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The Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success can help guide you toward these goals. They provide a number of internship and job search resources, including career prep coaching, the Ohio State University's online career network and database Handshake, and resume and cover letter review.
Use Handshake to connect with employers by searching for full-time employment, internships, part-time work, and other experiential learning opportunities targeted toward your major. This is a direct link to employers who want to hire you!
No registration is required to access Handshake; all current undergraduates and recent graduates can access using their OSU credentials on the Handshake website.
To learn more about Handshake and the career services office’s other resources, visit their website.


Volunteering and Internship Opportunities


PO Box 2364
Columbus, Ohio 43216
Phone: (419) 351-3670
Email: info@1girl.net

1girl provides a unique, proven curriculum that empowers middle school girls to develop the skills they will need to be successful. The program is designed around five core skills: public speaking, creative problem solving, critical thinking, goal setting and conflict resolution. 1girl operates through pre-existing after school and summer sites. The programs are facilitated by local college women who volunteer through their University chapter, providing these women an opportunity to develop their skills through a real world leadership role.

1girl is currently looking for volunteers and interns. If you are interested in getting involved, please e-mail info@1girl.net

"This internship provided a lot of insight into the reality of life for girls in the Columbus inner city. I learned that even in places like the non-profit sector, there can be a lack of understanding about intersectionality. That is where my classes in the WGSS department served me well." Allison Susor, Spring 2016

Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women

5900 Roche Dr. Suite 445
Columbus, OH 43229

(614) 825-0551 Phone
(888) 622-9315 Toll Free
(614) 825-0673 Fax
Email: actionohio@wowway.biz
ACTION OHIO’s mission is to promote quality programs, services, and resources to survivors of domestic violence. Our goal is to ensure equal rights and empowerment for all individuals as we work toward the eradication of family violence in our society.
ACTION OHIO offers a wide range of creative internship opportunities. Students interested in internships should submit their resume, a writing sample and a letter of reference by regular mail. Following review of these materials, ACTION OHIO will schedule an interview if the strengths of the candidate match priority internship projects. The interview is an opportunity for the student to learn about ACTION OHIO and for ACTION OHIO to meet and get to know the potential intern.
Interns are asked to sign an informal letter agreement and to establish a regular work schedule, based on the student’s and ACTION OHIO’s needs. ACTION OHIO will assist the intern in developing a project with goals and objectives and supervise her/his progress. Upon successful completion of the project, ACTION OHIO will supply the student with a letter of reference upon request.
Please visit their Employment/Internship page to learn about available internship and volunteer positions, or contact them by email or phone.

Columbus Public Health LGBTQ Health Initiatives

240 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Website: https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/

Internship Opportunity - for summer and fall of 2015

Columbus Public Health is looking to hire a student intern to support the work of the health department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning Health Initiative. The CPH LGBTQ Health Initiative facilitates programming and creates policies that work to decrease health disparities within Columbus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities. The LGBTQ Health Initiative Intern will report to the LGBTQ Health Advocate and would be responsible for assisting in the development and management of several projects within the initiative. This is an unpaid internship but is eligible for practicum credit, culminating projects and other collegiate extracurricular requirements.


  • A student currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • A major or minor in the public health, social work, sexuality studies or other related field preferred
  • Ability to conduct research in public health, sexuality, or related fields
    Experience with social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) preferred
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • High level attention to detail and follow through with independent project assignments
  • Ability to interact with a diverse range of co-workers and community partners
Job Duties
  • Assist with facilitation of cultural competency trainings
  • Contribute to reports on LGBTQ Health Initiative accomplishments
  • Assist with community events, including preparation of resources, event facilitation, follow up communication, and data collection/organization
  • Assist with managing the Greater Columbus LGBTQ Health Coalition, a consortium of community leaders and healthcare providers
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining online presence of various programs
  • Assist with developing community reports based on collected data from the LGBTQ Health Initiative’s various coalitions and community partner meetings
  • Assist with creation of promotional materials to promote LGBTQ Health Initiatives
  • Assist with managing communications with various community partners associated with LGBTQ health initiative
  • Follow all Columbus Public Health policies and procedures

To apply please email resume and cover letter to LGBTQHealth@columbus.gov or Julia Applegate at jmapplegate@columbus.gov. To learn more about the initiative, visit the Columbus Public Health website.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)

1925 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. Suite 102
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-235-5747
Website: http://www.crisohio.org/

A nonprofit, resettlement organization that serves refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. Services include English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes, family services, a health and wellness program, employment services, legal services, and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

To read about each of these roles or fill out an application, visit the CRIS volunteer opportunity page. For questions, please call (614) 254-4493.

Volunteer Orientations are held from 5:30-7:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Prior to orientation, please also complete and send the volunteer application.

Internship Opportunities

Unpaid (unless otherwise specified)
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@cris-ohio.com with the name of the desired position included in the email subject line. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
For more information and possible internship positions, please visit the CRIS internship information page.


Equality Ohio

61 Jefferson Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-0400
Website: http://www.equalityohio.org/

Support LGBTQI and advocate for their fair treatment. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Name: Kim Welter
Contact Number: 614-223-0400
Contact Email: kim@equalityohio.org

Internship Opportunities

See Program Document [pdf]


Freedom a la Cart

1423 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Email: info@freedomalacart.org
Website: https://freedomalacart.org/

Advocacy and recovery for women in human trafficking. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Freedom Catering Service
    Assist with catering and box lunch social enterprises. Typically hours are 9am to noon. A background check is required to work directly with survivors.
  • CATCH Court
    In this specialty docket court for survivors of sex trafficking, volunteers will provide lunch before court each Thursday and breakfast each Friday.
  • Transportation
    Volunteers are needed periodically to transport survivors to doctor appointments, dental appointments, and CATCH Court outings. Contact susan@freedomalacart.org if you are available on an as needed basis.

  • Mentor/CATCH Volunteer
    Mentorship program (exclusive to women) creates and maintains healthy, supportive relationships to survivors of human trafficking who are integrating into society for the first time. Requires mentor training.

  • Fundraising
    Become a part of a volunteer committee, host an event, or volunteer to work during the fundraising events throughout the year.

  • Share Your Skills!
    Are you a skilled photographer? Teacher? Freedom a la Cart can use these skills to continue empowering survivors of human trafficking. Please contact Susan Trianfo by email (susan@freedomalacart.org) or phone (614-992-3252) to discuss using your skills.

All volunteers are encouraged to complete basic Anti-Human Trafficking training available through She Has A Name ministry. Please visit the website's volunteer page for more information on volunteering, mentorship trainings, and background checks. For volunteer involvement, please contact Susan Trianfo at susan@freedomalacart.org or (614) 992-3252.


Ohio Juvenile Justice Coalition

PO Box 1016
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-400-5548
Website: https://www.jjohio.org

Contact email:  info@jjohio.org
The Juvenile Justice Coalition works individually and in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Ohio’s juvenile justice system – from prevention through involvement with the adult court – works effectively to increase positive outcomes for youth, families and communities. JJC supports efforts to reduce youth’s involvement with the juvenile justice system that are community-based, research informed, culturally appropriate, and to put all of Ohio’s youth on a path to success.
Internship opportunities

Internship opportunities at JJC will mostly focus on policy advocacy work, including advocating with the legislature, Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio agencies in the juvenile justice field.  Work varies depending on what issues are active, but will include data collection and analysis, research, writing, and communications work and may include engaging youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system in policy advocacy work.
Internship information 

Interns are asked to commit no less than 3 hours per week and are invited to apply for academic credit through externship programs.  JJC does not have office space, so work can be completed on the intern’s schedule with deadlines set by and meetings with relevant JJC staff either in person or via phone.
To apply:  Email a resume and brief summary of why you would like to intern with JJC to info@jjohio.org.

"I really enjoyed working with Erin Davies. She was patient and caring and was willing to work with my school schedule to help me be the most successful within my internship. I would definitely recommend she and the Ohio Juvenile Justice Coalition to prospective WGSS intern seeking students...Through this experience, I learned there are some major treatment discrepancies between races within the justice system. Children of color are more likely to get harsher sentences than their white counterparts. They are also more likely to receive less guidance for navigating the justice system than white children." - Kaylin Brewer, Autumn 2015

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

1904 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-294-5437
Website: http://www.kycohio.org/

Support for LGBTQI youth.
Must be 23 years or older.
Must submit a background check for $35.00

Volunteer Opportunities

Continually help in order to make coming-out an experience that is shared, celebrated, and safe for youth in Columbus. At times that would mean serving as the facilitator of a group or activity, doing office tasks, maintenance, or volunteering at special events, outreach or fundraising. 

Contact the main number (614-294-5437) if you have questions, otherwise submit the online application.

Internship Opportunities

Call main number for information. 


Sexual Assault Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

1299 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-566-4414
Website: http://www.ohiohealth.com/sexualassaultresponsenetwork/

SARNCO strives to empower survivors of sexual and relationship violence and in time eliminate these forms of abuse. Services include a 24-hr rape hotline, long-term advocacy, recovery resources, and a sexual violence prevention program.

Volunteer Positions:

  • Helpline advocate

  • Hospital advocate

  • SARNCO-DWAVE Hospital advocate

  • Prevention Educator

SARNCO provides extensive 45-hr training sessions for those interested in volunteering. These sessions are help three times per year. The process of becoming a volunteer is selective and includes an application, criminal background check and an interview. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

To volunteer and read more about the positions, please view SARNCO's application form (SARNCO Volunteer Application Form [PDF]).
Applications should be sent by email to SARNCO@ohiohealth.com, or printed and faxed to (614) 566-6846.

Internship Opportunities:
(see volunteer contact information)


Stonewall Columbus

1160 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-299-7764

Educating the larger community, increasing community awareness, and collaborating on political activity for GLBT's. Stonewall is the leading visionary, inclusive, and fun-spirited GLBT organization in Central Ohio - sets the pace for increasing the visibility and acceptance of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. They continue to be the driving force on GLBT issues on our Center is the first stop for many in the GLBT and allied community. 

Volunteers Opportunities 
Contact Name: Liam Gallagher
Contact Number: 614-930-2269
Contact Email: lgallagher@stonewallcolumbus.org

  • Fill out an volunteer interest form or email Liam
  • The busiest time of year is in June for PRIDE, Stonewall really needs people 3 months prior.

Internship Opportunities
(see volunteer information)


Mailing Address:
1160 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201-2411

Meeting Place:
The Center on High
1160 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201
(Corner of 4th Ave. and High Street)

Website: http://www.transohio.org/

Serves the Ohio transgender community by providing services, education, support, and advocacy to promote and improve the health, safety, and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.

Volunteer opportunities include lobbying, collecting signatures, assisting with events, and more!

Volunteer Contact: TransOhio@transohio.org

Women's Fund of Central Ohio

2323 W. Fifth Ave. Suite 230
Columbus, Oh 43204
Phone: (614) 225-9926
Website: http://womensfundcentralohio.org/

Raise money and write grants for female oriented programs. 

Volunteer Opportunities:
Contact the Women's Fund by sending a message on their website.

Internship Opportunities:

Administrative Support

  • Office assistance. Answering phones, filing, printing, database entry, organization. Interns assist in development by handling mass mailing, promote the Women's Fund by making flyers, social media networking and management. 

  • Grant writing assistance.

Contact Name: Sarah Pariser
Contact Number: 614-225-9926
Contact Email: spariser@womensfundcentralohio.org


Young Survival Coalition

7716 Rivers Edge Dr., Suite A
Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-470-0300
Website: http://www.youngsurvival.org/

A nonprofit organization oriented to support and educate about breast cancer in younger women. 

Volunteer Opportunities:
Contact Name: Stacy Gagas, North Regional Field
To volunteer, please submit a YSC Volunteer Application.

Internship Opportunities:
(see volunteer contact information)


65 S. 4th St. 
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-9121
Website: http://www.ywcacolumbus.org/

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Helping Homeless Families
    Contact Name: Jessica Wichtman-Will
    Contact Number: 614-253-3916
    Contact Email: jw-will@ywcacolumbus.org

  • Helping Women Transition
    Contact Name: Julie Wagar
    Contact Number: 614-224-9121 ext. 1255
    Contact Email: jwagar@ywcacolumbus.org

  • Creating Events
    Contact Name: Jessica Wichtman-Will
    Contact Number: 614-253-3916
    Contact Email: jw-will@ywcacolumbus.org

Volunteer Interest Page

Internship Opportunities

  • Unpaid internships available for data entry
    Contact Name: Jessica Wichtman-Will
    Contact Number: 614-253-3916
    Contact Email: jw-will@ywcacolumbus.org

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