Community Connections

Engaged Learning Courses

Engaged Learning Sites

Important Note: These are possible sites for these two courses. Please consult with the professor of each course about the selection of a site. Students may also identify other sites for consideration. For general questions, please contact Professor Vialla Hartfield-Méndez.

Argentine Consulate

245 Peachtree Center Avenue, Suite 2101
Atlanta, GA 30303

Not currently in need of interns, but interested students are invited to send in their resumes.

CNN International

Elizabeth Sellers
ICNN Center, SE 0904A
Atlanta, GA 30303

The student will be an intern at the CNN Center. The intern will be in communication with people from across the world, but will be based in Atlanta. The likely candidate is an internationally focused individual with a passion for business or journalism. Interns are provided with either a parking pass or MARTA pass, and are able to participate in CNN wide intern events.

The internships are highly competitive; students from schools across the southeast are considered. Those interested must have a minimum of a 3.0 average (usually above a 3.5 is what is considered to be a valid applicant).

Caminar Latino

Carolina Martinez
PO Box 48623, Doraville, GA 30362

Clifton Child Care Center

Beth Web-Woods
780 Clifton Way
Atlanta, GA

GALEO - The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Jerry Gonzalez
P.O. Box 29506, Atlanta, GA 30359

Students work directly with the Executive and Program Coordinator on: developing/writing marketing materials and web content, researching legislative issues, service and program development, fundraising, and they would also assist in event planning. An interest in politics, political communications/journalism, leadership development, and Latino rights is encouraged.

Grady Clinic

Brooke Eldridge
P.O. Box 26043
80 Jesse Hill Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Students may serve as Spanish interpreters, giving one-to-one communication assistance to Spanish-speaking patients. While there is no medical interpreting, there are two areas in which volunteers may interpret; the International Medical Center or the Language Interpretive Services.

This is only a volunteer position, the Grady Clinic does not offer internships per se. However, students who wish to take SPAN 314 and work at this site should also contact Dr. Flavia Mercado, for information regarding the volunteer reading program:

Flavia Mercado, M.D.
Medical Director
Department of Multicultural Affairs and the International Medical Center
Grady Health System
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
P: 404-616-4993
F: 404-616-0207

Guatemalan Consulate

Beatriz Illescas Putzeys
2750 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Students will have the opportunity to work on various projects. In the past students have aided in establishing contacts within the community and entering this information into databases, helping in the development of projects to be presented to the President of Guatemala, aiding in international student exchange programs, and also working with the Guatemalan-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Latin American Association

Carisa Hettich
2750 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30324

Mission Statement: The Latin American Association helps Latino families achieve their aspirations for their academic, social and economic advancement. We accomplish this through direct programs and integrated community partnerships that focus on youth academic achievement, education and prevention, and services to families with urgent needs.

Students will be placed in a variety of capacities depending on individual interest. This organization accepts volunteers in divisions that deal with domestic violence, employment, immigration law, and social services.

Mexican Consulate

3220 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Interested students are urged to go to the Consulate, with their resumes.

Montclair Elementary School

Dr. Elaine Samayoa Ferguson
1680 Clairmont Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Montclair is an elementary school whose student body is over 80% Hispanic. While there are a variety of positions in which the student may be placed, they most likely will either participate by tutoring students, or acting as translators during parent-teacher conferences.

Mundo Hispánico

Project SHINE - Students Helping In Naturalization and English

Lauren Henricksen
Office of University-Community Partnership, Emory University

Project SHINE is a national service-learning initiative that builds partnerships among community colleges, universities and community based organizations to benefit immigrants, refugees, and college students. Project SHINE links college students with immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English and navigate the complex path to U.S. citizenship. Students will assist adult Latin Americans with English acquisition and the process of naturalization. This entails tutoring English and U.S. history that is needed for the citizenship exam. Students work with teachers of ESL classes at Dekalb Technical College and Clarkston International Bible Church.

RRISA - Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta

Leanne Rubenstein or Javier Hernandez
4151 Memorial Drive #205
Decatur, GA 30032

Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of different areas, including; community outreach, employment services, education and youth programs, and resettlement efforts.

St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services

Nicole Smith
424 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30312

Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services provides healthcare, education, and social services to the poor and underserved. There is a referral program that helps patients who have no insurance or are uninsured find access to specialized medicine. There are outreach clinics that serve the homeless population of Atlanta. There are possibilities to help with education and social service. Internship opportunities at Mercy Care vary depending on what is needed.

Sutton Middle School

Frankie Long, ESL Lead Teacher
4360 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30327

Generally, students help with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, acting as a classroom aide. There are numerous creative possibilities within the ESL framework, and the ESL Lead Teacher is willing to work with individual students to create special projects.

TALICA: The Teaching and Learning Initiative for Central America

Sue Ellen Wortzel
1010 Hilburn Drive
Atlanta, GA 30316

The Teaching and Learning Initiative for Central America is an organization dedicated to expanding access to basic educational materials and promoting international educational partnerships that will improve the overall access to education throughout Central America. The vision of TALICA is to facilitate life-long learning by providing materials to local community and/or public school libraries in Central America. Establishing these centers, which will celebrate the value of learning, will increase the likelihood of students attending and completing basic educational requirements. Students work in the Atlanta office, in such areas as public relations, communication and fundraising, data entry and preparation of donated books (preparing for distribution), website update, and development of a volunteer program.

The Auditory-Verbal Center

S. Nicole Abdullah
1901 Century Boulevard
Suite 20
Atlanta, GA 30345

Students will provide interpretation services for about 8 hours a week in order to reach out to area families in need. We are looking for someone to come 1-2 days for a set time every week, sometime between the hours of 8am-5pm. It would most likely involve face to face interpretation with minimal phone calls involved.

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Monday night clinic is currently looking for Spanish speaking volunteers to translate for doctors and patients. The Good Samaritan is a not-for profit community health clinic aimed at serving the uninsured working poor. Emory medical students and physicians staff a clinic every other Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 9:00 and one Saturday morning a month from 9:00-12:00. The majority of our patients are Spanish speaking and we would like to have 2-3 undergraduates at each clinic to facilitate patient interviews and exams. Additionally, we usually have one or two Portuguese speaking patients. Volunteers must be conversational in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Please LL Kathryn West if you are interested or have any questions.