“Growing Together” Intergenerational Community Garden with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity and is only available for CEL credit.Evergreen MindsEvergreen Minds, Inc is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

We strongly believe that people are meant to regularly experience fresh air and nature and this innate connection should not end because we grow older or develop cognitive changes. We also believe fresh air, nature, self-expression and laughter are vital for our mental, physical and emotional well-being.

The objective of ‘Growing Together’ is to join people of various ages and cognitive abilities to create a community garden where ALL are welcome as they ARE. The focus is on abilities not disabilities, and to promote intergenerational relationships and understanding that people living with dementia are able to continue to contribute to society and live a life of purpose and meaning. The garden will be planted at the Environmental Cooperative.

Location: Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

Position Description:

  • Gardening tasks such as weeding, watering, pruning, harvesting
  • Collaborate with community organizations in the area
  • Work with people living with dementia
  • Community outreach

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in hands-on gardening 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

Social Media Intern for The Art Effect

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022 and during the Fall 2022 semester. 

The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. The Art Effect helps youth explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals.

Watch this video from our CEL Fair to learn more!

Address: 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Building content for marketing materials (including e-blasts,
    blog posts, press releases, social media, flyers, etc.)
  • Inputting information into community calendars
  • Conducting web analytics
  • Conducting community outreach

Desired Skills:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Graphic design experience preferred

Hours: Availability required is at least 4 hours per week.

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

Intern with Citizen Action of New York

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022.  Aspects of this opportunity can be conducted virtually.

Citizen Action of New York: We envision a world where every person’s basic needs are met. It’s a world filled with love and respect for its people and the planet. It’s a world where democracy reigns and each person is able to reach their fullest potential. It is a world where equity is the norm and oppression, in all forms, is eradicated. It is a world without war and violence. The world we want is possible, but it will only exist if we work together.

Mission: To achieve our vision, we fight for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. We are battling against the forces of capitalism and racism that show themselves through inequality and bigotry, and work together to oppress most people. Greed, racism, patriarchy and other systems of oppression permeate the fabric of our lives – through economics, education, housing, technological advancements, health care, the environment, and our criminal legal system.

We build power for justice by working in strategic alliance with other organizations that share our vision. As we unite with other organizations, our focus remains on communities that are most impacted. We focus our organizing on low income communities and communities of color as we build a multi-racial organization. We approach our issue work on a trajectory of structural reforms, taking on issues that make people’s lives better today while creating the political and ideological environment for transformational change. We work statewide to elect progressive candidates who will enact our priorities into legislation, and strategically integrating issue and electoral work.

Our strategic approach to our work combines grassroots organizing, leadership development and political education while strategically communicating with the people. We win campaigns that have a direct impact on people’s lives, we build the infrastructure to develop more power, and we are constantly changing hearts and minds across New York State in order to spread our vision and change what’s possible to win.

Position Description:

  • Mobilization: Recruit and/or mobilize members alongside Community Organizers/Lead Organizers in the Hudson Valley and/or New York City Regions for two central purposes: (1) invite community members to take action to push our *exciting and powerful* Citizen Action’s New York State Justice Agenda and (2) mobilize for exciting progressive candidates in the lead up to the June 2022 primaries. Mobilization can look like the following:
    • Canvassing/Door Knocking (pending COVID). Canvassing happens during weekdays or Saturdays for a couple hour period.
    • Transportation to the Kingston office from Vassar College or other local areas can be provided. Transportation via the subway in NYC with two way subway rides provided. 
    • Phone Banking – participating in turning out Citizen Action members to join phonebanks, attend phonebanks, and/or lead phonebanks (training + all tools will be provided!). Phonebanks are opportunities to engage with community members to share events or information they are interested in joining or working on. Phonebanks last 2 hours on average 1 or 2 nights a week (apx. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
    • Tactics or events as needed that influence key decision makers on our issues.
  • Legislative – Work with the community and/or lead organizer during lobby visits with local electeds and Senate/Assembly members during the New York State January – June 2022 legislative/budget sessions. Training on lobbying and all tools will be provided.
  • Communications – There are possible opportunities to author or work with members as they author letters to editors, op-eds, and/or collecting local stories that amplify campaigns.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to take initiative as well as collaborate on teams.
  • A deep commitment to social justice in action and willingness to act on the conditions that dehumanize everyday people.
  • Values giving and receiving feedback. A willingness to ask questions when you don’t know!
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders. Relationships with community members in the City of Kingston/Hudson Valley area and/or New York City a plus.
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
  • A willingness to learn. This may include an openness to new tool(s) with support, training, and/or political education.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is not required, but a plus.

Hours: either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit; flexibility around weekend and evening hours

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

Various Positions with Celebrating the African Spirit

This opportunity is available during the Summer 2022. Parts of this CEL can be conducted remotely.

Celebrating the African Spirit (CAS) is a Poughkeepsie, NY 501(c)3 non-profit community-based organization. Their goal is to commemorate the contributions of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the building of the City of Poughkeepsie. They engage in social action projects to address the consequences of institutionalized racism that Black and Brown people live with today. The mission of Celebrating the African Spirit is to acknowledge, articulate, research and commemorate the lives of enslaved Africans in Poughkeepsie, New York. CAS honors the legacy of enslaved Africans and their descendants in Poughkeepsie, through memorials, historical markers, commemorations, events and works with Poughkeepsie young people on these projects of mutual learning and co-creation.
Position Descriptions:
  • Event prep and planning
  • Working with young people on programs
  • Social media and marketing promotion
Desired Skills:
  • ease of communication with a diverse range of people and groups
  • prior work with young people
  • website and social media skills

Hours:

  • Times are not fixed, other than for specific events (i.e., potential high school visits, after school meetings, and for evening CAS meetings that take place 1-3 times a month, very occasional weekend events)

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

Online Presence Project Internship with the Episcopal Futures

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

Episcopal Futures aims to:

  1. Build a collaborative culture throughout the Episcopal Diocese of New York that honestly discerns missional futures, bravely implements necessary  adaptive changes, and faithfully strengthens our Episcopal ethos.
  2. Train congregational teams to experiment with new ways of being church that are life-giving, cultivate a sense of belonging, and catalyze transformation.
  3. Plant new worshipping communities in imaginative and Spirit-led ways that foster justice, outreach, evangelism, and lay leadership.

Position Description: 

This internship will give students the opportunity to help increase the reach of a local church, so those within their community can learn about them and what they do for the community. The goal of your participation in this project is not only to be able to help congregations come into the 21st century in terms of their communication skills, but also to help them become more rooted in a mission of service and presence within their community. Continue reading “Online Presence Project Internship with the Episcopal Futures”

Podcast Intern with Finding Out with Pete and the Poet Gold

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

BGW ArtC, LLC (soon to become Poet Gold & Co.) is a creative arts company with a focus to deliver media content and programming, as well as offer a bouquet of artists’ services and product/merchandise development support for our current artist and projects e.g. Poet Gold, Finding Out with Pete & The Poet Gold, PoughETRY Fest, and PoughETRY Fest TV.

Position Description:

Students will engage in online outreach and promotion, contribute to content development on social media, be available to video the show at iHeart, and offer administrative support e.g., contacting and following up with guests scheduled to be on the podcast. Interns will have the opportunity to take their media practices and apply them in real-world settings. We work to foster a collaborative and creative environment, which is diverse and inclusive.

Desired Skills:

  • An interest/foundation in the business of the performance arts, literary arts, and the visual arts
  • Basic knowledge in some of these areas: Canva (or similar graphic platform), Illustrator, Premiere Pro, social media, social media marketing, publishing, graphic arts, newsletter development, videography, or photography.
  • The student should have the skill to engage an audience on various social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok – comment, like, announcements, create content for highly engaging stories).
  • Strong organizational skills and possess administrative skills with a knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel.

Hours:

  • Flexible. Monday (Anytime between 10 Am to 6 Pm), Tuesday (in person at iHeart 2 Pm – 4 Pm), Wed/Thurs/Fri (Predominately Virtual with the exception of PoughETRY Fest, which is a Saturday in-person event and online)
  • To get a better pulse of the local community, our interns should attend a few suggested community events.

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

PoughETRY Fest Intern with Poet Gold & Co

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

BGW ArtC, LLC (soon to become Poet Gold & Co.) is a creative arts company with a focus to deliver media content and programming, as well as offer a bouquet of artists’ services and product/merchandise development support for our current artist and projects e.g. Poet Gold, Finding Out with Pete & The Poet Gold, PoughETRY Fest, and PoughETRY Fest TV.

Position Description:

PoughETRY Fest 2022 (poetry festival) will take place April 23rd, 2022, at the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center and online. PoughETRY Fest is a hybrid one-day festival, free and open to the public highlighting the art of poetry both written and spoken. It celebrates poetry past and present, and visitors experience the spirit and diverse voices reflected in today’s poetry. Interns will be responsible for social media engagement and Community Outreach to schools, literary groups, and community members to invite their participation in the 2022 festival. Interns will update and add content to the YouTube channel dedicated to PoughETRY Fest, as well as offer other administrative support.

Desired Skills:

  • An interest/foundation in the business of the performance arts, literary arts, and the visual arts
  • Basic knowledge in some of these areas: Canva (or similar graphic platform), Illustrator, Premiere Pro, social media, social media marketing, publishing, graphic arts, newsletter development, videography, or photography.
  • The student should have the skill to engage an audience on various social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok – comment, like, announcements, create content for highly engaging stories).
  • Strong organizational skills and possess administrative skills with a knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel.

Hours:

  • Flexible. Monday (Anytime between 10 Am to 6 Pm), Tuesday (in person at iHeart 2 Pm – 4 Pm), Wed/Thurs/Fri (Predominately Virtual with the exception of PoughETRY Fest, which is a Saturday in-person event and online)
  • To get a better pulse of the local community, our interns should attend a few suggested community events.

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

Beacon Climate Smart Communities Program Support with the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership

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

Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership (CEEP)’s mission is to serve as a bridge between economic and environmental perspectives. We aim to encourage evaluation, development, and implementation of policies and programs supportive of the environment and the environmental industry. Our Matchmaker and Management Program connects early career professionals with local organizations to advance sustainability efforts. CEEP provides project management training and oversight to ensure satisfying outcomes for everyone. Visit the Matchmaker Program page to learn more. Continue reading “Beacon Climate Smart Communities Program Support with the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership”

Philipstown Climate Smart Communities Program Support with the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership

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

Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership (CEEP)’s mission is to serve as a bridge between economic and environmental perspectives. We aim to encourage evaluation, development, and implementation of policies and programs supportive of the environment and the environmental industry. Our Matchmaker and Management Program connects early career professionals with local organizations to advance sustainability efforts. CEEP provides project management training and oversight to ensure satisfying outcomes for everyone. Visit the Matchmaker Program page to learn more. Continue reading “Philipstown Climate Smart Communities Program Support with the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership”