The Alchemy of a Successful Internship

Submitted on Tuesday, 8/6/2013, at 11:48 AM

Julia Alexander, the Center for Community Engagement’s public service internship coordinator, is bringing reflection and social justice to the heart of the CCE’s internship programs. Story by Jenny Morgan, photo by Eugene Lee '16.

Students, CCE Staff Share Stories from Nonprofit Internships

Submitted on Thursday, 8/4/2011, at 12:32 PM

By Katherine Duke '05

At a luncheon in O’Connor Commons on July 29, the Center for Community Engagement celebrated the completion of its 2011 Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS), a program through which 34 Amherst students spent eight weeks as interns at a variety of local nonprofit organizations. New features of the PVCS this year included Firelight Initiative Internship Training from Pam Allyn ’84 and her leadership team at LitWorld, student-intern blogs, a Public Service Media Intern program and a day of “direct service” in Monson, Mass., cleaning up the debris from a recent tornado. The interns were also charged with developing innovations to help their organizations function more effectively—one group designed a website to help nonprofits network with each other; another group mapped out a hypothetical new bus route specifically for transportation between community outreach organizations.

Giving, Under the Microscope

Francesca Zambello, Artistic and General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, to Speak at Amherst College Dec. 12

November  30, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. – On Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon in Stirn Auditorium, the Amherst College Department of Music, the Mead Art Museum and the Center for Community Engagement will present Francesca Zambello, artistic and general director of The Glimmerglass Festival.

Environmental Studies, CCE Receive $35,000 Grant from Henry David Thoreau Foundation

The college’s Environmental Studies Program and Center for Community Engagement have received a $35,000 grant from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation supporting the development of a collaborative project titled Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century.

"The Connection Between Sound and Place"

By Katherine Duke '05

Throughout her college years, Deidra Montgomery ’10 has been meeting up with other enthusiasts to raise her voice in a singing tradition called Sacred Harp. Now she’s conducting a formal study of her fellow singers. “I’m looking at who the Western Mass [Sacred Harp] community is, who makes it up and what a regular singing is like,” she says. Phil DuPont ’12 has been attending three Catholic Masses every week, at two different churches in Holyoke, Mass., listening to the differences in the songs and prayers at English- and Polish-language services. The singings and the churches are just a few examples of “Pioneer Valley Soundscapes.”

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer

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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:

The Achievement Gap Next Door

The Center for Community Engagement

Creating a Culture of Service

Molly Mead
Molly Mead is the first director of the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst. She is pictured here on land that the college donated to Habitat for Humanity. The house in the background is the first of four to be built on the property.  

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