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Latin American and Latino Studies Local Internships

Latin American Studies (LAS 400/LAS 681) and Latino Studies (LAS 401) Internships provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of Latin American societies and improve their linguistic skills by working as volunteers for organizations that serve Latin American and Latino communities in Louisville or abroad. The LAS 400/LAS 681 Internships may be conducted locally or abroad. The LAS 401 Latino Studies Internship is conducted in the Kentuckiana area and in other areas of the United States.


Local LALS Internship Sites

Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Contact Person: Mara Maldonado, Program Director
Address: Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214
Phone: (502) 494-0353

Organization Goals: Encourage Hispanic youth to set high personal, educational, and career goals and assist in the achievement of these goals. Aid Hispanic youth and their families to become familiar with U.S. culture and culturally-appropriate behavior. Help Hispanic youth and their families access community resources to facilitate their participation in U.S. society. Provide Hispanic youth and their families with opportunities for civic involvement and invite them to serve as cultural ambassadors to promote greater awareness, tolerance, and understanding of Hispanic people.


Adhawks Advertising and Public Relations

Contact Person: Adolfo (Ben) Ruiz, Creative Director & CEO,
Address: 201 E Main St, Suite 104;Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502)589-3229; 502-558-7083; 888-890-7865, Ext. 14

Mission Statement: We provide unmatched service, creativity, marketing and communications solutions that give our customers exceptional appeal, opportunity and success.


Americana Community Center

Contact Person: Edgardo Mansilla, Director / Helmer Duvergé
Address: 4801 Southside Dr; Louisville,KY 40214
Phone: (502)366-7813; Fax: (502)366-6382
Email: /
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Mission Statement: Americana Community Center is a non-profit 501-C 3 organization which seeks to provide a spectrum of services for the many diverse residents of Metro Louisville. This enables people to discover and utilize resources to build strong families, create a safe, supportive community and realize their individual potential. The Center provides and array of social services and referrals explicitly designed to respond to the specific and changing needs of our clients. The programs and services are constantly re-evaluated to determine the efficiency and appropriateness.


Arcadia Community Center

Contact Person: Jennifer Hurley, Executive  Director
Address: 1423 Arcade Avenue; Louisville, KY 40215
Phone: (502)375-1819; Fax (502)375-5815

Organization Goals: Arcadia Community Center partners with refugee and immigrant groups and additional community organizations to provide holistic services that offer educational and social support for new families adjusting to life in the United States. A key focus of the Center is providing dynamic programming for international youth to foster their personal growth and development.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Contact Person: Don Shaw
Address: 1519 Gardiner Lane, Suite B; Louisville, KY 40218
Phone: (502) 587-0494
Web site:

Organization Goals: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is committed to serving the needs of Hispanic children and families across the country. The Hispanic Mentoring Initiative continues the Big Brothers Big Sisters tradition of outreach to at-risk youth by emphasizing the connection with Hispanic communities and the recruitment of Latino volunteers and Littles.


Brown-Forman: Creating Our Path (COPA)

Contact Person: Amy Wisotsky
Address: 850 Dixie Highway; Louisville, KY 40210
Phone: (502) 585-1100
Web site:

Mission Statement: COPA empowers Latino employees within Brown-Forman and encourages opportunities for personal growth.  By developing an influential and vibrant network, we have an opportunity to unite and leverage the Latino employee base to help increase market share and profit with target Latino consumers and be the best brand builders in the industry, period.


CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates

Contact Person: Dawn Lee
Address: 514 W. Liberty St. Rm. 139; Louisville, KY 40214
Phone: (502)595-4911; Fax: (502)582-9816
Web site:

Organization Goals: The mission of CASA is to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in family court by training and supervising community volunteers. CASA volunteers provide a constant source of information to the court and undertake any and all activities necessary for the promotion of these children’s health, safety and welfare until a permanent disposition is made.

Casa Latina

Contact Person: Maria Scharfenberger or Sue Scharfenberger
Address: 230 Woodbine Street; Louisville,KY 40208
Phone: (502) 636-5461 or (502) 439-9459

Organization Goals: La Casa Latina Catholic Worker is a house of hospitality for Latina women and children. We are a group of people of faith, committed to creating a space with and for Latina women where community is lived and shared; where doors to a better life may be opened; and where each one may make real her dreams and goals.


CASA of Shelbyville

Contact Person: Beverly Hilger
Address: 822 Main St.
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: (502)321-6856

Organization Goals: The mission of CASA is to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in family court by training and supervising community volunteers.


Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville: Office of Multicultural Ministry/Oficina de Ministerio Multicultural

Contact Person: Thomas J. Gurucharri
Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry
Office of Multicultural Ministry
Phone: 502 636-0296
Address: Maloney Center; 1200 South Shelby Street; Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: (502)636-0296; Fax: (502)636-2379
Hours: M- F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summer: M-Th: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,Fri: 8:30 a.m.– 12 p.m.

Organization Goals: The Office of Multicultural Ministry is an Archdiocesan office designed to give direction and leadership to the full and holistic development of our growing and diverse Catholic communities within the Archdiocese of Louisville. We encourage the full participation of the multicultural community from a cultural and pastoral perspective through development programs and outreach events. 

Catholic Charities / Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking.

Contact Person: Steve Bogus, Executive Director/Marissa Castellanos, Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Program Manager
Address: 2911 S. 4th Street; Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 637-9786
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Web site:

Organization Goals: Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc., a member of Catholic Charities USA and an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville, provides service for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Hispanic Latino Coalition/ Coalición Hispana Latina

Contact Person: Adolfo (Ben) Ruiz, Creative Director & CEO
Address: 4801 Southside Drive; Louisville, 40214
Phone: (502) 366-7813; (502) 589-3229; (502) 558-7083; (888) 890-7865, Ext. 14

Organization Goals: The Hispanic/Latino Coalition is a broad-based group of public and private organizations and individuals who embrace the strengths and respond to the concerns of a growing Hispanic/Latino population.

Just Solutions Mediation Services

Contact person: Trime Persinger
Address: Chestnut Centre, 410 W. Chestnut Suite 628; Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502)581-1961; Fax: (502)581-9832

Organization Goals: Just Solutions exists to promote nonviolent ways of dealing with conflict, managing change and building community. It is the only full service mediations training and services center in the metropolitan Louisville,Kentucky area. Just Solutions Mediation Services provides facilitation, conflict management and mediation training, and case mediation for disputes in the following areas: family, business, employee relations, healthcare, housing, organizations and community.

La Casita Center

Contact Person: Karina Barillas
Address: 224 Woodbine Street; Louisville, KY 40208
Mailing Address:  PO Box 1844 , Louisville, KY 40201
Phone: (502) 322- 4036

Organization Goals: La Casita Center strives to enhance overall well-being for members of Hispanic Latino families and the communities in which they dwell. This is accomplished through provision of educational services and cross-cultural experiences; the development of collaborations with community services; and the fostering of networks among individuals and families in the community.

Kentucky Racing Health Services Center

Contact Person: Whitney Nash, Program Director
Address: 422 Heywood Avenue; Louisville, KY
Phone: (812) 989-6986
Hours: M;F: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wed: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Organization Goals: The Kentucky Racing Health Services Center is a medical clinic, staffed with UofL nursing and medical students. The clinic services the backside workers in the horseracing industry at Churchill Downs. The workers are predominantly Hispanic, and we are seeking volunteer Spanish translators to aid us in better serving these patients.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Contact Person: Carol Young, Director; Rodolfo Bernal, Cuban/Haitian Case Manager
Address: 969B Cherokee Road; Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: (502) 479-9180 ext.11; Fax: (502)479-9190
Email: /
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Web site:

Organization Goals: Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through church- and agency-based sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.

Klein Family Learning Center

Contact Person: Jennifer Hoert, Director
Address: 704 Central Avenue; Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 636-4400 ext. 1231
Hours: M–F: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (during the meet)

Organization Goals: Klein Family Learning Center provides educational services to all backside workers with the goal of enabling them to increase their horsemanship skills and to overcome cultural and language barriers. The Learning Center seeks to accomplish this goal by providing free professional and educational programming that supports the Thoroughbred Horse Industry at Churchill Downs and Trackside Louisville. The Learning Center’s vision is to be a national model for the horse industry.

Louisville Free Public Library- Iroquois Branch

Contact Person: Sophie Maier
Address: 601 W. Woodlawn Avenue; Louisville, KY 40215
Phone: 502-574-1720
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Organization Goals: As part of its services to the public, the Louisville Free Public Library provides programs and events geared to the international population. Among those services are materials in native languages and multicultural programming. Among the programs offered are English Conversation Clubs designed to help non-native English speakers improve their language skills, Bilingual Cafes allowing participants to practice both English and Spanish, and foreign language computer classes.


Planned Parenthood

Contact Person: Morgan Taliaferro
Address: 1025 South Second Street; Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-584-2471, Ext. 1235; 502-584-2473

Organization Goals: To promote and ensure an environment in which women, men and teens from all backgrounds are able to access confidential, affordable, quality reproductive health care; and to educate and support individuals so they are able to make informed decisions about their sexual well-being.


Sister Cities

Contact Person: Elizabeth Kuhn, Director
Address: 224 S. Second Street; Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-547-3397; Fax: (502) 574-2668
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Web site:

Organization Goals: SCL is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to global friendship, multicultural understanding, and economic growth by developing lasting relationships between the Louisville area and Sister Cities around the world, Including Quito, Ecuador and La Plata, Argentina.

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