St. Lawrence University Public Interest Corps (SLU PIC)

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.

Coordinated by St. Lawrence University Career Connections and Volunteer Services Offices, this program supports organizations and positively influences relationships between the college and the community.  SLU PIC, which also involves St. Lawrence University nonprofit sector alumni in an advisory capacity, provides a tangible mechanism for Corps Members to put academic theory into practice and gain valuable professional skills, knowledge and contacts while contributing to the mission of North Country nonprofits.  

Interested students should apply on SAINTSLink (application deadline is FEBRUARY 5, 2016).

Prospective partner organizations are invited to download the SLU PIC proposal form and apply by OCTOBER 16, 2015.  

See what the SLU PIC students are saying about their 2016 internship experiences at the SLU PIC Blog!

For more information on the program or to apply as an Organizational Nonprofit Partner, please contact:

Geoff Falen, Director of Career Connections, 315-229-5768 OR
Ashlee Downing, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, 315-229-5135

SLU PIC North Country Partner Organizations Selected for Summer 2016:

GardenShare
GardenShare has worked for nearly two decades to develop a robust and equitable local food system and ensure widespread access to healthy food choices throughout St. Lawrence County. Among the first in New York State to establish SNAP/Food Stamp service at area farmers markets, GardenShare also publishes an annual Local Food Guide to connect consumers with direct market producers, and we've promoted Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) and made CSA accessible to lower income households. We host outreach and educational programs about food security and food system issues for the general public.  GardenShare is currently working with a refreshed mission and vision - to solve the problem of hunger in St. Lawrence County - and developing new program ideas to move this mission forward.

North Country Children's Museum
The North Country Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization formed in 2011 by a group of educators with a collective vision to create a cultural and educational center for North Country families. Now established as a region-wide educational resource, NCCM operates as a Museum Without Walls (MWOW) and presents a range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs that encourage creativity, inquiry and a love of learning through active, hands-on, minds-on participation. Historic Old Snell Hall in Potsdam NY, will be the museum’s future home with 10 interactive exhibits including Innovation Station, ADK Waterplay, Sound Experience, KidPower, Akwesasne Mohawk Longhouse, PlaySpace, Art Studio, Construction Zone, Kids Co-Op, and the Maple Climbing Tree

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is to cultivate, develop and support Chamber members and other businesses by creating a vibrant business climate that encourages growth and enhances the unique quality of life in St. Lawrence County. The Chamber and associate members have been interested in strategically organizing the business community with a Buy Local Campaign. Additionally, tourism marketing, with the use of social media tools continue to be a priority for the Chamber and the tourism industry.

St. Lawrence County Planning Office
The mission of this office includes encouraging the appropriate use of our resources--our natural environment as well as our human and financial resources. The Planning Office provides information, technical assistance and research on many issues and topics for constructive change in St. Lawrence County. The Planning office promotes improvement in government and the way in which it delivers services as a reliable and accurate source of information and technical assistance to governments, businesses, agencies, individuals and the public at large.

St. Lawrence Land Trust
The Friends of the Watershed is a St. Lawrence Land Trust initiative focusing on engaging local residents with our goal of preserving and improving the health of the Grasse and Little River Watersheds in St. Lawrence County. The particular objectives of this initiative include outreach to land owners in key riparian corridors, implementation of our river stewardship program, and development of riparian conservation easements. The Friends of the Watershed initiative comprehensively works with both private landowners and the public to promulgate the best practices for protecting and enhancing watershed health. The St. Lawrence Land Trust has been operating for over 10 years in the St. Lawrence Valley watershed, and maintains 3 conservation easements on private properties, as well as owning and operating publicly accessible land outside of Canton, NY on the Grasse River.

St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House
This not-for-profit organization provides residential and non-residential services to adults and children who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. It is their mission to create an environment which clients feel safe, in control and empowered. The objective of this internship is to assist in providing direct services and education to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Corps Members will be fully trained and earn recognition as a DOH certified rape crisis counselor.

Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country.  TAUNY is seeking an individual to develop a series of short presentations of local culture using new media, and to continue digitization of archival material begun by a Corps Member in summer 2015.   This will be done mainly by digitizing archival materials. The Corps Member will also work on outreach to raise awareness in the community about the resources available at TAUNY. Wanting to keep the important work of digitization underway, and to continue our collaboration with Northern New York Library Network, TAUNY do plans to digitize a smaller collection this year, and to focus more on fieldwork and development of media-based presentation of North Country traditions and the people who keep them alive.

Viable Options
Viable Options is a nonprofit organization designed to help women and men facing a pregnancy decision. We offer Peer Counseling, material support, pregnancy tests, and referrals to organizations throughout St. Lawrence County that can help assist the potentially varying needs of our clients. We believe that the individual's right to self­ determination can be effectively exercised only if the individual possess proper information and support to enable a healthy choice. To this end we offer education resources and others services. The job of the Client Services Intern will be to help Viable Options create the Spanish language extension of their organization.