CCE Film Internship

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.

Fall 2012 Community-Based Learning Courses


Story by Jenny Morgan, photo by Sam Tang '15

From Skyping with community organizers in India to designing sound for live performances, the sky is truly the limit with this fall's community-based learning courses. There's never been more to choose from, either: this semester, there are 18 community-based learning courses across eight academic departments and one first-year seminar.

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

For Two Students, MLK Day Means Discussion, Meeting with Governor

January 18, 2010

On a day when many Americans celebrated the life and work of the Rev.  Martin Luther King, Jr., in song, service and other activities, two Amherst College students participated in a very different yet fitting memorial: They helped lead a conversation about youth violence in nearby Springfield.

Hope for Haiti?

By Peter Rooney

One year after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, an Amherst College alumna with a key role in monitoring the progress of recovery says there’s reason to be optimistic, even if challenges remain extremely daunting. Meanwhile, students at Amherst continue to contribute their time and resources to help in Haiti, as do many alumni.

Public Policy Course Gives Students First-Hand Look at Community Issues

The Springfield-area ABC News affiliate, WGGB-TV, featured the new CCE Interterm course, “Crafting Public Policy,” in a short segment Jan. 27. In addition, participant Sid Salvi ’12E penned a piece about the class for the Springfield Republican newspaper.

"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.”

Former Senator Harris Wofford

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Harris Wofford spoke as part of Community Action Day on Thursday, November 5. Senator Wofford is a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and has served as associate director of the Peace Corps, special assistant to President John F.

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