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.

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer

What is Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer?

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS) a residential summer internship program. Students:

  • Live together on campus
  • Intern in either Holyoke or Amherst for June and July
  • Participate in a weekly seminar that focuses on housing, public health and education.

What Do Students Receive?

Students receive a $2,000 stipend, a partial meal plan and on-campus housing.

What Are The Dates?

PVCS runs from the beginning of June to the end of July