Student Information

Student Name

Tanya Shpigel





Internship Information

Company/Organization: The New York Immigration Coalition

Mentor(s):Deycy Avitia

Topic of Internship

Immigrant Advocacy and Education Reform

Background Information

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is a policy and advocacy organization. It was founded in 1987 in order to empower New York's large and diverse immigrant community. It was also a response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The NYIC is comprised of about 190 groups located throughout New York that work with immigrants and refugees to advocate for their rights. The Coalition has become a leading advocate for immigrants on the local, state, and national levels.

Summary of Internship

The NYIC is divided into different taskforces that focus on the following issues: healthcare, civil rights, housing, immigration law, workers' rights, and education reform. I worked on the Education Reform Taskforce and most of my time was spent advocating for immigrant students' rights. My various tasks included preparing weekly education media clippings, coordinating press conferences, scheduling workshops at New York's public schools, attending hearings, and helping with various other events, including Albany Advocacy and City Day. I have learned about the endless bureaucracy immigrant students and their parents must go through to attend schools and to break down language barriers. Through these tasks, I have seen how nonprofit organizations run and what needs to get done so they are actually successful.

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