Dawn Dellea, Manager of Alumni & Parent Engagement Programs at The Career Center, has arranged the following field placements. Each placement represents an agreement between Williams College and the sponsor to provide a shadowing experience along with specific work tasks and/or work experience.
In many cases, specific work assignments cannot be determined far ahead of time, so descriptions may be somewhat general.
Details about the placements (please read carefully before applying):
1. ARTS ADMINISTRATION
WHO: Joe Thompson ‘81
Mr. Thompson is the Director of MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
WHERE: North Adams, MA
WHAT: Work at MASS MoCA in the executive offices and in the fabrication and art installation department, helping to install and de-install gallery exhibitions.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: letter of interest, resume. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Mr. Joe Thompson.
2. MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION
WHO: Various professionals at The Clark.
WHERE: The Clark in Williamstown.
WHAT: Curatorial, Director's Office, Research and Academic Program, Membership, and Museum Store Curatorial Intern -Curatorial would be interested in hosting an intern over winter break. We have many exhibitions under development and it would be related to one of them.
Director’s Office-Learn the workings of a Director’s Office in a busy Museum and Research Institution.
This project will involve organizing the former Director Office records and other appropriately related institutional records. Although the records will be readily accessible, and initially not archived, we will work to create the framework for the former Director, the Interim Director and the new Director.
Tasks will include, sorting records and creating the framework for future use utilizing both paper and electronic records. Will work closely with the Assistant to the Director.
Research and Academic Program-The staff of the Research and Academic Program is continually working on larger publication and lecture projects. General administrative and research assistance – for example, secondary reading and writing related to specific art-historical issues – is always in demand.
Membership Winter Study Internship-The Advancement Office at the Clark is looking for a curious, can-do Williams Student interested in arts administration to help strengthen its membership programs.
Membership at the Clark has more than doubled in the past 3 years, from 3000-6500 individual, family, and business members. This has happened in conjunction with a major campus expansion that includes:
A new 44,400-square-foot Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando
Renovation of the existing museum building and Manton Research Center by architect Annabelle Selldorf
A sweeping new landscape design by Gary Hilderbrand that reorients the visitor experience on the Clark’s 140-acre property to highlight its natural setting and enhance sustainability.
Over the course of three and a half weeks in January 2017, our Membership Winter Study Intern will work in the Advancement office assisting with long range planning, developing a member survey to help evaluate the Clark’s current membership program, helping shape future membership offerings, and fulfilling benefits of membership.
The ideal candidate is motivated, creative, and interested in arts / museums programming and fundraising. S/he is a creative problem solver, has a sense of humor, and can work independently and with a team.
Museum Store Intern-Opportunity for someone learning about business and marketing.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The candidates have to submit a resume and a letter of interest stating in what aspect of museum administration you would be most interested. Please address the letter of interest to Ms. Dawna Johnson.
3. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
WHO: Robin Lorsch Wildfang ‘86 Robin is international projektleder and an English and Latin teacher at Studenterkurset i Sønderjylland, a private high school in Toftlund Denmark.
WHERE: Studenterkurset i Sønderjylland (www.stuk.dk), Toftlund Denmark (a small town in rural Southern Jutland about 25 miles north of the German border and 3 hours by train from Copenhagen).
WHAT: You will have an opportunity to observe all aspects of a private, internationally oriented school in
Denmark. Under the supervision of Robin you will be able to try your hand at teaching English to foreign language students in 8th, 9th and 10th grade as well as participating in other normal school activities including teacher meetings, school field trips, grading written work, etc. If a successful applicant has a major other than English or is interested in teaching a subject other than English, it will be possible to arrange a chance to try teaching that subject in English to our international 9th and 10th grade classes. The school can offer free room and board to the right applicant.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume, letter of interest (400-500 words) and a description of a possible teaching unit. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Ms. Robin Lorsch Wildfang.
4. ADVERTISING WHO: Val DiFebo ’84, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsch NY. WHERE: Deutsch NY is one of New York’s largest and most prestigious advertising agencies. WHAT: Deutsch opens its doors and provides an inside perspective on the world of consumer advertising and marketing for a select group of college students with a passion for the business. With a designated mentor to "shadow", each intern gets assigned to a department (e.g. account management, social, digital, media, production, creative, new business, account planning, data strategy) to get smart on what an Agency does and what makes great advertising.
The internship is designed to be both a blend of "real" work experience with actual advertising tasks and assignments, combined with more formal training and exposure to all disciplines. This internship introduces students to individual functions and career opportunities within the agency environment and also provides them with the opportunity to apply all that they've learned in assignments as a team.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: A resume and the answers to the following questions:
What is your personal passion? Describe what you spend hours doing even though it is not your job and why you love it.
Describe something that has a major impact in your life, no matter how big or small it might be.
What is your homepage when you open up your browser? Why?
Identify a trend that you feel will change the future of advertising and describe how.
Your answers should be addressed to Ms. Val DiFebo.
5. ADVERTISING/DIGITAL MEDIA
WHO: Jon Morgenstern ‘11 - Director of Paid Media
WHERE: VaynerMedia - VaynerMedia is a digital agency that helps Fortune 500 companies tell their stories. Our expertise in strategy, creative, photo and video production, and ad buying yields work that drives actual business results. We day-trade consumer attention, guiding our diverse clientele to focus on the platforms that command the attention of their specific customers, whom we captivate with the highly targeted videos and content we develop. With offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chattanooga, TN, we market for the year we live in, we live and breathe emerging technology and we are always growing.
WHAT: VaynerMedia is excited to invite a Williams student to experience the world of Advertising + Media first-hand. The student will be paired with a mentor in the Paid Media department (currently home to 5 Williams grads!). The internship is designed to be both a blend of "real" work experience with actual advertising tasks and assignments, combined with more formal training and exposure to several disciplines (e.g. Account/Strategy, Paid Social, Paid Digital). This internship introduces students to individual functions and career opportunities within the agency environment and also provides them with the opportunity to apply all that they've learned in assignments as a team.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume + Cover letter and answer this question:
Which social media platform interests you most, and why? (Response should be 1-2 paragraphs)
Cover letter should be addressed to Mr. Jon Morgenstern
6. DIGITAL MEDIA-KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
WHO:Don MacKinnon ’90.
Don is the co-founder and co-CEO of Milq, a cultural curation app and website that harnesses the power of curation to organize the worlds of music, film and culture. Previously, Don founded and was CEO of Hear Music, an innovative music retailer featuring the first CD-based listening stations. In 1999, Starbucks purchased Hear Music, and Don went on to serve as Vice President of Music and Entertainment at Starbucks – creating over 300 compilations, leading digital innovations and launching a Hear Music label that released Ray Charles’ final Grammy winning, triple platinum album as well as Bob Dylan’s first recordings. Don then helped build Product (RED), the organization founded by Bono, dedicated to defeating AIDS through partnerships with iconic brands including Apple, Nike and the Gap. Don oversaw (RED)’s entertainment initiatives, in which artists ranging from Jay-Z to the Black Keys turned their music (RED). Don has been an advisor on digital strategy to a number of entities including U2 and Ken Burns. In 2014, Don led the creation of the Ken Burns iPad app, which won multiple awards and was named an Editor’s Choice by Apple.
WHERE: New York City (office at Bryant Park)
WHAT: Work with Don MacKinnon on two major initiatives to drive digital engagement with the films of Ken Burns – and, in doing so, help America gain a better understanding of itself. 1) Create and execute a digital engagement strategy for Ken Burns major 18 hour documentary on the Vietnam War, slated to premiere on PBS in Fall 2017. Elements will include crafting and implementing the overall digital strategy, including partnerships with social networks, media partners, engaging influencers, social media tactics, approach to core audiences, web design, etc. 2) Ideate, design and develop a major digital platform that brings all of Ken Burns’ films together in a way that lets users explore the stories that run through and across them – such as Race, Art, Innovation and War. This project will take the ideas and vision of the award-winning Ken Burns iPad app and bring it to a web-based platform, extending its functionality to make it participatory and social. For both of these projects, we will work cross-functionally with the creative team at Big Spaceship (one of the world’s leading digital agencies, located in DUMBO Brooklyn), PBS, DKC Communications (leading PR firm for culture) as well as Ken Burns and the team of filmmakers at his production company Florentine Films. The work should provide a window into digital strategy, content and event marketing, digital design, influencer engagement, and more.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume and letter of interest. Please write your letter of interest to Mr. Don MacKinnon.
7. MUSIC PRODUCTION/COMPOSITION
WHO: Eric Kaye ‘92:
Eric was a music major at Williams and is now the Executive Creative Director/Partner of the Music Playground, a music production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Warsaw. He is also a composer, producer, and musician.
Eric has written music for hundreds of television commercials for clients such as Mercedes, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Fila, and Doritos. Two of his compositions made the prestigious Shoot Magazine's 'Madison Avenue Top Ten'. He has written music for shows such as Shameless, Life in Pieces, Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and many more, and several indie films, including Ralph Macchio’s “Across Grace Alley” and Danny Glover’s “From Above”. Eric has scored dozens of television programs for VH1, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, the Learning Channel, Noggin, and PBS, including “Nova," “Frontline,” and “Animal Underworld".
As a composer/producer/musician, musicians he has worked with include Luther Vandross, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, St. Lucia, Tito Nieves, Will Lee, The English Beat, and The Prodigals among others.
Eric is a third generation professional musician. His grandfather played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. His father, an accomplished jazz pianist, performed with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey, among others. He continues the family tradition as one of the hottest composers on the scene today. He received a degree in Composition with Honors at Williams College and won the Berkshire Symphony Student Composer Competition for his 'The Descent - An Orchestral Fantasy', a four movement work inspired by Dante's Inferno.
WHERE: The Music Playground's studio in New York City.
WHAT: Eric oversees a staff of 10 composers, as well as acting as the liaison between the composers and clients, usually advertising agencies, directors, and producers. You would be involved in several ongoing projects at the Music Playground and be witness to how working musicians/composers make a career in this creative field.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The candidates have to submit a resume and a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Mr. Eric Kaye.
8. SPORTS MEDIA/BROADCASTING
WHO: Sam Flood ’83
Sam Flood is Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. Flood is only the seventh Executive Producer in NBC Sports history in June 2010 after serving as Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports since July 2005.
Flood is the producer for the critically acclaimed and most-watched NFL studio show Football Night in America. A former college hockey captain, Flood is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the sport of hockey in the U.S. and is credited for creating the “Inside the Glass” analyst position. As executive producer, he also oversees production for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Sunday Night and Thursday Night Football, NASCAR, Premier League, Horse Racing's Triple Crown, F1, IndyCar, Tour de France, French Open, and Rugby among others.
A 24-time Emmy Award winner, and three-time Eclipse Award winner, Flood Has Worked 14 Olympic Games. One of the many Olympic researchers who moved on to successful roles in the world of sports and entertainment, Flood joined NBC Sports in 1986 as an Olympic researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He produced Olympic track and field during the 1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games and produced the daytime studio show at the Vancouver, London, Sochi And Rio Games.
WHERE: NBC Sports Broadcast group (Stamford, CT) hardly needs an introduction, however, as a major producer of sports programming, NBC is involved in all major sporting events and venues from NFL Football to NHL Hockey to NASCAR Racing to Master’s and Ryder Cup Golf, the Olympics, and more.
WHAT: You will be working on a project designed by Sam Flood, in addition to observing the production of NFL Football and other aspects of a busy production team.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume and Statement of Interest (400-500 words). Your statement of interest should be addressed to Mr. Sam Flood.
9. SPORTS/MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
WHO: Mark Scialabba ’02, Director, Player Development, The Washington Nationals
Mark Scialabba majored in Economics and was a Captain of the Baseball team while at Williams. After graduating he earned an MBA and Masters in Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. For the past ten and a half seasons he has worked for the Washington Nationals primarily in Player Development. He was promoted to Director, Player Development in October of 2013 and previously served four years as Director, Minor League Operations and three years as Assistant Director, Player Development. He works on all aspects of the Player Development system including contracts, roster management, player personnel decisions, Latin Academy operations and budgets. Prior to his role with the Nationals he spent the summer of 2005 as Assistant GM of the Cape Cod League’s Brewster Whitecaps and the summer of 2004 as an intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida.
WHERE: The Washington Nationals, Nationals Park, Washington, DC
WHAT: Students interested in pursuing a career in Baseball Operations will be exposed to the day-to-day responsibilities a Major League front-office staff faces in the off-season including, but not limited to; analytics, player evaluation, scouting, player development, research, salary arbitration and spring training preparation.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Students must submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the position and are encouraged to send any relevant course work or projects that are applicable to working in a front-office for an MLB team. Your cover letter should be addressed to Mr. Mark Scialabba.
10. SPORTS-NEW YORK JETS-CANCELLED 9/27/16 11. PUBLISING/FOOD EDITORIAL—REAL SIMPLE
WHO: Sarah (Humphreys) Collins ’97 and Heath Goldman ’13.
Real Simple is the everyday essential for today’s time-pressured woman, the lifestyle brand she can trust to make her life a little easier in a world that’s more complicated by the minute. With smart strategies, genius shortcuts, and shoppable solutions, we help her simplify, streamline, and beautifully edit her life, armed with calm and confidence.
Sarah is the Executive Editor of Real Simple. She oversees editorial content across the magazine and its ancillary products. Sarah is the co-host of a weekly Real Simple podcast called Things Cooks Know on the Slate Network; she also regularly represents the magazine on national television. Prior to joining Real Simple, Sarah held the position of Vice President, Editor in Chief of Blueprint magazine at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She began her editorial career back at Real Simple, as part of its launch team in April 2000.
Heath is Real Simple’s Food Assistant Editor. She writes content and develops recipes for both print and digital and oversees one of Real Simple’s most popular franchises—food road tests. Heath joined Real Simple shortly after her graduation in summer of 2013.
WHERE:New York City
WHAT: Work with Heath and Real Simple’s food director on food content for print and digital. Help coordinate and participate in food road tests, conduct research for stories, brainstorm new ideas, etc. Looking for a candidate with a strong interest in food, lots of energy, great organization skills, and willingness to taste test 25 veggie burgers for road-testing purposes.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume and letter of interest. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Ms. Sarah Humphreys Collins and Ms. Heath Goldman.
12. CRIMINAL PROSECUTION/VICTIM ASSISTANCE/PUBLIC SERVICE
Who: Elizabeth A. Keegan, Victim Assistance Director for the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office
Where: Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Pittsfield, Ma
What: Work within the District Attorney’s Office in the Victim Assistance Department. Observe court on a daily basis in the District Court, the Jury of Six or the Superior Court. To learn how the Victim’s Bill of Rights codified in Massachusetts General Laws 258B is implemented in the criminal justice system. Participate in problem solving think sessions with advocates and Assistant District Attorneys on ways to improve the experience for victims within the criminal justice system. Participate in discussions that will strive to translate the experiences of victims with the criminal justice system into educational opportunities focused on improving the interactions of other professionals such as emergency room personnel, physicians, schools, and employers with victims.
Application Requirements: Letter of interest and resume. Applicant must pass a Mass State Police background check prior to the placement. Applicant must also sign a confidentiality agreement. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Ms. Elizabeth Keegan.
13. CONSTITUENT SERVICES
WHO: U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2012, by the people of Massachusetts.
Senator Warren is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle class families, and the Boston Globe has called her "the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks."
During her campaign for the Senate, Senator Warren promised to fight for middle class families and to make sure that everyone has a fair shot to get ahead. She called for policies that would level the regulatory playing field for small businesses and ensure that everyone - even large and powerful corporations - pays a fair share in taxes and is held accountable for breaking the law.
WHERE: The Boston Office of U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren located at 2400 JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street Boston, MA 02203
WHAT: Interns in Senator Warren’s Boston office will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how the federal government works, and to witness the real world impact government can have in the lives of constituents. Each intern will be assigned to a staff member, and will be responsible for assisting with constituent casework, replying to constituent inquiries, answering phones, processing mail, and entering correspondence in to our electronic database. The intern will also complete administrative tasks critical to the core day-to-day operation of the office. These duties require and instill a wide range of professional, interpersonal, and research skills that will aid the intern in his or her future career.
Application Requirements: Please submit a resume and letter of interest. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Boston Internship Coordinator.
14. CONGRESSIONAL REFORM
WHO: Betsy Wright Hawkings '86, Director, Governance Program, The Democracy Fund. After graduating from Williams she spent more than 25 years as a Congressional chief of staff to Republicans representing Democratic districts before joining the Democracy Fund in January 2015.
WHERE: Washington, DC
WHAT: The Democracy Fund's Governance Program supports organizations building bridges across the ideological divide and seeking out ways for our government to solve problems in the face of increased
polarization. Current grantees of the Governance Program include the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program, and the Faith & Politics Institute, among others. Interns will gain first-hand knowledge on how creative philanthropy can work to improve our democracy and will work directly with Betsy and her team. Interns may be responsible for a variety of tasks, including:
Producing original research on issues related to Congressional reform and improving congressional function; participating in grantee meetings, policy briefings, Congressional hearings, or other events;
Supporting research and diligence about new grantee candidates; compiling press clips, writing blog posts, and creating content for the Democracy Fund’s social media accounts;
Helping to organize internal and external events;
Completing and presenting a self-directed project aligned with the goals of the Democracy Fund;
Working to support the administrative needs of the team with editing, scheduling support, photocopying or other relevant administrative tasks and functions; assist in preparation and copying, packing, and mailing meeting materials
Candidate requirements include:
Strong analytical, writing, editing, and communication skills
Ability to think creatively about solving problem. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to multitask while maintaining strong attention to detail. Ability to take initiative and work independently
A deep passion for strengthening American democracy and a commitment to exploring a career in political or media reform
For more information about the Democracy Fund, visit www.democracyfund.org.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: resume, cover letter and writing sample, preferably on a topic related to the work of the Democracy Fund. Your cover letter should be address to Ms. Betsy Wright Hawkings.
15. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS/FEDERAL LOBBYING INTERNSHIP
WHO: Nancy Van Duyne ’80, VP for Congressional Affairs, United Airlines After graduating from Williams, Nancy has worked for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D/NJ), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Air Transport Association (the trade association for the major airlines), and has spent the last 23 years working for United Airlines.
WHERE: Washington, DC
WHAT: Nancy is one of three federal lobbyists for United Airlines. She currently oversees the federal, state and local lobbying operations plus UA’s Community Affairs department. This internship will provide students with an opportunity to understand how a major U.S. airline represents its interests before Congress while also providing insight on how the entire government affairs function is set up within the airline (state, local and federal). The opportunity will allow some interaction with the lobbyists from other airlines and with the airline trade association. Although the internship will occur in January when the Congress is not necessarily in session all month, an effort will be made to offer the intern a very unique chance to see how Washington prepares for a new Administration and a new Congressional session. Special focus will be on the need to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration in 2017. Excellent experience for anyone interested in political affairs and especially transportation policy.
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 720 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.
Application Requirements: Resume and cover letter. Address your cover letter to Ms. Nancy Van Duyne.
16. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT / SUSTAINABILITY
WHAT: SSG is a small global consulting firm specializing in international development. SSG builds partnerships across the public and private sectors that address critical issues in an international context. We take a unique, market-driven approach to global development challenges, and this Winter Study engagement represents a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain exposure to this interesting line of work.
SSG Advisors works with US government agencies, foreign governments, and corporations to design and execute programs that simultaneously address development issues and business bottlenecks. We’ve partnered with companies on such varied challenges as climate change adaptation, vocational training and workforce needs, energy security, and innovative applications of emergent wireless broadband technologies. We’re actively conducting this work in the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, East Africa, Senegal, and Thailand, among others.
This Winter Study opportunity is well suited for any student that wishes to gain exposure to the field of international development through the lens of a dynamic, growing small business. SSG staff will work with the Winter Study Intern to develop a tailored research assignment that both serves SSG’s current business development or project needs and aligns with the academic or professional interests of the student.
As an example, the Williams Winter Study Intern could develop a research paper and presentation on a recognized development solution (i.e. a technology, policy, or approach) and the challenges that prevent that solution from being applied at scale. In the process, the intern would develop a high degree of familiarity with one or more of the most innovative recent advances in the field of international development. With advance notice, SSG can also help find a room in Burlington for the month of January.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Interested applicants will submit a résumé and cover letter. The ideal candidate will possess a robust sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for the field of international development, excellent writing skills, and strong analytical abilities. Your cover letter should be addressed to Mr. Thomas Buck.
17. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
WHO: Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin ’95, Wellness Director & Clinical Supervisor
WHERE: New Orleans, LA -- The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is one of the oldest neighborhood associations in New Orleans. Established in 1930 as the Broadmoor Civic Improvement Association to address the needs of the developing Broadmoor neighborhood, it was incorporated in 1970 as the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Inc. to stop "blockbusting" in Broadmoor, a well-established, multi-racial/multi-ethnic community already living in harmony.
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Broadmoor Improvement Association had worked continuously to improve the neighborhood. The BIA helped reduce crime; secure the Rosa Keller Library; had joined with Rebuild New Orleans to repair homes of low-income elderly or handicapped; had re-treed neutral grounds and the MLK park area – all in constant effort to improve Broadmoor and maintain a high quality of life for its residents.
Since Katrina, the Broadmoor Improvement Association has become known as a "grassroots powerhouse". Broadmoor has built partnerships and was recognized at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative. The BIA is here to address the needs of the residents by engaging the community and building consensus among residents as to their vision for a revitalized neighborhood that is "Better than Before". Broadmoor has become a model for citizen-led recovery efforts.
In August of 2015, in time for the 10 year remembrance of Katrina, the BIA inaugurated its Arts and Wellness Center. Located on the second floor of the newly renovated former St. Mathias School, the Arts & Wellness Center (AWC) is designed to enrich the community at every life stage by bringing together innovative, creative programs and holistic wellness services in one vibrant collaborative space. In this space we provide sliding-fee counseling services, dance, music, & art classes, in addition to body treatment therapies such as massage, reiki and acupuncture. Our spaces are leased at affordable rates to practioners so that community members can receive these services affordably. We also offer early childhood education classes and parenting support.
BIA is now pursuing partnerships with liberal arts colleges to provide students with a hands-on experience with a grass-roots organization as they help with day-to-day operations. We also seek interns to help the students of the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School.
WHAT: Williams College students are invited to apply to spend the Winter Study term in New Orleans learning about post-disaster recovery, grassroots organizing, and the charter school system. Housing is included.One internship slot is available.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit a resume and letter of interest about your volunteerism experience and a short statement as to why you’d like to intern with me in New Orleans. Your letter of interest should be addressed to Ms. Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin.
18. BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION/COMMUNITY OUTREACH
WHO: Carolyn Valli, Executive Director of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
WHAT: COMMUNITY OUTREACH INTERN--Central Berkshire Habitat serves families and communities through integrated approaches that leverage shelter, financial sustainability, education as a catalyst for community transformation. Be a part of the new Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative that reduces barriers to access for low and moderate income families in Berkshire County. Help implement and promote the new collaboration model for a “one stop shop” approach for accessing needed community resources including free tax preparation, financial tools and education, to name a few. Recruit participants and expand our financial empowerment opportunities. Help schedule and manage Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Community Resource Connecter program. Work with a diverse group of community residents and staff to bring innovative programs to the Pittsfield and surrounded communities.
Gain a hands-on experience in Pittsfield working with the Community Outreach Director, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, and Construction Crew Leader on the job site. Be part of a national movement of community service and giving back on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The most qualified candidates will have the flexibility to respond to the needs of the community and a willingness to learn. If you are excited to help build a house, a neighborhood, and community, please apply!
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Resume and letter of interest. Please address your letter of interest to Ms. Carolyn Valli.
19. BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION/MARKETING
WHO: Carolyn Valli, Executive Director of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
WHERE: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Pittsfield, MA
WHAT: COMMUNICATIONS/MARKETING INTERN--Central Berkshire Habitat serves families and communities through integrated approaches that leverage shelter, financial sustainability, education as a catalyst for community transformation. Effective storytelling is key to mobilizing hands and hearts to engage with Habitat. Identify potential groups that will become volunteers, homebuyer partners, donors, ReStore shoppers and more and strategically develop outreach materials. Recruit participants and expand our financial empowerment opportunities. Create storyboards and produce short videos on Habitat Homebuyer Partner and Homeowner stories; the life of a ReStore donation; highlights from our community impact; and more. Use social media and mobile marketing to increase donations and awareness of home-building projects and programs. Analyze metrics on current online/social media platforms and produce recommendations on improving content strategy.
Gain a hands-on experience in Pittsfield working with the Community Outreach Director, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, and Construction Crew Leader on the job site. Be part of a national movement of community service and giving back on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The most qualified candidates will prior experience in graphic design, video production and editing, and/or communications. If you are excited to help build a house, a neighborhood, and community, please apply!
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:Resume and letter of interest. Please address your letter of interest to Ms. Carolyn Valli.
20. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION/PHILANTHROPY
Who: Anne Singleton, Executive Director, Williamstown Community Chest
The Williamstown Community Chest, founded in 1927, annually collects financial contributions from people and businesses in Williamstown for the benefit of local human service agencies. 100% of all contributions are distributed to these organizations, that serve people of all ages in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to) mental health and substance abuse services, counseling and shelter for survivors of domestic violence, disaster relief and preparedness, child care and parent education, support for people with disabilities, housing and support for people who are homeless, and assistance for elders to maintain health and independence.