Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


Your Portal to Academic Community Engagement


IMPACT informs 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!


Welcome Back, Students!



To start off your Spring semester, how about attending one our information sessions?

Public Service Internship Program at Tulane


Public Service Internships Information Session


Get Experience, Earn Credit, and Fulfill your 2nd Tier 


Thursday, Feb 6th

Alcee Fortier Conference Room

(#17 on the campus map)



Public service internships are a great way to fulfill the 2nd tier of the graduation requirement, earn credit hours, get involved with their community, and gain professional experience.


Students interested in doing a public service internship in the Summer or Fall semesters of 2014 are invited to attend this information session and learn about unique opportunities, the application process, and deadlines.


For more information, please contact cpsinternships@tulane.edu



Internship Seminars

  Kelsey Ward, Instructor of "Careers in Health Sciences"

by Emily Costello




The Public Service Internship Program offered at Tulane is one pathway for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of their study and help narrow down their future career choice. Students who participate in the program concurrently take an internship seminar aimed at enhancing reflection on community engagement and gaining a deeper understanding of key community issues. One of the Tulane departments that facilitates its own area-focused seminar is Neuroscience, with Kelsey Ward as the instructor beloved by all of her students.


In order to better prepare pre-med students for deciding which career path they want to engage in, Kelsey Ward teaches "Careers in Health Sciences" to Neuroscience and Cell & Molecular Biology students who are doing public service internships. Pre-med is a notoriously difficult track that involves passing rigorous science courses. Tulane pre-med students may decide to apply to medical schools or opt to pursue research-based Ph.D. professorships after they graduate. The seminar works hand-in-hand with the internships to give students a broader, contextualized picture of a variety of different careers in the health sciences. NSCI and CMB students are able to intern with hospitals and health facilities. On the other hand, Kelsey Ward designs her seminar to provide invaluable career information, as well as incorporate information and discussion on the healthcare reform debate and healthcare policies. Ward points to the importance of a team approach for all of her students--whether they choose careers that require years of further schooling, as in the case of doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and nurses, or a shorter commitment at a community college in order to work in the quickly growing Allied Health field.  


Ward communicates the notion that the "road can be varied" for students in the health sciences. In her seminar, she exposes students to guest speakers from the greater New Orleans healthcare community, TED Talks, and readings, all of which inform the different options for pre-med majors. Kelsey Ward knows first-hand about this decision-making process, as both a Tulane undergrad and the recipient of a Master's of Science in Neuroscience from Tulane. Her work continues to help, inspire, and enlighten students, both inside the classroom and beyond.


For more information about the Public Service Internship Program, please visit the program's website.


Emily Costello is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology. She works at CPS, where she provides great support to the Public Service Internship Team.


 India: Compassion in Action Program

Still Accepting Applications!


The Compassion in Action Program is an international intensive service learning program and 3 credit class (SOWK 3400: Social Engagement in India), offered in partnership with the Department of Social Work. The program engages students in a variety of learning opportunities to develop self and community. Students will spend four weeks in India involved in community service and social work projects.

Program Objectives

The Compassion in Action program is designed to:

  • Develop student participants' community-focused social service leadership skills.
  • Engage student participants in a variety of social service delivery models, interventions, and techniques.
  • Expose students to Tibetan and North Indian history and culture.
  • Promote international understanding of the Tibetan situation and support for the Tibetan people.

Program Dates: May 31st to June 30th, 2014

Program Cost: $4,400, including airfare and tuition. 

For more information, visit the program's website.


The application deadline has been extended to February 7th!  Click HERE to apply.


 Finding your Path, Past the Degree


Interested in the health or development field? Want to know what can you really do with a degree in these areas outside of the typical "norms" after graduation? Come and find out at the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" Networking Event on Wednesday February 12, 2014 in the LBC Qatar Ballroom. At the event, you will be able to network with fellow Tulane alums and invited professionals from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Newcomb College Institute, and the Payson Center for International Development to learn more about how to take the next steps toward your career aspirations.

Not sure how to prepare for the networking event? No fear-Hire Tulane will host an optional Networking 101 Workshop from 5:30-6:00 p.m. to help equip you with networking tips and tricks you can use before, during, and after the networking event to further impact your career development. 

Students can then check-in for the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" at 6:15pm before networking commence at 6:45pm. Space is limited; therefore, RSVP is required by February 9, 2014.

Questions can be directed to Ngoc Pham at npham2@tulane.edu or Jeremy Apolinski at japolins@tulane.edu.

Internship Opportunities

 DOROT Summer Application


The DOROT Summer Application for 2014 is live and ready. DOROT offers an eight-week summer internship program for college students interested in careers in non-profit management, community organizing, social work and working with the elderly. Through a competitive process, they choose ten interns each summer.

The Internship provides students with an educational understanding of social isolation amongst the elderly and how DOROT addresses this issue and operates. They give each intern substantive work and project management experience. So while the work done by interns varies by department they are committed to entrusting interns with significant responsibility and providing them with an opportunity to contribute to their department in a real way.


For more information, contact Rebecca Zinger, RZinger@dorotusa.org.


Internship Opportunities

 Libraries without Borders seeks

US Program Development Intern


About Libraries Without Borders

Created in 2007, Libraries Without Borders / Bibliothèques Sans Frontières is one of the leading NGOs working in culture- and knowledge-based development in the Francophone world. Working in more than 20 countries, BSF supports local initiatives by creating libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing, designing library networks, promoting cultural heritage, and reducing the digital divide. BSF is headquartered in Paris and has staff and volunteers stationed across France, the United States, Belgium, and Haiti. Libraries without Borders, the US branch, is now headquartered in New Orleans, LA and seeks make an impact on literacy and access to information locally and nationwide.


Tasks and responsibilities

LWB is seeking an intern to assist the US Director with the development of international and domestic projects, fundraising, and communications.


1. Coordination of projects and fundraising campaign especially for:

  • Creating the Digital Law Library, which will equip legal professionals in English-speaking countries with digital copies of case law, statutes, and regulations needed to practice law effectively.
  • Expanding library resources in New Orleans through digital and traditional media

2. Development of the visibility of BSF/LWB internationally

  • Develop the non-profit, for-profit, and government network of Libraries Without Borders in the United States, Canada and around the world through volunteer recruitment and event organization
  •  Create communications and build awareness for the actions of BSF/LWB, through Facebook, Twitter, and LWB's English-language website: www.librarieswithoutborders.org.

3. Administration:

  • Assist the US Director and Treasurer with management of LWB's finances and operations.
  • Serve as a liaison between LWB and its board members when necessary



  • Embrace the philosophy and values of BSF
  • Self-motivated and hard working
  • Office skills (Microsoft Office, Internet)
  • Native-level English language skills
  • Excellent writing and project management skills
  • Enthusiasm


  • Mastery of web and graphic design software, social media channels
  • Internship experience
  • French language proficiency

Practical information:

Duration : 6 to 12 months

Start date: ASAP

Location : New Orleans ; primarily working remotely via laptop and phone

Hours: 10 hours / week

Stipend : TBD

Website : http://www.bibliosansfrontieres.org/; www.librarieswithoutborders.org

To apply : send resume + cover letter to eric.parrie@librarieswithoutborders.org


The Cowen Service Challenge





This challenge aims to encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Tulane to celebrate President Cowen's legacy of supporting healthy and vibrant communities through direct community service.


By May 2, 2014, we will complete 750,000 hours of service in New Orleans and around the world.


Be in that number!



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6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
In This Issue
Welcome Back Students
Spotlight on Kelsey Ward
India Program
Finding your Path
Libaries without Borders
Cowen Service Challenge




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