With the world at your fingertips, your internship site possibilities are endless!!! You are not limited to the organizations listed below. These are provided as suggestions only, and do not imply Ethics Center endorsement of the organizations (particularly for those sites that have not had Fellows in the past). Please note that with the exception of Latin American sites there is no foreign language requirement.
For those organizations that have hosted Fellows in years past, information about the student’s internship is posted online (see links at right). Make sure your proposed internship site relates to the mission and guiding principles of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
For more ideas, visit the University’s webpage for Undergraduate Academic Internships. There is a good selection of student reviews of internship sites at Hiatt's Brandeis Internship Exchange (bix). In addition, idealist.org is a popular and highly recommended database that Sorensen Fellows often find helpful when searching for an internship. Keep in mind that internships that are available in fall/spring may also be available in summer
Contact Inc.: Brisbane
A youth centered organization which, through social justice principles, embraces a diversity of cultures to support and develop young peoples cultural work.
CONTACT: Zoe Scrogings
Access to Information Programme Foundation: Sofia
An organization that works to promote the right to information through civic education, transparency of government, and advocacy.
CONTACT: Diana Bancheva
Reyum: Phnom Penh
2004-Daniel Ludevig and Joshua Russell
A community empowerment center and art gallery dedicated to promoting and preserving Cambodian art.
CONTACT: Ly Daravuth
Womyn’s Agenda for Change: Phnom Penh
Works for grassroots empowerment of Cambodian women, particularly sex workers and garment workers.
CONTACT: Rosanna Barbero
An organization that works to help China's urban migrant children, primarily through social and educational programs. CMC also functions as a think tank for all things related to migrants and migrant issues in China.
CONTACT: Jonathan Hursh
International Bridges to Justice
IBJ is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Offices located throughout the world.
CONTACT: Jennifer Smith
United Nations Development Program
An organization that fosters human development to empower women and men to build better lives. As the UN’s development network, UNDP works to assist China in reducing poverty, strengthening rule of law, promoting environmental sustainability, and fighting HIV/AIDS.
Bairo Pite Clinic
2011- Piyawat "Paul" Sukijthamapan
BPC was founded when the bloody war for independence from Indonesia broke out in the late 1990’s. Today, BPC is still operating to provide free care to the East Timorese and working to guide the nation in the recovery from that conflict by building a self-sufficient health system.
CONTACT: via email
The Ecuador Summer Program affords volunteers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, while also allowing an up-close look at development work. Ecuador summer volunteers teach English in a wide variety of settings including community centers, schools, and institutions that have invited WorldTeach volunteers. Summer volunteers in Ecuador are primarily placed in communities that would not otherwise have a native speaker available to teach them English.
CONTACT: Maggie Tabach
Spirit of Youth Association for Environmental Services
The main programs within this organization are the Recycling School established in 2000, and the source segregation public awareness project in collaboration with the International Center for Environment Development inititated in 2004. One of the organization's projects is the implementation of a source segregation scheme for residential waste in a neighborhood of 72,000 households.
CONTACT: Laila Iskander
Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA)
Promotes respect for human rights by strengthening the human rights institutions in Africa, ensuring compliance with the existing norms and making the system widely accessible to victims of human rights violations and other actors of civil society.
GhanaAttukwei Art Foundation
AAF aims to bring art projects to students living in underprivileged areas, as well as to students who have been victims of sex slavery or child labor.
CONTACT: Jessye Kass
Village Volunteers: Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal
Village Volunteers is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural villages and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education and growth. Committed to preserving autonomy and cultural heritage, Village Volunteers works in collaboration with village programs to support the achievement of their goals and objectives by integrating international volunteerism, sustainable community development projects, and program assistance.
The Kokkalis Foundation: Athens
Works to promote the peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Southeastern Europe through the development of public, cultural and scientific life in the region.
CONTACT: Margarita Gogou
The Grenada Education and Development Programme
2000-Tova Neugut; 1999-Karen Hovav
A non-governmental organization focused on education issues in Grenada.
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
The IJDH strives to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice, and human rights by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.
CONTACT: Brian Concannon, Jr. or Jane Hale
Experimental Theatre Foundation
The Experimental Theatre Foundation has completed 17 years of Theatre of Relevance (1992-2009). ETF was founded in 1992 by Manjul Bhardwaj and like-minded people to practice the philosophy "Theatre of Relevance."
CONTACT: Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj
Maharashtra Organic Farming Federation: Maharashtra
A confederation of small NGO's and farmers promoting and disseminating knowledge about the benefits of organic agriculture, analyzing alternatives to current government and transnational corporation policies that have been connected to a rash of farmer suicides.
CONTACT: Mr. Dilip Baradkar
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
This policy think tank works by creating publications, documentaries and holding events that help in shaping and influencing public opinion and creating viable, alternative policy options in areas as divergent as infrastructure, Urban development and public health. ORF acts as a forum between the public system, private initiatives and the NGO sector to bring forth discussions, ideas and research work to contribute to a better India.
Population Services International
Addresses the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 60 developing countries, with programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV.
CONTACT: Chandra Ramamurthy
Organization that focuses on improving the conditions of marginalized communities by promoting peace education, gender justice, and indigenous knowledge such as agricultural productivity.
CONTACT: Managing trustee Ms. Gazala Paul, Brandeis Coexistence Program alumna
All for Peace: Jerusalem
A Palestinian-Israeli Radio Station broadcasting in Hebrew, Arabic and English, which aims at a wide audience amongst both people and provides messages of peace, cooperation, mutual understanding, coexistence and hope.
CONTACT: via email
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
An institution focused on exploring a range of environmental issues from a regional, interdisciplinary perspective while teaching peacebuilding and leadership skills. The institution gives Jewish, Arab, and other students a unique opportunity to study and live together for an extended period of time.
CONTACT: Rabbi Michael Cohen
B’Tselem: The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Jerusalem
Analyzes and documents information on major human rights violations on the West Bank and Gaza Strip and raises issues for public debate.
CONTACT: Zvi Shulman
Ethiopian National Project (ENP)
An organization that assists the Ethiopian-Israeli community, with programs geared particularly toward Ethiopian-Israeli youth. Programs include after school scholastic assistance, neighborhood outreach centers for youth at risk, alcohol and drug prevention, domestic violence prevention, and workshops for the empowerment of parents and other community leaders.
CONTACT: Grace Rodnitzki '90
The Galilee Foundation’s central mission is to use informal education to build the Galilee as a model of civil society. The foundation’s work is rooted in a vision of Zionism that integrates the unity of Jewish peoplehood, together with the values of equality, freedom of conscience, and religious and ethnic pluralism. Their three main areas of activity are Jewish-Arab cooperation in the Galilee, Jewish pluralism, and Israel-Diaspora relations.
Hotline for Migrant Workers: Tel Aviv
2011- Shani Rosenbaum
The Hotline for Migrant Workers is a non-partisan, not for profit organization, dedicated to (a) promoting the rights of undocumented migrant workers and refugees and (b) eliminating trafficking in persons in Israel. Their main mission is to build a more just, equitable and democratic society where the human rights of all people are paramount civic and political values.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions: Jerusalem
2009- Beth Bowman
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action organization established to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories — 24,000 as of this writing and counting.
Middle East Non-Violence and Democracy: Jerusalem
Palestinian institution addressing issues related to nonviolence and democracy through a variety of projects focused primarily on training and utilizing innovative media techniques. MEND’s priority is to work to create a more democratic and nonviolent climate for all Palestinians.
CONTACT: Lucy Nusseibeh
Reut Sadaka: Jaffa
A Jewish-Arab youth organization for peace and democracy.
CONTACT: Genevieve Nardeau
Yemin Orde Children's Village
A home and school for 500 children aged 6-18 from difficult family circumstances. Over 55% of the children are from Ethiopia.
CONTACT: Susan Weijel
Students Expressing Truth: Kingston
SET is a non-governmental charity organization that focuses on social transformation within the Jamaican correctional facilities. This organization works specifically to improve educational opportunities within the prison system.
CONTACT: Kevin Wallen
CREATA (Center for Regeneration and Empowerment of Africa Through Africa)
An NGO that strives to bring Kenyans to common ground to end violent conflicts by addressing structural and social injustices. CREATA uses soccer as a catalyst for promoting peace, community development, good governance, education and leadership.
CONTACT: Paul Ogalo, MA Coexistence '09
An NGO started by Brandeis alum Matthew Travis '05 that works to provide high quality residential care to some of Kenya's most desperate orphaned and abused children. Flying Kites workes with multiple other organizations to combat the cycle of poverty affecting the children and families of Kenya.
Kakamega Environmental Education Program: Kenya
An organization aiding education and forest conservation efforts in the Kakamega rainforest, as well as promoting sustainable development. This internship is arranged through the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Kericho District Development Initiatives: Kericho
The Kericho District Development Initiatives encompass a plethora of projects, touching upon everything from sustainable development and micro-credit to education promotion and AIDS relief. The development initiatives also espouse the goal of ending gender-based violence, a prevalent problem in Africa.
CONTACT: Esther Keino, Member of the Kenyan Parliament
Mobile Education for Life International (MELI)
MELI is an organization focused on creating Young Entrepreneurs Societies (YES). The YES movement aims at breaking the poverty cycle among unemployed young people and a forum for discussion for children who attend school. MELI organizes training opportunities for youth to explore their entrepreneurial potential for social and economic empowerment. Additionally, MELI works with youth for a sustainable environment and encourages entrepreneurial initiatives that reduce CO2 emission in the atmosphere.
CONTACT: Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo
World Agroforestry Centre: Nairobi
The Centre aims to spread information regarding agroforestry, the practice of growing trees on farms, which will aid and improve the livelihoods of the African agricultural poor and help to maintain a natural resource base. Click here to learn about Dr. Mohamed Bakarr, Assistant Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, who visited Brandeis in February 2007 as the Ethics Center's first Distinguished Visiting Practitioner. Please note that applications should be submitted to Training Officer, World Agroforestry Centre, PO Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, betweeen three and six months before the date that the applicant proposes to begin the internship.
CONTACT: Hellen Ochieng
Family Art and Literacy Center
Help Professor Jane Hale (ROMS) encourage the progress of this first-of-a-kind cultural center in the beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho, an independent nation surrounded by South Africa. Initially funded by Rotary International, the Center brings together the work of two volunteer organizations—Family Literacy Lesotho and Children’s Art Organization of Lesotho—in a central space. The Center provides workspace, supplies, storage, and a creative community for local artists and writers who are developing Lesotho’s first children’s picture books in the Sesotho language. There is an opportunity to work with rural communities who have already expressed interest in replicating the project.
CONTACT: Professor Jane Hale
Morija Museum and Archives
This museum is a unique treasure - house for Lesotho’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Located less than an hour south of the capital, Maseru, the museum welcomes students to carry our a number of programs including artifact research, collection and preservation in disciplines of archaeology, history, art or film - making.
Medical Care Development International, Child Survival and Community Health Project: Cuamba
Works to fund medical care for the underprivileged.
Asian Study Center for Political & Conflict Transformation (ASPECT)
An organization that focuses on peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
CONTACT: Manish Thapa
Students intern with local human rights, social justice, or environmental organizations in Nepal. Additionally, the program teaches about globalization and effects on developing countries, the Nepalese language, and Jewish sources and traditions on social, economic, and environmental justice.
CONTACT: Tamar Kay
Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City Project
This project has financed the building or renovation of over twenty schools, and improved the health of communities surrounding San Juan bay by bringing simple, eco-friendly technologies to the families of San Juan.
CONTACT: Dr. Rosa Elena Bello
Ballynafeigh Community House: Belfast
Acts as a "focal point" for local groups and projects. Current projects include welfare rights, legal advice, an after-schools club, crèche, play group, parent and toddler, journeys development program for women, young adults citizenship program, finance and IT, community facilitation, social energy and mixed links.
2012- Rachael Koehler
This organization addresses racism and sectarianism through multi-cultural arts and media.
CONTACT: Darren Furguson
Community Relations Council: Belfast
Set up to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote recognition of cultural diversity. Provides support (finance, training, advice, information) for local groups and organizations; Develops opportunities for cross-community understanding; Increases public awareness of community relations work; Encourages constructive debate throughout Northern Ireland.
CONTACT: Elana Kogan
Linen Hall Library: Belfast
Oldest library in Belfast whose collections include the 250,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the Troubles. Offers cultural and political events to the community.
Nerve Centre: Derry
2005-Ava Morgenstern; 2004-Patrick Raymond
By bringing popular music, film, video, animation and interactive multimedia together under one roof, the Nerve Centre promotes creative collaboration and fusion between artists and provides a cultural outlet for many young people who feel excluded from what is traditionally regarded as the "arts sector."
CONTACTS: John Peto, Aisleain McGill
Peace & Reconciliation Group: Derry
Works toward understanding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland through dialogue and mediation.
CONTACT: Michael Doherty
The Rural Community Network: Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Organization committed to reconciliation work through family and community
CONTACT: Marion Green
Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center
A nonprofit organization in Kigali, Rwanda with a mission to testify, to study genocide through rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to understand various mechanisms and structures of violence with the goal of preventing genocide and mass violence in the future.
CONTACT: Kathy Carbone or Jean-Pierre Sadi Karegeye
WE-ACTx (Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment: Kigali
An organization committed to supplying Rwandan women and children with AIDS medications and treatments, educating and counseling women with HIV about their legal rights and providing income generation programs.
CONTACT: Frank Mugisha
Artist Proof Studio: Johannesburg
2004-Darnisa Amante and Amy Schiller
Printmaking art studio in Johannesburg. Coordinates art-related poverty relief and AIDS awareness projects throughout South Africa.
CONTACT: Daniel "Stompie" Selibe
enke: Make Your Mark
“Enke,” from the Tswana word for “ink,” empowers young leaders to Make Their Mark: on their peers, their community and their world. This is an education and peer networking initiative whose mission is to reduce inequality in South Africa by connecting across social divides and equipping and inspiring young people. Their vision is to see young people working together as a new generation of leaders for positive change in their country.
CONTACT: Ruth Orbach '11
Ikamva Labantu: Cape Town
2005-Cyanna Rodney-Hill; 2003-Deirdre Mooney; 2002-Trang Nguyen; 2001-Yaser S. Robles; 2000-Nakisha Evans; 2000-Zachary Sherwin
Supports democracy in post-apartheid South Africa by providing educational and economic resources to community members and townships.
CONTACTS: Ishrene Davids, Mala, Barbara Stemmert
2005-Mai Le; 2004-Lisa Kim; 2003-Marina Pevner
A grassroots organization concerned with developing a non-violent culture in a war torn society. It has a strong reputation as a training institute on conflict resolution and on extending psycho-social support for victims of violence.
CONTACTS: Kassapa Divabedanage, John Calogero
Sewa Lanka Foundation: Colombo
2002-Jocelyn Berger and Aran Lavi; 2001-Jennifer Lewey
Promotes social mobilization and institutional capacity building through economic development in conflict-affected communities.
CONTACT: Harsha K. Nawaratne
Bagamoyo College of Art: Bagamoyo
A dynamic, creative and innovative institution for high quality training, research and professionalism in the Arts. Our mission is to produce high quality professional artists, arts managers, arts products and services.
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Arusha
The tribunal is responsible for the prosecution of parties responsible for genocide and human rights violations, in the hopes of aiding reconciliation and peace in the region.
CONTACT: Suzanne Chenault
Massai Stoves & Solar
Help provide a better, healthier life for the rural world and a cleaner environment for all of us through two related projects. One entails training women to make and maintain energy-efficient stoves, the other involves providing solar systems and teaching how to install and maintain them.
CONTACT: Bob Lange
Opportunity Tanzania Limited
2012- Karia Sekumbo
This organization provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.
CONTACT: AJ Renold
Women's Education and Economic Centre (WEECE)
WEECE is an NGO founded in 1999 by three women in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The organization provides women with micro-loans to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency; education in leadership training, business practices, health issues, and legal rights; and counseling, advocacy, and litigation.
CONTACT: Vivian Unterweger
Wildflower Home: Chiang Mai
2011- Sarah Van Buren
The Wildflower Home serves as a shelter, clinic, and school for women who have been victims of sexual abuse and the sex trade. Part of their work involves leading sexual health education and women’s empowerment courses for adolescent girls, and will teach English and Japanese to the children at Wildflower Home.
The Millennium Campus Network: Boston, MA
The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is a national non-profit network of university student organizations working to reduce extreme poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The network provides networking, funding, and national campaign opportunities to existing student organizations. To date, the MCN counts 47 member organizations on 21 campuses across Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C., and counts Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, and musician John Legend among its Board of Advisors. Brandeis alumnus Sam Vaghar '08 is executive director & co-founder.
Friends of the Parents Circle: Cambridge, MA
An Israeli organization which represents a group of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost loved ones as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
CONTACT: Maribeth Kaptchuk
Roca: Chelsea, MA, and Revere, MA
A grassroots human development and community building organization that promotes social justice by creating opportunities for young people and families to lead happy and healthy lives.
CONTACT: Mary Baldwin
Colonias Development Council: Las Cruces, New Mexico
The Colonias Development Council promotes leadership development by engaging communities in civic processes. The Council works with residents to develop community-based solutions to common needs by using a community organizing approach that focuses on developing grassroots strategies to address resident-identified issues of concern.
CONTACT: Char Ullman
Museum of Jewish Heritage: New York
This museum honors those who died in the Holocaust by celebrating their lives—cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.
CONTACT: Bonnie Unger
Center for Playback Theatre: New Paltz, NY
A nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive training in playback theatre to individuals and groups for the purposes of personal empowerment, awareness education, artistic fulfillment, community building, reconciliation, and social change.
CONTACT: Heidi Reagan
Children’s Association for Maximum Potential: Texas
2011- Sarah Michael
Children’ Association for Maximum Potential has a summer camp which is a series of five-day camp sessions for children and adults with special needs who may not be eligible to attend other camps due to the severity of their disability or medical condition.
CONTACT: Brandon Briery
Coopérative Artisanale Sisal 2: Dalaba
Promotes the well-being of women in the community. Fights poverty and illiteracy through engaging young women in dyeing, soap manufacturing, literacy, and training in information technology and communication. These economic and educational activities help women to avoid early marriages and to take control of their own destinies. The cooperative's program is bi-generational: girls and their mothers engage in activities together, so that the former learn important skills and the latter understand that their daughters can create opportunities unavailable to their own generation. The president of the Cooperative, Mrs. Nafissatou Bah, would welcome a Brandeis intern to assist in the educational part of their operation. In particular, the girls in her organization could benefit from instruction in English and computer skills.
Coopérative Artisanale Sisal 2
Dalaba, République de Guinée
West African Research Center: Dakar
Promotes scholarly research on West Africa, and works to foster cooperation between American and West African researchers, students, and artists.
CONTACT: Abdoulaye Niang
La Linea Fundadora de las Madres de Plaza de Mayo: Buenos Aires
Las Madres began as a group of women looking for the "disappeared" loved ones after a coup d'etat in the 1970’s by the last and most brutal military regime in Argentina’s history.
CONTACT: via email
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The Court's Latin American headquarters is in Costa Rica.
Centro de Estudios para la Paz (CEPPA)
The programs of CEPPA are designed to transform violence and conflict in all areas of society: schools, families, private enterprises, community groups, churches, and prisons. The organization runs workshops on four main themes: self-esteem, communication, cooperation, and creative management of the conflict. CONTACT: Rachel Spence
UN High Commission for Refugees (ACNUR)
Leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. The ACNUR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees, striving to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
CONTACT: Kazuhiro Kaneko
Inter-American Institute on Human Rights (IIDH)
One of the most important world centers for the education, investigation, and, promotion human rights.
Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. They work with people of all faiths.
Fundacion Sinchi Sacha, Museo de Arte Etnico Amazonico: Archidona
The Museo de Arte Etnico Amazonico is working with the minority Indian communities as well as the majority Spanish communities to better incorporate both points of view in the museum.
CONTACT: Catalina Sosa
Fundacion Turcios Lima
2003-Paul Adler and Xiomara Gomez
This organization works on reconciliation, re-insertion, and development projects with multiethnic communities in the villages of Guatemala. Members of community are people who have returned from exile in Mexico.
CONTACT: César Montes
Celas Maya: Quetzaltenango
Works to recuperate and maintain the collective memory and history of the Quiché Maya and to develop alternative solutions to education problems for the highlands Mayan youth.
CONTACT: Carol Kunz (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Red de Comunicadores Boca de Polen: Chiapas
An indigenous media networking organization.
CONTACT: Eugenio Bermejillo
Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City Project
This organization’s mission is to work alongside Nicaraguan friends to improve education and healthcare, and to employ sustainable technology at the village level. The citizens of Newton, MA are in partnership with fellow activists in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where they have built or renovated twenty schoolhouses, constructed model homes for teachers, and rebuilt playgrounds. The organization seeks motivated students to go to San Juan to help teach English or work on Public Health projects and live with local families.
CONTACT: David Gullette
Latin America: General
Public Health education program in Latin America.
Partners of the Americas
"People to People" volunteer exchange program. Links technical education and support opportunities between North and South America.