Internship Opportunities

URIP partners with several New York City based social work schools to provide a field placement to students focusing in Community Organizing & Planning, Policy, Administration, Program Development and other related concentrations. If you are interested in having your field placement with URIP, please email urip.ny@gmail.com for more information

Current Interns


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Hollisha Liverpool is a first-year MSW student at Hunter Silberman School of Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing, Planning and Development. Her gender pronouns are she/her/hers and she identifies as an Afro-Caribbean woman. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Law and Society at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She considers Trinidad and Tobago home because she was born and raised there until she was 9 years old. Since immigrating to the United States she currently calls Brooklyn home and considers herself a proud Brooklynite. As a social worker she hopes to work with young adults who have been through the Criminal Justice System.


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Ashley Merriman is a second-year MSW student at NYU Silver School of School of Social with a focus on Macro Practice in Organizations. She is a queer, black woman from Los Angeles, CA and her gender pronouns are she/her/hers. As an undergrad obtaining her BA in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, she developed an interest in critical race theory and social justice activism. Through her work as a case manager, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and as an after-abortion counselor, she refined her passion for and identity as an intersectional feminist/ womanist and prison abolitionist. As a social worker, she hopes to create spaces for people of color to heal from oppression, build their personal activism, and develop radical self care. She is also critical of the oppressive roots of social work and believes that URIP plays a vital role in dismantling those roots. In her free time, Ashley loves to travel, craft, and cook delicious vegan food.


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Kristi Sun is a second-year MSW student at Columbia School of Social Work with an Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming method, focusing on Contemporary Social Issues. Her gender pronouns are she/her/hers, and she identifies as Taiwanese-American WOC. She considers the Bay Area to be home, and has spent her life primarily in California. Kristi received her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from Scripps College, an all-women’s college where she developed her intersectional feminist identity. Kristi is interested in learning more about community organizing and the potential of anti-oppressive, anti-racist spaces. In her free time, Kristi loves being by the ocean and keeping up to date with current issues re: social justice, politics, and pop culture.

Past Interns


2016-17: Toni Wilson and Amy Wald (Hunter)

2015-16: Bex Kwan (Hunter), Shantea Granville (LIU), Michael Mitchell (Stony Brook)

2014-15: Carlette Quinto (NYU), Kris Kelsang-Lipman (NYU), Beatriz Rivera (Columbia)

2013-14: Sharielle Applewhite (Hunter), Eleni Zimiles (Columbia)

2012-13: Jennie Encalada (Hunter), Mary Ruth Govidavari (Hunter)

2011-12: None

2010-11: Sasha Ahuja (Columbia), Emily Saltzman (Hunter), Germika Pegram (NYU)

2009-10: Yasmin Safdie (Columbia)