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Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Magnolia Project is a University of California, Berkeley student social justice organization created in collaboration with the Cal Corps Public Service Center. In 2006, UC Berkeley began partnering with community based organizations in New Orleans and 2012-13 marks the seventh year of a ten-year commitment to working in solidarity with Gulf Coast communities.
Magnolia Project seeks dedicated students who are not afraid to get dirty and challenge their own assumptions about a just rebuilding process in the Gulf Coast. The program offers a 2-week winter service trip, an 8-week summer internship program, and a semester-long exchange with the University of New Orleans.
The Magnolia Project Winter Service Trip to New Orleans is a two week service and educational trip in January, organized by students, for students.
Magnolia Project offers a number of stipended summer internships in the Gulf Coast for students interested in working with community based organizations.
Magnolia Project has developed a semester-long exchange program with the University of New Orleans (UNO). Students can study in New Orleans in either fall or spring semester. Participants are required to enroll in two classes at UNO, and earn 6 units of field study by engaging in a 20-hour/week internship at a community agency.
If you would like to be notified about upcoming application deadlines, email us to be on MP’s email list.
Students who demonstrate interest in public service and social change, regardless of their academic concentration or year, are encouraged to apply.
The Cal Corps Public Service Center’s Magnolia Project program is in its 7th year. The program, led by Student Directors Becka Fisher-McGinty and Nazanin Salehi and Angela Taylor, Internship Programs Coordinator, (contact info at the bottom) recruits and matches Cal students based on the information you provide in your internship descriptions. Interns serve approximately 35 hours/week for 8 weeks at organizations in New Orleans, Louisiana.
What Cal Corps Looks for in Host Agencies
MP is interested in staying connected with past MP participants, as well as Cal alumni living on the Gulf Coast, especially those working with grassroots organizations in the New Orleans area.
If you live or have a network in the New Orleans area, we have several ways for you to support MP:
You can contact Internship Programs Coordinator Angela Taylor via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (510.642.5429).
Magnolia Project Directors
Rebecca Fisher-McGinty and Nazanin Salehi
Since its first summer service trip in summer 2007, MP has:
Recently through its 2012 summer service trip the MP program:
Magnolia Project Participant Blogs - Summer 2011
A special thank you to Magnolia Project’s Community Advisory Group, which provides on-the-ground advice on how Magnolia Project and the wider UC Berkeley campus can be most effective and collaborative given distance separating our campus from the Gulf Coast.
Current and past MP service trip and internship community partners include:
• Animal Rescue of New Orleans
• City of New Orleans
• City of Abbeville
• Greenlight New Orleans
• HandsOn New Orleans
• Just the Right Attitude Second Harvest Food Bank
• Jordan Flaherty
• Karen Leung, UC Berkeley Alumna (MPP 2007)
• Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
• Lower Ninth Ward Village
• Neighborhood Partnerships Network
• Orleans Public Education Network
• Project Homecoming
• Peoples Organizing Committee
• Rebirth Center for Ethical Living
• Rebuilding Together
• Tulane Center for Public Service
• YA/YA (Young Artists/Young Aspirations)
Magnolia Project Newsletter
This summer, 40 students from University of California, Berkeley are working in New Orleans as part of Magnolia Project, a student social justice organization created in collaboration with the Cal Corps Public Service Center to work in solidarity with Gulf Coast communities through a 2016...
MP has been made possible by ASUC, our co-educators on the Gulf Coast, UC Berkeley’s Genaro Padilla and Susie Castillo Robeson, Pepsi Refresh, Northern Louisiana ATT, and generous alumni donors.
The Magnolia Project is offering internships with New Orleans-based organizations in summer 2013. Interns will be matched with partner organizations according to their interest and through the selection process.
Please note that we have not confirmed all internship positions for summer 2013. Check back frequently as more internship opportunities may become available! Current list of 2013 internship opportunities; PLEASE DO NOT contact these partners directly, as one goal of this program is to make their communication with the Cal campus more efficient through MP.
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While engaged in their internships, all participants are expected to adhere to participant agreements and MP leadership decisions.
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