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Internships

Internships in many of our programs are available for applicable course credit. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted with a list of availability to Volunteer Services by e-mail at estieber@ccano.org Last updated: April 12, 2021.

CCANO is an “at-will” and equal opportunity organization that does not discriminate in its selection practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. CCANO encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

If seeking college credit, a contract will be required from your college or university. This process can take 1 week to 3 months, so please plan ahead for time sensitive internships.

Internships are also available to non-students looking to make a commitment to service or gain experience in the non-profit field.

Available Internships:

Immigration/Refugee Services - Education and Career Pathways Internship

Location: Currently Remote; office located at 2505 Maine Ave., Metairie, LA

The intern will work closely with the Employment Services team to support initiatives for increasing access to information about education and career pathways within the immigrant and refugee population in Southeast Louisiana. Responsibilities include:

  • Updating and Maintaining the existing career pathways resources
  • Creating presentation materials and leading presentations for staff and clients
  • Researching programs and information about local schools and organizations that can be added to our network
  • Collaborating with community partners to distribute materials, resources and information
  • Supporting an advocacy strategy to increase access to information about higher education and career pathways in schools for immigrant, refugee, undocumented and ESL students and parents
  • Researching the college process and requirements for immigrant, refugee, undocumented  and ESL students in Louisiana
  • Assisting in other education related matters as needed

Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships. Must have effective research and organizational skills. Must be able to work independently. Student or community member with an interest in social services, education and higher education, social policy and practice, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Amharic, Haitian Creole, Tigrinya, Burmese, Spanish or other languages valued.

Schedule flexible: M-F from 9:00 to 5:00 pm; minimum 5 hours a week

Immigration/Refugee Services - Employment Services Intern

The intern will work closely with the Employment Services Team and Refugee Services Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the clients. Responsibilities may include: assisting with the implementation of Job Readiness classes for Refugee clients who have just arrived in the United States; conducting outreach for events such as job and college fairs, attending and assisting with Employment Services group events; researching local job market and career laddering options, and assisting in developing tools to measure program effectiveness; updating the jobs board. The intern must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships. Students with an interest in social services, coaching, economics, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese preferred.

Schedule flexible: M-Th from 9:00 to 5:00 pm; minimum 4-8 hours a week

Immigration/Refugee Services - English as a Second Language Intern

Location:    2505 Maine Avenue (currently remote)       Metairie, LA

The intern will work closely with the ESL Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the students. Responsibilities include: assisting in entering student data and information into various tracking systems, running reports regarding student and classroom performance; creating and implementing motivational strategies to encourage student success; developing online curriculum for use in ESL classes, attending ESL group events; developing and maintaining thorough records of methods for measurement and improvement of student success and a curriculum effectiveness. Students with an interest in adult education, ESL or immigrant services are highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French or other languages valued.

Schedule: Flexible M-F from 9 am – 5 pm minimum 8 hrs /wk. 

Immigration/Refugee Services - Family Literacy Intern

Location: 2505 Maine Avenue (currently remote), Metairie, LA

The intern will work closely with the ESL and Family Literacy Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the students.

Responsibilities include:

  • Opening and closing Family Literacy class sessions
  • Assisting to facilitate class discussions and activities
  • Creating one-on-one or small group pairings for students and tutors
  • Curriculum development for students practicing English, preparing for citizenship interviews, and workforce development
  • Planning for events outside of regular Family Literacy class hours

Students with an interest in intergenerational education, English as a foreign language, or immigrant and refugee services are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French or other languages valued.

Schedule: Flexible Mon-Fri between 9 am – 7 pm. Approximately 8 hrs /wk. 

Immigration/Refugee Services - Outreach Intern

Location: 2505 Maine Avenue Metairie, LA  Near Metairie/Kenner Parish Line (currently remote)

The Outreach Intern will work with the Outreach Team to help the program streamline and integrate storytelling practices in our work. The intern will support initiatives to increase confidence in client storytelling abilities, uplift truthful narratives, and create sharing opportunities within the immigrant and refugee population of Louisiana. The intern will implement best practices that make space for staff to listen and learn from the community in client storytelling. Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing models of storytelling in the immigrant and refugee community by compiling and organizing relevant resources for clients as well as creating content for storytelling programming and activities for clients and staff.
  • Collaborating with Immigration and Refugee Services clients by listening to client stories and creating comfortable, and client-led opportunities to share with a wider public.
  • Researching and reaching out to a variety of organizations in order to create storytelling opportunities for immigrant and refugee clients.

Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to maintaining effective and professional work relationships. Must have effective research and organizational skills. Must be able to work independently. Must have the ability to work with a culturally diverse population by demonstrating an awareness and sensitivity to the special needs of multi-cultural, multi-generational immigrant and refugee children, adults and families. Proficiency in two or more languages highly desired. Must have own transportation. Student or community member with an interest in social services, oral history, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply.

Schedule flexible: M-F from 9:00 to 5:00 pm; minimum 5-8 hours a week for 6-9 months.

Immigration/Refugee Services - Postgraduate Legal Fellowships

The legal team hosts fellows to work in our office on special projects. We aim to identify applications that meet our mission of serving Louisiana’s immigrant community through innovative proposals. These include Equal Justice Works fellowships and Skadden fellows, among others. Please send your resume and a description of your proposal to estieber@ccano.org.

Immigration/Refugee Services - Program Intern

2505 Maine Ave, Metairie, LA

The intern will work closely with the Immigration and Refugee Services Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the clients. Responsibilities are wide-ranging and depend on intern’s skills and interest, but may include: assisting with the implementation of a cultural or legal orientation program; organizing group events; developing and managing relationships with parishes, universities and community-based organizations; designing more effective client intake processes and program monitoring tools; assisting in entering client information into various tracking systems; running client services reports.  The intern may also be involved in grant research and grant writing to support and expand the services of each program. He/she must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships.

Students with an interest in social services, social policy, or immigrant and refugee issues are highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Spanish, Arbaic , Burmese or other languages valued.

Schedule: Remote, flexible, Monday-Friday (9AM-5PM) with possible evening or weekend workshop time. 

Immigration/Refugee Services - Immigrant Justice Fellowship

2505 Maine Avenue Metairie, LA Near Metairie/Kenner Parish Line

*CLOSED FOR 2021 APPLICATIONS*

About Immigration Services: We’re a collaborative team that provides both legal and social services to Louisiana’s immigrant community. We regularly represent children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum seekers, and victims of crimes, including domestic violence and human trafficking. We also represent clients with family-based petitions and citizenship applications.

Position Description:

We are looking for law students interested in learning more about humanitarian immigration law. Interns will receive hands-on experience and work directly with staff attorneys representing children and asylum seekers. Interns will accompany staff attorneys to immigration court and juvenile court, and participate in weekly walk-in clinics and staff meetings. Interns will draft pleadings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases and an asylum brief. Other responsibilities may include legal research, drafting motions, preparing immigration forms, assisting with legal screenings to determine eligibility for relief, and community outreach.

Requirements:

This is a 9 week internship, running from May 31, 2021, to July 30, 2021. A minimum commitment of 24 hours a week is required. Applicants should be familiar with legal issues that impact immigrants and refugees. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not required. The internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with your school for you to receive credit.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to estieber@ccano.org. Your cover letter should describe why you are interested in the fellowship and what you hope to learn. It should also include one reference.

Institutional Advancement - Communications Intern

 Location: 1000 Howard Ave New Orleans, LA

The communications intern will work under the Communications Manager. They will help produce marketing materials, assist in the creation of blog posts, and assist in the creation of social media content and posts, both in the gathering of media and info, as well as copy writing. Other duties as assigned. Intern should have good professional interpersonal skills, knowledge of social media and current social media trends, the ability to write well and clearly, excellent grammar and experience with Microsoft Word/Publisher. Should have own transportation. Candidate must be a college student. This is an unpaid internship.

Schedule: Flexible, must be available between 8:30 am and 4 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday for between 10 – 15 hours per week. A minimum of 3 month commitment is required. 

Office of Justice and Peace - Parish and Community Services Intern

Location:    2022 St. Bernard Avenue       New Orleans, LA

The Office of Justice and Peace works in areas related to social and economic justice including workers’ rights, rights of ex-offenders and those entangled in the legal system and options for poor and vulnerable persons. Intern will work closely with the Division Director on special projects and administrative tasks. This could include outreach phone calls and letter to parishes, analysis of parish outreach data and summaries, working with Communications Director on fully utilizing social media, working with the Office of Justice and Peace to support the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services. Assist with researching and developing the advocacy network for Catholic Charities. Candidate must possess critical and creative thinking skills, time management, and good verbal and written skills. Interest in social services and families required.

Schedule: flexible, Monday-Friday (9 AM – 4 PM) with some possible evening workshop support.

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