Professional Opportunities
Fellowships & Summer Internships

Summer Internship - Mathematica (several positions)

Summer Associate - The Rockefeller Foundation (several positions)

Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics - Eagleton Graduate Fellowship Program


Program Coordinator: NJ Documenters - New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (Newark, NJ

AVP, Policy & Advocacy - Covenant House (remote/DC/New York, NY)

Senior Policy Analyst, Crisis Response - The Council of State Governments Justice Center (remote/New York, NY)

Associate Director of Economic Justice, Budget and Tax Policy - Demos (remote/New York, NY)

Research Project Assistant - Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) - Program Coordinator (Philadelphia, PA)

Content Marketing Manager - Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (New York, NY)

New York Policy Manager - African Communities Together (New York, NY)

Civil Rights Investigators - New Jersey Attorney General's Office (Newark, NJ)

Public Health Partnerships Coordinator - CeaseFirePA (Philadelphia, PA)

Sr. Student Program Associate - The Roosevelt Institute (Washington DC)

Research Manager - Research Collective (remote)

Program Coordinator - More Than Food Consulting (remote)

2024 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

"Life in a Traumatic World: Implications for Social Work Practice"
Sunday, April 14 - Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

"As Social Workers know, trauma can take many forms, from interpersonal violence, sexual assault and medical trauma to natural disasters, institutionalized oppression, war-related trauma and the sudden loss of a family member. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, 70% of adults have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetimes. This means more than 223 million people are living with the effects of trauma in the U.S. Over three days, we will examine how trauma affects our clients and ourselves, and also learn about cutting edge modalities to treat this pervasive and challenging subject."

The conference will include:

  • KEYNOTES – The opening keynote presentation on Sunday sets the tone for the conference. The closing keynote brings us back together to reflect upon all we have learned during the event.
  • PLENARIES – We have added plenary sessions to the schedule so we can come together to learn and examine key issues collectively.
  • CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS – You’ll have the opportunity to choose a workshop on a topic of interest to you from a selection of concurrent sessions. You’ll attend one concurrent workshop session a day.
  • ON-DEMAND WORKSHOPS – To help keep your conference schedule manageable, while still providing the opportunity to earn up to 23 CE credits, they are offering two pre-recorded workshops that you will complete on-demand any time between April 17-May 17. If you are a member and have registered for all three days of the conference, you will also receive a third pre-recorded webinar for on-demand credit. That’s 2 bonus CE credits, at no extra charge, just for members!

Registration closes on Friday, April 5th.

Upcoming Events
A Conversation with Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Commissioner, Valerie Mielke
Presented by NAMI NJ
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 
10:00 - 11:00am
"Join NAMI NJ as they have a conversation with DMHAS Valerie Mielke about the updates within the department.

About DMHAS:
The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) serves as the Single State Agency (SSA) for Substance Use and the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) as designated by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Division oversees New Jersey’s adult system of community-based behavioral health services. These agencies provide a full array of services."

Click here to register for this free event!

Defending Democracy: The Fight for a Floor Beneath Which No Person Should Fall
Presented by The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, The Gov. James J. Florio Visiting Scholar in Public Policy Lecture
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Featuring: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman(D-NJ 12th District)
U.S. House of Representatives; House Appropriations Committee

"The first Black woman to represent New Jersey in Congress, Bonnie Watson Coleman’s work in the House centers on her belief that, in the United States, there should exist a floor below which we should never allow any child, any family, any person to fall. Knowing that millions struggle every day just to make ends meet from the first to the last of the month, her legislative work seeks to bridge the gap for these Americans, making sure that the richest nation in the world doesn’t allow millions to live below the poverty line; doesn’t allow vulnerable groups to suffer the fallout of environmental violations; doesn’t allow profit margins to define the standards or the motivations for incarceration; and doesn’t allow bias to push everyday needs like car insurance out of reach for working families."

Click here to register for this free event!

The Growing Burden Of Black Student Debt
Presented by The University of Wisconsin - Madison Institute for Research on Poverty
Wednesday February 21, 2024
2:00pm - 3:00pm

"Student loan debt weighs heavily on many people in the United States, and Black borrowers—in particular Black women—often acquire more debt than their White peers. This is sometimes the result of debt incurred without graduating but can also indicate larger loans to finance one or more degrees. These factors can be compounded by wage discrimination that means that Black college graduates often make less than comparable White workers. This webinar will explore why racial disparities in education debt burdens exist and are growing, the role of student loan debt in the racial wealth gap, and what policies and practices may help to turn the tide for Black borrowers."

Register for the free webinar here.

Black History Month Virtual Festival
Presented by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) 

"This year’s festival will celebrate the theme of African Americans and the Arts in the past present AND FUTURE STARTING FEBRUARY 1st 2024.
African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression the African American influence has been paramount.

African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Reniassance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

In celebrating the entire history of African Americans and the arts, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) puts into the national spotlight the richness of the past and present with an eye towards what the rest of the twentieth-first century will bring. ASALH dedicates its 98th Annual Black History Theme to African Americans and the arts."

View the lineup of virtual events here.

National Updates
Every FAFSA Delay Puts College Further Out of Reach - The New York Times (Opinion)
“Each year, more than 17 million students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, hoping to secure the financial support they need to afford college. But this year, operational glitches and repeated delays in the U.S. Department of Education’s “Better FAFSA” rollout threaten to harm the very students and families that financial aid is intended to help.”

2023 was the hottest year on record. It also pushed the world over a dangerous line. - Vox
“It’s official: Month after record-breaking month, 2023 is now the hottest year humans have ever measured. The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service reported Thursday that the period between February 2023 and January 2024 is the hottest 12-month span ever measured. During this time, global average temperatures rose 1.52 degrees Celsius — 2.74 degrees Fahrenheit — above average temperatures at the start of the Industrial Revolution, as measured between 1850 and 1900.”

IRS Estimates $561B Tax Revenue Rise With Crackdown on Corporations and the Rich - Truthout
“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stands to collect an additional hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes over the next decade that would otherwise likely be dodged, thanks to the agency’s new efforts to crack down on corporations and the wealthy enabled by Democrats’ infusion of funding after a steady decrease in funding over past decades by conservative lawmakers.”

Preventing Domestic Violent Extremism -  Insights from RAND Research
“Domestic violent extremism in the U.S. takes many forms and is inspired by diverse causes. Racially- and ethnically-motivated violent extremism, or REMVE, is typically characterized by xenophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic sentiment. Together with anti-government and anti-authority violent extremism, REMVE makes up the majority of domestic terrorism-related incidents in the U.S. But violent extremism can also stem from grievances and biases related to religion, reproductive rights, or environmental crises.”

Local & Regional Updates
NJ’s addiction recovery industry needs major reform, watchdog agency says - NJ Spotlight News
“Nicole DiMaria says her late sister Georgine’s struggle to find treatment dragged their family down a dark rabbit hole into the addiction recovery industry, a business she says prioritized profit over patients. DiMaria, who testified before the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation about her family’s nightmare, welcomes the agency’s call for reforms in its just-released report, ‘The Dirty Business Behind Getting Clean: Fraud, Ethical Misconduct and Corruption in the Addiction Rehabilitation Industry.’”

Senate panel advances bills to track untested rape kits and curb gun trafficking - New Jersey Monitor
“A Senate panel advanced legislation Thursday that would require the state Attorney General’s Office to track untested rape kits. New Jersey is one of only about 10 states that don’t track such kits, which contain biological evidence like semen, saliva, and hair taken from assault victims that help investigators identify assailants. The Senate’s law and public safety committee unanimously advanced the bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Renee Burgess (D-Essex).

It would require the Attorney General to establish an online tracking system where victims, law enforcement, and health care facilities or laboratories could track rape kits through the chain of custody, from collection to results.”

New Jersey denies bulkhead for North Wildwood beach with wrecked sand dunes - NPR
“New Jersey is refusing to allow a shore town whose sand dunes have washed away in places to build a bulkhead to protect itself, ruling that no one is in imminent danger. The state Department of Environmental Protection told North Wildwood on Wednesday it will not give permission to the city to build a steel bulkhead on a section of beach where the dunes have been completely obliterated by storms.”

First Lady Tammy Murphy, Acting Health Commissioner Baston Unveil NJ Report Card on Hospital Maternity Care - NJ Office of the Governor
“First Lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Acting Commissioner Kaitlan Baston…released the New Jersey Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care. The report card is the first of its kind in the nation and outlines key metrics on maternal health care derived from 2021 and 2022 hospital deliveries reported to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) through general acute care hospital discharges and electronic birth records. The report card comes in a new redesigned format allowing viewers easy access to additional metrics and improved interactive features, and was designed with the needs of expecting moms front of mind.”

Highlight of the Week: 
Pod for the Cause (Podcast)
"The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights -- a coalition of more than 220 organizations serving as a strategic hub of the civil rights movement -- joined the airwaves to help spark conversation and activism on some of the most critical issues of today!

"From the courts to immigration, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on the values we hold near and dear. At Pod for the Cause, they’re going to tackle these issues and more. Their friends in the movement will be stopping by to have these conversations, and they promise to be real, straightforward and honest.

"Hosted by Kanya Bennett, the managing director of government affairs at The Leadership Conference, this podcast was created for those of you wanting to effect change, who understand the importance of restoring our democracy and want to engage in deep conversation around the issues."

The show currently releases new episodes monthly, while all episodes can be listened to anywhere you get podcasts. Visit the podcast's homepage by clicking the image to see their previous seasons' podcasts!