Business Development & Community Engagement with Thrift 2 Fight

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022 and is only available for CEL credit.

Thrift 2 Fight

Thrift 2 Fight harnesses the power of thrift fashion to raise money for progressive activism through sales at our brick-and-mortar store in Tivoli, NY, as well as by engaging communities through university partnerships and local Thrift 2 Fight chapters.

Location: 48 Broadway, Tivoli, NY

Responsibilities:

  • Designing, planning, and coordinating in-person events both with organizations we are funding – local grassroots organizations working at the intersections of racial justice, queer liberation, and disability rights activism, as well as other Hudson Valley business partners.
  • This position also includes assisting with social media outreach and community engagement through various projects and initiatives.
  • An ideal candidate for this position is passionate about amplifying the work of local activists and organizers, excited by the circular economy of secondhand fashion, and eager to learn about the inner workings of a socially-conscious small business. To apply, please send a one-page cover letter & resume to hello@thrift2fight.com.

Desired Skills: 

  • Photography
  • Photo-editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Interest in fashion, sustainability and social justice

Hours:  Flexible, between the following times:

  • Thursday 11-5pm
  • Friday 11-5pm
  • Saturday 11-5pm
  • Sunday 11-5pm
  • Monday 11-5pm

Position Requirements: The student would need to have a car to be able to drive to Tivoli.

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

Photography Assistant & Content Creator with Thrift 2 Fight

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022 and is only available for CEL credit.Thrift 2 FightThrift 2 Fight harnesses the power of thrift fashion to raise money for progressive activism through sales at our brick-and-mortar store in Tivoli, NY, as well as by engaging communities through university partnerships and local Thrift 2 Fight chapters.

Location: 48 Broadway, Tivoli, NY

Responsibilities:

  • We are seeking a creative and passionate person to assist Thrift 2 Fight in weekly photoshoots as well as content creation in the form of website materials, social media posts, and more.
  • Join us in our shop at 48 Broadway in Tivoli to support the day to day marketing operations of a growing business and help us continue to expand our reach, impact, and the variety of events we are able to offer the Hudson Valley community.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience in photography & design is required.
  • Excited and inspired by digital media.
  • Passionate about design and storytelling
  • Ready to learn about using those skills to promote a social justice centered mission.

Position Requirements: The student would need to have a car to be able to drive to Tivoli.

Hours:  Flexible, between the following times:

  • Thursday 11-5pm
  • Friday 11-5pm
  • Saturday 11-5pm
  • Sunday 11-5pm
  • Monday 11-5pm

To Apply:  Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and selective design portfolio (5-10 pieces) to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Program Intern for Action Heroic

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

Black and White Star in CircleAction Heroic sells programs in character development across virtues. The site currently has programs with increasingly higher levels in bravery, generosity, and justice. Higher tier levels in these three virtues and programs in other virtues such as wisdom, creativity and loyalty are pending.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft plans for virtue levels using excel or Lucidchart
  • Build programs for different levels of virtues using Wix Programs (no coding required)
  • Create copy language for landing pages of website
  • Streamline website’s aesthetics
  • Write short essays about virtues and ethics
  • Research virtues in philosophical literature
  • Create marketing surveys and campaigns
  • Conduct industry research and competitor analysis
  • Determine product pricing
  • Capture clients

Desired Skills:

  • Writing skills
  • Interest in philosophy and business
  • Knowledge of Gmail, Google Drive and Microsoft Office

Hours: Commit to at least 4 hours per week; flexible schedule

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

Spring 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to learn more about the Spring CEL Opportunities. More to come!

Arts, Media, and Architecture

Business

Education

Health

History

Law, Government, and Politics

Research/Grant-writing

Social Services and Social Justice

Sustainability/Environmental Advocacy/Farming

Urban Planning

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.

E.N.J.A.N.

This opportunity might be available for the Fall 2021 semester.

End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN, pronounced “engine”), is a diverse group of Hudson Valley residents working locally to end the era of mass incarceration. The New York Civil Liberties Union is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.

Watch this video from our CEL Fair to learn more!

Together ENJAN and the NYCLU are working to reduce mass incarceration through education, organizing and advocacy. We hold community forums, monitor local government, provide training and advocate for policy change.  An intern working with us would assist with these activities.  In addition, an intern might be asked to do research, develop position papers, increase our use of social media and represent us with other community groups.

E.N.J.A.N. is currently developing a “court watch” program and invites students to help to develop this.

If you are interested in a CEL with this community partner, 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.

 

Interns for Protect Students Abroad

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

Since 2018, Protect Students Abroad (PSA) has developed contacts with Vassar. PSA has particularly appreciated working with a variety of OCEL students. One student developed a searchable Excel spreadsheet, while another engaged in legislative outreach, including attending meetings in Washington, D.C. and Albany. Another student began a project comparing PSA’s death data with insurance claims data from the Forum on Education Abroad. However, because of the academic disruption of COVID-19, this project was not complete.

PSA is eager to continue the PSA-Forum data project. PSA hopes a student with math and computer skills will be interested, too. They are also interested in expanding their social media presence, with special focus on student outreach. But most of all, they want OCEL students to select projects that are of interest to the student!

In 2014, Elizabeth Brenner and Ros Thackurdeen founded Protect Students Abroad (PSA), a 501(c)3. As newly bereaved moms of sons who had died during study abroad, Brenner and Thackurdeen were shocked to discover that no state or federal requirement exists for colleges or universities to collect and report student travel deaths. While programs benefits are heavily marketed, there’s literally no industry-wide safety database. This lack of evidence-based information hinders fully informed decision-making on the part of program providers, as well as students and their families.

PSA’s approach to advocacy is multi-pronged: (1) Lobby for federal and state transparency laws; (2) Public speaking to legislators, media, and industry professionals; (3) Website management, including an ad hoc database of student deaths and blogs about various student travel industry topics; and, (4) Networking with impacted students, families, and related student safety groups.

Desired Skills: Math, Statistics, Website Development, Social Media, Video

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