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.

CCE summer internships

Tawanda Tasikani ’12, one of nearly 150 Amherst students working at nonprofits locally and around the world this summer through a program with the Center for Community Engagement, reflected upon his internship at the nearby Amherst Survival Center in a story in Springfield’s The Republican.