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Celebrating National AmeriCorps Week: Ellie Dickerson ’19

This week, we are celebrating National AmeriCorps Week by highlighting recent Middlebury graduates currently serving as AmeriCorps members in Addison County!

AmeriCorps is “a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement.” Members, including some of our recent Middlebury graduates, commit to serving the community by engaging in youth and mentoring, fighting poverty, increasing academic achievement, and more. 

The state of Vermont produces the 3rd highest rate of AmeriCorps members per capita! We are proud of our alumni who contribute to that ranking and the role that their community engagement experiences as students played in their decisions to serve as AmeriCorps members in Addison County.

Read below to learn more about our first AmeriCorps member spotlight, Ellie Dickerson ‘19, and her trajectory from student to CCE’s AmeriCorps VISTA member.

Ellie Dickerson ’19, CCE AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Youth & Mentoring

Where did you grow up, and what did you study at Middlebury?

I grew up in a little North Central Nebraska town called Ainsworth. I studied International & Global Studies with a focus on Latin America, and spent my Junior Spring in Montevideo, Uruguay. During my time at Middlebury, I was involved in Community Friends and the Privilege & Poverty (P&P) Academic Cluster.

How did community engagement shape your time as a student at Middlebury? 

I became a Community Friend during the second semester of my first year. My engagement with the community deepened considerably during the summer after my first year, when I was a Shepherd Intern with Charter House Coalition. I also became very involved in Middlebury’s Memorial Baptist and began leading the 7th-12th grade youth group during my Senior year.

These experiences allowed me to form relationships with community members, learn about community needs first-hand, and feel like a member of the larger Middlebury community. They offered me a break from the constant demands of campus, and they helped me gain perspective on those demands. Getting out into the community helped me to remember that I am only one part of a much bigger world, and that connecting with and serving others is so much more important than getting good grades.

Ellie Dickerson ’19 engages in an interactive exercise during the January 17 workshop Learning on Your Feet: Literacy, Transferable Skills, and Community Building, a collaboration between Page One Literacy Project and Courageous Stage, with funding from the New Perennials Project.

How did these experience deepen your understandings of civic engagement and service?

My internship with Charter House, combined with weekly CCE reflections and P&P academic coursework, allowed me to reflect deeply on what it means to “serve,” especially from a place of privilege. I analyzed and questioned my actions and thoughts in an effort to unpack my own biases. Was I saving, or was I serving?  Was I projecting, or was I relating?  The “real-world” piece combined with the academic research and classroom discussions complicated my understanding of service and helped me to grow as a person.

I analyzed and questioned my actions and thoughts in an effort to unpack my own biases. Was I saving, or was I serving?  Was I projecting, or was I relating?

Ellie Dickerson ’19, AmeriCorps Member

What led you to decide to serve as an AmeriCorps member in the CCE?

My involvement with the CCE played such a huge role in my experience at Middlebury. I wanted to be able to support students in their connections with the community just like CCE staff and faculty partners had supported me. My love for Vermont also influenced my decision. Vermonters care about vulnerable populations, as is evidenced by the hundreds of non-profits in Addison County alone. I know that if I have an idea for making change, I will have a supportive community behind me. My husband and his family all live in Addison County, which has further connected me with the community.

I know that if I have an idea for making change, I will have a supportive community behind me.

Ellie Dickerson ’19, AmeriCorps Member

How has living as a non-student in Addison County been?

Being here as a non-student has honestly been lovely. So far I’ve found that without the stresses of student life I have been able to take advantage of all that Vermont has to offer. I get some of the perks of student life (such as access to the fitness center and the library) without the drawbacks. Beautiful.

Have you given any thought to what comes next?

At this point, I am still unsure of my next steps, but I would love to continue to serve in the area if possible. I have so much Vermont pride. I have also formed relationships with people here, from Charter House Coalition to my Church Family to my husband and in-laws, that make each day meaningful and root me to this place.

Stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts about our other Middlebury alumni AmeriCorps members!

Interested in Creating a Best-in-Class Model for What Healthy School Food Environments Look Like?

Today’s the day: Applications are open! Are you ready to serve up change? Applications are now open for our next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members! As a service member, you’ll connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. We encourage you to apply early; we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the deadline, so early applicants will hear back sooner.
Apply now!
What makes a great service member? A motivated leader who’s passionate about food education and eager to serve—especially in a community you call home. Your unique strengths will shape your service; you’ll use your interests and talents (plus our program resources!) to get kids excited about healthy food.You’ll grow through your service, too. In addition to a stipend, you’ll get access to dozens of resources and training opportunities and gain a network of inspired food education colleagues. After your service, our alumni program can help you make meaningful connections and build your career.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through March 13, so apply early! If you need some inspiration to get started, check out last year’s Q&A with a few FoodCorps alums. We can’t wait to read your application! 

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Hot SOCIAL IMPACT Jobs & Internships in Handshake: Deadlines Week of May 8-15

Social Impact

 

Summer Sustainability Intern at the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

CELF tackles climate change by preparing K-12 students to become future problem-solvers.

 

Research Associate at Regulatory Strategies Group, California Environmental Associates

Work at CEA’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Group, to help clients develop, negotiate, and implement regulatory compliance programs; research and respond to policy and rule changes; and design and executive proactive engagement strategies with agencies and elected officials.

 

Intern at Eikosphere – due 5/8

Apply to work in a small interdisciplinary consulting group to the UCI (Universidad para la Cooperation International)-UNESCO on a Biosphere Preserve in the heart of Costa Rica’s tropical forests.

 

Live Foods Culture Intern at Quincy Animal Care Center, New England Aquarium – due 5/8

The Culture Aquarist Intern position will assist staff in the Aquarium’s mission to Live Blue through sustainability at the New England Aquarium’s offsite holding facility in Quincy, MA.

 

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Intern at Social Science Research Council – due 5/8

The SSRC is an independent, international nonprofit devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences.

 

Summer Camp Counselor at KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps – due 5/10

KEYS Service Corps, AmeriCorps members are placed at a variety of community-based organizations throughout Allegheny County to help out at summer day camps with youth.

 

Climb to College & Career Intern at Branches, Inc. – due 5/10

Consider applying to this paid internship in the education and college access programming field in Miami, FL.

 

Various Positions at Environmental Protection Agency – due 5/11

Apply to work at the EPA this summer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Great Lakes Conservation Corps Crew Member at Superior Watershed Partnership – due 5/11

Become an environmental steward in the gorgeous Upper Peninsula of Michigan, gaining knowledge of various conservation techniques and skills.

 

Communication and Marketing Internship at Meals on Wheels America – due 5/11

Support this nonprofit’s efforts to address senior isolation and hunger, working full-time in Arlington, VA and learning about communications and marketing.

 

Program Coordinator at Armed Services Arts Partnership – due 5/11

The Armed Services Arts Partnership aims to reintegrate veterans, service membrs, and military families into their communities through the arts.

 

Planning for Resiliency Internship at Historic New England – due 5/13

At this internship at Historic New England, you would assess the status of preparedness for Historic New England’s museum properties for climate change, and developing a strategic framework to address needs for resilience against it.

 

Summer Internships at Business Council for International Understanding – due 5/14

At the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), you will obtain experience with working with the private sector, governments and international organizations.

 

Events Associate at The Dershowitz Group – due 5/14

The Dershowitz Group, a bipartisan boutique public affairs and strategic communications firm, is seeking a motivated and talented events associate.

 

Fall Internship at The Obama Foundation – due 5/14

Gain experience with diverse models of leadership, working closely with a mentor at the organization.

 

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Observer at A.I.S., Inc – due 5/15

Work at sea collecting and recording data and biological samples for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aboard commercial fishing vessels.

 

Hot Social Impact Internships & Jobs – Deadlines this week

Social Impact –

Multiple Positions at Mile High Youth Corps – due 3/6 and 3/7

Work as an Alumni Mentor, an Energy & Water Client Educator Corpsmember or a Land Conservation Leader at an organization working in conservation projects in neighborhoods, public lands, and open spaces throughout the Southern Front Range and Metro Denver.

 

LEAP 2018 Leadership in Action Program – due 3/6

Apply to this eight-week, paid summer internship program offering the opportunity for personal leadership development and practical workforce training in the nonprofit sector.

 

Environmental Protection Specialist at Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – due 3/6

Work at the EPA performing beginning level field activities in Des Plaines, Illinois.

 

Privilege and Poverty Internships in Addison County – due 3/7

Get paid to work at a nonprofit here in Addison County and get connected with our local community. Internship sites include:

HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects)

WomenSafe, Inc.

John Graham Housing and Services

Charter House Coalition

 

Conservation and Recreation Internship at Middlebury Area Land Trust – due 3/9

 

Harris County Dept. of Education Marketing VISTA at OneStar Foundation – due 3/9

Work for the Harris County Dept of Education’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids program in Houston, TX.

 

Stewardship and Program Outreach Intern at Wood River Land Trust – due 3/9

Wood River Land Trust in Hailey, Idaho is seeking two interns with backgrounds or interest in private land conservation and program outreach.

 

Various Positions at Retreat Farm – due 3/11

Work at one of Vermont’s historic farms and centers for education, recreation, farming, processing, markets, and events.

Fellowships

Fellow at Challenge Detroit – due 3/11

Challenge Detroit works to challenge leaders to learn by doing a year of meaningful employment and intellectual work with area nonprofits.

Hot Handshake Opportunities: SOCIAL IMPACT Deadlines Jan. 29-Feb. 2

There are countless Social Impact opportunities that have applications due this week – check out Handshake for even more in your field!

 Event and Fund Development Coordinator at Boys to Men Tucson – due 1/30

Apply to be an AmeriCorps Vista at Boys To Men in Arizona!

 

Writing Justice in the 21st Century Coordinator – Yavapai County, Arizona – due 1/30

This project works to identify and combat the reasons indigenous students do not enroll in college through culturally-based curriculum.

 

Outreach and Programs Intern at Brave New Films – due 1/31

Work at a non-profit, non-partisan social justice documentary company. They also have an opening for a Social Media Intern, app due 1/31!

 

Numerous internships open at New England Aquarium! – applications due 1/31

Positions open include Aquarist Intern, Penguin Colony Intern, Visitor Education Intern, etc!

 

Social Media Project Leader at Save The Water – due 1/31

STW is a nonprofit whose mission is to conduct water research to identify and remove harmful contaminants in water, and to raise public awareness about water contamination.

 

Internships at Meals on Wheels America – due 1/31

Training and Education Internship in Arlington, Virginia

Fundraising and Development Internship in Arlington, VAf

 

AmeriCorps positions at ReSOURCE in Vermont – due 1/31

AmeriCorps Training Outreach Coordinator

AmeriCorps Job Site Assistant

Star Island Sustainability Internship at Star Island, Rye, New Hampshire — due 1/31

For those who choose to “vacation with a purpose” during July and August, Star Island is an all inclusive retreat with family style meals, children’s activities and themed “conferences” including world affairs, social justice, natural history, and spirituality.

Youth Care Counselor at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth – due 1/31

An internship for those who are passionate about providing youth with the opportunity to shape their future in a residential setting. They also have a position open as a Group Home Worker.

 

Nature Education Internship at National Audobon Society – due 1/31

Help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds.

 

Conservation Associate, Little Tennessee River at American Rivers – due 1/31

Work in the field of river protection and restoration work in western North Carolina.

 

Native Plant Horticulture Internship at New England Wild Flower Society – due 2/1

 

Conservation Internships at New England Wild Flower Society – due 2/1

There are various internships open at the New England Wild Flower Society, including  Conservation Internships, a Native Plant Horticulture Internship, and the Marylee Everett Internship.

 

Summer Internship at Wrangell Mountains Center – due 2/1

Apply to this summer internship at this center that models a culture of family-style communal activity.

 

Fellowships

Environment America Fellowship – due 1/31

Work in environmental organizing and lobbying.

This Week’s (week/of 11/13) Hot Internships & Jobs in Handshake

Hot Opportunities (jobs & internships) in Handshake This Week:

VIA Global Community Fellowship – due 11/15
Apply to spend 13-15 months at an NGO or school in Asia and support community development and youth education.

J-Term Internship at Addison County Parent Child Center – due 11/16

Impact America Corps Member – due 11/16
Work at one of Impact America’s several initiatives to fight poverty in the US, in direct service, education, administrative, media, or health-related positions.

Wilderness Field Instructor at New Vision Wilderness – due 11/20
Apply to be a full-time or seasonal field instructor to provide a safe, therapeutic atmosphere for struggling teens.

Energy & Water Corpsmember at Mile High Youth Corps – due 11/21

AmeriCorps Fellow at East End House – due 11/26
Create, manage, and lead meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12 with a focus on mentoring.

J-Term Mentoring Programs Coordinator Internship at Stride Foundation – due 11/17
Stride Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through sports mentoring.