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.

Intern with Reunite Migrant Families

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

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.

Position Description:

This position 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.

Desired Skills:

  • preferred bilingual Spanish
  • computer knowledge
  • marketing and to desire to work with low income community

Hours:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4-6 pm and Sundays 1pm -3pm

Marketing and Communications Intern for The Art Effect

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

The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. At The Art Effect, youth explore, experience, and excel in the visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals.

Marketing & Communications Interns assist with all aspects of The Art Effect’s communications channels.

Responsibilities include:

  • keeping the website up-to-date
  • connecting with local and national media outlets
  • creating and sending out press releases
  • creating content for social media
  • conducting community outreach

Desired Skills:  Students should be curious and hard-working with an adventurous, problem-solving attitude. Lack of experience is not a problem!

Hours: Availability required is at least 4 hours per week.

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

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.

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Data Collection and Analysis for Arlington Business Improvement District

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

The Arlington Business Improvement District is a non-profit organization created in 2002 to support the small businesses and residents in the Arlington area by providing services, sponsoring events, marketing, and coordinating the efforts of individual business people and property owners. The BID has a part-time executive director and is supported by a property tax levied on commercial property owners in the Arlington district.

The Arlington BID is engaged developing a master plan for the next five to ten years. As a part of this we need a survey of the current business owners and/or property owners in the Arlington area. The BID covers the area from Collegeview north to the west-bound arterial, and from Fairmont Avenue west to Grand Avenue Continue reading “Data Collection and Analysis for Arlington Business Improvement District”

Archival and Research Position with Vassar Temple

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

Vassar Temple, the oldest Reform synagogue in the Hudson Valley, is approaching its 175th anniversary. They are establishing an electronic document room to preserve and organize their historic archives, containing extensive administrative, financial, property, mission-related, and other records. The bulk of this information is being painstakingly digitized and organized, having been previously in raw form such as documents, photographs, and newspaper clippings.  Continue reading “Archival and Research Position with Vassar Temple”

Editorial Intern for Prison Journalism Project

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

The Prison Journalism Project: Our mission is to help incarcerated writers and those in communities affected by incarceration tell stories about their world using the tools of journalism: gathering and testing facts, writing with nuance, texture and insight and reaching a thoughtful audience. Specifically, we train our writers in journalism and work with them to get their stories published.

Position Description: This intern will support the Prison Journalism Project’s publication and editorial initiatives. Duties may include transcription, editing, factchecking, research to support stories by contributing writers, and production help uploading our stories onto the PJP publishing platform.

The Prison Journalism Project is a small, volunteer-run organization with an ambitious agenda. Interns will be working on essential tasks for us, so we require self-starters with a strong sense of responsibility and a willingness to pitch in. Continue reading “Editorial Intern for Prison Journalism Project”

Community Engagement Intern for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson (remote)

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually.

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is rapidly growing and this rapid growth relies heavily on our grassroots fundraising. Their grassroots fundraising program builds power by raising funds for — and bringing thousands of people into — our work. It is built by a dedicated core team of fundraising interns and volunteers. Spring interns will have an important role to play in mobilizing people around progressive state-level campaigns for Healthcare For All, Housing Justice, Immigration Justice, and Energy Justice!

Interns will get to learn fundamental skills of organizing for change and be a critical part of one of the fastest-growing organizations in the Hudson Valley. Community engagement interns will be responsible for networking with community members surrounding campaigns for Healthcare, Housing, Immigration Justice, and Energy Justice. Continue reading “Community Engagement Intern for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson (remote)”

Legislation Reform Position with Dutchess Pride

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

Dutchess County Pride Center is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Dutchess County, including LGBTQ+ youth, young adults and their families, and allies to feel comfortable and free to express themselves. Our goal is to support, educate and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, including LGBTQ+ youth and their families, through outreach, support groups and social events.

Position Description: 

  • Work with the legislative reform team to engage with local politicians and other organizations around NYS to follow legislation and create actions for Dutchess Pride members to do (letter writing campaigns, phone banks, etc…).

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Programming Intern for Dutchess Pride

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

Dutchess County Pride Center is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Dutchess County, including LGBTQ+ youth, young adults and their families, and allies to feel comfortable and free to express themselves. Our goal is to support, educate and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, including LGBTQ+ youth and their families, through outreach, support groups and social events.

Position Description: 

  • Create programming that Dutchess Pride would bring in to other organizations and schools.
  • These programs would consist of basic education regarding the LGBTQ+ community, diversity and inclusion education and leadership skills training for youth.

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