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

Homes Are Not Hotels Poughkeepsie Block Party

Homes Are Not Hotels Poughkeepsie Block Party organized by For The Many

For the Many is hosting a Block Party in Poughkeepsie to get the word out about our Homes Are Not Hotels campaign! RSVP here!

This campaign is taking on one of the major factors in the Hudson Valley housing crisis: vacation rentals (like Airbnbs) owned by absentee investors who live off-site. These outside investors are buying up huge amounts of houses and apartments and turning them into unregulated hotels for tourists instead of renting or selling them to long-term Hudson Valley residents.

Fewer housing options means that rents, property taxes, and home prices are going up for Newburgh residents while outside investors make a huge profit from renting to tourists. We’re fighting back and saying: our homes are not hotels!

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

Social Work Intern for Exodus Transitional Community and Dutchess Re-Entry

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

With a firm belief in human resilience, Exodus Transitional Community delivers innovative programming tailored to adults and youth affected by the justice system, and advocates for a society in which all can achieve social, economic, and spiritual well-being. Exodus collaborates to provide services and support for a successful reintegration back into the community.

Watch this video from our CEL Fair to learn more!

Location: 99 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Assist staff with intakes of new participants
  • Participate in facilitating meetings and programs
  • Administrative assistance
  • Good for students interested in social work, psychology, criminal justice, and law

Skills needed:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good with computers
  • Phone etiquette
  • People person

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

Online Communications Assistant with Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

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

The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network‘s (UIDN) mission is to provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.

UIDN welcomes interns and volunteers and will coordinate with you to create a schedule that works for you – remote, in person from our office in Kingston, or a combination. If you have a special skill or interest and have an idea for sharing it with UIDN, they will consider the possibility!

Location: 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

Position Description:

  • Help update components of UIDN’s website and refine and expand the resource sections.
  • Promote and post on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Advise on technical improvements, for instance, our site does not currently meet accessibility standards and needs to be updated.

Desired Skills:

  • A commitment to UIDN’s mission and vision, members of immigrant communities, and principles of anti-racism/oppression
  • A non-judgmental attitude and robust interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently and with members of teams; a learning mindset; and a willingness to accept feedback
  • Some knowledge of WordPress (or another website platform) and social media is necessary. Spanish fluency is an asset but not necessary.

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

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

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

Program Support for ArlingtON PAR (Partners Against Racism)

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

ArlingtON PAR (Partners Against Racism) is a community group committed to engaging in equity work in the Arlington Central School District. This group was founded by 4 women (3 Vassar professors and 1 corporate manager). Our group is comprised of roughly 20 members and we meet bi-weekly via zoom. We attend Board of Education meetings and speak during the public comment period. We have our own podcast that features the experiences of families and students within the school district. We also work directly with teachers and administrators in the district on initiatives such as author visits. Moreover, we help draft policies in the district regarding equity. Interns are welcome to collaborate and support any of these efforts. Moving forward, we would like to increase/improve our media presence.

Position Description:

  • Research of relevant equity related policy issues.
  • Drafting of speeches to give during public meetings.
  • Management of social media and outreach plans.
  • Drafting of policies.
  • Coordinate meetings with your supervisor as well as your faculty sponsor.
  • Some of the work you do will be presented during biweekly meetings for the group to discuss.
  • Understand that this position requires flexibility. It’s common for us to come across. Information that demands our attention and our agenda will accordingly switch for a few days.

Desired Skills:

  • Research skills
  • Time management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving skills
  • Networking skills
  • Technical proficiency including social media

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

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