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 Student Activities & Leadership 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.  

All SLU students and class years (including graduating seniors) are eligible to apply.  Internship descriptions and applications will be available on Handshake in November 2017.  The application deadline is FEBRUARY 9, 2018.

Prospective partner organizations are invited to download the SLU PIC proposal form and apply by OCTOBER 16, 2017.  

See what the SLU PIC students are saying about their Summer 2017 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, Associate Director of Student Activities & Leadership, 315-229-5135

SLU PIC North Country Partner Organizations Selected for Summer 2017:

Canton Free Library
With origins dating to 1837, the Canton Free Library’s mission is to serve the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the Canton community and surrounding area through a wide variety of information formats, services and programs. 

Church & Community Program
The Church and Community Program was established in 1974 by Clergy of several local churches in a cooperative effort to respond to the needs of local residents by utilizing resources of both the Churches and the Community.  The program goals are to provide a safety net for those in crisis situations by assisting with emergency needs such as food, clothing and some financial assistance that other agencies are unable to provide. We also offer referrals to local agencies for additional on-going assistance. In order to operate efficiently we need a broad volunteer base, this provides many volunteer opportunities for area residents. Through donations from the churches, local businesses and community members who support our program along with the grant allocation from the Food Bank of Central NY we are able to provide food and clothing to those in need.

Deep Root Center for Learning  
Deep Root Center (DRC) provides the facilities, environment, resources, and support for young people who choose to take charge of their education while living and learning without school. Deep Root Center, a member of the Liberated Learners Network, strives to provide all young people with access to interest-driven, life-long learning practices outside of a formalized school setting. DRC provides resources and community connections that empower families to successfully navigate the legal and social aspects of educating without school.

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 Youth Bureau 
Since 1945 the State Youth Commission of New York has been providing technical and financial support to youth programs in communities throughout the state. The intent was to provide services for the personal development of youth and to prevent, detect and treat delinquency. Over the years this program evolved into the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau which has been a County Department since 1978. Today the mission of the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau is very similar to what it was in 1945 with the goal of ensuring that children, adolescents and young adults have access to programs that will help them to be contributing members of society. This department is dedicated to preventing delinquency through positive youth development and the implementation of comprehensive youth services to all youth in St. Lawrence County. 

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.