Community Partner: World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley
I applied for Tarver because it seems like an incredible opportunity to make positive change in the Poughkeepsie community. This summer I hope to develop the knowledge and skills required for working with a non-profit organization. I plan to ensure that the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley (WACMHV) has a solid foundation in terms of better organization, communications, social media presence, and community outreach by the time I leave. Another goal of mine is to ensure a lasting relationship between Marist and WACMHV, creating a job description for future Marist interns (who will hopefully work for credit in the future). I hope to use the skills gained from my internship and independent study to continue to improve the Marist community, and of course, to further pursue my academic and career goals.
Community Partner: Dutchess Outreach
This summer I will be working with Dutchess Outreach, a nonprofit organization that works with local people and offers poverty related services to them. While I am there, I will be conducting a survey and gathering data that I hope will help determine whether or not poverty has an impact on an individual’s perception of their self, their happiness levels and their feelings about moving towards self-sufficiency. I hope to increase awareness in the community about people who may be in need of poverty related services.
Community Partner: The United Way of Dutchess and Orange Region
What attracted me to the program was the opportunity to intern at a nonprofit while furthering my skills within my major. This internship will allow me to gain experience in advertising, while helping the community around Marist. Through my internship at the United Way of Dutchess & Orange County, I will be putting together a media package to give to the United Way’s partners, as well as updating their social media and helping to advertise their mission. If more people know about their operation, they could attract more donors and volunteers to continue helping their charity partners in the region. Working with this nonprofit, I hope to create more awareness about what United Way does, and how they are helping the community.
Community Partner: Hudson River Housing
I applied for Tarver because it essentially combines all of my academic interests with my personal interests. I am very attached to the local community as I live locally and throughout high school was able to be involved with local businesses and nonprofits. Tarver allows me to do just that, and it allows me to continue to be involved with my community. My goals for the summer are to provide Hudson River Housing with workforce development research that can help them strengthen their EATS program. Additionally to not only contribute as much as I can to Hudson River Housing’s program, but to also provide a base for other students or employees to build on my research after my internship ends.
Community Partner: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
My dream career is working for an environmental non-profit organization. When my housemate told me about this opportunity I immediately started searching for non-profits and thinking about the type of project I could offer them. I found the Clearwater Sloop and saw that they had a great presence on social media, but that they could utilize it more effectively with a few changes. My hope for this summer is to see how I can use social media to improve a non-profit’s presence in the community, and ultimately how their social media presence can affect fundraising. I hope that this internship is my first step into the world of environmentalism through non-profit work.