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

Development Intern for The Childcare Council of Dutchess and Putnam Inc.

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

Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.Created in 1970 as an advisory body to the Dutchess County government, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. is the New York State designated Child Care Resource and Referral agency for both Dutchess and Putnam counties and is part of a network of 39 such agencies throughout New York State.

The Council offers parents information on child care and gives referrals to child care programs from its database of over 400 programs in the two counties. The Council registers, renews, regulates and monitors Family Day Care and School Age programs. Technical assistance and required training are offered on an ongoing basis to child care providers. We also administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for home-based child care, guiding providers on how to provide nutritious snacks and meals to the children in care.

The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. works to promote affordable and quality child care, provide information and support to families, and strengthen the early childhood workforce in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.

Position Description: 

  • Students have the opportunity to work on : Grantwriting and research, fundraising, event planning

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

Intern with VC-AREJ (Antiracism, Equity and Justice)

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

AREJ is a multiracial group that is run by both campus/community individuals. Each of its members also works closely with and represents the following community organizations: Race Unity Circle (RUC), Black Leaders Action Coalition (BLAC), Northern Dutchess NAACP, End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN), Poughkeepsie Community Action Collaborative (PCAC), Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellows, On PAR (Partners Against Racism in the Arlington Central School District), Planned Parenthood of Greater NY (PPGNY), and Celebrating the African Spirit (CAS).

AREJ has been bringing together Vassar faculty, staff and students and community leaders to build multiracial solidarity and uplift community solutions to racial violence against POC communities since the beginning of 2020. We came together through organizing and hosting the two Undoing Racism Workshops held at Vassar in February and October of 2019. In addition to building community by curating newsletters, since November of 2019, we host monthly facilitated conversations.

Responsibilities:

  • Website management
  • Taking notes at meetings and occasionally report back on initiatives
  • Helping with event organization
  • Supporting facilitators with technology, materials and note-taking
  • Making flyers
  • Outreach to campus and communities
  • Occasional research to support initiatives
  • Meet weekly with supervisor
  • Be willing to participate in ongoing antiracist education along with group members

Desired Skills:

  • WordPress, time management, proofreading skills, a willingness to learn

Hours:  The student should be available on Tuesdays twice a month 12-1pm. All other times are very flexible. 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

Crime Victim Advocates and Case Managers for the Center for Victim Safety and Support with Family Services (filled)

This position has been filled for fall 2022. Should you be interested in this position for the spring 2023, please email ocel@vassar.edu to set up a meeting.

Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) provides 24 hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. CVSS also specializes in enhancing the systems response to victims of crime as well as prevention of crimes. They operate under the guidelines of a victim-centered approach, supporting victims’ rights, dignity, autonomy, and self-determination. To enhance the systems response to victims of crime, CVSS follows a model of co-location, where staff split their time between the main office and partner agencies throughout the community to facilitate partnerships and streamline services to victims.

Location: 29 N Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Social Work Internship 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 a BSW Internship Position to assist in our Housing Plus Program, assessing the needs of households who request repairs with focus on those who are Aging in Place (60 years+).
  • The BSW intern will also work to work with the team to build and shape the Property Tax-Aide program under the shared mission with AARP of helping people age 50+ live their best lives.
  • Habitat is consistently working at the intersection of housing, human services and health in all that we do. We innovated the Housing Plus model, a range of person-centered, holistic approaches that starts with the older adult’s needs, then builds out a solution that incorporates not only home repairs and modifications, but community resources as well.
  • The intern will tailor the assessment of needs for each homeowner so they can safely and securely remain in their homes as they age.
  • The BSW intern will work with the Construction Project Manager and the homeowner to complete assessments of activities of daily living and determine obstacles and barriers for the homeowner.
  • The intern will work in conjunction with the team to determine best approach with the homeowner, and if the work requested is truly a positive support for the homeowner or if additional supportive services are needed. Habitat Dutchess Resource Development Director has an MSW from Adelphi and received her SIFI certification from Rutgers University and will provide required supervision.

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.

Various Positions with Rebuilding Our Children and Community Inc.

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

Rebuilding Our Children and Community Inc. (ROCC( is a nonprofit organization committed to serving children and families of Dutchess County through out of school programming.

Opportunities:

  • Media and social media marketing
  • Research about the education and out of school opportunities for youth of Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie
  • Work directly with underserved youth through our gun violence program for youth ages 14-18 and through our summer camp for youth ages 5-13.
  • Assist in the planning of all programming.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to work independently

Other Requirements:

  • Background check

Hours: Flexible schedule; 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

Program Assistant with Astor Head Start

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

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Astor Services for Children & Families is a community-based non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development services. Astor serves children and families in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. Astor Services is committed to supporting families to ensure each child has a healthy and happy childhood.

Location: 50 Delafield St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Head Start is a federally funded preschool program serving low-income children and children with disabilities. Head Start is free to children who qualify.  The goals:
    • Help develop social and emotional competence of young children
    • Implement strategies that promote school readiness
    • Provide comprehensive family engagement services
    • Promote health, mental health support, and development screenings
    • Collaborate with community resources to support the families and program
  • The student will help monitor outcomes, organize data, implement filing systems and collaborate work with agency development office to advance social media presence and marketing
  • If the student has experience in translation, there are many pieces of the curriculum and communications to the parents/students that can be translated

Requirements: 

  • Background check, fingerprinting

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

Research Assistant with Day One

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

DAY ONE Early Learning CommunityDAY ONE Early Learning Community is a non-profit located in the city of Poughkeepsie. Our mission is dedicated to creating the best learning opportunities for young children in New York State by providing state-of-the-art training for early childhood teachers. As part of our ecosystem for building high quality early childhood education, we provide programs for parents to have access to knowledge, resources and respect for their hopes for their children and families.

Location: 289 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Desired Skills:

  • Essential: use of google docs, google sheets/excel and google forms ideally google photos
  • Strong foundation in writing for reports
  • Clarity interest in the link between science, research, public policy and social justice attention to detail, especially numbers attention to detail in appearance of presentations, reports strong commitment to this work for this semester
  • Reliable and mature approach strict adherence to policies regarding confidentiality of data teamwork; interested and able to receive guidance and constructive feedback flexibility preferred: experience or coursework in statistics or a research methods course
  • Preferred: interest in graduate school or public policy & education work

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