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.

Food Pantry 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:

  • On Wednesdays UIDN distributes food in Kingston.
  • Volunteers receive deliveries, set up tables, sort and pack food, organize food stations, break down boxes for recycling, distribute food to families, cleanup, and sometimes make deliveries.
  • Interns may also help secure and pick up food, help with publicity, and more.

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
  • Spanish fluency is an asset but not necessary.

Hours: Two- and three-hour shifts are available between noon and 6 p.m.  on Wednesdays; 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

Interviewer/Reporter 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:

  • UDIN’s newsletter, UPDATE, is published online every four to eight weeks. The editor would like to incorporate more stories about and interviews with the county’s immigrant communities.
  • This position is designed for a bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteer with experience conducting interviews.

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

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

Coaching/Mentoring/Tutoring 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.
  • Many adults need help studying for the written drivers’ test, applying for programs such as WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) and Spectrum’s Affordable Connectivity Program, getting a tax ID number, opening a bank account, etc. In most cases this will be done by phone.
  • Children of all ages need reading buddies and other support.

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

Social Work Intern for Exodus Transitional Community and Dutchess Re-Entry

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

With a firm belief in human resilience, Exodus Transitional Community delivers innovative programming tailored to adults and youth affected by the justice system, and advocates for a society in which all can achieve social, economic, and spiritual well-being. Exodus collaborates to provide services and support for a successful reintegration back into the community.

Watch this video from our CEL Fair to learn more!

Location: 99 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Assist staff with intakes of new participants
  • Participate in facilitating meetings and programs
  • Administrative assistance
  • Good for students interested in social work, psychology, criminal justice, and law

Skills needed:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good with computers
  • Phone etiquette
  • People person

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

Social Media Intern for Dutchess Pride

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

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.

Location: 710 South Drive, Suite 200, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
​(Building 710 in the iPark 84 complex)

Position Description: 

  • Someone who can stay on top of the Dutchess Pride social media platforms!

Desired Skills: Students should be responsible and actively engaged in the work they have committed to doing. Ideally students would feel comfortable with various social media platforms, as well as feeling comfortable engaging with the public. The Dutchess County Pride Center work very closely with many other agencies, so students should be good team players and present themselves in a professional manner when dealing with team members on behalf of the organization. Students should have a strong connection to and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and be comfortable with issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity and expression.

Hours: The times for this position are generally flexible, but availability for occasional evening, and very rarely weekend hours, is a plus; 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