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 Jenna Sencabaugh
Class of 2019
June 30th, 2018
I have had the great pleasure of spending the past three weeks interning at the Church and Community Program. This non-profit organization is comprised of a food pantry that feeds families throughout the towns of Canton, Clare, Hermon, DeKalb, and Russell, and a thrift shop. I have spent the past...
by Winsome Toroitich
Class of 2017
August 7th, 2017
It is the last week of the SLUPIC internship. As much as I am happy to move on to my next adventure in life, I am saddened that I will be leaving St. Lawrence; a place that I have called home for the last three years. Before I close this chapter of my life, I would like to share few lessons that I...
by Margar Harutyunyan
Class of 2020
August 3rd, 2017
I have always considered myself a rational person able to see and understand things through an open and unbiased mind. Had I not joined the St. Lawrence Public Interest Corps and worked at Deep Root Center (DRC), I would not have challenged myself and my rational but deceived views about life in...
by Margar Harutyunyan
Class of 2020
August 3rd, 2017
I have been in DRC for already six weeks, and we have been progressing quickly in real time. My duties as an operation assistant have expanded, and the projects I developed have become more and more relevant for the long term advancement of this small learning center. First four weeks of my...
by Margar Harutyunyan
Class of 2020
August 3rd, 2017
I am in my last week of internship, and it is the perfect time to rationally and emotionally reflect upon the personal development that I achieved through last 9 weeks. It has been interesting, intriguing, challenging and rewarding. In DRC, we worked on projects ranging from development of...
by Katarina Marczeski
Class of 2017
August 3rd, 2017
My internship with the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has changed a lot since the beginning of June.  At the beginning of June there were all of these ideas, projects, and possibilities that Winsome and I would be working on, thinking of, and trying to create for the Chamber. The...
by Jenna Levandowski
Class of 2017
August 2nd, 2017
Ten weeks is not a lot of time. As I approach the very end of this internship, I cannot help but describe this moment as bittersweet. I feel as if I am really just beginning to understand my place in the GardenShare office, how I am most productive, and what exactly it is that I do. However, I am...
by Oscar Castillo
Class of 2019
August 1st, 2017
This is it! We have reached the start to our final week as SLU PIC Interns. I think there is no doubt that SLU PIC has worked for me, as it has equipped me with non-profit skills such as grant writing and social networking. SLU PIC has served to make me realize how privileged I was to grow up in a...
by Freya Woods
Class of 2017
August 1st, 2017
Beginning my last week at Canton Free Library, I’m shocked by how quickly the summer has gone. Over the course of the summer, I’ve brushed up on alphabetizing authors and titles more than I ever realized I’d need to (you’d be surprised by how fuzzy the order between Q and V gets when you don’t...
by Katherine Lloyd
Class of 2017
August 1st, 2017
My summer as a SLU PIC intern has proven to be incredibly transformative, enlightening, and fun. As my time working for Renewal House is drawing to a close, I am able to reflect on what an incredibly valuable experience working for this organization has been. Not only has it allowed for vast...
by Jenna Levandowski
Class of 2017
July 26th, 2017
Over the past seven weeks I have experienced more people and places within St. Lawrence County than I have in the last four years. The projects I have been responsible for have put me into contact with people I never realized were a part of our North Country community.   For my first write up...
by Oscar Castillo
Class of 2019
July 25th, 2017
We are officially a little bit over half way through the internship program, and our work at the North Country Children’s Museum has become noticed. A few weeks ago we were interviewed by the Watertown Daily Times about our construction progress. I was fortunate enough to be featured in it. I met...

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