History Project with the Arlington Business Improvement District

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

The mission of the Arlington Business Improvement District is to continue on our path of revitalization, beautification, and the creation of business and people friendly environment. We will constantly reassess our plans, efforts, and strategies so that we may successfully bring local residents and local businesses together for their mutual benefits.

Position Description: 

  • We would like to do a history of the Arlington Business Improvement and how it developed around the college. The study would include the history of the origin of the Arlington section of the Town of Poughkeepsie. The study would develop the link between Vassar College and Business Improvement District.

Desired Skills:

  • Research skills and ability to interview people

Hours: There will be 2 Saturdays needed for vehicle counts 2:00pm to 4:00pm and a 6:00pm to 8:00pm on separate days. 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

Parking Study Assessor with Arlington Business Improvement District

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

The mission of the Arlington Business Improvement District is to continue on our path of revitalization, beautification, and the creation of business and people friendly environment. We will constantly reassess our plans, efforts, and strategies so that we may successfully bring local residents and local businesses together for their mutual benefits.

Position Description: 

  • Students will learn assessment tools used by county and town planning departments to evaluate parking needs of communities.
  •  Student will have opportunity to help develop solutions to address parking needs in the BID. 
  • Students will also be helping to formulate the five year master plan for the BID.
  • The parking study is needed to help plan for future business growth in the BID and available parking for increased visitors to the area. The findings and proposals will become part of our on going master plan
  • Students will use parking study material from county and town to complete study.

Desired Skills:

  • Students will need to be able to read maps and fill in count information.
  • Will need willingness to learn some basic analytic and urban planning tools.
  • ArcGIS Online account
  • ArcGIS Field Maps app (free download)
  • Smartphone or tablet
  • GIS skills would be helpful but are not necessary. The Dutchess County Transportation Council will provide a how-to-guide, training, and technical support.

Hours: There will be 2 Saturdays needed for vehicle counts 2:00pm to 4:00pm and a 6:00pm to 8:00pm on separate days. 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

Marketing & Events Intern with Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary

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

Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary: “Our mission is to provide a forever home for rescued farm and domestic animals. We also rehabilitate injured and orphaned beavers and prepare them for release back into the wild. In addition, we work to educate the public about the many things they can do to make this a better world for animals while striving to improve our planet and the health of human kind.”

Location: 94 Schoolhouse Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125

Position Description:

The Guest House at The Red Robin Animal Sanctuary is housed on the 85 acre property with yaks, pigs, mini horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, and more! The Guest House offers a relaxing and sustainable environment for visitors including a vegan menu and events centered around sustainability.

  • Manage tech support of the website
  • Assist with marketing (social media, promoting events through outreach, etc.)
  • Take photographs of the site and events
  • If the student is interested in creating videos – that is a plus!
  • Assist with event planning of fundraising events

Requirements: Students must have a car to drive to the location (about 1.25 hrs away)

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hours over the semester for 0.5 unit + 30 hrs of academic work or min. 80 hours over the semester for 1.0 unit + 60 hours of academic work) Weekend shifts are available.

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

Summer 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to read more about the positions. Click here to review the process to register.

Arts/Media/Culture

Business

Education

Environment/Sustainability

History

Law/Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services

Urban Planning

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

Marketing Position with Hudson Valley Farm and Flea

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022 and is only available for CEL credit. This is an in-person CEL.

Hudson Valley Farm and Flea promises to be the premiere regional event to spotlight Hudson Valley’s finest makers, artisans, designers, and vintage collectors. Added to this unique mix are locally crafted food, and performers, all in one location at the Museum Village in Monroe. This event will create a place where people can come to enjoy local products and be immersed in a total Hudson Valley lifestyle experience.

We are looking for students who are passionate about all aspects of social media and who also love “live” events. Our plan in 2022 is to expand this event to bigger venues across the Hudson Valley. This opportunity will be expanding to include additional social media platforms YouTube, Instagram stories and possibly Tik-Tok. We will be sharing our knowledge of brand development for Farm and Flea, as well as helping us discover new and upcoming brands that would be vendors at our event.

In 2014, designer/entrepreneur Laurie Perrone, who has over 30 years of experience in fashion design and development, began to look for a location in the Hudson Valley community to showcase her company’s fashion collection. As founder and creative director of Farm2Fashion and a longtime Hudson Valley resident, Laurie knew that there were lots of local craft fairs and events but nothing in Orange County, that would support Farm2Fashion’s mission to bring together on a larger scale the many independent local farmers, craftsmen and designers who were also making their goods right here in America. Determined to pull these forces together to make a difference in the “Made in America” rebirth, Laurie was inspired to reach out to the many local makers and artisans who were working hand in hand with local and regional farmers, designers and manufacturers to bring American made products to a wider market.

Location: various locations throughout the Hudson Valley

Desired Skills: 

  • Strong writing ability, a passion for creating imaginative content and marketing strategies.
  • Great people skills to communicate with artisans including makers, musicians, chefs and farmers.

Additional Requirements: Much of this position will be conducted in-person and requires a car for the student to drive to different event locations.

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

Saving for Today, Investing in Tomorrow (virtual)

The United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region hosts a financial literacy seminar, which will cover:

  • Budgeting and Building Cash Savings
  • Paying Off Debt vs Saving
  • Setting Aside Money to Build Wealth
  • Retirement Savings
  • Different Types of Investment Accounts
  • How to Distribute Your Assets