International Organizations in Iowa

IS student works with Iowa UNA on the Hike to Help Refugees

IS student works with the Iowa United Nations Association on the Hike to Help Refugees

There are many ways for IS students to do international work in Iowa City or in other communities within the state/region. Below are some Iowa organizations which are addressing global issues.  Students can explore individual websites for possible volunteer, internship or career opportunities.

Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids 

Des Moines/ Ames 

Quad Cities 

Northern Iowa 

Statewide 

 

Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids 

CARTHA (Iowa City)
http://www.cartha.org/index.php/programs/fellows
CARTHA (doer in Sanskrit) cultivates Collaborative Doers for Humanity ("Carthans") who bridge technological and social innovations to advance glocal good. The CARTHA Fellows program is designed to introduce younger faculty, professionals, and students into intergenerational, academic-practitioner networks of Collaborative Doers.

Catherine McCauley Center (Cedary Rapids)
https://cmc-cr.org/
Catherine McCauley Center's programs serve immigrants, refugees, and women experiencing crisis. Through the Adult Basic Education and Refugee & Immigrant Services Programs, the Center offers one-on-one tutoring and small group learning opportunities to adult learners, and provides refugees and immigrants with employment-readiness education and job-seeking support, as well as assistance navigating community resources like transportation, healthcare, and housing.  Interns and volunteers are needed for tutoring, job coaching, interpreting, and administrative roles.

Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa/ Centro de Justicia Laboral del Este Iowa
http://www.cwjiowa.org/
CWJ is a coalition of community, labor and immigrant organizations which focuses on just workplaces, affordable housing and civil rights.

Community Health Initiative Haiti (Iowa City/ Haiti)
http://www.chihaiti.com/contact-us/
Community Health Initiative works to address the needs of rural Haitians who otherwise have no access to healthcare.

Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (Iowa City)
http://iowacivic.org/
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is a non-profit organization that hosts international visitors from around the globe. CIVIC fosters relationships between visitors and eastern Iowans by scheduling professional meetings, arranging home hospitality visits, and planning cultural excursions. 

Friendship Community Project (Iowa City)
http://fcp-iowa.org/
A nonprofit dedicated to promoting a sense of community belonging and practical assistance to immigrants and refugees in the Iowa City area.  Offers assistance finding local resources and learning about the community, forming connections with community members, and learning English and life skills necessary for living in the U.S.  Facebook page asks for volunteers in translating and encourages interested people to email.

IC Compassion (Iowa City)
http://www.iccompassion.org/
IC Compassion is a nonprofit organization that engages culturally diverse communities together through hope, opportunities and partnerships. Services include immigration assistance and citizenship classes, ESL/computer tutoring, transportation and food assistance, and a free legal clinic. Volunteers are needed to provided one-on-one tutoring to immigrants in the community. 

International Programs/ University of Iowa (Iowa City)
http://international.uiowa.edu/connect/students
At the University of Iowa, International Programs functions as a catalyst for internationalization and a hub for international activities.  It provides leadership and support for internationally-oriented teaching, research, creative work and community engagement.

International Writing Program/ University of Iowa (Iowa City)
http://iwp.uiowa.edu/
The University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) hosts renowned international writers, offers classes and lecture series, publishes a web-based literary journal, and conducts cultural exchanges in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (Iowa City)
http://icfrc.org/
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) seeks to promote understanding of international issues by hosting community forums with expert speakers from around the world. It is a non-profit organization of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, international affairs and global issues.

Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (University of Iowa)
http://inrc.law.uiowa.edu/
The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center is a University of Iowa interdisciplinary collaboration to make more accessible educational and service programs focused on strengthening the operational capacity of Iowa nonprofit organizations. Many of the organizations in the directory provide excellent career, volunteer, and intern opportunities.

Iowa United Nations Association (Iowa City)
https://www.iowauna.org/
The Iowa United Nations Association is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953 after First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Iowa. It worked to effect constructive United States involvement in the United Nations through education and advocacy, to support responsible development through programs that reach locally, nationally and globally, and to promote peace, understanding and respect by utilizing the capabilities of the United Nations. Iowa UNA offers volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.

Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids)
http://legionarts.org/
Legion Arts is an award-winning, Cedar Rapids nonprofit dedicated to the creation, presentation, understanding and impact of contemporary art. Legion Arts presents cutting edge art, music theatre, film, and other events. Internships offering practical, hands-on engagement in arts production; marketing and communication; or arts administration are available. Those interested in interning with Legion Arts can write to info@legionarts.org.

Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (Iowa City and Des Moines)
https://monsooniowa.org
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity serves victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change. Volunteers assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community outreach and education events; help raise funds;and use their Asian language and cultural knowledge and skills in direct services.

Nisaa African Family Services (Des Moines and Iowa City)
http://nisaa-afs.org/what-can-you-do/volunteer-opportunities/
Nisaa is a non-profit that aims to end domestic violence and sexual assault in African immigrant and refugee communites by promoting social, economic, and political self-determination of all women. Volunteer opportunities include: multilingual language advocates, community outreach/educators, and event planners/volunteers.

OmniLingua Worldwide (Cedar Rapids)
http://www.omnilingua.com
Founded in Chicago in 1980, OmniLingua Worldwide is a data-driven, process-oriented professional translation and localization services company—completely focused on quality.

Proteus, Inc. (Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City)
http://www.proteusinc.net/
Proteus, Inc. provides farmworkers, immigrants, and others with a variety of services that improve their health, education, and economic opportunities. Proteus serves Iowa’s immigrants, minority and  low-income populations to make their dream of a brighter tomorrow a reality by helping them overcome language and cultural barriers in order to better provide for their families.

Refugee and Immigrant Association (serving Johnson and Linn counties)
http://refugeeimmigrant.org/
Provides various kinds of support to help immigrants become integrated into our local communities.

Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids)
http://www.rockwellcollins.com/Careers/Student_Opportunities
Rockwell Collins has internship and entry-level career opportunities in technical and non-technical fields. Their US location is in Cedar Rapids, IA, and they are a global company with operations on every inhabited continent.

Rotary District 6000 (Iowa City; Des Moines; Davenport; & others)
http://www.rotary6000.org/
District 6000 is a chapter of Rotary International. Rotary brings together leaders from all cultures and occupations who want to use their district expertise to give back to their communities and create lasting change in communities around the world. Rotarians have been responsible for the success of initiatives such as PolioPlus in the fight to end polio. Get involved by becoming a member (learn more). College-aged students and recent graduates are encouraged to join and volunteer with their local Rotaract chapter (learn more about the Iowa City Rotaract club) and/or get involved in District 6000's Xicotepec Project.

 

Des Moines/ Ames 

Center for Citizen Diplomacy (Des Moines)
https://www.centerforcitizendiplomacy.org/
The Center for Citizen Diplomacy unites a movement toward purposeful global engagement by providing a collective voice, platforms, and tools for organizations that offer opportunities for individuals to be exemplary citizen diplomats.

CultureALL (Des Moines)
http://www.cultureall.org/workthepassion.aspx
CultureALL is a non-profit organization that involves Iowans in learning about other world cultures in the classroom and in the community. There are many ways to get involved including volunteer opportunities.

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) (Des Moines, Waterloo, Marshalltown)
http://www.embarciowa.org/get-involved/
EMBARC is a community driven, grass roots coalition organization by and for refugees from Burma. As the collective voice of different ethnic groups from Burma, EMBARC strives to address shared issues, and work together towards common goals to uplift all communities through advocacy, education, and community development.

Iowa Department of Human Resources - Bureau of Refugee Services (Des Moines)
http://dhs.iowa.gov/refugee-services/volunteer
Opportunities to help refugees with language (ESL Helper) and transportation (Metro Bus System Helper).

Iowa International Center (Des Moines)
http://iowainternationalcenter.org/
IIC's mission is to build cultural respect at home and abroad one person at a time. Major program work includes student leadership programs, international visitor leadership program, international fellows program, translation services, hosting international visitors, the Kosovo Project (with the US State Department), and many others. They have employment, intern, and volunteer opportunities.

Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association, Inc. (IITA Inc.) (Des Moines)
https://iitanet.org/
As a non-profit organization and Iowa's premiere association of professional translators and interpreters, IITA serves Iowa's linguistically diverse community through education, training, and the promotion of translation and interpretation professions in Iowa.

Iowa Resource for International Service (Ames)
www.iris-center.org/
Non-profit, non-religious organization dedicated to promoting international education, development, and peace through rural initiatives. IRIS brings international visitors to Iowa and facilitates international relationships and travel opportunities for Iowans. They have opportunities for employment, volunteers, and student interns.

Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (Iowa City and Des Moines)
https://monsooniowa.org
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity serves victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change. Volunteers assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community outreach and education events; help raise funds;and use their Asian language and cultural knowledge and skills in direct services.

Nisaa African Family Services (Des Moines and Iowa City)
http://nisaa-afs.org/what-can-you-do/volunteer-opportunities/
Nisaa is a non-profit that aims to end domestic violence and sexual assault in African immigrant and refugee communites by promoting social, economic, and political self-determination of all women. Volunteer opportunities include: multilingual language advocates, community outreach/educators, and event planners/volunteers.

Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (Des Moines)
https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/capi
The Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, in the Department of Human Rights, is the permanent agency to advocate for Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. The office supports the commission's efforts and works with other state agencies and private organizations to address the needs of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in participating fully in the economic, social, and cultural life of the state.

Proteus, Inc. (Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City)
http://www.proteusinc.net/
Proteus, Inc. provides farmworkers, immigrants, and others with a variety of services that improve their health, education, and economic opportunities. Proteus serves Iowa’s immigrants, minority and  low-income populations to make their dream of a brighter tomorrow a reality by helping them overcome language and cultural barriers in order to better provide for their families.

Rotary District 6000 (Iowa City; Des Moines; Davenport; & others)
http://www.rotary6000.org/
District 6000 is a chapter of Rotary International. Rotary brings together leaders from all cultures and occupations who want to use their district expertise to give back to their communities and create lasting change in communities around the world. Rotarians have been responsible for the success of initiatives such as PolioPlus in the fight to end polio. Get involved by becoming a member (learn more). College-aged students and recent graduates are encouraged to join and volunteer with their local Rotaract chapter (learn more about the Iowa City Rotaract club) and/or get involved in District 6000's Xicotepec Project.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Des Moines)
http://www.refugees.org/about-us/where-we-work/uscri-des-moines/
USCRI Des Moines helps refugees successfully adapt to life in the United States.  USCRI Des Moines focuses on meeting the immediate basic needs of new arrivals, assisting refugees in obtaining early employment and achieving self-sufficiency, and nurturing community integration for new Americans.  USCRI Des Moines brings hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants by defending human rights, promoting self-sufficiency, and forging community partnerships.

World Food Prize Foundation (Des Moines)
http://www.worldfoodprize.org/
The World Food Prize Foundation was created by Dr. Norman Borlaug and emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future. 

 

Quad Cities 

Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities (Moline, IL)
Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities’ mis­sion is to con­tribute to the Hispanic/Latino com­mu­ni­ties through immi­gra­tion ser­vices, advo­cacy, edu­ca­tion, and cul­tural her­itage.

Rotary District 6000 (Iowa City; Des Moines; Davenport; & others)
http://www.rotary6000.org/
District 6000 is a chapter of Rotary International. Rotary brings together leaders from all cultures and occupations who want to use their district expertise to give back to their communities and create lasting change in communities around the world. Rotarians have been responsible for the success of initiatives such as PolioPlus in the fight to end polio. Get involved by becoming a member (learn more). College-aged students and recent graduates are encouraged to join and volunteer with their local Rotaract chapter (learn more about the Iowa City Rotaract club) and/or get involved in District 6000's Xicotepec Project.

The Stanley Foundation (Muscatine)
www.stanleyfoundation.org
A nonpartisan, private operating foundation focuses primarily on peace and security issues and promoting principled multilateralism. The Stanley Foundation conducts programming which focuses on various areas of foreign policy, including the United Nations and global institutions, US and Asian security, US and Middle East security, and nonproliferation and arms control.

 

Northern Iowa 

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) (Des Moines, Waterloo, Marshalltown)
http://www.embarciowa.org/get-involved/
EMBARC is a community driven, grass roots coalition organization by and for refugees from Burma. As the collective voice of different ethnic groups from Burma, EMBARC strives to address shared issues, and work together towards common goals to uplift all communities through advocacy, education, and community development.

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) (Marshalltown)
http://www.micaonline.org/home
MICA serves children and families in central Iowa, offering programs that mitigate the effects of poverty, including Head Start, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Maternal and Child Health, and Family Development.  Volunteer and job positions focus on public health and community development.

Proteus, Inc. (Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City)
http://www.proteusinc.net/
Proteus, Inc. provides farmworkers, immigrants, and others with a variety of services that improve their health, education, and economic opportunities. Proteus serves Iowa’s immigrants, minority and  low-income populations to make their dream of a brighter tomorrow a reality by helping them overcome language and cultural barriers in order to better provide for their families.

 

Statewide

Iowa Department of Economic Development (Statewide)
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/default.aspx
Working to strengthen Iowa's presence in the international marketplace.

Volunteer Match (Statewide)
www.volunteermatch.org
Matches volunteers with nonprofit organizations that need assistance. Search by interest and zip code to find opportunities in Iowa City or throughout the state.

 

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