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 Center for Career Excellence 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 2023/January 2024.  Please read the project descriptions carefully when considering which project(s) fit your interest and experience best.  The student application deadline is 11:55 pm, FEBRUARY 21, 2024.

Prospective partner organizations are invited to download the SLU PIC proposal form and apply by November 6, 2023.  

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

Geoff Falen, Director of Experiential Learning & Employer Engagement, 315-229-5768 OR
Ashlee Downing-Duke, Senior Associate Director of Campus Activities & Residential Engagement;
Director of the Sullivan Student Center, 315-229-5135

SUMMER 2024 North Country Partner Organizations 

Frederic Remington Art Museum
The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York, houses a comprehensive collection of original Remington paintings, sketches and sculptures, as well as a broad array of personal effects and correspondence that serve to bring the artist and his vision to life.  Many of Remington's best-known sculptures and oil paintings can be found in the Albert Priest Newell Gallery. Changing exhibits of his North Country and Canadian watercolors, sketches, and illustrations hang in the Addie Priest Newell Gallery. Personal possessions, studio equipment, and memorabilia are displayed throughout the museum.

GardenShare's vision is (in part): "Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats".  This year's intern, "Local Food Investigator," will provide current data around the value of local food within our region. The information gathered will be shared with our community through different media outlets to include but are not limited to: infographics, press releases, social media posts, reports. Educational material will be crucial to provide an understanding of the importance of St. Lawrence County's local food. The information gathered in just this period of time will be used for many years to outreach and inform consumers and support the local food system in St. Lawrence County.

Helping Hands of Potsdam
Helping Hands of Potsdam, Inc. is a faith-based non-profit organization serving Potsdam, New York and the outlying area. It was founded in 2003 and is entirely supported by the kindness and generosity of local churches, individuals, organizations, and businesses. 

We serve local families through our food pantry and lunch program, provide for the distribution of used furniture and housewares, and offer assistance with fuel, rent, and utility payments in crisis situations.  In this way we are able to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes, provide nutritious meals for their families, or who perhaps just need the spiritual support we can offer. Helping Hands is staffed by a group of volunteers under the leadership of our executive director and a governing board consisting of pastors and lay people from numerous local churches. We serve the people of Eastern St. Lawrence County including Brasher, Colton, Hopkinton, Lawrence, Madrid, Nicholville, Norfolk, Norwood, Parishville, Pierrepont, Potsdam, Stockholm, and South Colton.

Northern Area Health Education Center
Established in July 2001, NAHEC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization working to improve health care access, delivery, and outcomes in a 5-county region of Northern New York.

The NAHEC service area is home to hospitals and health care providers located in predominantly rural areas. There are numerous geographic pockets of federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) within the NAHEC region, specifically in the areas of primary health care, mental health care, and dental health care. Our Pipeline to Practice approach connects students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health. Strategic planning is guided by the mission and allows NAHEC to focus its efforts in four priority areas:

1. Health careers exploration
2.Continuing education programs and service
3.Clinical training opportunities
4.Community partnership development

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. 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. We create engaging, fun, and memorable educational experiences where children can try on the role of scientist, engineer, and artist.

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 Public Health Department
To ensure the health, safety, and quality of life for all St. Lawrence County residents. 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;
  • Plan for and help to mitigate any public health emergency. 

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.

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.