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 December 2022/January 2023.  Please read the project descriptions carefully when considering which project(s) fit your interest and experience best.  The student application deadline is 11:59 pm, FEBRUARY 24, 2023.

Prospective partner organizations are invited to download the SLU PIC proposal form and apply by November 4, 2022.  

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-Duke, Associate Director of Student Activities & Leadership, 315-229-5135

SUMMER 2022 North Country Partner Organizations 
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

GardenShare
GardenShare's vision is (in part): "Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats". Our intention is to raise awareness and promote the existence and success of our local food system by introducing St. Lawrence County to some of the individuals and groups who work tirelessly to provide healthy local food, and to provide access to food options. To do so, GardenShare seeks to launch a storytelling initiative (akin to "Humans of New York"), to create profiles and narratives of the people who work and volunteer at farmers' markets, on farms, in food pantries, and for local school nutrition programs. It is GardenShare's strong belief that a thriving food system is one where those who enjoy the food have a relationship with those who grow and make the food.

Indian Creek Nature Center
Indian Creek Nature Center features ~320 acres of woods and wetland within the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area in the town of Canton, NY. The center borders flooded lands between the Oswegatchie and Grasse Rivers designed to enhance waterfowl habitat. The nearly 8 miles of trails at Indian Creek include a boardwalk trail through a marsh to an overlook with expansive views of the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area. All trails are free and open to the public. Extensive efforts are underway to improve many of the trails including informational plaques and a guided nature trail. Please enjoy the center as a wildlife haven with a myriad of amphibians, mammals, and resident and migratory birds. The center also offers a number of guided programs in the spring and fall.

North Country Children's Museum
The North Country Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a commitment to hands-on, minds-on learning. This mission is reflected in our permanent space in the Red Barn at 10 Raymond Street in historic Potsdam, NY, which opened doors to the public in the summer of 2018. The museum’s exhibits celebrate the cultural and geographic resources of the North Country and provide opportunities for children and their families to play and learn together. In creating engaging, fun, and memorable educational experiences, NCCM provides space for children to try on the role of scientist, engineer, and artist.

Renewal House
Since 1982, Renewal House has been and continues to be, committed to providing support and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families, in an environment free from coercion, fear, judgment, or duress. It is a client-centered service emphasizing self-help and the ability of individuals to take control of their own lives. Renewal House has grown from one part-time person to a staff of nine full-time and one part-time. The number of individuals served has increased dramatically as well as the comprehensiveness of the service.

St. Lawrence County Arts Council
SLC Arts creates and supports multi-disciplinary arts initiatives in the North Country to encourage community and economic development, tourism, and entrepreneurship within the arts industry.  Our mission at SLC Arts is to enrich the vibrancy of the North Country by cultivating art appreciation and inspiring creative expression

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 continues to be a priority for the Chamber and the tourism industry.

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.

United Helpers
United Helpers has been serving the North Country and helping those in need for more than 125 years. As one of the largest health care providers and one of the largest employers in St. Lawrence County, United Helpers provides a variety of services to our community including rehabilitation treatment such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. We offer a variety of senior services and housing options, including independent senior living, home care, senior/disabled housing, assisted living, and skilled nursing, along with an extensive selection of programs and resources to help people manage chronic health conditions, mental illness, and developmental disabilities.