Grantwriting with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be done remotelyEvergreen MindsEvergreen Minds, Inc is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

We strongly believe that people are meant to regularly experience fresh air and nature and this innate connection should not end because we grow older or develop cognitive changes. We also believe fresh air, nature, self-expression and laughter are vital for our mental, physical and emotional well-being.

The objective of ‘Growing Together’ is to join people of various ages and cognitive abilities to create a community garden where ALL are welcome as they ARE. The focus is on abilities not disabilities, and to promote intergenerational relationships and understanding that people living with dementia are able to continue to contribute to society and live a life of purpose and meaning. The garden will be planted at the Environmental Cooperative.

Location: Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

Position Description:

  • Research and identify grant opportunities
  • Assist with grant writing

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in learning about non-profit funding

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

Parking Study Assessor with Arlington Business Improvement District

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be conducted remotely.

The mission of the Arlington Business Improvement District is to continue on our path of revitalization, beautification, and the creation of business and people friendly environment. We will constantly reassess our plans, efforts, and strategies so that we may successfully bring local residents and local businesses together for their mutual benefits.

Position Description: 

  • Students will learn assessment tools used by county and town planning departments to evaluate parking needs of communities.
  •  Student will have opportunity to help develop solutions to address parking needs in the BID. 
  • Students will also be helping to formulate the five year master plan for the BID.
  • The parking study is needed to help plan for future business growth in the BID and available parking for increased visitors to the area. The findings and proposals will become part of our on going master plan
  • Students will use parking study material from county and town to complete study.

Desired Skills:

  • Students will need to be able to read maps and fill in count information.
  • Will need willingness to learn some basic analytic and urban planning tools.
  • ArcGIS Online account
  • ArcGIS Field Maps app (free download)
  • Smartphone or tablet
  • GIS skills would be helpful but are not necessary. The Dutchess County Transportation Council will provide a how-to-guide, training, and technical support.

Hours: There will be 2 Saturdays needed for vehicle counts 2:00pm to 4:00pm and a 6:00pm to 8:00pm on separate days. 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

Digital Media Intern with Cryptic Gallery

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position.

Cryptic Gallery is a new contemporary art space working in several schools of art from surrealism, street art and photography to sculptural, pop and graffiti, to name a few. Their motto is: “Recognizing the unfamiliar.”

Location: 358 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the set up and take down of art shows
  • Attend gallery shows to assist with visitors’ questions and document the event
  • Photograph and edit content for social media and Cryptic’s website
  • Help with video editing
  • Manage incoming submissions for shows

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with photography and video editing
  • Understanding of websites
  • An interest in contemporary art

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

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

Nutrition Project for Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this opportunity can be conducted virtually and the position is only available for CEL credit.

Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie is an Indoor Farm in Center City Poughkeepsie which produces a live, organic vegetable powder from Broccoli they harvest at the Microgreen Sprout and dehydrate using proprietary process that retains max Nutrients.

Location: 316 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

Role/Responsibilities: Explore ways to utilize Concentrated, Whole Food, Organic, Vegetables in the form of powder as a means of delivering Bioavailable Nutrition to School Children, especially targeted toward most Nutrition Deficient Inner City populations. This product is produced in Center City Poughkeepsie by local resident employees many in the “at risk” category.

Desired Skills: 

  • An interest in Health and Wellness, especially a Natural Whole Food Organic Diet.
  • Video Production, Editing, etc. are a plus to create educationally focused materials on explaining various aspects of the IOGP Enterprise.

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

Intern Position with Casa Comunitaria De Recursos/Reunite Migrant Families

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be conducted remotely.

Casa Comunitaria De Recursos/Reunite Migrant Families is a new organization whose goal is to offer health, education, housing and job services to the Latinx community of Dutchess County. They provide a safe and confidential space for consulting and administering free-of-charge services. Their mission is to enrich, educate and support the Latinx community in a place that honors the diverse strengths and human dignity of each person. All services and activities are in Spanish. This is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Dutchess’s Latinx grassroots community and culture. While introducing questions of power and privilege, Reunite Migrant Families also provides an opportunity for fully bilingual students to work with longtime Latinx community organizers engaged in providing services and leading activist initiatives.

Position Description:

Work with longtime Latinx community organizers in the city of Poughkeepsie for the purposes of expanding services to the Latinx communities in the areas of jobs, housing, migration services, health services, education and information access

Desired Skills:

  • Bilingual Spanish
  • Writing skills
  • Motivated to help the Grassroots community

Hours:

  • Evenings and a weekend prefer. Possibility need a couple hours on a weekday

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

Residential Department Intern for Sustainable Westchester

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Sustainable Westchester is a nonprofit, consortium of Westchester County local governments that facilitates effective collaboration on sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to bring socially responsible, environmentally sound, and economically viable solutions that create healthy, resilient, sustainable communities.

At Sustainable Westchester, interns will have the opportunity to learn about the clean energy landscape, gain marketable skills and experiences working with elected officials and community members. Our internships are designed to be a valuable and worthwhile experience for the student. The interns will help research, plan and create materials. Intern will also have the option
to participate in a series of outreach activities aimed at transitioning Westchester homeowners toward clean heating and cooling options and energy efficiency upgrades to support New York State’s Climate Reduction Goals. Interns will become familiar with NYSERDA, the utilities, the CLPCLA and Sustainable Westchester’s energy efficiency, electrification and renewable energy campaigns.

Position Description:

Within the Residential Department, the intern will be involved with:

  • Community Outreach: Represent our campaign at local community events,
    engage community members in conversation and provide program information.
  • Homeowner Helper: Create newsletters and contact homeowners via phone and email
  • Graphic Design and Video Editing: Optional assignments focused on content
    creation to spread the home energy message.
  • Data Analysis and Research
  • Policy
  • Self-Directed Project: Have a skill you want to improve or build upon? Past interns have designed their own responsibilities and tasks based on their interests and skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience or interest working on community projects is preferred
  • Experience driving projects to completion
  • Must be highly organized and able to track and analyze data and information
  • Must be committed to protecting the environment
  • A self-starter with a high energy level and a strong work ethic
  • A person of sound judgment who is innovative and strategic in their thinking
  • Strong time management skills

Hours: Flexible based on students needs. Hours could fall between 10am-6pm on weekdays and for in-person work on the weekends and evenings; 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

Retail Merchandising Internship Position with Habitat for Humanity

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position.

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 with our ReStore Retail Merchandising.
  • ReStore is the store that builds houses. It is a home goods store that sells used and new furniture, décor, construction items and more. Our current store is a floor space of approximately 20,000 square feet. The Retail Merchandising
    intern will assist with planning the overall look of the store floor, organizing departments, creating appealing vignettes, assisting with display of items for online store.
  • This position interacts with customers, volunteers and employees of Habitat Dutchess.
  • Position will report to Front End Supervisor/Sales Floor Assistant Supervisor.
  • The intern will perform tasks in the Habitat Dutchess ReStore, a retail location that sells used and new home goods, furniture, construction items and more.
  • The intern will interact with customers, volunteers and staff.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to use multiple media platforms, photography skills a plus, ability to work in a fast paced environment, special planning.
  • Capacity to work with a team.
  • This position will require the ability to assist in arranging furniture items, lifting or moving of furniture required.
  • Team player and communication skills are important for this position.
  • 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.

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.

Summer 2022 CEL Opportunities

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Intern with Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

This opportunity is available for Summer 2022. This is an in-person position that requires the student to have their own vehicle.

RWR stacked logo.pngCreated in 2011, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is a crucial incubator of new musicals. We give 8 musical theatre writing teams a private, weeklong residency in a home near Rhinebeck, NY, where they focus solely on writing. Our writers’ musicals have been produced in theaters across the country such as The Public Theatre (NY), Playwrights Horizons (NY), La Jolla Playhouse (CA), Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ) and Dallas Theater Center (TX). Past Rhinebeck writers include Tony winners Duncan Sheik and Stew, and multi-award winners Joe Iconis, Nathan Tysen, Alex Timbers, David Hein, Irene Sankoff, Grace McLean, Isabella Dawis, Tidtaya Sinutoke, and Max Vernon.

We receive funding from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP Foundation, and The Noël Coward Foundation.

Position:  Part-time, Paid summer internship
You can have another job Monday to Friday and still do this internship. You’ll work on weekends between July 1 and August 29. The pay is $15 per hour; and you are reimbursed for the use of your car at $.55 per mile.  You will work on average 8 hours per week, but the hours aren’t guaranteed.

You’ll report to Founding Executive Director Kathy Evans. Responsibilities primarily involve driving the musical theatre writers around. Every Sunday (our writer switchover day), you’ll drive to the Poughkeepsie train station to pick them up, take them to a grocery store, and then the writers’ home, 25 minutes east of Rhinebeck in Pine Plains. On 5 Saturdays, you will assist with “Meet the Writers” events held at different locations such as Oblong Book Store. You’ll take photos and videos for our Facebook page. You may also be in charge of our Instagram page. There might be occasional driving for the writers needed on weekdays, but this is not required.

Qualifications:

You must use your own car (must be 4-door) and be fully insured. You must be vaccinated and boosted with the COVID-19 vaccine and be at least 18. Seeking highly responsible, personable, flexible individual who is an excellent driver. It’s important to be a great communicator, since most work is done by email, text, and phone. There are no employee benefits, such as health or unemployment insurance.

To Apply:
Send an email to Executive Director Kathy Evans at kathy@rhinebeckwriters.org describing why you are interested and attach your resume. Please also email Jean Hinkley, Assistant Director, OCEL, jhinkley@vassar.edu to discuss obtaining credit.