Family Education Program Intern with Family Services

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity which requires a car.

Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley.

Location: Various locations in Orange County

Position Description:

Family Education Program Interns provide support to Family Educators in home visits, supervised visits, and group sessions. Interns provides support to Family Educators and Case Aides in case management and supportive counseling to families referred by the Department of Social Services and/or may be involved with preventive agencies. Under the supervision of program staff, interns may facilitate visits and groups. In addition to direct services, interns will assist with administrative and clerical duties. Intern responsibilities will be inclusive of areas identified in their respective college/university learning plan. Family Education Program Interns enthusiastically support, practice, and communicate the agency’s mission and statement of values.  We welcome the unique contributions from our team when it comes to culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, and expression, nation of origin, languages spoken, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

As a Family Education Program Intern, the majority of time will be spent conducting home visits, advocating for families, and helping families become self-sufficient under the supervision of program staff. Interns are required to have regularly scheduled supervision as prescribed by their institution’s requirements and must be able to take direction from either supervisors and/or co-workers based on the situation. Training on program curriculum is provided

  • Supporting program staff in teaching, advising, coaching and supporting families in mastering parenting skills through home visits and/or group facilitation.
  • Maintaining a flexible schedule so that home visits can occur in early morning or evening hours if needed based on client needs.
  • Assisting program staff in maintaining accurate visit records, documentation, and report on a timely basis.
  • Collaborating with DSS preventive and CPS workers, and other service providers to ensure family cooperation with mandated services and child service needs.
  • Ability to work with people from many different racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Under the guidance of program staff, possess or strong teaching/coaching skills; meet the needs of family members with effective solutions. Possess compassion and empathy.
  • Modeling nurturing attitudes and behaviors in all contacts with program participants and teammates while acting in congruence with Nurturing Program philosophy, methods and Standards of Practice.
  • Provide excellent and thorough customer service to all family members.
  • Possess ‘out of the box’ thinking and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to work effectively in frequently changing environments
  • Ability to work independently; but relate issues to manager appropriately.
  • Attend supervision meetings, staff meetings, and trainings as required.

Desired Skills:

  • This position requires knowledge about, understanding of, and an ability to work with children and families, preferably with experience in early childhood development.
  • Possession of a reliable vehicle and valid NYS driver’s license is a must.
    Must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, with a field of study in social work, psychology, sociology, education, or related field.
  • Candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish are preferred.
  • Openness to a wide scope of human services experiences
  • Candidate must have the ability to work flexible hours.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors and travel to different areas of Orange County.
  • Computer literacy
  • Strategic thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Client focus
  • Time management
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem-solving abilities

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

Children’s Center Intern/Volunteer with Family Services

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

Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley.

Location: Majority of time will be spent at the Children’s Center at the Dutchess County Family Court, working with children and families who are under stress and dealing with difficult situations, and occasionally on program sites, in the community, and travel to offsite meetings and events.

Dutchess County Family Court: 50 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Family Services: 29 N Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

The Children’s Center Intern assists the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher at the Children’s Center at the Dutchess County Family Court in compliance with all NYS Office of Court Administration Children’s Center Program agreements. The Intern provides a safe and creative curriculum for children while their families attend to court business and offers consultation to families for resources within the community. The position enthusiastically supports, practices, and communicates the agency’s Mission and Statement of Values. Under the supervision of program staff, interns may facilitate activities with children and offer supportive counseling to parents. In addition to direct-services, interns will assist with administrative and clerical duties. Intern responsibilities will be inclusive of areas identified in their respective college/university learning plan. Children Center Interns enthusiastically support, practice, and communicate the agency’s mission and statement of values. We welcome the unique contributions from our team when it comes to culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, and expression, nation of origin, languages spoken, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

  • Responsible for assisting with the direct care and safety of the children left in the center under the supervision of program staff.
  • Implements and maintains the health and safety protocol/procedures and maintains visible instructive printouts of these procedures.
  • Will assure center is in compliance with all program safety and confidentiality
    guidelines.
  • As a representative of the Agency, shares our values, knowledge, and skills with other organizations, community groups, regulatory bodies, and key stakeholders. Maintains good relationships with stakeholders and partners to advocate for clients and those working in the field of human services.
  • Participate in program outreach to the community and expand service reach by researching community organizations and providing community outreach through presentations.
  • Under the supervision of program staff, assisting with required intakes and reports.
  • Prepares and submits information for monthly reports to appropriate entities.
  • Secures the intake paperwork in proper location.
  • Maintains statistical records necessary for reports and research.
  • Planning, development and evaluation of program activities.
  • Designs and carries out curriculum and activities based on the needs and development of children in center at any given time.
  • Develops and implements monthly/seasonal themes and constructive activities in a long-range plan
  • Will implement the established curriculum guidelines
  • Assisting with the distribution of referral and resource information to caregivers based on their and their children’s needs.
  • Remains informed on current local resources and services.
  • Assesses the needs of the caregiver and will respond to them through referrals to appropriate agency/program.
  • Assisting the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in the planning and coordinating the Children’s Center/Supervised Visitation Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Associate Director and Director of Family Support Services
  • Completion of all required training for staff.
  • Providing appropriate, creative, supportive interactions with the children in the center in group and individual activities.
  • Develop creative “in-class” programs based on age and present teachable

Desired Skills:

  • This position requires knowledge about, understanding of, and an ability to work with children and families, preferably with experience in early childhood development.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, with a field of study in social work, psychology, sociology, education, or related field.
  • Openness to a wide scope of human services experiences
  • The successful candidate ideally will have experience in children’s programming for mixed ages, crisis management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and community resources.
  • Computer literacy
  • Strategic thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Client focus
  • Time management
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Innovative thinker and solution-oriented
  • Sound judgement
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem-solving abilities

COVID-19 Requirements:

  • All Statewide Children’s Centers in the Courts staff, substitutes, and volunteers must provide proof of their full vaccination status. Full vaccination is defined as two COVID vaccinations along with a booster. Exemptions for a medical or religious reason will be accepted if proof is provided Family Services and the exemption is granted in writing.
  • Anyone with an exemption must continue to comply with all masking regulations at all times.
  • New York State Unified Court System policy requires facemasks be worn in all public spaces of the courthouse. Although Children’s Centers are locked, secured settings within the courthouse are still considered public spaces. All Children’s Center staff, no matter their vaccination status, must wear facemasks in the Children’s Center when any other person is present.

Help Line Volunteers with Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

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

The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network‘s (UIDN) mission is to provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.

UIDN welcomes interns and volunteers and will coordinate with you to create a schedule that works for you – remote, in person from our office in Kingston, or a combination. If you have a special skill or interest and have an idea for sharing it with UIDN, they will consider the possibility!

Location: 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

Position Description:

  • Must be bilingual, Spanish/English, and able to work at least three hours a week for a minimum of ten weeks.
  • After a brief orientation, volunteers provide resources by phone, choosing their own hours.
  • Calls are answered remotely and then entered into a very straightforward database, Charity Tracker.
  • The helpline addresses a wide range of needs, and UIDN provides ample resource lists.

Desired Skills:

  • A commitment to UIDN’s mission and vision, members of immigrant communities, and principles of anti-racism/oppression
  • A non-judgmental attitude and robust interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently and with members of teams; a learning mindset; and a willingness to accept feedback
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

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

Online Communications Assistant with Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

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

The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network‘s (UIDN) mission is to provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.

UIDN welcomes interns and volunteers and will coordinate with you to create a schedule that works for you – remote, in person from our office in Kingston, or a combination. If you have a special skill or interest and have an idea for sharing it with UIDN, they will consider the possibility!

Location: 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

Position Description:

  • Help update components of UIDN’s website and refine and expand the resource sections.
  • Promote and post on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Advise on technical improvements, for instance, our site does not currently meet accessibility standards and needs to be updated.

Desired Skills:

  • A commitment to UIDN’s mission and vision, members of immigrant communities, and principles of anti-racism/oppression
  • A non-judgmental attitude and robust interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently and with members of teams; a learning mindset; and a willingness to accept feedback
  • Some knowledge of WordPress (or another website platform) and social media is necessary. Spanish fluency is an asset but not necessary.

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

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

Communications Intern for Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance

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

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance: The purpose of this organization is to inspire and mobilize sustained community activism through the involvement of the people of Dutchess County, New York, in order to promote progressive agendas. We educate Dutchess County residents concerning local issues and their connection to state and national issues, seeking to enhance institutional ethics and policies through the use of pamphlets, social media, letters in newspapers, local radio programs, public forums, workshops, petition signups and face to face conversation while tabling at public events, etc. We establish alliances with other organizations and mobilize members of our group to persuade officials to positively address community concerns and broader issues that affect the well-being of our citizens and environment.

We are an issues-based, non-partisan organization and tend to engage and support causes and philosophies on one side of the “dividing line” of what has become a discouragingly polarized, non-compromising national divide. We maintain active and committed “Action Teams” that focus on specific issues or areas of perceived concern, and that we would like to support change and progress towards healing some areas that we think are not adequately supported. Our current Action Teams: Environment, Healthcare, Immigration Justice, Saving Democracy, and Social Justice.

The student will come into periodic contact with each of these Action Teams, and learn what their fundamental thrust is, and how they are reaching their goals or reaching out to the general public.

Position Description:

The intern can gain opportunities to learn, and enhance already existing skills, by assisting with our organizations’ communications, specifically:

  • monitoring the Facebook page
  • enhancing the website
  • creating an Instagram and Twitter account for DCPAA use
  • managing the events calendar
  • helping to create an updated flyer on what DCPAA is about
  • assisting with the handling of our Mailchimp emails
  • working on the DCPAA electronic newsletter
  • creating flyers for DCPAA events
  • making connections with current members and recruiting new members
  • assist with Powerpoint/slide shows
  • The intern may need to occasionally assist action teams with short term tasks.

Desired Skills:

  • social media skills, communications skills, organizing skills, computer skills
  • open-minded
  • interest in the organization

Hours: 

  • The days/times chosen to accomplish the above opportunities will be flexible, except for when there are time sensitive tasks.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
  • 4 hours a week: students can register for 0.5 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester + 30 hrs of academic work or min)

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

Intern with Jamie Cheney for Congress

This opportunity is available during Fall 2022 semester. This position can be conducted remotely.

Join the team with Jamie Cheney for Congress this fall during a pivotal time in local elections!

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.edut

Intern with Senator Sue Serino’s District Office – 41st Senate District

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

Internship Overview
As an intern in Senator Sue Serino’s District office 41st Senate District, I am expected to:
• Be punctual, diligent, proactive, and curious
• Field all incoming calls and subsequently log all calls
• Assist District Coordinator with district calendar
• Attend events and sit-in on meetings with Senator Serino and Director of District operations. Submit reports following each event/meeting
• Attend Staff meetings
• Maintain the district office’s databases and prepare reports as needed

Projects for the duration of my internship include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Aid in community engagement programs in conjunction with the Senator’s Events Coordinator and Communications Director
2. Shadow a Legislative Analyst and Policy Analyst throughout the semester to allow me a true insight into New York’s political mechanisms.

Direct Supervisor:
Lydia Biskup, Director of District Operations
NYS Senator Sue Serino, 41st Senate District
4254 Albany Post Road ( RT 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538
845-229-0106
biskup@nysenate.gov

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:
Email Cover letter & Resume to biskup@nysenate.gov
Include dates and times you are available to conduct ZOOM or in person interview.

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