SLU PIC Blog

The mission of the St. Lawrence University Public Interest Corps (SLU PIC) is to link talented and passionate St. Lawrence University students and recent graduates with North Country public interest and non-profit organizations to improve their ability to provide services to their constituencies and to help develop the next generation of leaders in this sector.  The 2017 cohort of SLU PIC interns is blogging about their experiences this summer at the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, GardenShare, Renewal House, The Canton Free Library, the Deep Root Center for Learning, and the North Country Children's Museum. 

Previous entries from 2016 and 2015 SLU PIC interns are also available.  

by Katarina Marczeski
Class of 2017
July 24th, 2017
Winsome and I have finished our portion of the NYPA Grant to help the tourism industry – there is a portion of the grant that our supervisor Brooke has to finish because we can’t construct financial projections. Since the last blog update, we spent most of the time discussing with each other and...
by Winsome Toroitich
Class of 2017
July 22nd, 2017
The days have grown into weeks and the weeks into months and so have my tasks at the Chamber. The Chamber has offered incredible learning opportunities — be it simple tasks such as preparing meeting materials or more complex activities such as researching data to support an economic standpoint. It...
by Jenna Levandowski
Class of 2017
July 19th, 2017
On May 21st, I found it hard to accept that my diploma, received from the hands of President Fox, symbolized the final departure away from my state of denial which encompassed the entirety of senior spring.  This illusion that graduation was some far off moment in the future, that would never...
by Freya Woods
Class of 2017
July 18th, 2017
Coming into my seventh week at the Canton Free Library, it’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through the summer. July at the library is busier than June – the Children’s room and rentable space downstairs are filled at one point each day with groups of kids reading and doing projects that...
by Katherine Lloyd
Class of 2017
July 18th, 2017
Now over half way into my internship, I am really settling into my role as an advocate, beginning to feel confident in my knowledge, abilities, and experiences. In my position I tend to accompany clients to court, provide emotional support, complete intakes for new clients, answer phone calls, and...
by Katherine Lloyd
Class of 2017
July 7th, 2017
This summer I have been given the incredible opportunity to serve as the SLU PIC intern to Renewal House, a non-profit organization that assists domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in St. Lawrence County. The organization offers numerous services to its clients such as referrals,...
by Freya Woods
Class of 2017
June 23rd, 2017
Books (arguably, of course) are not a necessity product in the same way as food, drink, and shelter, and the desire to read might not technically be classified as a drive in the same league as hunger or thirst, but libraries such as the Canton Free Library (CFL), where I’ll be spending nine weeks...
by Katarina Marczeski
Class of 2017
June 23rd, 2017
Hello there! My name is Katarina (Kat), and I am a recent SLU graduate working at the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as a part of the SLU PIC Program. I chose to work at the Chamber because of its role in community development. One of the major roles or purposes of the Chamber is to help...
by Oscar Castillo
Class of 2019
June 21st, 2017
For the past two weeks, SLU PIC has provided me with the opportunity to work with the North Country Children’s Museum, which is currently in the construction process. After 5 years of hosting weekly educational programs in the North Country, the museum will permanently welcome visitors early...
by Winsome Toroitich
Class of 2017
June 20th, 2017
As a business development intern at the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, I pursue the strategic opportunities of the Chamber. In addition to daily activities, I am working on a summer long project that aims to open up St. Lawrence County to visitors. I have the chance to utilize my...
by Catherine Bennett
Class of 2016
September 12th, 2016
In my last blog, I spoke about the realities of a small-scale, volunteer-run non-profit and the difficulties that accompany that. During the last few weeks of my internship, however, I discovered a few jewels in the landscape of the Land Trust. Despite any obstacles faced, the heart of the North...
by George Salmons
Class of 2017
August 24th, 2016
Well, it’s my final week working in the office at the North Country Children’s Museum (NCCM). To date, I have overseen five different events with our traveling exhibit, “Construction Zone,” with two more events to come next week, and I have written and/or helped write five grants. It’s been a...

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