Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


Your Portal to Academic Community Engagement


IMPACT is produced weekly to inform the Tulane University community about academic engagement options that fulfill the public service graduation requirement. This forum will provide an overview of programs offered through the Center for Public Service, announce information sessions, application requirements and deadlines, and post ongoing internship opportunities. It will also highlight student interns, community partner agencies, study-abroad programs, and service-learning courses. Read on and engage!


 May 24th is the Deadline to Secure an Internship and Submit all Required Paperwork!  

The deadine to confirm a summer internship and submit all paperwork is Friday, May 24th.
If you have secured an internship for the summer, or if you need help finding one, be sure to let us know!  Send an email to one of the internship coordinators.
Once you let us know that you have an internship lined up, we will send you instructions for the required paperwork.
The online summer seminar starts in just a couple of weeks!
The Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame is Looking for Interns!
The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round with educating and perpetuating the arts and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.


The annual Hall of Fame program highlights the role of Big Chiefs and all Mardi Gras Indians and those supporters who help carry forward the tradition. Former Haley principal Dr. Roslyn J. Smith, who developed the idea of the ceremony, explains that "the Big Chiefs are community leaders, and in many ways they are social warriors, struggling to preserve traditions of beauty in the community while working to make the communities better places."

For more information about Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, please visit http://www.mardigrasindianhalloffame.org/


MGIHoF has two immediate internship positions open for energetic and dedicated interns who want to gain insight into working within the nonprofit and entertainment sectors. The selected students will work with Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson in a comprehensive effort to organize and maintain data, conduct research, assist with grant writing, while also providing general administrative and event support and assisting with organizing studio and work areas.



Students will learn what it means to work within a small grassroots organization and help with business protocols and communications. In addition, they will learn what it means to preserve a culture, its music and art, while giving back to the community. Interns will review and enter data into a tracking database. They will ensure the accuracy of all recorded data, perform database maintenance, and support the MGIHoF's vision, mission and goals.


Interested students should contact Cherice Harrison-Nelson: queenreesie@aol.com.  


Community Partner Highlight

The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund   



The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which was founded in March of 2007 in honor of Dinerral Shavers, who was murdered months before. Prior to his death, Dinerral was a member of the iconic Hot 8 Brass Band, a New Orleans Civil Sheriff, an entrepreneur, as well as educator and band director at L.E. Rabouin High School. The mission of DSEF is to further Dinerral's legacy by opening doors and awarding opportunities to the youth of New Orleans. DSEF sponsors several programs and initiatives to their annual Scholarship Essay Contest, Back to School Extravaganza--School Supply Giveaway, College Tour Event, and Career and College Fair, and has plans to implement several new programs and initiatives.





The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund is seeking a student intern to perform organizational tasks that will help DSEF to better serve the community of New Orleans. DSEF is looking for a creative events planner who can work both independently and alongside their Board of Directors and volunteers to help develop ideas and strategies to make their annual Back to School Extravaganza a successful event. This event, which offers free entertainment and school supplies to students, will be held in August. Interns are not required to be present at the Extravaganza but help in preparations, including event planning, media promotion, and supply collection.

Please contact Nakita Shavers for more information: nakita1.shavers@yahoo.com



Community Partner Highlight

Research Internship at the New Orleans Juvenile Public Defender   



 Photo by Richard Ross



Juvenile Regional Services, the juvenile public defender's office in New Orleans, seeks a research intern to assist with collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data about young people in Louisiana's juvenile justice system. The position offers immersive experience in the daily activities of a busy nonprofit law office that defends hundreds of children in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court every year. Interns will help to design and execute a series of projects focused on measuring the demographics, case outcomes, and social service needs of JRS clients. The resulting reports will be used to drive positive change in the justice system, the social service sector, and New Orleans' schools.


Applicants must email a cover letter and resume to Sarah Edwards, sedwards@jrsla.org. Please include the position title in the email subject line. Please do not call with inquiries.




 The American Italian Cultural Center: Calling All Volunteers!

The American Italian Cultural Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, preserves the American Italian culture by offering Italian language courses, concerts, events and trips to Italy as well as promote other American Italian organizations and their events. 
They are now seeking qualified volunteers to help with numerous assignments. They are currently looking for individuals to assist us with our events, tours and much more. Please contact Ami Williams at the AICC by email at ami@americanitalianculturalcenter.com or by phone at (504) 522-7294 to find out more information. Service hours, letters of reference or any other requested verification of service will be provided for those hired.

 Why Do a Public Service Internship?



A public service internship is a unique way for Tulane 

students to get involved in the New Orleans community while applying their knowledge and skills. 


By doing a public service internship, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to:

    • Work with a community organization of your choice;
    • Gain professional experience;
    • Earn up to 3 hours at the 4000-level in your major/minor field;
    • Fulfill the 2nd tier of the Tulane public service graduation requirement;
    • Make a lasting impact in your community.

Learn more about the Public Service Internship Program by clicking here.

Tulane University Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
In This Issue
May 24th Deadline
Mardi Gras Indians
The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund
Juvenile Regional Services
American Italian Cultural Center
Why Do a CPS Internship?
Quick Links


Summer and Fall Internship Opportunities


**The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED)

and the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition are seeking summer interns

for a Lower Ninth Ward food access survey project.  For more information, contact Jenga Mwendo, foodsecurity@sustainthenine.org


**Common Ground Relief is looking for a summer intern to help with wetlands restoration and social media outreach.  Contact Thom Pepper, pradopep@aol.com.    




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Public Service Internship Team

Program Manager
Dr. Myriam Huet 
Senior Program Coordinators
Adam Beebe

Sarah Berger