Fall 2022 CEL Opportunities

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

Arts/Media/Culture

Education

Environment, Sustainability, and Farming

Law and Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services/Social Justice

Urban Planning

Zoo & Veterinary

Editorial Intern with Hudson Valley Magazine and The Valley Table

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is a remote position.

Today Media Inc, publishers of Hudson Valley Magazine and The Valley Table, is looking for editorial interns for fall 2022. This position is an opportunity to learn about how a regional print magazine is put together. Students will learn from professionals with years of experience in the industry. This is an unpaid internship, and participating interns must be eligible to earn college credit. Hudson Valley-based students are preferred.

Hudson Valley is a monthly lifestyle magazine that has celebrated the region for almost 50 years. It divulges in food, travel, home and design, influential and interesting residents, and much more.

The Valley Table is a quarterly publication specializing in local food and farms, and organizes Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Interns will perform the following duties across both publications:

Responsibilities include:

  • Fact-checking
  • Article research, proofreading, photo outreach
  • Writing front-of-book and department articles for the magazine and website
  • Assisting staff with other functions necessary to produce a monthly magazine and its website (photo shoots, administrative duties, etc.)
  • Pitching and brainstorming content for future issues

Desired Skills:

  • Magazine writing skills
  • Fact-checking
  • Interviewing skills
  • Editing
  • Proofreading

Hours: Monday through Friday, any time between 9a-5p

Application Requirements: Writing samples or photo samples

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

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) with Mental Health America

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

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

The CASA Program provides trained volunteer advocates familiar with laws & courts, conducts home visits, interviews, and meetings with key people in the child’s life. CASA provides written reports that become part of the court record.

Students will provide support to build capacity for the CASA Program.

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

Artist Assistant for Suprina Sculpture

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position, some tasks can be conducted remotely.

Local artist, Suprina Troche, studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia but never graduated. Instead she got a job as a sculptor in Hoboken, at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she learned her craft from working in the field. There she discovered the world of promotional prop making and after gaining skill and confidence Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple Computer, Bloomingdales, Fortunoff, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I always felt conflicted fabricating objects that were mainly used to sell retail “junk/landfill” …after all, my personal art work was made with these very objects once they were not deemed the ‘next best thing’ anymore and were cast away.” After 9/11, (she lived 3 blocks from ground zero) Suprina found herself making the life long decision to focus solely on her own artworks, which are mostly narrative/figurative and deal with our human condition and social issues. Detritus, castings, modeling, and painting, are all parts of the finished works.

The student should be interested in the arts, and/or the environment /social issues and working with the community.

Position Description:

  • Student will be asked to update social media and inventory
  • Help create an outreach letter
  • Assist in hanging art,
  • Prep raw materials for the art-making process

Desired Skills:

  • Self starter and eager to get involved
  • Interested in art and social justice
  • Social media, excel, good eye/hand coordination, an excellent command of the English language and grammar.
  • Handy with a camera, good sense of organizing and a heart for the environment.

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

Marketing Intern with ABClatino Media Network

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

GET/ABClatino is a media network, nonprofit organization dedicate to promote and support the Latino culture in the region. We create content in both, English & Spanish and publish them in our different channels, TV – Radio – Digital Magazine – Podcast – Social Media and Printed Newsletters.

Look at short promo videos of ABClatino here.

Address: 356 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Help in the production of magazine, radio and TV content for the regional community!
  • Media, radio & TV
  • Social media
  • Marketing
  • Design

Desired Skills:

  • Marketing, social media, YouTube, video, savvy
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a must.

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

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

Office of the District Attorney, Dutchess County (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.

Students at the Office of the District Attorney  are assigned to a unit within the D.A.’s office. The experiential work is based partly on the unit that the student is assigned to.

If interested, please contact Jean Hinkley at jhinkley@vassar.edu with a copy of your resume and a short statement of interest.

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.

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