Internships at the Coalition

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition is a statewide organization with offices in New Paltz, Amityville and Ithaca.  We have an ever growing staff that works with volunteers, a board of directors, an advisory committee and local parent support groups located throughout the state.

Our main office is on Main Street in New Paltz, New York, across from the bus station with regional service to Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, convenient to local college campuses and a five-minute walk from SUNY New Paltz. We also have an office on Amityville on Long Island that can be easily accessed by car or LIRR and an office in Ithaca adjacent to Ithaca College, Cornell and Cortland.

We offer internships all year round that are unpaid.

Example of potential internships include:

Graduate Internship:

Our Social Work Internship/Field education exposes students in applying the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to social work practice at the Coalition. You’ll work directly with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities who are in the adoption, kinship and foster constellation. All interns participate in training sessions, one on one meetings and events with the community we serve.  Interns help our families navigate the variety of institutions they encounter (Department of Social Services, Health Department, School Districts and Mental Health Agencies).  Our programs are offered in 19 counties in New York state.

Website Updating, Maintenance and Redesign:

Our WordPress website contains over 600 pages of content and has over 10,000 visits per month.  Assistance is needed in updating content, re-designing specific sections of the website, optimizing the website for the search engine (SEO) and developing new content where needed.  Perfect for Communications majors, marketing majors and others. 

Social Media and Publicity:

The Coalition has a growing presence on Facebook and Twitter.  In addition, the Coalition published a bi-monthly newsletter via MailChimp.  Assistance is needed with providing and distributing content on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, in creating newsletters and in publicizing the work of the Coalition and issues important to foster and adoptive families via traditional media statewide.  Perfect for Communication majors and others.

Research and Information:

A large part of what the Coalition does is provide up-to-date information for foster, adoptive and kinship families that is not available elsewhere and/or is easy to understand.  Interns can play an important role in researching and synthesizing new and evolving topics or updating information on current topics.  For example, there is no uniform rate for stipends provided to foster families for the cost of raising children in their homes.  Each county has a different rate and there are multiple rates for each county.  Interns surveyed counties and developed a comprehensive statewide list in 2009.  This needs to be updated.  An excellent project for sociology majors and/or those with a human services concentration looking for a macro-level view of the human services field.

Advocacy and Legislation:

The Coalition advocates on behalf of foster, adoptive and kinship families in Albany and New York City.  Interns can play a role in developing and promoting our advocacy agenda and in coordinating/participating in visits with legislators.  A good option for political science and sociology majors, and/or those with a human services concentration.

Writing Mini Curricula:

Work with Coalition staff to develop mini curricula that can be used for informational and training sessions with foster, kinship and adoptive parents and professionals. Topics to be considered might include; trauma informed care, how to work with your case worker, preparing a child for transition, etc. A great opportunity for students with psychology, sociology and/or human services focus.


If interested in interning at the Coalition or know of a student who is, please send over a resume, any course requirements, proposed length of internship and scheduling possibilities to info@affcny.org or call us at (646) 688-4321 to discuss.

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