Social Justice Internships

Want to make a positive impact in our community and get valuable experience? We’re helping to connect UW-Madison students with internships at Dane County social justice nonprofit organizations. Check out the opportunities below – new internships with organizations will continue to become available.

Applications now open! Apply by January 5, 2021

Current Opportunities

FOSTER of Dane County

F.O.S.T.E.R. of Dane County is a nontraditional case management and counseling program that has served Black families in Dane County for more than 12 years. They take a multigenerational and community-focused approach to addiction recovery and healing from trauma that aims to stabilize and support all levels of the family structure.

Urban Triage, Inc.

Urban Triage, Inc. is on a mission to empower Black families while mobilizing community resources and distributing them to those most in need. At the same time, they engage systems in implementing systematic, sustainable, equitable, and clinically sound approaches to health behavior and prevention.

Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development

Nehemiah was created in the mid 1990s in response to the unmet social, academic and spiritual needs of at-risk and disenfranchised African American and biracial children in the greater Madison community. For nearly twenty years, Nehemiah has focused on empowering children, youth and families that are economically disadvantaged and socially at-risk through culturally relevant educational and social service support programs.

Healing Our Hearts

Healing Our Hearts is an organization dedicated to supporting mothers and families who have experienced the loss of a child. They aim to provide a safe space for the black and brown community to process grief and begin to heal, including getting families connected with wraparound services like food, rental and housing assistance, and treatment services.

Brittle Paper

Brittle Paper is an online literary magazine for readers of African Literature. We are Africa’s premier online literary brand inspiring readers to explore and celebrate African literary experiences in all its diversity. Our audience is global, located on the continent and the diaspora. Our mission is to cultivate a fun and informative platform for readers who love literature from Africa. We inspire, entertain, and empower readers through an optimistic, diverse, and immersive experience of literature.

Girls Inc./Goodman Center

Girls Inc. is a national organization that utilizes interactive activities, mentoring relationships, intentional programming, and research-based curricula in a girls-only environment to inspire our girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Our program strives to offer activities that support girls’ academic enrichment and leadership development as well as their right to career exploration and health and wellness. At Girls Inc., we believe that every student has the power within them to succeed and we want to do our part in helping them to recognize their own power and potential. Girls Inc of Greater Madison is the local chapter of Girls Inc. and our programs primarily welcome BIPOC youth of Madison and are run out of the Goodman Community Center.

Local Nonprofits


JustDane offers an array of direct service programs for individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system, including prison reentry programs and services for children who have an incarcerated parent, community events designed to help people understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone newly released from prison, and jail and prison in-reach programs. JustDane also runs Just Bakery, an employment training program for individuals with barriers to employment, as well as Healing House, an 8-bed recuperative shelter for unhoused families who have a member recuperating from a medical procedure.

EOTO Culturally Rooted

EOTO Culturally Rooted is a community recovery and wellness organization led by certified peer support specialists in Wisconsin. They are guided by a “Each One Teach One” philosophy that dictates those who have learned have a duty to teach. Their innovative programs and culturally rooted community engagement events are founded within the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental.

Wisconsin Literacy

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. (WL), is the leading state adult and family literacy agency in Wisconsin changing lives by strengthening literacy statewide. It does this by offering training, professional development, resources, and advocacy to 70 adult and family literacy agencies. With our local members, we help people improve their lives through literacy services, English language acquisition, work readiness, citizenship, GED completion, and digital literacy. WL also supports a division, Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL), which works to improve how people access, understand and act upon health information and services by promoting clear communication between individuals and health care.


Chrysalis promotes mental health and substance use recovery in our community by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing and wellness.

Chrysalis, Inc. has been serving the Madison community since 1980 as a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The founders wanted to avoid following a trend at the time, that was to provide mental health support in sheltered workshops. These founders believed that real-life experiences were more powerful and lasting than those consisting of isolated and confined interactions. Therefore, the Chrysalis Supported Employment and Vocational Peer Support Programs emerged and, to this day, Chrysalis focuses on providing community-based vocational support services.

Freedom, Inc.

Freedom, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides services to low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, and is the only organization in Dane County that specifically works on Black and Southeast Asian women’s and youth issues and LGBTQ people of color issues.

EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing)

EXPO works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restore formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities.

EXPO emerged in 2014 when formerly incarcerated people from around Wisconsin began to gather to discuss what it would look like to have our own statewide organization. Our members provide support to each other and organize to change Wisconsin’s unjust penal system. Previously imprisoned women and men lead EXPO. Our members provide support to each other and organize to change Wisconsin’s unjust penal system. We receive support from family members of currently and formerly incarcerated people and allies who have not experienced incarceration.

Defending Black Girlhood

Defending Black Girlhood equips parents, teachers, social workers, community advocates and organizations to defend Black girlhoods in their homes, schools and communities. By sparking conversations that inform and inspire through podcasts, art and other forms of advocacy, they challenge listeners to take bold actions towards making this world a safer place for Black girls to live, learn and be loved.