Immigration Assistance with Grace Immigrant Outreach (GIO) Millbrook, NY

Available for Spring 2020

Website: Grace Immigrant Outreach

Grace Immigrant Outreach is a non-profit that offers immigration assistance.

Position description: Helping Spanish speaking people with the 2020 Census.

Marketing/Communications Outreach – Creating and distributing posters/flyers for social media and local establishments (Laundromats, bodegas, churches, schools, etc.)

Distribution of census specific information to be disbursed on the hosts’ social network. The information shared to hosts should be shared on any platform – sign a release form.

Managing social media accounts.

Identifying all clergy representatives of Latino communities in Dutchess County – reaching out for their support in the Census count.

Data Collection and Analysis.

Logging in all answered surveys

Organize surveys by towns, villages and cities.

Design a log program to maintain the survey information.

Keeping data on the communities visited

Keeping detailed contact information for host families

Keeping track and follow up of shared information via social media – did host family share Census information with network?

Requirements: Must speak Spanish

Number of available positions: 3

Time: 3 hour events, 3 events per week

Intern with Protect Students Abroad

This opportunity is available Spring 2020

Protect Students Abroad (PSA)  

In 2011, Thomas Plotkin died during study abroad. In 2012, Ravi Thackurdeen died during study abroad. In 2013, their moms met. Elizabeth Brenner and Ros Thackurdeen shared their astonishment that no state or federal requirement exists for education travel programs to collect and share student deaths and injuries. While students are heavily marketed with information about the benefits of student travel programs, there’s literally no industry-wide safety database. Therefore, a student’s ability to make fully informed education abroad decision is incomplete. 

Students deserve transparency. This is the reason why PSA was born. Elizabeth and Ros have organized to educate the public, advocate with state and federal leaders, and pressure education abroad professionals and institutions to collect and report travel program safety information.

In 2015, PSA launched a website to distribute information. Using the Internet and word-of-mouth, they collect education abroad student deaths and non-lethal safety incidents. This information is uploaded on their website. PSA also speaks at conferences and attends state and federal meetings with legislative staff. Since 2014, two states have passed transparency laws, with two more states in process. Multiple times, two federal laws have been introduced to the House. This year, both bills also have Senate sponsorship. All bills have been referred to committees, though none has yet received a hearing. 

During the 2018-2019 academic year, PSA had the privilege of working with two Vassar student interns. One intern used Excel to build a searchable spreadsheet of education abroad student deaths and injuries. The other worked on legislative outreach, including attending meetings in Albany and Washington, D.C. 

This year, we again hope to have two interns. PSA’s data project will continue, with one intern focused on using this information to better understand relationships between variables and fatality. The second intern will work on legislative outreach, with an emphasis on using social media to educate and mobilize various communities. 

If interested in working with PSA, please submit a CV, as well as any questions or comments to Elizabeth and Ros. (Web and email addresses below.)

http://protectstudentsabroad.org/

elizabeth@protectstudentsabroad.org

ros@protectstudentsabroad.org

Research and Independent Project Intern for Rural & Migrant Ministry

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

Position Description: Richard Witt, the Executive Director of RMM, is looking for an intern team willing to engage in primary and secondary research to support (or complicate) our argument that rural youth face unique barriers. We have witnessed academic scholarship and journalism further isolate our members by not taking into account their experiences. The end product could be an op-ed, radio story, memo with talking points, or report. 

Examples of other possible independent projects include popular education curriculum and activities, updating our media contact list, and the benefit of rural worker cooperatives. Research projects benefit RMM and provide hands on investigative experience. 

Who to Contact: For more information call Richard Witt at 845- 485-8627 and email him at rcyrilwitt@aol.com 

Rural Women’s Network Intern for Rural & Migrant Ministry

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

Position Description: RMM is full of strong female leaders at all four of our sites around the state (Western NY, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and the Catskills). This year, each region will host a Women’s Retreat in addition to regular opportunities for the families who form part of our program to connect. The female leaders of RMM have spoken out in Albany about sexual abuse in the workplace, provided space for healing to one another, and engaged in projects like providing transportation and childcare to help others. 

The RWN intern will participate in periodic discussions between the four sites as they establish a women’s empowerment curriculum and share ideas for new projects. An early project will be interviewing program coordinators as well as participants to survey what a “Rural Women’s Network” could entail. The intern will also help to make programming possible, by providing ideas, offering logistical and administrative support, and spearheading a fundraising effort. The intern for RWN should be comfortable with a flexible position in which we expect strong communication and a proactive attention to detail in order to realize new ideas. 

The position requires the following: 

  • Flexible availability 
  • Passion to be an ally for justice 
  • A detail-oriented person 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 
  • Spanish is preferred, but not required. The network is multicultural. 

Who to Contact: For more information call Sakima McClinton at 845- 485-8627 and email her at rmmsakima@gmail.com 

Development Intern for Rural & Migrant Ministry

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

Position Description: Help make a difference in the lives of hundreds of rural and migrant people across New York by helping to strengthen one of the leading rural non-profit organizations in the state. This is an opportunity to not only make a difference but also to develop direct skills while building up your resume! 

 

 Interns will have the opportunity to work directly on a development campaign that strengthens and promotes the mission of Rural & Migrant Ministry. This semester interns will have the chance to get involved in one or more of the following projects: 

  • Supporting special events happening around the state 
  • Grant writing 
  • Writing direct appeals 
  • Analyzing donations for our Annual Report 
  • Organizing donor entries in our database, Etapestry 

 

  • While we prefer interns who can regularly come to the Poughkeepsie office (360 Noxon Road) in order to connect with staff, we can also offer a hybrid internship or allow proactive interns to work from campus and communicate via phone calls and emails. The position requires the following: 
    • Available during the weekdays, before 5pm 
    • Passion to be an ally for justice 
    • A detail-oriented person 
    • Strong writing and communication skills 

Who to Contact: For more information call Laura Lecour at 845- 485-8627 and email rmmllecour@gmail.com 

Public Relations Intern for Rural & Migrant Ministry

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

RMM is built on building bridges across communities in the state of New York and beyond. The Public Relations intern will work with staff to present the “face” of RMM to key constituents on topics such as our progress since the June passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, opportunities to join us for programming, and the stories of those who compose RMM. 

Position Description: You can join one or more of the following projects, depending on your interests/ prior experience and the priorities that arise in the Fall: 

  • Writing Press Releases 
  • Collecting information to craft our monthly newsletter 
  • Updating our website 
  • Coordinating a social media campaign 

While we prefer interns who can regularly come to the Poughkeepsie office (360 Noxon Road) in order to connect with staff, we can also offer a hybrid internship or allow proactive interns to work from campus and communicate via phone calls and emails. 

The position requires the following: 

  • Available during the weekdays, before 4pm 
  • Passion to be an ally for justice 
  • A detail-oriented person 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 

Who to Contact: For more information call Laura Lecour at 845- 485-8627 and email rmmllecour@gmail.com 

Youth Arts Group Intern for Rural & Migrant Ministry

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through: 

  • Nurturing leadership 
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers 
  • Changing unjust systems and structures 

Position Description: The Youth Arts Group of Rural & Migrant Ministry is looking for interns to work with them as they develop their leadership skills for social justice. The Youth Arts Group (YAG) is a group of high school students from around the Mid-Hudson Valley that uses the arts to bring about systemic change in the issues of their lives. During 2019 they are focusing on: 

  • Farmworker justice 
  • Separation of families 
  • Family Violence 

The group has received national attention, and travels frequently. Within the past few years the group has been to NYC, Syracuse, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Alabama, Houston, and Washington D.C. 

In the Fall Semester, the group is looking for an intern to help them as they finalize their summer art projects, and choose social justice issues for the 2019-2020 academic year. They will also be engaged in recruitment and selecting new members. The group meets once a week in addition to trips and presentations. Interns are expected to attend every Friday night (exceptions for illness, emergencies) and to help with occasional committee meetings and trips, including overnights. 

We will also accept interns who cannot commit to Friday nights, but can meet with the subcommittees during the week, and help chaperon occasional weekend trips. Office positions are also available if you want to help fundraise for the group and the coordinator Andres with planning. 

This highly rewarding, but demanding position requires the following: 

  • Available for Friday afternoons/nights (3:30 – 11:30pm) OR afternoons and nights during the week 
  • Willingness to support the group on occasional trips, including overnights 
  • Driver’s license and willingness to learn how to drive a large van 
  • Passion to be an ally for justice 

Schedule: 8+ hours/week

Who to Contact: For more information call Andres Chamorro at 845-485-8627 and email andres.m.chamorro@gmail.com 

Donor Stewardship Intern for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

About the Organization: United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is a 501c3 organization and is committed to the principle of diversity and nondiscrimination.  All interns are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning their internship.  Questions, comments and feedback regarding a student learning experiences during internships are welcomed at any time from the student, professors, guidance professionals and administrators.

Location: 75 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Key Responsibilities: This internship will work with the Resource Development Office to further business development.

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Development Coordinator, Jennell Higgs.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Coordinate signature event logistics
  • Research accuracy of information and document updates.
  • Thank you phone calls to donors
  • Put together Leadership Packets
  • Deliver or mail Leadership Packets
  • Manage Leadership Society Donor List
  • Merge/send acknowledgment letters
  • Create and maintain binder of leadership donor and event information

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Interest in nonprofit, business development, or relationship management
  • Interest in developing an understanding of the role of technology in business development
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Driver’s license and a car preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer & internet skills

Hours: negotiable

Who to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu

Community Impact Intern for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

About the Organization: United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is a 501c3 organization and is committed to the principle of diversity and nondiscrimination.  All interns are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning their internship.  Questions, comments and feedback regarding a student learning experiences during internships are welcomed at any time from the student, professors, guidance professionals and administrators.

Location: 75 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Key Responsibilities: This intern will work within the Community Impact Department to assist with the administrative tasks important to ensuring our organization is fulfilling its mission.

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Director of Community Impact, Melissa Clark.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Filing reports
  • Scheduling site visits/attending site visits
  • Data entry for grant reporting
  • Mailing correspondence
  • Database management
  • Preparation for Community Impact Council meetings
  • Prepare agendas
  • Tabling United Way events
  • Preparing and printing marketing materials
  • Reviewing grants
  • Research United Way transition
  • Research trends in areas UW funds
  • Other duties as needed

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Interest in nonprofit and community outreach work
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Driver’s license and a car preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer & internet skillsHours: negotiableWho to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu