Advocacy Data Research with Habitat for Humanity

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. 

Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Location: 1822 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Position Description:

  • Seeking an Internship Position to assist in our Advocacy Data Research.
  • Research will include analyzing census data on a national, state and local level as well as other local statistical resources.
  • Data will be used to demonstrate need for housing that is affordable in the local community. Data will also focus on what populations have significant need for affordable housing. This research will assist in the Habitat Dutchess Advancing Black Homeownership Program, Diversity Equity Inclusion Program, Homeownership Program and Repair Programs. This position is critical for marketing and advocacy expansion in the organization.
  • Position will report to Operations Director.
  • The intern will perform tasks in that includes analyzing data from the census and other local resources to create organized presentation of statistical data. This data collection will be used to assist in grant applications, advocacy campaigns and expansion of the Habitat Dutchess Homeownership and Repair programs.
  • The intern will work with the Operations Director to create advocacy campaign materials, supporting reports, plan targeted marketing and utilize data to further and improve programs within Habitat Dutchess.
  • The intern will work closely with the Operations Director, who is their direct supervisor. Both formal and informal evaluations will be completed through out their internship to allow the intern to reflect on progress. The intern will also work with volunteers within the organization.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to use Microsoft office, create presentations of data, strong reporting and writing skills, ability to work with a team in a fast paced environment.
  • Must have transportation.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org  + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

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