Hire Local Students

Guide to Student Hiring and Engagement Resources for Your Organization – COMPREHENSIVE PRINT VERSION

Morningside Heights is a unique community where academic institutions and nonprofit organizations learn and work together. Among our many assets are students and faculty of institutions including Bank Street College of Education, Barnard College, Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary. Neighborhood nonprofit organizations have a great track record of hiring interns, hosting service learning experiences, and connecting with student groups for volunteer opportunities.

To help you identify potential student interns or employees for your organization, Morningside Area Alliance, a membership organization, has compiled this directory for your use.

Best of luck in your search for team members among our neighborhood’s talented pool of students and please let us know of any updates and of your experiences.

~ Jennifer Beisser, MAA. 212‐749‐1570 or jenn@morningsidealliance.org.




VolunteerMatch is an online forum and database predicated on strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers organizations a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Volunteer Match’s popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 97,000 nonprofit organizations.

Social Enterprise Program, Columbia University Business School

Sandra Navalli, Senior Director




The Social Enterprise Program, in conjunction with Columbia’s Career Management Center and student clubs, provides resources and networks to students pursuing careers in nonprofit, government or nongovernmental organizations, for-profit and nonprofit social ventures, social venture capital firms, and socially responsible business. Students and staff work collaboratively to develop relationships with organizations, provide industry information, organize career panels and networking events, and publicize job announcements through a variety of channels.

NYC Summer Youth Employment Program


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period. Applicants are selected on a lottery-based system. Employers are encouraged to apply as work sites for the program.

New York City’s NYC Service



NYC Service helps New Yorkers connect to service opportunities easily, aids organizations in targeting volunteers to address the city’s greatest needs, and promotes service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen of the greatest city in the world.




Idealist is an online portal that focuses on connecting people, organizations, and resources to “help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.” Idealist provides organizations with the opportunity to recruit people to work with or join their teams by creating an organization page to increase online presence, by posting jobs, action opportunities, internships, volunteer opportunities and events, and by connecting with volunteers, donors, and supporters.


Hunter College Career Development Services

Paula Wicklow, Internship Coordinator




Hunter offers a diverse student body consisting of students who are dedicated, highly trained, and serious about their career goals. Companies with available job or internship positions can log on and create a profile on Hunter’s online recruitment system, ORION. Employers are invited to post full-time, part-time, temporary and internship positions, which are available for access by students and staff in the database.

Columbia Community Enterprise Law Clinic

Professor Barbara Schatz, Clinic Staff




Students in the Community Enterprise Clinic provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses that cannot pay market rates for legal services. The clinic is of special interest to those in community development, in learning to work with organizational clients, and in learning how to represent clients in transactions. Students work to understand clients’ hopes and aspirations, help them anticipate and solve problems, and educate them about their responsibilities as heads of nonprofits or businesses.

Columbia Law School

Lisa Kim, Pro Bono Program Coordinator




Columbia Law School’s implementation of its pro bono requirement the Law School expresses its conviction that service pro bono publico (“for the public good”) is a cornerstone of every attorney’s professional responsibilities. Columbia’s “mandatory pro bono program,” which requires that students perform at least 40 hours of uncompensated, public interest work in order to graduate, is non-ideological and is shaped by student interests and needs as well as requests by public interest lawyers and organizations.

Columbia University Center for Career Education

Al Spuler, Executive Director




The Center for Career Education establishes connections and facilitates interaction among undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, employers, and organizations to generate opportunities that help students pursue their personal and professional objectives.

City Limits

Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor & Publisher




City Limits is a New York City-based nonprofit news agency that publishes investigative and in-depth reporting on urban life and policy. Through sites such as CityLimits.org, BkBureau.org, and BronxBureau.org, CityLimits works to strengthen community engagement on civic, economic and social-justice issues. CityLimits accepts job postings on its site.

Barnard Office of Career Development

Robert Earl, Director of Career Development





Barnard College’s Office of Career Development provides employees with access to post jobs that reaches a network of Baruch students and alumni on the college’s NACElink system. All employer requests for career fairs, information sessions, tabling, site visits, and on-campus interviews are submitted through Barnard NACElink.


Barnard Civic Engagement

Adeline Madeiros, Associate Director of Civic Engagement




The New York City Civic Engagement Program (NYCCEP) at Barnard College was founded in 2003 to help Barnard College use the city’s resources in a systematic, thoughtful way, and to educate students to become active, engaged citizens and leaders of a global community. The Barnard NYCCP Newsletter is a space to feature NYCCEP news, volunteer opportunities, internship opportunities, opportunities for graduating seniors, and events.

Community Impact at Columbia University
105 Earl Hall 2980 Broadway
New York​​, NY 10027
(212) 854-1492
Youth programs: Andrea Summers (as4220@columbia.edu)
Adult education: Rendolph Walker (rw2344@columbia.edu)
Health/Emergency programs: Lucia Rutter (lsr2148@columbia.edu)
All other inquiries: Community Impact Student Executives (ciexecs@columbia.edu)


Community Impact is a nonprofit organization located at Columbia University. Community Impact (CI) serves disadvantaged people in the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights communities. Community Impact strives to provide high quality programs, advance the public good, and foster meaningful volunteer opportunities for students, faculty, and staff of Columbia University. CI provides food, clothing, shelter, education, job training, and companionship for residents in its surrounding communities. CI consists of a dedicated corps of about 900 Columbia University student volunteers participating in 27 community service programs, which serve more than 8,000 people each year. Community Impact has partnerships with more than 100 community organizations and agencies who do service work in the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights communities, including service organizations, social service offices, religious institutions, and schools. Many of these organizations refer their clients to Community Impact’s programs and work collaboratively to positively influence residents’ lives.