Lonon Foundation Volunteer Opportunities

The Lonon Foundation is currently seeking volunteers for the Spring 2023 semester.

The Lonon Foundation is an organization that provides support to children and families who have been impacted by a caregiver or parent’s cancer diagnosis in any capacity (new diagnosis, currently in treatment, currently in remission, relapse, or death from cancer).

Volunteering for the Lonon Foundation includes monthly meetings with College of Charleston student volunteers and monthly events interacting with the children and families the Lonon foundation is supporting!

This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and learn strategies for how to engage with children who have experienced a traumatic event and will engage in activities that are most suited for the child

Students interested should email either Delaney Carlisle or the Lonon Foundation intern email.


Become a Charleston 40 Tour Guide Today!

Charleston 40 is recruiting new Tour Guides!

Charleston 40, College of Charleston’s Tour Guide Association, is currently looking for new members. The purpose of Charleston 40 is to provide tours, represent the campus to any interested person(s), and facilitate the needs of the Office of Admissions. Charleston 40 holds bi-weekly meetings, and new guides are required to give 1 tour per week.

For any students interested, please complete this Google Form by February 3rd.

For any questions, please reach out to Eliza Frankel!

Gilman Scholarship supports study abroad for students with limited financial means

Gilman International ScholarshipThe U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide that start between May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2023 programs.

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.

The application is now live and available online at www.gilmanscholarship.org.

Applications due Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Questions or application help? Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, nationalawards@cofc.edu.

Apply for an Alternative Spring Break Trip with the Center for Civic Engagement

Are you looking for a different kind of Spring Break? consider Alternative Break (AB) at CofC.

The Opportunity: A spring break trip where you can travel, meet new people, learn more about social justice and immerse yourself in issues that are important to you.

  • Go Deeper: Spring ’23 trips include a Historical Censorship trip to Washington D.C. and a Queer Resistance trip to New York City.

How to Apply:Complete and submit the application online. Applications for our 2023 programs are due by noon on Monday, January 23. Interviews will be held January 24 – 27, and participants will be notified of their AB selection on January 27.


Volunteers Needed for the Cooper River Bridge Run

Looking for alternative ways to get involved with the 2023 Cooper River Bridge Run? Consider volunteering!

The Cooper River Bridge Run is looking for volunteers for a variety of positions, including, Expo Support, Water Aid Station, and Finish Festival. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here!

Volunteers are needed for all shifts on Sun, April 1, 2023. Please reach out to Jennifer Curry at volunteer@bridgerun.com for additional details!

Volunteer to change a student’s life

Are you passionate about education? Do you want to make a profound difference in the life of a student? Volunteer as a tutor with Reading Partners.

The Opportunity: As a Reading Partners tutor, you’ll be able to work one-on-one with a student in your community to boost their literacy skills. For just 90 minutes a week, it’s minimum commitment, maximum impact.

The Benefits: Community service. Follow a highly effective, easy-to-use curriculum. No experience required. Develop leadership and communication skills.

Get Involved: Sign up at readingpartners.org/volunteer and complete the tutor orientation.Email volunteer@readingpartners.org with any questions.

Refugee Reception and Placement Internship Program

Majoring in International Studies? Want to work with the local refugee community? Consider interning with the Refugee Reception and Placement Program, administered through Lutheran Services Carolinas.

The opportunity: Multiple in-person internships are available to help support LSC’s refugee resettlement efforts; interns will help with logistics, administrative work, community outreach, educational workshops, and even conduct research and become experts in international migration.

  • You can even take this CofC sponsored internship for credit, counting as INTL 401.

Great fit for: International Studies / Political Science / Anthropology / Women’s and Gender Studies

How to apply: The deadline to apply for spring semester is November 21; read below for more details and application instructions, and contact Sarah Koellner (koellnersk@cofc.edu) or Blake Scott (scottbc@cofc.edu) with questions.

Refugee Reception and Placement Internship Program

Location: North Charleston, South Carolina

Dates: Each semester (minimum 3 months, 40 hours per credit hour), based on College of Charleston calendar

Suitable Discipline/s: International Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies

Academic credit: INTL 401, with the potential of counting for the Global Studies concentration

About the Organization

Lutheran Services Carolinas is a faith-based health and human services organization that supports refugees arriving to North and South Carolina as part of the US State Department’s Reception and Placement Program. Currently in the Charleston area, LSC is providing services to refugees from Afghanistan, Congo, and Ukraine, including refugees from various parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

LSC helps refugees with the resettlement process in the United States, assisting with arrival, housing, employment, healthcare, education, and in general, helping them adjust to their new community.

In partnership with the College of Charleston’s International Studies Program, LSC is offering internship opportunities for students interested in issues of international migration, cross- cultural communication, and community outreach. Below are some of the sample activities interns would participate in:

  1. Work closely with an LSC case manager to support refugees (families, children, and individuals) resettled in Charleston.
  2. Help with logistics and administrative tasks at LSC’s Charleston office.
  3. Engage in community outreach and public education programming to create more cultural awareness and cross-cultural competency in Charleston about issues related to international migration.
  4. Read an interdisciplinary collection of sources focused on issues of international migration, and develop a reading guide for LSC volunteers and staff.
  5. Support LSC in educational workshops for refugees and volunteers

Eligibility and How to Apply

  1. Students should have completed International Studies courses at the 100 and 200 levels at the College of Charleston campus before applying for this internship.
  2. Students should demonstrate in their application materials how their studies and previous experiences could contribute to LSC’s work.
  3. Students who are interested in a career in international migration or international development are especially encouraged to apply.
  4. Send the following application materials to Sarah Koellner (koellnersk@cofc.edu) and Blake Scott (scottbc@cofc.edu): a 1-2 page cover letter, resume, and the contact information for two references. Please let us know for which position (see below) you are applying for.

Application Deadline for internships:

  • November 21 for Spring semester
  • February 15 for Summer semester
  • April 15 for Fall semester

Current internship positions with LSC

Community Engagement Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston


  • Assist with weekly communication and coordination of volunteers
  • Research potential partner organizations and compile contact information
  • Help onboard new Circle of Welcome teams
  • Serve as a liaison between the College of Charleston’s refugee task force and LSC
  • Assist in event/training planning and execution
  • Assist with volunteer documentation and other office tasks
  • Catalog and sort donations and provide donors with appropriate forms
  • Other duties as assigned by the Outreach Coordinator

Refugee Resettlement Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston


  • Assist case management staff with pre-arrival duties such as applications for public benefits, locating housing, organizing airport reception
  • Make appointments for clients when necessary
  • Assist the case manager in providing services to clients (education, health services, housing, food, transportation, legal services)
  • Assist with other administrative tasks including updating case files and documentation
  • Assist staff with identification of needs and coordination of the appropriate referrals to meet those needs
  • Attend home visits with case management staff and assist with case notes
  • Transport items to and from clients as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Refugee Employment Intern

Time commitment: 15 hours a week

Location: In person at the LSC office, North Charleston


  • Complete trainings on state and Office on Refugee Resettlement employment programs, including Refugee Social Services, Refugee Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Matching Grant
  • Provide support to Employment Specialist staff through case noting, documentation, and other administrative tasks
  • Assist in referring refugee clients to community-based resources that will reduce barriers to employment, including but not limited to childcare resources, ESL services, financial literacy training, transportation, mental health resources,
  • Provide support for Matching Grant orientations, Job Readiness Training, and Financial Literacy Training
  • As needed, teach refugee clients how to pay rent, utilities, etc. and provide budgeting and financial education
  • Provide bus training to refugees as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by Area Manager and/or Employment Specialist staff

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

The Osgood Center for International Studies has two opportunities available for students of all majors!

The International Studies Program is pleased to announce, together with the School of Languages, Cultures, & World Affairs that the application process for a great opportunity to learn more about global leadership and to engage in professional development in 2023 is now open.

The Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington DC has partnered with CofC to make it possible for a select number of students from the College to attend their Leadership Program in January 2023.

The Osgood Center for International Studies is also selecting candidates for a professional development program the Osgood Center is offering in the spring and summer.

The deadline for the Osgood Center Leadership Institute is November 21, 2022. The deadline for the professional development program is January 1, 2023.

You can also find the application links for both programs here:

Leadership Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies.php

Professional Development Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies-professional-development-program.php