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 Peabody
July 6th, 2016
What comes to mind when you think about a domestic abuse relationship? I know the first thought I had was of a husband hitting and physically assaulting his wife and children. What about sexual assault, maybe a college frat boy taking advantage of a drunken freshman? After being at Renewal House...
by Elizabeth Hills
August 27th, 2015
My previous blog post focused on my work with GardenShare, a non-profit that strives to abolish hunger in St. Lawrence County by working with the local farms and farmers markets. However, I failed to mention the other side of the PIC internship, which involves working closely with Ashlee Downing,...
by Gretchen O'Leary
August 18th, 2015
SLU PIC Intern Community As interns living together, we came to understand how each intern’s workplace was its own community.  We got to learn about the role we played, how the workplace functioned, and how it interacted with other businesses and people. Our living arrangements for the summer...
by Alexander Martin
August 14th, 2015
The North Country in the summer has its own charm, a personality in a way. You don’t notice it at first like you would in major cities. It’s subtle. It creeps into your desires and lays a seed you don’t realize you’ve nurtured until you’ve left. The lively waterways, the symphony of nature being...
by Chloe McElligott
August 12th, 2015
Spring, 1977. April 6th, to be exact. Approximately 4 o’clock in the afternoon. A group of people are gathered at the formal lounge at St. Lawrence University to listen to Hamilton “Ham” Ferry Sr., a local storyteller from Seveys Corners. They sit around for around an hour and a half, listen...
by Emily Smith
August 5th, 2015
I never knew it was possible to learn this much in 33 days. In 33 days my world expanded—I was no longer just a philosophy and creative writing major, a Bostonian, and a Spider-man enthusiast. I became an advocate at St. Lawrence County Renewal House—and I’m going to use the next 600 words or so to...
by Alexander Martin
August 4th, 2015
Who would have thought a kid from Los Angeles would find his way to St. Lawrence county… serving it? However, being at St. Lawrence and working with Laurentians and locals alike is the most rewarding experience I’ve had in my life. I’d never thought I’d be in northern New York. Partially because...
by Chloe McElligott
August 3rd, 2015
Nestled between The Hot Tamale and Gamer Craze on Canton’s Main Street, you will find a building with the words “The TAUNY Center” across the top. Whatever you think “folk” is, it is likely that something in TAUNY’s folkstore would fit your definition. Once you walk inside, you will instantly be...
by Elizabeth Hills
July 30th, 2015
The first month of my internship at GardenShare has flown by, leaving me with tons of great experiences. GardenShare’s long term goal is to solve the issue of hunger in St. Lawrence County by connecting the low-income families with local farms. Given this huge mission, I was not sure what to expect...
by Gretchen O'Leary
July 30th, 2015
St. Lawrence County: Getting outside of the “SLU” Bubble Gretchen O’Leary St. Lawrence County is the biggest county in New York State, and the fifth largest east of the Mississippi. From the foothills of the Adirondacks to the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the county has so much to offer as a...