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 11, 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 said 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 2018

Canton Day Care Center
Canton Day Care Center, Inc. (CDCC) is a not-for-profit, community-based child care program located in Canton, NY, functioning to enhance the development of the whole child in a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment. The Center was established in 1977 to meet a community need for quality childcare with a preschool component. CDCC has collaborated with and continues to maintain several community-based partnerships to fulfill this mission. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Cooperative Extension's mission is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. CCE brings local experience and research-based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world. 

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.

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. The Red Barn at 10 Raymond Street will be the museum’s future home, opening in 2018, 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 the St. Lawrence County Planning Office is to encourage the appropriate use of the County’s natural, human, and fiscal resources; to plan for constructive change in St. Lawrence County; to encourage and deliver community development initiatives; to improve governmental service delivery; and to be an objective and accurate source of information and technical assistance.

St. Lawrence County Public Health Department
The mission of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is to ensure the health, safety and quality of life for all St. Lawrence County residents. The department’s philosophy is that prevention is better than a cure, healthy families need healthy environments, safety first must be a way of life, and that people must be empowered to take care of themselves.The department is dedicated to protecting the health of our community by:

  • Controlling the spread of disease
  • Promoting healthy choices
  • Providing timely health information
  • Promoting the health and development of infants and children
  • Planning for and helping to mitigate any public health emergency

St. Lawrence Land Trust
The St. Lawrence Land Trust’s mission is to work with landowners to conserve the ecological, recreational, historical, and cultural values of their property, for benefit of the landowner and the community.

Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY)
TAUNY identifies and documents traditional arts and artists in the 14-county region of New York State. We undertake field research, maintain an extensive archive of our own and donated work, and present in many ways: exhibits, performances, workshops and demonstrations, publications, recordings, website. We also promote and provide income opportunities for regional artists, to teach and to sell their work. Topics of interest to TAUNY include local music, traditional skills such as boatbuilding and quilting-making, storytelling, and ethnic traditions brought by people who’ve settled here.