attend until 5pm) and include award winning children’s literature themed activities featuring a new story every day, as well as art and science projects, music, movement, cooking, water play and outdoor play.

Paideia students will be asked to serve as volunteer teacher assistants - prepare materials for class projetcs, help accompany students across the street to our Outdoor classroom, read books and assist with crafts and games. 

Contact:
Dana Lee, parent & Personnel Chair
Inman Park Cooperative Preschool
404-963-7671

International Community School

(as) (w)

The International Community School (a DeKalb County Charter School) provides refugee, immigrant and local children with an international education at the elementary school level.  The school explores and celebrates cultural differences in a challenging, nurturing and intentionally multi-ethnic environment.  ICS has after-school opportunities from 3pm to 6pm including tutoring, mentoring, working with the soccer teams, Kilometer Kids running club and tennis club .

Afterschool volunteers can help with basketball and drama through some of the ICS community partners.

Contact:
Laura Grundy
Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 404-499-8969, Extension 16

LaAmistad

(as) (s)

An after-school program for Latino children that meets in Buckhead. Tutoring and sports, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:45.

Summer interns may help with a variety of administrative tasks.

Contact:
Wesley Dennard
Development Director
404-842-5873

www.laamistadfriendship.org

Latin American Association

(all)

The Latin American Association helps Latino families achieve their aspirations for their academic, social and economic advancement. We accomplish this through direct programs and integrated community partnerships that focus on youth academic achievement, education and prevention, and services to families with urgent needs.

Contact:

Lekotek of Georgia

(s) (w)

Lekotek serves children with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, attention deficit disorders, speech delays, cognitive delays, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing and/or vision loss, mitochondrial disorder, other neuromuscular disorders, and spina bifida. Using adapted toys and computer equipment, Lekotek provides opportunities for children to have fun and learn along the way.

Volunteers are needed to help children who have special needs play computer games at Computer Club, which usually meets the second Sunday of each month at Cliff Valley Way.

Contact:

404-633-3430

Little Creek Farm Conservancy

(as) (w) (s)

Little Creek Farm is part of the park system of Dekalb County and is home to 45 horses.  The conservancy operates a wide range of programs for the benefit of DeKalb County citizens.  These include programs for special needs children and adults, emotional development programs for at-risk youth.  Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of programs and around the barn.

Contact:

MedShare

According to Healthcare Without Harm, U.S. hospitals generate more than two million tons of medical waste each year. Much of that waste is unused medical supplies and equipment. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 10 million children under the age of five die in the developing world due to inadequate medical care. MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistributes it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. We also outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad. Volunteers help sort and prepare donated medical supplies for shipment to healthcare facilities in the developing world.

Volunteers may sign up through the MedShare website.

Contact:
Alvaro McRae
Volunteer Program Manager

770-323-5858

My Sister's House

(a)

A shelter of the Atlanta Mission. Help homeless kids with homework from 4:00-5:00 M-Th

Contact:
Ginger Cashin

Nicholas House

(all)

Nicholas House Inc is a nonprofit agency that operates a transitional housing shelter as well as scattered apartment sites for homeless families. Volunteer opportunities include front desk assistance, an afterschool program, prepare and serve dinner, and painting and landscaping.

Contact:
Yvonne Druyeh (droo-yay)

404-633-8386 ext. 101

Orion School Description

(all)

The Orion School is a non-profit GAC accredited alternative school located in Midtown Atlanta. Our typical student is an engaging, curious and active child in grades K-5 who struggles with the social, emotional and academic challenges associated with ADHD. Our intimate learning community offers a place where students develop mentoring relationships with teachers and real peer friendships. High interest, hands on and physical activities are integrated into the fabric of a novel yet very structured school day.

Volunteers help as a teacher’s aid to ensure that goals are met for each student. Patient energetic volunteers must be interested in working with physically active and impulsive students.

Contact:
Laura Markson
Founding Director
404.551.2574 (Office)
404.307.8782 (Cell)

www.TheOrionSchool.org

Piedmont Park Conservancy

(all)

Piedmont Park is one of the most visited locations in metro Atlanta. The majority of the daily operations are managed by Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working with the City of Atlanta in a nationally recognized example of a successful public/private partnership; however, we need your help to make this Park even better. Begin your commitment to stewardship and conservation by pledging to take individual actions toward greener living and help others do the same, become a green volunteer!

Register online at www.piedmontpark.org/support/volunteer

Contact:
Michael Paul
Volunteer Coordinator
Piedmont Park Conservancy
404-875-7275 x247 [ ]

Project Open Hand

(all)

Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education. Open Hand volunteers package meals, drive meal delivery routes, work with our senior health and wellness programs, and serve in leadership positions.  Students can pack meals at Project Open Hand during any class periods; if you want to deliver meals you must sign up for internship 3rd/4th period.

Before you volunteer, you must attend an orientation. They are held every Wednesday at 6pm, Saturdays at 1pm, and Sundays at noon. No reservations necessary.

Contact:
Kari Morrison
Volunteer Services Manager
Direct: 404.872.2707
Main: 404.872.8089
Fax: 404.872.0478

www.projectopenhand.org

Project Take Charge

(st) (s)

Project Take Charge is a homelessness prevention program of Decatur Cooperative Ministry, a community-based, non-profit organization serving people who are homeless or in danger of homelessness. Maximum 2 interns per period at Project Take Charge.

Contact: 
Cliff Richards
Program Manager - Project Take Charge
404-284-3648

Sue E. Holec
Volunteer and Donations Coordinator
404-377-5365 ext. 6

PushPush Theater

(all)

(Teens 15-19 considered)
Assistant to Managing Artistic Director

PushPush Theater seeks to fill the new Intern position of Assistant to the Managing Artistic Director in June of 2008. The position will start with a summer contract with the aim to continue through the school year with a re-defined schedule, depending on experience and schedule flexibility.  Hours can also be after-school.  We will work with all schedules as long as a commitment to a certain length of time is possible.  Students interested in the arts and/or needing school internship credits are preferred, but not required. Hours will be flexible (roughly 8-15 per week, depending on availability).  Duties will vary but will generally fall under arts administration, arts production, marketing, youth program administration, and development. Training will be provided. Must be reliable, have personal access to a computer with internet, and, at times, be able to work independently. This is an unpaid internship; however a small travel stipend may be available depending on need and experience. This is a great opportunity for students seeking real-world experience in the arts and non-profit business and for connection to other opportunities in the arts.

Youth Program Assistant
PushPush Theater seeks to fill a summer internship position of Youth Program Assistant. The position will last approximately 8 weeks in 2008 starting in mid May and ending near the end of July or beginning of August, depending on availability. During the months of June and July the job will primarily be assisting during the PushPush Theater Summer Theater and Film camps, Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 3:30pm. The week or so leading up to the camps roughly 6-8 hours of administration will be required (detailed information about our camps). Training will be provided. Experience with youth a plus. Must be reliable, able to take direction from Artistic Directors, have a desire to learn about the program and apply the ideals as they are learned. A small travel stipend may be available depending on need and experience.

To apply send cover letter and references to pushpushtheater@gmail.com.  Please put the name of the position in the subject line.

Refugee Family Services

(a) (w) (s)

Refugee Family Services, a nonprofit agency located in Clarkston, Georgia, helps refugee women and children regain self-sufficiency through education, economic opportunities and direct support.  The Youth Program serves 200+ Somali, Sudanese, Kurdish, Vietnamese, and Bosnian youth each year through a variety of programs, including One-to-One Tutoring, After School, Summer Camp, and enrichment activities. 

Afterschool program:  for refugee children in grades 1-8 who’ve been in the U.S. less than 5 years.  Monday-Wednesday,  2:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Volunteers will give homework help and reading assistance as well as create, develop and lead enrichment activities. Students also have opportunities to participate in sports, arts, gardening, multi-cultural education, and more. Minimum commitment of three hours, one day a week.

One-to-One Tutoring/Mentoring:  for refugee youth in grades 1-12 struggling with English or any language-based subject. Volunteers are asked to commit one day a week for two hours for a school semester; sessions can be scheduled Monday-Thursday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Summer program: The camp involves students in educational and recreational activities:† field trips, art, gardening, dancing, reading, writing and more.

Contact:
Stephanie Burton
Volunteer Coordinator
(404) 299-6217 x202

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA)

RRISA is a non-profit agency with a multi-lingual, multicultural staff which provides an entry into the American culture for hundreds of refugees each year. RRISA's mission is to help refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking resettle in the United States and regain self-sufficiency. RRISA can use volunteers in a number of capacities, including as counselors for the Refugee Youth Summer Program (for the summer program, interns must be 17 or older). The elementary after school program takes place Monday- Friday from 2:30-5:00 PM, and the middle school takes place Monday through Friday from 3:50-6:50 PM.

Contact:
Gillian Ferris
Education and Youth Manager
404-622-2235 ext 248


Senior Connections Meals on Wheels

(all)

Senior Connections has its busiest DeKalb County Meals on Wheels delivery site at Decatur First United Methodist Church (DFUMC.) The 38-year old home and community-based service organization assists seniors to age gracefully in the comfort of their own homes.  More volunteers are always needed to assist with the Monday through Friday meal delivery. Many of the site’s meals are delivered to Decatur residents and Senior Connections hopes to engage the entire community to help local seniors in need. If you are interested in volunteering with Senior Connections, please visit www.seniorconnectionsatl.org and complete a Volunteer Application Form.

Contact:

770-455-7602

SOPO Bicycle Cooperative

(all)

OUR MISSION...
…is to create equitable access to cycling by providing affordable bicycle maintenance, services and education.

OUR SHOP…
…provides a central forum for sharing equipment, materials, and expertise, and facilitates affordable, practical, hands-on support for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

Contact:
Adam Nguyen

voicemail: 404-425-9989 (voicemail only) 

Toco Hill - Avis G. Williams Library

(all)

Help librarians with general library administrative support.

Contact:
Elizabeth Isabelle
Senior Librarian
Toco Hill - Avis G. Williams Branch
DeKalb County Public Library System
1282 McConnell Drive
Decatur, GA  30033
404-679-4404 

 

Trees Atlanta

(w) (s)

Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens' group dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees.  There are volunteer projects most Saturday mornings from 9 to noon.  Details vary from week to week, depending on need but are usually tree plantings and maintenance.  All volunteers must sign up at www.treesatlanta.org to receive weekly emails with detailed project information.

Contact:
Greg Levine
404.522.4097

Wesley Woods

(all)

The Wesley Woods Center is the geriatric specialty component of EMORY HEALTHCARE. Older adults throughout Georgia and our region receive hope, help and care through Wesley Woods.

In all of the Wesley Woods Center facilities, including Budd Terrace, the Geriatric Hospital, WW Towers and in the Outpatient Clinic, volunteers lead efforts to strengthen the Wesley Woods community and enhance the lives of our residents and patients through recreational activities, visiting with patients, assisting with activities and providing general office assistance and work on special events.

Because Wesley Woods has both residents and patients, volunteers have unusual options for contributing that might not be available at other healthcare facilities.  For example, volunteers may assist with:

  • Music Activities
  • Gardening
  • Pet Therapy
  • Bingo and Games
  • Sunday Services
  • Brunch Service
  • Building 1-1 Individual Relationships

Contact:
Katrina Fickling
Coordinator of Volunteer Services
Wesley Woods Hospital
404-728-6382

Whitefoord Community Program

(all)

WCP is a community-based, community-driven organization that strives to empower residents of the Whitefoord Elementary School catchment area to take charge of themselves, their children, and their community. The catchment area is located within the Edgewood community of southeast Atlanta, Georgia. It is a one square mile area representing approximately 2000 families.

Volunteers may serve as office or classroom aides with the Child Development Program, as an enrichment teacher for the Extended day Program, or as an Intel Clubhouse (computer programs) Volunteer.

Contact:
Ossie W.Mitchell
404 523-2500

Wylde Center

(all)

The Wylde Center teaches environmental awareness through hands-on gardening and outdoor education programs

Contact:
Andrea Zoppo
404-371-1920

 

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