Center for Community Engagement

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer Interns

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS) is a public service learning program unlike any other offered at Amherst College. PVCS is a residential learning opportunity where students:

  • Live together on campus
  • Work for a public service organization in either Holyoke or Amherst for June and July
  • Participate in a weekly seminar that focuses on bridging experiences in the community with analytical, theoretical, reflective, and interpersonal work

Together, students explore meaningful ways to promote social justice and thoughtful, positive community engagement while gaining important work experience. During PVCS, students have the opportunity to dialogue through difference and engage in reflective practices that inspire a greater self-awareness. If you’re interested in social justice, meaningful community engagement, forming a deep connection with your peers and learning more about yourself and the community, PVCS may be the summer opportunity for you!

PVCS runs from the beginning of June through the beginning of August. Students receive a $2,000 stipend and on-campus housing. For more information, read more about the program and meet recent interns.