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

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

Residential Department Intern for Sustainable Westchester

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

Sustainable Westchester is a nonprofit, consortium of Westchester County local governments that facilitates effective collaboration on sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to bring socially responsible, environmentally sound, and economically viable solutions that create healthy, resilient, sustainable communities.

At Sustainable Westchester, interns will have the opportunity to learn about the clean energy landscape, gain marketable skills and experiences working with elected officials and community members. Our internships are designed to be a valuable and worthwhile experience for the student. The interns will help research, plan and create materials. Intern will also have the option
to participate in a series of outreach activities aimed at transitioning Westchester homeowners toward clean heating and cooling options and energy efficiency upgrades to support New York State’s Climate Reduction Goals. Interns will become familiar with NYSERDA, the utilities, the CLPCLA and Sustainable Westchester’s energy efficiency, electrification and renewable energy campaigns.

Position Description:

Within the Residential Department, the intern will be involved with:

  • Community Outreach: Represent our campaign at local community events,
    engage community members in conversation and provide program information.
  • Homeowner Helper: Create newsletters and contact homeowners via phone and email
  • Graphic Design and Video Editing: Optional assignments focused on content
    creation to spread the home energy message.
  • Data Analysis and Research
  • Policy
  • Self-Directed Project: Have a skill you want to improve or build upon? Past interns have designed their own responsibilities and tasks based on their interests and skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience or interest working on community projects is preferred
  • Experience driving projects to completion
  • Must be highly organized and able to track and analyze data and information
  • Must be committed to protecting the environment
  • A self-starter with a high energy level and a strong work ethic
  • A person of sound judgment who is innovative and strategic in their thinking
  • Strong time management skills

Hours: Flexible based on students needs. Hours could fall between 10am-6pm on weekdays and for in-person work on the weekends and evenings; 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 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

Advocacy Data Research 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 an Internship Position to assist in our Advocacy Data Research.
  • Research will include analyzing census data on a national, state and local level as well as other local statistical resources.
  • Data will be used to demonstrate need for housing that is affordable in the local community. Data will also focus on what populations have significant need for affordable housing. This research will assist in the Habitat Dutchess Advancing Black Homeownership Program, Diversity Equity Inclusion Program, Homeownership Program and Repair Programs. This position is critical for marketing and advocacy expansion in the organization.
  • Position will report to Operations Director.
  • The intern will perform tasks in that includes analyzing data from the census and other local resources to create organized presentation of statistical data. This data collection will be used to assist in grant applications, advocacy campaigns and expansion of the Habitat Dutchess Homeownership and Repair programs.
  • The intern will work with the Operations Director to create advocacy campaign materials, supporting reports, plan targeted marketing and utilize data to further and improve programs within Habitat Dutchess.
  • The intern will work closely with the Operations Director, who is their direct supervisor. Both formal and informal evaluations will be completed through out their internship to allow the intern to reflect on progress. The intern will also work with volunteers within the organization.

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.

Summer 2022 CEL Opportunities

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

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Business

Education

Environment/Sustainability

History

Law/Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services

Urban Planning

Author Events Interns for Kweli Journal (filled)

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

Kweli is a not-for-profit arts organization devoted to nurturing emerging writers of color. We launched as a biannual journal in December 2009. Since our humble beginnings, Kweli has grown into a multifaceted community organization that offers numerous writing opportunities. Kweli alum include 2019 National Book Award finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine, 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Award winner John Paul Infante and 2019 Best American Essay Notable winner Jodi M. Savage.

Position Description:

Assist Programs staff in shaping our dynamic calendar of public events at the New York Times Conference Center, Barnard and other venues. The Events intern will aid in publicity efforts, research for event participants, handle book orders and pre-event logistics, staff events, record audio and video, and maintain and organize a diverse catalog of writers and artists.

Desired Skills: 

  • Strong writing skills
  • Meticulous and detail oriented
  • Team players

Hours: Flexible depending on students’ schedules.

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