Internships

The following agencies may be of interest to students pursuing internships. Students should meet with their faculty sponsor in making decisions about pursuing internships. Some agencies indicate desire for students to make contact as early as possible; often the end of the semester prior to the internship is best. This is a SAMPLING of possible internships -- others may be arranged to meet student interests and community needs:

Advocacy Center
P.O. Box 164
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-3203
http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/
45 hours of training. Counselors provide supportive counseling, crisis intervention and accompaniment through medical and legal procedures to victims of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. There are also volunteer positions for educators, fundraising, and office work.

AIDS Work of Tompkins County
501 S Meadow St.
Ithaca NY 14850
(607) 272-4098
Volunteers at AIDS Work can participate in a number of activities from office work and fundraising to operating AIDS information tables.

Alcoholism Council
201 East Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-6288
There are several possible positions for students who are fully committed to the field. Areas of internship can include education training as well as clinical (though clinical is often limited to graduate students, there may be a possibility for a placement for an undergrad with experience, and a commitment to 15-18 hours a week over two-semesters). Talk with the professor before contacting the agency.

Beechtree Facilities
318 S. Albany Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Contact John Eilers-Lloyd: (607) 273-4166X 122
Email: jeilerslloyd@beechtreecarecenter.org
http://www.beechtreecarecenter.org/
Beechtree Care Center is a not-for-profit, skilled nursing residence and rehabilitation center located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in downtown Ithaca, New York.

Breast Cancer Alliance/Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance
612 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Contact Jyl Dowd (607) 277-9410
The agency provides information, support, and advocacy for anyone affected by breast cancer. These internship opportunities include outreach and support services. Possibilities to coordinate walk-a-thon, write/edit newsletters, brochures, or articles for publication, and other special projects based on intern's past experience and capabilities. A good knowledge of computers is beneficial. Transportation is not necessary as the agency is located on the bus route.

Cancer Resource Center
612 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-0960
http://www.crcfl.net/
The mission of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is
to create and sustain a community of support for people
living with and affected by cancer.

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services
P.O Box 789
334 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 273-5500
http://carsny.org/
Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services provides resources, caring, and effective recovery services dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting individual strength and respect.

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Volunteer Office: (607) 274-4323
http://www.cayugamed.org/
Cayuga Medical Center is the local Hospital of Ithaca, NY that contains both adult and adolescent psychiatric facilities.

Challenge Industries
950 Danby Rd, Suite 179
Ithaca, NY 14850
Contact Mart Gold (607) 272-8990
http://aboutchallenge.org/CI-final/
Challenge Industries is a non-profit location rehabilitation center. This organization serves the vocational needs of people with developmental disabilities, offering assistance for anything involving circumstances affecting working. Interns are paired with full time staff members to assist with interviews, questionnaires, and supervising training. Possibilities include working on to one, crises work, case work, developing service plans, making contact notes, updating files, making referrals, and advocating the client. Training is provided and supervision is given based on individual interest and abilities. Opportunities are flexible according to the student's needs; the greater the number of hours each week, the greater the opportunities to handle all aspects of individual caseloads. Fewer hours per week provides for opportunities to learn and demonstrate interviewing skills. A two-semester commitment is preferable but not required. Location on block from the Commons, no transportation is necessary.

Child & Adult Protective Services
Human Services Building
320 West Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Email: dssinfo@tompkins-co.org
http://www.tompkins-co.org/departments/detail.aspx?DeptID=41
It provides services surrounding foster care treatment and placements, independent living, family preservation, and home finding (foster and adoptive parent services). Emphasis is on foster children and parents. Internship opportunities include conducting case planning and site visits, interviewing and assessing, and participating in case planning for teaching life skills towards independent living. It may also involve recruiting and training foster parents, and following up with home visits and supportive services. For Home Finding, it is better for the student to have more hours per week rather than a two semester commitment, and for Treatment Foster Care and Independent Living, a two semester commitment is preferable but not required. Transportation is not necessary, agency is located several blocks from the Commons.

Children & Family Services
127 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-7494
http://www.fcsith.org/
Family & Children's Service of Ithaca is the primary private non-profit provider of mental health services in Tompkins County for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families. Most internships are part of the DAP program, which is the Dispositional Alternatives Program, a community-based, family-centered program, provides comprehensive, supportive services to youth, aged seven to 18, and their families. Through counseling, case management, enrichment activities, family meetings, and referrals and follow-up services, DAP fosters positive changes in behavior and attitude for youth who are having difficulties at home, school, or in the community.

Community Dispute Resolution Center
120 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9347
It provides assistance to individuals in Tompkins County who are interested in solving conflict and a wide range of disputes through mediation services. Everyone in the office shares the duty of answering phones, writing contact letters, and other clerical work. Student works with all aspects of a case, including sending it off to Albany. There are opportunities to observe mediation and if desired, become a mediator. A 40 hour training session is offered to students interested in becoming a mediator. A two semester commitment is preferable but not required, and supervision is based on the student's needs. The agency is committed to learning the student's objectives up front to determine whether it will meet the student's and agency's needs. The agency is located on the bus route, so no transportation is necessary.

Cornell Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services
Cornell University
420 CCC, Garden Ave. Ext.
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 254-4545
http://sds.cornell.edu/
Student Disability Services strives to create and sustain a welcoming, accessible, and supportive environment.

District Attorney’s Office – Victim’s Assistance
320 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5461
http://www.tompkins-co.org/distatto/
The Tompkins County District Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal offenses defined under State law, committed within Tompkins County. A broad range of offenses are prosecuted, including the most serious felonies (murder, rape, robbery, etc.) down to traffic infractions (e.g., speeding).

Finger Lakes Independence Center
215 Fifth Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-2433
http://www.fliconline.org/
To empower all people with disabilities while creating an inclusive society through the elimination of social and architectural barriers.

The Franziska Racker Center
3226 Wilkins Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5891
http://www.rackercenters.org/
Franziska Racker Centers is a voluntary not-for-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for people with special needs. Throughout the organization's history, our goal has always been to be responsive to the needs of individuals not only to provide services, but also to offer each person and family opportunities for growth and learning.

The Glove House
572 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-7035

Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)
301 West Court St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-3622
http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/departments/giac/index.cfm
This is a multicultural agency providing recreation programs as interventions for youth. Internships are arranged with a variety of program possibilities: opportunities for participating in program design and development, and on to one work with youth at risk (ages 4-10 yrs.). Varied hours and opportunities. One internship area is the A+ Program, which is an after school program involving homework and other educational activities for students. Interns are encouraged to determine where in the program they will work best, and to initiate special projects based on individual skills and interests. An orientation dinner is required. May be beneficial to contact center during semester prior to internship.

Hospicare
172 East King Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-0212
http://www.hospicare.org/
The program functions to work with patients who are terminally ill. This includes providing care to patients in the residential center and in their homes in the community. Opportunities are often based on the students needs and interests; best for placements that require a maximum of 4 hours per week. A 21-hour training program is provided; one-year commitment is preferred. Students need own transportation. Talk with professor before contacting.

Human Services Coalition
100 West Seneca Street, Suite 300
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8686
http://www.hsctc.org/
Information and Referral Service is a program of the Human Services Coalition. The program maintains a database of detailed information about community service, non-profit activities and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers use this database to help solve problems and find information about services offered in Tompkins County. Information and Referral produces three publications utilizing this database including the Community Service Guide and the Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in Tompkins County. Internship for students interested in learning about the organization and entry of information into data base records. Of particular interest to students who want a focus on community organizing, local government, and information science. Two semester commitment if preferred, but not necessary. Interns should have 3-4 hour time slots open during the days at the agency. No transportation necessary, located near the Commons.

Ithaca Community Drug Treatment Court (ICTC)
Community Justice Center
312 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Contact Darlene Desmond: (607) 277-1455X 10
Email: ddesmond@courts.state.ny.us
http://www.nycourts.gov/Ithaca/CITY/DrugCourtWebsiteInfo.html
The mission of the Ithaca Drug Court is to establish coordinated mechanisms for identifying defendants at the earliest stages of the judicial process whose crimes are either directly or indirectly related to alcohol and drug addiction; insuring that these defendants receive appropriate substance abuse treatment; and provide education, vocational training, and employment to those who enter and successfully complete the rehabilitation process associated with the Ithaca Drug Treatment Court.

Ithaca Housing Authority: Family Self-Sufficiency Program
798 South Plain Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8629
http://www.ithacaha.org/
The agency works towards helping low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. The current program involves the Three Pillar Foundation emphasizing educational, financial, and community support. The intern is able to work on a variety of projects, based not only on the agency's needs, but also on the student's needs and interests. Experience allows for great flexibility, and initiating projects in encouraged. Transportation is also helpful, but not necessary. Agency location is different from mailing address.

Ithaca Police Department
120 East Clinton Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-9973
http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/departments/ipd/index.cfm
The Mission of the Ithaca Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. To enforce the Law, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment for all of our citizens.

Ithaca School District
• Belle Sherman Elementary - (607)274-2206
• Beverly J Martin- (607)274-2209
• Boynton Middle - (607)274-2241
• Caroline Elementary- (607)539-7155
• Cayuga Heights Elementary- (607)257-8557
• Dewitt Middle - (607)257-3222
• Enfield Elementary - (607)274-2221
• Fall Creek - (607)274-2214
• Ithaca High - (607)274-2143
• Lehman Alternative Community - (607)274-2183
• Northeast Elementary - (607)257-2121
• South Hill - (607)274-2129 

http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/
In the past, students have had internships with school psychologists and in classrooms. Ask your professor about current opportunities.

Ithaca Youth Bureau
1 James L. Gibbs Dr.
Ithaca, NY 14850
http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/departments/iyb/
The Ithaca Youth Bureau strives to provide youth with the tools they need to build a successful life for themselves and change the world for the better.

Lakeview Mental Health
114 S. Geneva Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-4768
http://www.lakeviewcommunitiesgroup.org/
Lakeview has helped thousands of people enhance the quality of their lives by developing skills needed to achieve their goals and be productive members of their communities. Lakeview also owns and manages high quality, affordable housing.

Lansing Residential Center
270 Auburn Road
Lansing, NY 14882-8944
(607) 533-4262
Lansing Residential Center is a medium secure correctional facility for girls ages 11-17 who have been adjudicated by New York State family courts for various criminal offenses.

The Learning Web
515 W. Seneca St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 275-0122
http://www.learning-web.org/
The Learning Web is dedicated to providing hands-on experiential education through the age-old mentor-apprentice model. This one-to-one relationship teaches young people valuable job and life skills and empowers them through increased self-awareness and self-esteem to make a successful transition to the world of adult roles and responsibilities.

Lehman Alternative Community School
111 Chestnut St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-2183
This is an "alternative" middle/ high public school (grades 6-12) with approximately 260 students. The school is progressive, ungraded, and quasi-democratically run. Students have opportunities to teach some courses, with faculty leading discussion groups, canoe and bike trips, etc. The intern would be assigned to working with faculty/student project or program usually based on the intern's individual interests and/or area of expertise. Positions are available depending on the school's need at the time, with half a year to a year commitment depending on the projects involved. Transportation is not necessary as school is on the bus route.Longview

Loaves & Fishes
210 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5457
http://www.loaves.org/
Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County is a Christian Ministry which provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.

Longview, an Ithacare Community
1 Bella Vista Drive
Ithaca NY 14850
Contact: Your sociology faculty intern professor
http://www.ithacarelongview.com/
Local care facility for elderly population. Opportunities for one to one work as well as group recreational work with elderly population. Opportunities for one to one work as well as group recreational work with elderly population. Internship may include doing needs assessment, program planning, and group work in a variety of recreational and therapeutic area. Facility is expanding and recently moved to a new location near Ithaca College. All arrangements for internships are made through Ithaca College Gerontology Department in cooperation with the Sociology Department.

Mental Health Association
614 W State St # 1
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9250
http://www.mhaedu.org/
In cooperation with State and National Mental Health Associations, this agency develops, maintains, and coordinates the citizens movement working towards empowerment of individuals, groups, and families participating in mental health services. Provides advocacy and other mental health services, including education and information/referral services. Transportation is helpful, but not necessary. Wide range of opportunities including direct services, information/referral, administrative, and clerical. Three areas past internships covered include the respite program, As Friends program, and general office-based publishing for monthly magazine.

New Roots Charter School
116 North Cayuga Street
P.O. Box 936
Ithaca, NY 14851
607-882-9220
http://newrootsschool.org/
New Roots Charter School will empower young people as citizens and entrepreneurs that create just, democratic communities, and thriving green economies that restore the natural world that sustains us.

Oakhill Manor
602 Hudson Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-8282
Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home provides extended-stay nursing care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities in Ithaca, NY.

Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR)
518 W. Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7885
http://www.oartompkins.com/
Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources, formerly known as Offender Aid and Restoration is an independent non-profit agency that welcomes community involvement and support. We advocate for the rights and welfare of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community members and their families in Tompkins County.

Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County
314 W. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607.273.1513
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppsfl/planned-parenthood-tompkins-county-2245.htm
Opportunities for internships in variety of areas; possibilities include patient services, sexuality education, public policy, administration, and business. Competitive placement. Generally requires a two-semester commitment and should be set up in the spring prior to the year you want to do the internship. Transportation not necessary, but helpful. On bus route. See professor for more information.

Red Cross Homeless Shelter
618 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-1900X 27
http://www.hsctc-cf.org/itx/hsc_hsdsearch.cfm?pageID=16&function=detail&ID=427
The Homeless Services program provides assistance to those who are homeless or in peril of becoming homeless in Tompkins County. Homeless Services helps participants to find safe and secure housing and to obtain the financial means to sustain it.

Southside Community Center
305 South Plain St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4190
http://sscc-ithaca.org/programs.cfm
Volunteers are needed to help children with homework and participate in recreation, drama, computer, and other programs. Volunteers are generally needed from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services
124 East Court Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 272-1505
http://www.suicidepreventionandcrisisservice.org/
24-hour hotline. 3-week training begins early Oct.; 15 hrs/month shift commitment thereafter. You'll respond to callers experience problems of living stemming from relationships, school pressure, and employment due to mental illness depression, etc. One year commitment. Work involves crisis counseling by phone, and related activities. Talk with professor before contacting.

Tompkins County Mental Health Center
614 West State Streeth
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9250
http://www.mhaedu.org/
The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to developing and supporting the active involvement of ordinary people (including providers, family members and recipients of mental health services) in all aspects of mental health.

Tompkins Learning Partners
124 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-6442
http://www.tlpartners.org/
Volunteer tutors help adults achieve real-life goals in the areas of Adult Basic Education and English as a Foreign Language. Literacy Volunteers provide training and support to volunteers to help adults with reading, writing, math, and computer skills. Volunteers are asked to make a 1-year commitment. The organization is also seeking tutors to help with a pilot program at the Austin H, MacCormick Residential Facility, designed to assist young men (adolescents) in improving their reading and writing skills.

Unity House of Cayuga County
15 Catherwood Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1741
http://www.unityhouse.com/
Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc. provides transitional and permanent housing, respite care, and rehabilitative and employment services for adults with mental health illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or chemical dependencies from which they are recovering.

Women’s Opportunity Center
315 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1520
http://womensopportunity.org/
The Women's Opportunity Center goal is to help displaced homemakers enter the workforce after divorce, separation, widowhood, or any other personal struggle.

To register for an internship, contact a Sociology Department Faculty to discuss your options.  The application form is available here: /hs/students/experiential/docs/internshipapps/internapp/.

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