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 Victoria Patenaude
Class of 2016
July 31st, 2016
As my time at Viable Options is coming to a close, I realized that my natural instinct is to look back and try to gather up what I have done in order to achieve a sense of accomplishment. This is not the internship for that. Just yesterday in our book club meeting, we were reading the chapter of...
by Margaret McKernan
Class of 2016
July 29th, 2016
When I first began my internship at the St. Lawrence County Planning Office, I was tasked with researching the demographic information of the county to help the office gain a better picture of what factors most affected county residents.  Day in and day out I searched for demographic...
by Molly Hyde
Class of 2017
July 28th, 2016
On my first Saturday night in Canton for the summer, my supervisor and I made the drive to Lowville for a square dance with the Adirondack Playboys. When I walked in, I immediately saw the best dressed woman in the room. She wore a short-sleeved dress with southwestern coloring and patterns that...
by Amanda Korb
Class of 2018
July 27th, 2016
A few weeks ago, my boss kindly gave me her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share for the week since she was going out of town. I was ecstatic—free local veggies?! You know this girl was down, especially since I buy my own food and consume a hefty amount of raw produce. To pick up the CSA, I...
by Victoria Peabody
Class of 2017
July 27th, 2016
Here I am in week nine of my internship at Renewal House, and I can’t believe the end is so near. In nine weeks I have learned more than I have in an entire semester of class. I have learned that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, and when I say strong I don’t mean staying up until 4 a.m. to...
by George Salmons
Class of 2017
July 13th, 2016
This summer, I’m interning at the North Country Children’s Museum, and I’m loving every second of it. I entered this internship with no real clear idea of what to expect, because the job description mainly talked about me working with kids in the organization’s traveling museum-without-walls...
by Xiomalys Crespo
Class of 2016
July 13th, 2016
After finishing my first day at my internship with the Chamber of Commerce, I felt like breaking my austere savings-regime and splurging on a celebratory purchase: I wanted cookies. Already downtown, I made a quick trip to the dollar store to restock my pantry with food that agrees with my “Moving...
by Catherine Bennett
Class of 2016
July 12th, 2016
Before beginning a new internship, one is likely to have questions. Expectations. Past experiences may not accurately reflect your future duties. A small, rural non-profit differs drastically from an urban, million-dollar-fund non-profit. Who is involved? What are the tasks to be done? How much of...
by Margaret McKernan
Class of 2016
July 12th, 2016
Over the past four years at St. Lawrence, the university has become my home away from home.  It went from being an unfamiliar place freshman year as I struggled to find the names on buildings to my comfort zone that I knew like the back of my hand.  I love St. Lawrence and when I had the...
by Amanda Korb
July 7th, 2016
There is something inspiring about both preparing and sharing a meal with people you enjoy. At Thanksgiving after we carve the turkey, set out the cranberry sauce and test-taste the stuffing, there is a hurried scramble to find the best dark meat. Christmas calls for at least two of Grandma’s...
by Victoria Patenaude
July 6th, 2016
When I first read about this internship opportunity, I knew I was interested. I wasn't the biggest go-getter at SLU, so this was unusual for me. I was part of a variety of clubs and was even in a theme house, but when I got emails about summer job opportunities I normally deleted them. I wanted to...
by Molly Hyde
July 6th, 2016
Things I didn’t know four weeks ago: Square dancing is still alive outside of elementary school gym classes. Old machines and farm equipment don’t have to rust in a field until they disintegrate. People actually remember the name of the summer camp their parents shipped them off to. One thing I...

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