Internship Opportunities

Background

African American Studies provides students with a comprehensive quality undergraduate and graduate education and the opportunity for a creative intellectual experience based on the critical and systematic study of the life, thought, and practice of African peoples in their current and historical unfolding.

Within this framework, one of the primary goals of African American Studies is to maintain and strengthen existing links with the community through expanding joint educational and practical projects and exchanges. Student internship experiences are critical to providing a broad architecture of support for the program's overall mission.

The 2010-2011 academic year presented unique challenges to the overall mission and goals of the African American Studies program at the University of Houston. Despite a sluggish national economy and expected state budget cuts to higher education, the program set about discovering new ways to grow its student outreach, research, and service opportunities.

In taking these challenges and goals into consideration, African American Studies reinstituted its vaunted student internship program in the fall of 2011. The internship program provides UH students holding minors in African American Studies with supervised practice and educational experiences that allow them to study, address, express, or resolve contemporary issues influencing African and African-descended communities. In addition to providing UH students with a focused and practical learning experience, students receive three credit hours that are directly applied to the minor in AAS.

Field Practicum

Students will typically intern at a sponsoring agency over the course of one semester (15 weeks). Students can intern a maximum of 20 hours per week at a sponsoring agency, and typically no more than 120 hours per semester.

There are five general categories that students can choose from for their internship experience:

  • Education: Research/Tutoring, Mentoring
  • Government: Public Policy/Leadership
  • Performing Arts: Theatre, Dance, Music [Design, Management, Production]
  • Service: Volunteer Management/Community Relations
  • Health: Nutrition/Fitness

Intern Eligibility

Each intern must be a currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate student at the University of Houston, pursuing a minor in African American Studies. Additionally, interns are expected to return to the university as a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student for at least the semester following the completion of the internship. Full-time enrollment is defined as being registered for at least 12 semester hours during a fall or spring semester, eight semester hours during the 9 week-1st or 12 week-regular summer sessions, and four semester hours during the six week-1st and six week 2nd summer sessions. All student interns must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and be in good academic standing at the university.

Internship Opportunities

One World Strategy Group

One World Strategy Group, (One World) is a Houston-based strategic communications firm, founded in 2004, that offers public relations, public affairs and public engagement services to our clients. We pride ourselves in the use of the performance improvement model that helps us guide public perception and policy. Our process is simple; we begin with a thorough assessment of the current situation, a series of strategy sessions, the creation of measurable objectives and a plan to move forward.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

Community Artists’ Collective

The Community Artists’ Collective and African American Studies have come together to offer internships to AAS minors seeking practical learning experiences in community arts education, entrepreneurship, community development and arts exhibition programming. The COLLECTIVE creates, promotes, presents, and preserves for all people evidence of African American cultural traditions, values and aspirations in the natural and built environment. In its twenty-five year history, the COLLECTIVE has facilitated and engaged over 27,000 children and youth in arts activities that develop skills and interests in the creative process.

The COLLECTIVE has five specific programming goals: (1) Education—to make arts education more accessible to all children and adults; (2) Entrepreneurship—to assist artists in sustaining themselves through the provision of arts related services; (3) Community Development—to utilize the talents and creative abilities of artists to solve economic, environmental and social challenges in the community we serve; (4) Exhibition—to promote exhibitions of original work by living artists, young and old; and (5) Infrastructure—to provide the human and financial resources to support the educational, community development and exhibition programs.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

Dream Academy

In the fall of 2011, African American Studies partnered with the U.S. Dream Academy in Houston, Texas to provide AAS minors with practical learning experiences in community development, educational leadership and youth mentoring opportunities. The partnership resulted in the creation of several student internships that will assist the U.S. Dream Academy with providing at-risk youth focused programming through mentoring and preparation in the use of technology.

Through aggressive and innovative academic enrichment and mentoring, the U.S. Dream Academy is working to build the dreams of the children with a family history of incarceration and those falling behind in school; and provide the tools that they need to achieve their dreams. The U.S. Dream Academy recognizes that the “digital divide” exists in many of the nation’s disadvantaged communities and further separates the haves and have-nots. Development of computer skills and access to the internet are central elements of the U.S. Dream Academy’s service delivery.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

University of Houston Libraries—Houston Hip Hop Collection

The University of Houston Libraries and African American Studies have forged a new bond as they seek to preserve one of America's most creative artistic traditions – the Hip Hop movement in Houston, Texas. When Julie Grob, Coordinator for Digital Projects and Instruction for Special Collections, initiated a project to collect the physical culture of Houston hip hop, she enlisted the support and expertise of Paul Easterling, African American Studies Program Manager. The creation of a new internship in the Houston Hip Hop Collection will further this collaboration and help ensure that this vibrant Houston culture is preserved for future generations to explore, research, and enjoy. With its distinctive sound and style, exemplified by the "chopped and screwed" production method of DJ Screw, Houston has made an indelible contribu¬tion to the cultural landscape of Hip Hop music.

The Houston Hip Hop Collection is an archival collection being developed by the University of Houston Libraries to document the unique hip hop music and culture of Houston. This growing collection includes audio, video, photographs, publicity materials, and handwritten raps. The collection is housed in Special Collections, the department of the Library that collects rare books (approximately 60,000) and archival collections (approximately 6,000 linear feet). Once cataloged, the Houston Hip Hop Collection will be available for use by students, scholars, and the general public in the Special Collections reading room.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

Tré Magazine

African American Studies has partnered with Tré magazine, a non-profit news magazine published in Houston's Third Ward community, to provide internships for AAS minors seeking real world experience in the field of print, photo and online journalism. The magazine is looking for interns to provide publication assistance in the following areas: photography, filmmaking, graphic design, historians, writing, sales, and grant writing. In addition to providing students with a focused and practical learning experience, students receive three hours of special topics credit that are directly applied to the AAS minor. For more information on how to become an intern with Tré, please review the attached announcement.

Tré is a community-driven magazine designed to enhance Houston’s Third Ward village by being a platform for discussion.  Each month the magazine focuses on seven key topics in the areas of business, community, education, faith, art & culture, health & wellness, and politics.  Tré strives to maintain trustworthy and meaningful relationships with its readers and has recently secured partnerships with academic institutions, faith communities, industry leaders as well as many other organizations and groups.  Tré is driven to make a positive difference and is well positioned to be ‘The Definitive Voice of Houston’s Third Ward’ community.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

S.H.A.P.E Community Center

African American Studies has partnered with S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, a non-profit holistic community institution that specializes in providing educational resources and professional services in the Greater Houston Community.  The partnership aims to provide AAS students with hands-on training and exposure to community development projects and educational leadership initiatives. 

S.H.A.P.E.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

As one of the most visible and involved community centers in the Greater Houston Community, as well as in the State of Texas, S.H.A.P.E. has led the way toward justice, equal opportunity, human rights and institution building in the city, state, nation and world.  Because of its deep commitment to the community, human rights and family strengthening and empowerment, S.H.A.P.E. has actively sought ways to oppose injustice and to improve the community for all people. 

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

Houston Area Urban League

The Houston Area Urban League (The League) and African American Studies have partnered to provide internships for AAS minors seeking practical learning experiences in community development, including workforce training, health and wellness initiatives, housing and social services, and education and youth development.  The League was founded in 1968 by a group of business professionals. Its leaders have included: Quentin Mease, Leo Linbeck, Judson Robinson, Sr., Gerald Hines, C. G. Hardy, J. J. Susberry, Mrs. Clarence Higgins, Carl Walker, James Middleton and Attorney Aloysius M. Wickliff.

Since then the Houston Area Urban League has been a voice for disadvantaged people of all races and has a long and distinguished record as an agency that offers tangible, lasting benefits to all members of the community without regard to age, sex, race, physical limitations or ethnic background.

Local agency directions and policy are set by a 37-member Board of Directors chaired by Mr. Morris Clark. Program services are provided by a 50+-member staff, over 500 volunteers, and an ever-growing membership dedicated to the League.

The mission of the Houston Area Urban League is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

A complete description of the internship along with application instructions can be found by clicking HERE.