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Internship Examples

aBelow are examples of Community-Based Academic Internships offered in the past. Contact for more information about internship opportunities in the community, or visit the Center for Community Engaged Learning & Research, Forcina 337.

About Community Based Academic Internships

A Better Way

A Better Way specializes in helping community members find a better way to live. A Better Way was created by law enforcement officers and mental health professionals who noticed that youth at risk for incarceration and previously incarcerated individuals and their families have the least job training and lowest rate of employment. Individuals and families that would otherwise be a burden on the taxpayer can find resources and support from A Better Way. Our work in transitioning these clients and their families into self-sufficiency saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. A Better Way is headquartered in Mercer County, New Jersey and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Issue area: Criminal Justice, Prisoner Reentry

Anchor House

Anchor House provides food, emergency housing, clothing — and hope — for hundreds of runaway and homeless teens every year — offering a beacon of survival for youth throughout the Mercer County area. Our houses and outreach programs work with youth and families in need to begin the process of mending the broken links and putting the family back together. When reunification is not possible, we make sure the youth moves to a safe place. We provide a safe haven for babies and children who must be removed from their homes, and encourage volunteers to become foster parents to children who cannot return to their families. If an older youth is homeless, we offer a safe place to live and the opportunity to learn the skills needed to start a stable, independent adult life. We reach out to the community to prevent runaway episodes and homelessness and to get youth off the streets when they have left home.

Issue area: Homelessness, Youth Advocacy

Center for Child and Family Achievement

Families must be engaged in order to meet the total needs of children as they transition through grades K-12. The cultivation of a culture of education excellence within the family stimulates the values that will drive anticipated and expected outcomes for the City’s children. Critical is the creation of an expectation in the minds of policy makers and program planners that children living in poverty can and will succeed – with the right supports.

The Center for Child and Family Achievement believes that parents and children can learn together, seeks to inspire and to develop stronger academic achievement in children living in poverty from Kindergarten through High School graduation, by addressing the total needs of the family.

Issue area: Education, Mentoring, Public Policy

East Trenton Collaborative

East Trenton Collaborative is an initiative of nonprofit organizations, residents and community leaders working to reinvigorate and revitalize the East Trenton neighborhood. We aim to connect neighbors, bring new economic, educational and recreational opportunities, and attract new residents, businesses and investment to the neighborhood.  Community Organizing activities in East Trenton are carried out by UrbanPromise Trenton.

Issue area: Community Organizing, Neighborhood Revitalization

Fernbrook Farms

Our mission is to provide hands-on educational experiences for people of all ages by exploring the complex interconnectedness of our natural world. Our purpose is to educate about agriculture, the sources of our food, and the importance of nutrition for healthy lifestyles. We believe people should make meaningful connections with our natural world in order to become responsible stewards of local and global sustainability.

Issue area: Environmental Education, Agriculture, Food Security

Hamilton YMCA

Since 1951, the Hamilton Area YMCA has served the community through programs that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  Our Before & After-School Enrichment Programs provide high quality care to over 900 families in the Hamilton Township School District.

Issue area: Early Childhood Education, Health & Physical Education


Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, we design and develop effective services that support this mission and share what we learn with others who can make a difference.

Isles offers multiple pathways to self-reliance. For some, the key step is to improve credit; for others, it is to earn a GED and gain job-readiness skills. Some communities convert vacant lots to gardens, others target abandoned buildings and substandard housing, or create redevelopment plans for their future. In each case, we look for practical solutions, offer them to the community, learn from the outcomes, then use what we learn to influence others.

Issue area: Community Development, Housing, Employment, Community Agriculture, Environmental Education

LALDEF (Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund)

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LALDEF) is a grass roots nonprofit organization formed to defend the civil rights of Latin Americans, and facilitate their access to health care and education, as well as to advance cross-cultural understanding in the Mercer County regional area.

LALDEF focuses on the root causes of immigrant marginalization. We seek to empower immigrants to reach self-sufficiency, and thrive, by showing them how to navigate the system and find the resources they need.

Issue area: Legal Services, Public Policy, Immigrant Rights, Mentoring, ESL

Meals on Wheels

Founded in 1973, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County provides daily, home-delivered meals to individuals who are homebound, and are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. These “meals-on-wheels” are delivered by volunteers five days per week, and may include weekend meals.

Issue area: Food Security, Nutrition, Social Services

One Simple Wish

In 2006, Danielle Gletow & her husband Joe became foster parents and it changed their lives forever. Watching as an 18 month-old little boy nervously entered their home wearing a coat two sizes too big after being removed abruptly from his abusive home, The Gletows knew they had to do more for children in foster care.

One Simple Wish was born in 2008 to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment in very simple yet meaningful ways. Children deserve happy childhoods. One Simple Wish creates them.

Issue area: Youth Advocacy

Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission of Trenton is the agency in the City of Trenton that serves the truly needy men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. The Mission provides a safe, clean, warm, refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient and the addicted.

Issue area: Homelessness, Food Security, Health and Mental Health

The Watershed Institute

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is central New Jersey’s first environmental group. Since 1949 we’ve worked to protect your water and environment through conservation, advocacy, science and education. We speak out for your water and environment, protect and restore sensitive habitats, test our waterways for pollution and inspire others to care for and protect the natural world. Our goal is to improve the health and quality of central New Jersey’s water and sustain a network of protected habitats for wildlife and people. We have a successful track record of more than 60 years of effective environmental protection.

Issue area: Environmental Justice, Environmental Education, Conservation


The Trenton Free Public Library is home to Trentoniana, an enormous local history and genealogy collection. Trentoniana’s holdings include photographs, manuscripts, trade cards, letters, postcards, diaries and maps that help researchers explore the rich history of Trenton, New Jersey.

Highlights of the collection include the extensive representation of Trenton histories, books, serials, scrapbooks, periodicals, pamphlets, etc. A significant portion of this collection consists of local newspapers (most on microfilm) printed in Trenton from 1778 to the present. Several indexes to parts of the collection are available. Visit Trentoniana in the Trenton Free Public Library.

Issue area: History