Grantwriting with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be done remotelyEvergreen 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:

  • Research and identify grant opportunities
  • Assist with grant writing

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in learning about non-profit funding

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

Marketing & Events Intern with Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary

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

Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary: “Our mission is to provide a forever home for rescued farm and domestic animals. We also rehabilitate injured and orphaned beavers and prepare them for release back into the wild. In addition, we work to educate the public about the many things they can do to make this a better world for animals while striving to improve our planet and the health of human kind.”

Location: 94 Schoolhouse Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125

Position Description:

The Guest House at The Red Robin Animal Sanctuary is housed on the 85 acre property with yaks, pigs, mini horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, and more! The Guest House offers a relaxing and sustainable environment for visitors including a vegan menu and events centered around sustainability.

  • Manage tech support of the website
  • Assist with marketing (social media, promoting events through outreach, etc.)
  • Take photographs of the site and events
  • If the student is interested in creating videos – that is a plus!
  • Assist with event planning of fundraising events

Requirements: Students must have a car to drive to the location (about 1.25 hrs away)

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hours over the semester for 0.5 unit + 30 hrs of academic work or min. 80 hours over the semester for 1.0 unit + 60 hours of academic work) Weekend shifts are available.

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

Animal Sanctuary Intern with Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary

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

Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary: “Our mission is to provide a forever home for rescued farm and domestic animals. We also rehabilitate injured and orphaned beavers and prepare them for release back into the wild. In addition, we work to educate the public about the many things they can do to make this a better world for animals while striving to improve our planet and the health of human kind.”

Location: 94 Schoolhouse Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125

Position Description:

Are you interested in helping animals? Join the Red Robin Sanctuary team this fall! Students have the opportunity to assist with the maintenance and enhancement of this sanctuary which is home to yaks, pigs, rabbits, goats, cats, dogs, and a mini horse and mini donkey! Note: The varied tasks and activities at the sanctuary are almost always outdoors.

The team is a completely volunteer-run non-profit organization and could use a few extra hands to help make the best environment for the animals possible.

An excellent opportunity for anyone interested in animal care or a career in veterinary care.

Requirements: Students must have a car to drive to the location (about 1.25 hrs away)

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hours over the semester for 0.5 unit + 30 hrs of academic work or min. 80 hours over the semester for 1.0 unit + 60 hours of academic work) Weekend shifts are available.

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

Sustainability Intern with Harriet Tubman Apartments

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

The Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments (Tubman) is a non-profit, 200 unit apartment complex on the West side of the City of Poughkeepsie. The mission of Tubman is to provide clean, safe, rent-subsidized apartments to qualifying low-income residents of Poughkeepsie. It can be said, generally speaking, that the resident population of Tubman represents a high-needs community with limited financial resources.

The overall management of the Tubman Apartments is the responsibility of the Board of Directors who are the fiduciaries of the complex. The Board wants to start additional programs that would help Tubman as a whole become more environmentally responsible in its operation. To that end, one of the projects that would help would be to perform a feasibility study for, and implementation of, a recycling program on site. 

The main deliverables of this opportunity are:

  • A report detailing the infrastructure needs of a recycling program for a residential apartment setting.
  • Implement and support a community-based program that would initiate the recycling program.
  • Engage resident community in education regarding recycling and provide program information.
  • A final report at the end of the opportunity on progress and deficits of project implementation including, if possible, estimates of waste diverted.

In this assignment, the applicant will  be working with the Board, staff of Tubman and contractors. Direction and oversight will be done primarily by an outside contractor that will provide subject matter expertise in the area of waste management and recycling. In regards to day-to-day operations, physical recycling needs and anything else needed regarding on-site work, the applicant will address these concerns to Tubman’s property manager, Ron Traudt.

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

“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

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.

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.

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.