Pictured below is Dahley Turner, the first Tarver recipient who spoke about her life changing experience with Liberty Partnerships. Dean Martin Shaffer also provided further insights to interested students. Lastly, Associate Professor of Social Work, Daria Hanssen, and Liberty Partnership spoke about her experience working closely with Dahley on her service learning experience last summer.
In case you could not attend the Tarver Internship Information Session, we thought it’d be helpful to outline this Q & A session:
What is the experience like?
As Dahley Turner described, the experience is life changing. As the first recipient, she worked with the Associate Professor of Social Work, Daria Hanssen and Liberty Partnership, Director Melinda Martinez. Dahley explained how she learned the value of service learning while bettering and making a significant difference in the Poughkeepsie community.
Why Participate in Tarver?
It’s is a summer long, 3-credit independent internship with a significant stipend, will earn three credits for independent coursework, on campus housing and the opportunity to experience service learning within the regional community.
Is the application process intense?
Yes, only sophomores and juniors who have a serious interest to make a measurable difference in the regional community should apply. In fact, Dr. Melissa Gaeke, the Center’s Director noted this year there they received more than two times the applications than last year for just 4 to 6 positions. She added that they hope to create 8 to 10 positions as the program evolves.
What are a few suggested tips when applying for the program?
Dr. Gaeke stresses that there must be “reflective clarity” in students’ applications. Further, recommendations must demonstrate that students have strong relationships to ensure program success and meaningful development.