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Opportunities and Internships for Current Students

Break Away

Break Away's® Mission is to promote service on the local, regional, national and international levels through break-oriented programs which immerse students in often vastly different cultures, heighten social awareness and advocate life-long social action.

Campus Opportunity Outreach League

Today's active students and campuses need tangible ways to connect their personal and local actions with the larger movement of people who are serving to better our nation. Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) aims to be a leader in student civic engagement.

Capital Experience Internships

The Capital Experience Internships is a program where students intern four days per week in the Washington, D.C. area. Internship sponsors come from government agencies, businesses, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. As an IEL intern, you become an active part of the office, with real responsibilities. Depending on your interests and choice of internship, you will have the opportunity to interact with experts and professionals in your field.

Children's Defense Fund

Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a national nonprofit organization that exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

Community Development Semester in Washington

If you are interested in public policy and community issues (such as housing, health care, and education) and would like to spend a semester interning and learning about these issues in Washington, DC, consider the Transforming Communities Semester or other programs in American University's Washington Semester Program. Go to or Partial scholarships and summer programs available. If you have questions, e-mail Professor Katharine at

Earth Work

Earth Work "to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land."

Everett Public Service Internship Program

The Everett Public Service Internship Program serves two goals. First, it encourages students' future involvement in public service by acquainting them with the challenges and rewards of public interest work. Second, it provides the public interest community, which too often operate on limited resources, with the dedication, energy, and idealism that interns bring to their work.


H.E.C.U.A is a consortium of 15 Midwest colleges and universities, is an independent, non-profit organization.

Maryland Student Service Alliance

The Maryland Student Service Alliance (MSSA) is a public/private partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Student Community Service Foundation, Inc. Founded in 1988 by a group of educators that included Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (currently Maryland's Lt. Governor), MSSA provides technical assistance and support to public school students, teachers, administrators, and school districts to help them meet Maryland's service-learning high school graduation requirement.

National Coalition for the Homeless

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance.

National Wildlife Federation

For more than sixty years, the National Wildlife Federation has been a leader in environmental education, reaching out to the communities where children and adults live, work and play. Explore NWF's educational pathways to understanding, appreciating and safeguarding the natural worldv

Overseas Development Network

Overseas Development Network (ODN) is a national, student-based, non-profit organization. Its mission is to inspire a life-long commitment in students to work for global justice through sustainable community development.

People for the American Way

People For the American Way Foundation is committed to defending democracy and bringing the ideals of community, opportunity, diversity, equality and fairness together to form a strong, united voice. To achieve this, PFAWF conducts research, legal and education work, as well as monitors and researches the Religious Right movement and its political allies. The organization is a premier source of vital information for policymakers, scholars and activists nationwide.

Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides high school students, college students and others with meaningful conservation service internships and volunteer opportunities in our National Parks, Forests and other public lands. All SCA positions are expense-paid and tuition-free. Conservation internships range from three up to twelve months in over 50 disciplines.

United Planet

United Planet mission is to unite the world and promote peace through enhancing cross-cultural understanding and friendship. We do this by providing volunteer programs called United Planet Quests. These are humanitarian and cross- cultural learning programs where participants can choose to focus on educational, environmental, construction, or healthcare projects for a period of 1-12 weeks (short-term projects) or 6 months to 1 year (long-term projects). Exciting volunteer quests are offered to over 50 countries. These quests provide a wonderful opportunity to learn and immerse in a foreign culture, while making a difference in important causes, such as education, healthcare, environmental conservation, housing, disabilities, and more.