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

Nutrition Project for Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie

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

Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie is an Indoor Farm in Center City Poughkeepsie which produces a live, organic vegetable powder from Broccoli they harvest at the Microgreen Sprout and dehydrate using proprietary process that retains max Nutrients.

Location: 316 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

Role/Responsibilities: Explore ways to utilize Concentrated, Whole Food, Organic, Vegetables in the form of powder as a means of delivering Bioavailable Nutrition to School Children, especially targeted toward most Nutrition Deficient Inner City populations. This product is produced in Center City Poughkeepsie by local resident employees many in the “at risk” category.

Desired Skills: 

  • An interest in Health and Wellness, especially a Natural Whole Food Organic Diet.
  • Video Production, Editing, etc. are a plus to create educationally focused materials on explaining various aspects of the IOGP Enterprise.

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

Various Positions with the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

These opportunities are available during the Fall 2022. These positions are in person.

The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve is located to the south of Vassar’s campus, across Hooker Avenue. The northeastern portion of the property is designated as a multiple use area. It is home to a number of organizations including the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, the Hudson Valley Corps of the Student Conservation Association, Community Gardens, and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. This area is also used for athletics with both the Vassar Rugby and Cross Country team calling the farm home.

Campus Natural Areas Steward – Help to maintain and monitor natural areas on campus, including pollinator gardens and tree plantings.

Ecological Preserve Invasive Species intern – Help to implement an array of invasive species management strategies and restoration plans. Work to educate the community about invasive species.  

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

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

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 Media and Marketing with Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This position has the possibility to be partially remote if needed.

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 Social Media and Marketing. Platforms include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and WordPress.
  • This skilled individual who will continue to follow and establish a yearlong marketing calendar that is able to be carried out and implemented past
    Internship term.
  • Position will include documenting and scheduling fundraising events, builds, ReStore and other activities in Habitat Dutchess.
  • Position will report to Development Director.
  • The intern will perform tasks in the Development department that include marketing campaigns, research, design and scheduling.
  • The intern will work with the Development Department to plan, schedule and create social media content, calendars and key marketing campaigns for the organization.
  • The intern will work closely with the Development Director, who is their direct supervisor.
  • Both formal and informal evaluations will be completed throughout 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 multiple media platforms, photography skills a plus, ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Capacity to work with a team
  • Great organizing skills
  • Intern should be proficient in Microsoft office, social media platforms.
  • 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.

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 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

Retail Merchandising Internship Position with Habitat for Humanity

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

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 with our ReStore Retail Merchandising.
  • ReStore is the store that builds houses. It is a home goods store that sells used and new furniture, décor, construction items and more. Our current store is a floor space of approximately 20,000 square feet. The Retail Merchandising
    intern will assist with planning the overall look of the store floor, organizing departments, creating appealing vignettes, assisting with display of items for online store.
  • This position interacts with customers, volunteers and employees of Habitat Dutchess.
  • Position will report to Front End Supervisor/Sales Floor Assistant Supervisor.
  • The intern will perform tasks in the Habitat Dutchess ReStore, a retail location that sells used and new home goods, furniture, construction items and more.
  • The intern will interact with customers, volunteers and staff.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to use multiple media platforms, photography skills a plus, ability to work in a fast paced environment, special planning.
  • Capacity to work with a team.
  • This position will require the ability to assist in arranging furniture items, lifting or moving of furniture required.
  • Team player and communication skills are important for this position.
  • 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.