Fall 2021 CEL Opportunities

Education

Zoo & Veterinary

Law and Politics

History

Environment and Farming

Business

Arts, Media, and Architecture

Social Services and Social Justice

Health and Mental Health Services

Urban Planning


Past Partners with Potential Opportunities

If you are interested in a CEL with the following community partners, please email  a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu. We will connect you with the organization if they have capacity to host a CEL student.

Asset Mapping Internship with Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership (CEEP)

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership (CEEP) was founded in 1996 as a 501(c) nonprofit organization with a Charter to fund and sponsor programs promoting development of an effective and competitive environmental industry and advance development of sound environmental business policies and programs in New York State and elsewhere.

CEEP is looking for a student to create an asset map of Beacon to use in conjunction with the work that the organization does. The asset map will document Beacon’s existing resources.

Desired Skills:

  • Research skills
  • Strong communication
  • Interest in the environmental field
  • GIS experience a plus, but not required.

Hours: Students must commit to 80 hours over the semester.

Environment and Climate Justice Intern for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester, and is only available for CEL credit.

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For over 50 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related bodies of water. As an organization, Clearwater works to provide innovative environmental education programs, advocacy, and celebrations designed to expand people’s experience, awareness and stewardship of this magnificent natural resource. Continue reading “Environment and Climate Justice Intern for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater”

GIS Intern for Town of Gardiner Natural Resource Inventory

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

The Gardiner NRI was initiated in 2019  through a joint effort of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) , representatives of the Town of Gardiner Boards and Commissions and representatives of the Public. The NRI was completed at the end of 2020 and adopted by the Gardiner Town Board in February, 2021. The result was  a series of  twenty- three PDF maps that were created and  then printed based on both the parcel data for Gardiner but also the specific natural resource characteristic of interest. View the maps here.

The Town of Gardiner is developing an online interactive mapping for its’ Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) maps. This project is proposed on behalf of the Gardiner Town Board, by the Gardiner Environment Commission (ECC) together with the Gardiner Open Space Commission  (GOSC). The ECC and GOSC are seeking expert help to create an interactive web map or a GIS based tool to visualize the natural resources data produced by a Natural Resource Inventory (NRI). The data have already been acquired in the process of the creation of the NRI and loaded into GIS files.  The Town would like to turn this set of maps and layers of data into an easy to use (for people with no GIS experience) web map allowing the ECC, OSC, Planning Board, and other users as well as the general public to interact with the data – turning layers on and off easily and being able to see how different natural resources stack on  one or more properties.

Continue reading “GIS Intern for Town of Gardiner Natural Resource Inventory”

Fieldwork Internship at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester, and is only available for CEL credit.

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s mission is to cultivate local leadership in sustainable farming, food access and education, and to foster an inclusive, welcoming community for everyone.

Position Description:

  • A Fieldwork Internship at Poughkeepsie Farm Project allows students to participate in most aspects of general farm work. This may include (but is not limited to):
  • Greenhouse seeding and potting up transplanting
  • Hoeing and hand-weeding
  • Trellising and pruning harvesting
  • Washing, sorting and packing produce
  • Spraying bins and cleaning wash/pack areas and greenhouses assisting with wholesale or produce donations
  • This work can be physically demanding, including stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching and crawling. It can also be dirty, wet, cold, or hot. Students should be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions (heat, cold, sun, rain).
  • A note on the work: Farm work can be physically and mentally challenging, uncomfortable, and sometimes gross. It can also be exhilarating, beautiful, delicious, and highly rewarding. It has the ability to make us stronger, more resilient, more agile and dexterous, more patient, more observant, and to impart many new skills. Those who get the most out of an experience at PFP tend to be people who are not easily discouraged, who enjoy challenging themselves, who maintain a positive attitude, and who enjoy getting outside, getting into/using their bodies, and interacting with the natural world and with other people. Smiling and asking questions are both highly encouraged!

Desired Skills:

  • Reliability: We often schedule tasks with the number of people involved in mind. To this end, we expect students to please:
    • commit to a regular weekly schedule as best your schedule allows
    • arrange to spend a minimum of 1.5-2 hours for each visit to the farm
    • arrive on time, and/or give us 24 hours notice, if possible, of any scheduling changes or inability to show up for a scheduled time slot. Text LK at 845-418-9389.
  • Preparedness: We ask that you come appropriately dressed for the weather and the work, whatever it may be. Please take appropriate measures for self care, such as wearing sunscreen and/or hat, bringing a water bottle, etc. If you have any injuries that might affect your ability to work, please let the project leader know so we can take those into consideration.
  • Presence and Engagement: We ask that you come prepared to be present, not only physically but also mentally, in whatever project the team is working on. As this internship is about community engagement, we encourage you to engage with whomever you may be working with in the farm fields, whether it be the farmers, CSA members, or fellow students. **Please have the common courtesy to not use earbuds, listen to music or podcasts, or be on
    the phone while working alongside others.**
  • Communication: If at any time you find yourself uncomfortable with a given tool or task, please let us know. Though the work can be challenging, we do not want anyone to participate in anything that is painful or makes them feel unsafe. Here at PFP we strive to cultivate not only healthy plants, but a healthy work environment that is inclusive, supportive, respectful (of people’s time, abilities, comfort levels etc) and safe. Please always feel welcome to come to the Crew Leader, Farm Production Director or CSA Director with any questions or concerns.

Hours: Due to the seasonal nature of farming, there is a rise and fall of work that needs to be done.  Fall semesters have the opposite trajectory, with more help needed in September and less to do at the farm in November. Plan your hours accordingly. Ultimately it is your responsibility to log and complete the required 40 hours before the end of each semester.

2021 Schedule:
Fall 2021 semester hours will begin the week of September 6. Plan to complete (or mostly complete) your hours by the end of October or first week of November. Fieldwork Internship hours can generally take place during the following times:
● Mondays 1-3pm
● Tuesdays 9-11am
● Wednesday 1-3pm
● Fridays 9-11am
● Some Saturdays from 9am-noon

Additionally, we also have a 3 hour time block on Tuesdays from 3-6pm.

We require that students be available for a minimum of a 2 hour time block. Due to the nature of this work, anything less than 2 hours is insufficient.

Students who are unable to arrive at the start times listed above will be considered if they are able to commit to a 4-hour block once a week, starting at either 7am, 8am or 12:30pm.

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 Fall 2021 semester. 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. Continue reading “Residential Department Intern for Sustainable Westchester”

Climate Communications with Bedford 2030

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Bedford 2030 addresses the urgent issue of climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions and preservation of natural resources. We organize a grassroots effort in our community to achieve aggressive climate action goals identified in the Bedford Climate Action Plan.

Bedford2030 is working on a number of different programs including those focused on reducing transportation emissions, reducing building energy emissions and increase carbon capture from our natural environment. They are interested in working with a student to continue to develop components of our current programming and programming that is in the development stages. Bedford2030 is looking to achieve a “Silver Climate Smart Community Certification” from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA.) Continue reading “Climate Communications with Bedford 2030”

Various Positions (education, social media, fundraising) with Finish Strong

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

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Finish Strong  provides non-contact boxing and other activities as well as mental health counseling to address trauma and build resiliency in youth and young adults.

Finish Strong strives to bring experiences to the classroom that our youth would not otherwise encounter. We are looking for interns to bring their skills and talent in a multitude of areas such as:

  • Drawing, painting, and other arts/crafts
  • Film and media
  • Singing, musical instruments
  • Culture and history
  • Cooking
  • Sports and physical activity
  • Nature and gardening
  • Yoga/body and mind connection
  • Or any other ideas!

Continue reading “Various Positions (education, social media, fundraising) with Finish Strong”

Outreach Volunteer for 13-Hands Equine Rescue

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity cannot be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

13hands-board-icon-small.png13-Hands Equine Rescue: We rescue abused, neglected and slaughter-bound equines, rehab, get them adopted and use them in therapeutic programs for veterans and children.

Position Description(s): There are numerous opportunities here for the horse and animal lover!As an intern at 13-Hands the student can learn: Continue reading “Outreach Volunteer for 13-Hands Equine Rescue”

Garden Education Assistant for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually if need be, however, it is preferred that students participate in person. This is only available for CEL credit.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a member- supported farm with the mission to cultivate local leadership in sustainable farming, food access and education, and foster an inclusive, welcoming community for everyone. We grow fresh vegetables and fruit for our CSA, train future farmers, provide hands-on educational programs on the farm and in the Poughkeepsie City School District, and improve access to healthy, locally-grown food.

Project or Position Title: Garden Education Assistant

Position Description:

The main projects students will assist with are facilitating farm visits and other garden-based education sessions. This may include gardening and culinary workshops for students and the broader community, garden maintenance, supporting emergency food distribution efforts, our seed saving program, and other special events. Food Justice is a key value of our organization and our education department strives to keep it at the center of our work with children and families.

Desired Skills:

  • Interest in organic gardening
  • Experience working with youth a plus

Hours:

  • Monday through Friday hours 10-2 and 12-4 shifts; Wednesdays 4-6 pm.

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