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Apply to the Summer Field School

Paid, full time research projects are available this summer in the Central New York region, as well as in the Adirondack Park.

Students interested in applying for one of the projects available in Central New York or in the Adirondack Park should complete the application below and return it to the Upstate Institute by March 12, 2018. As a part of the application process, students will identify which of the projects listed below are most appropriate for their skills and interests.

Application for Fellows 2018 (as .pdf file)
Application for Fellows 2018 (as .pdf file)

Central New York Projects

Abraham House

This project will give a student interested in nonprofit work and healthcare the opportunity to learn about fundraising, organizing volunteers and staff, managing events, publicity and social media.

Project Description for Abraham House

Agriculture Economic Development Program for Madison County

Research on marketing techniques that drives consumers to farmers’ markets for a student with excellent graphics design skills and an interest in local foods and farming.

Project Description for Agriculture Economic Development

BRiDGES: Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.

A data collection project based in Oneida, New York on substance use and abuse in the county for a student with skills in survey and focus group research.

Project Description for BRiDGES

Cayuga County Health Department

A research project located in the Finger Lakes Region on effective ways of notifying the public about health hazards, suitable for a student interested in public health and social media.

Project Description for Cayuga County Health Department

Chenango United Way

A Fellow will research the effectiveness of various media models and will create content for the Chenango United Way using multimedia skills like video editing and digital storytelling.

Project Description for Chenango United Way

Community Action Partnership

A research project that will examine social media use among nonprofits in the area which will be a good fit for any student skilled in social media and interested in nonprofit work and community impacts.

Project Description for Community Action Partnership

Fiver Children's Foundation

Research on the importance of and methods of developing strong public speaking skills in youth, appropriate for a student interested in working with at-risk youth in a residential summer camp setting in the area.

Project Description for Fiver Foundation

Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center

Research on donors and potential donors to a locally-based nature center that will appeal to any student interested in nonprofit work in general, especially with nonprofits that focus on environmental education.

Project Description for Friends of Rogers Environmental Ed Center

Legal Aid Society for Mid New York, Inc.

The Legal Aid Society gives a student the chance to work as a paralegal in a long-standing partnership that helps low-income residents file bankruptcy; an ideal project for a student considering law school.

Project Description for Legal Aid Society for Mid New York

Madison County Department of Health

A survey project on wellness and safety programs offered by Madison County employers which will further positive workforce development in the area and provide research skill development for a student.

Project Description for Madison County Department of Health

Madison County Department of Health's Environmental Health Division

A GIS and field work project that will further the county’s tick surveillance efforts for a student interested in public health and/or the environmental sciences.

Project Description for Madison County Environmental Health

Madison County Department of Social Services

A student will research two existing survey instruments, and combine them in a digital format, then work with surrounding school districts on an implementation and assessment plan.

Project Description for Madison County Department of Social Services

Madison County Rural Health

A survey project to explore transportation solutions in support of rural health initiatives in Madison County.

Project Description for Madison County Rural Health

Midtown Utica Community Center

The Upstate Institute’s first partnership with a community center in Utica that serves the needs of the refugee community will give a student a holistic experience in nonprofit work that serves former refugees.

Project Description for Midtown Utica Community Center

National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

Survey research on visitor perceptions to a museum on abolition that will be used at local, state and national exhibits for a student interested in history and activism.

Project Description for National Abolition Hall of Fame

Oneida County History Center

An opportunity to research and develop a new exhibit at a history museum in Utica, which will provide an excellent experience for students interested in history and museum studies.

Project Description for Oneida County History Center

Partnership for Community Development

A research project on pedestrian access in the local community that will provide an experience in economic and community development in a rural area.

Project Description for Partnership for Community Development

Pathfinder Village

A survey and outreach project for regional employers about hiring people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for a student interested in education and project development.

Project Description for Pathfinder Village

Southern Madison Heritage Trust

A GIS project that will have a student develop maps of local conservation easement using drone technology for two local land trusts.

Project Description for Southern Madison Heritage Trust

Town & Village of Hamilton

Data collection project for the Town and Village of Hamilton to help them attain Climate Smart Community status, which will give a student experience in climate resiliency projects.

Project Description for Town and Village of Hamilton

Utica Children's Museum

Research on best practices of children’s museums across the county with an opportunity to create and assess local programming in Utica, for any student interested in research and child development.

Project Description for Utica Children's Museum



Adirondack Park Projects

Wildlife Conservation Society

A survey and mapping project of farms and farm products to assess climate and wildlife friendly farming practices, relevant for a student interested in food systems and sustainable agriculture.

Project Description for Wildlife Conservation Society

Sagamore Institute

A survey and market research project for an historic Adirondack institution using social media to reach a new audience that will appeal to students with skills and interests in marketing and graphic design.

Project Description for Sagamore Institute

Mountain Lake PBS

A video editing and multimedia project on  the creation of an opera about abolitionists and land in the Adirondack Park that will appeal to students with an interest in music and storytelling.

Project Description for Mountain Lake PBS

Family YMCA of Glen Falls

A literature review and research project in Glens Falls, NY for a student with research methods skills and an interest in community development and nonprofit work.

Project Description for Family YMCA of Glen Falls

ADK Action

Research on an innovative local foods project in Keeseville, NY that connects low-income consumers with produce, for a student interested in social science research, agriculture and community development.

Project Description for ADK Action

Adirondack Foundation

A research project on effective nonprofit funding in the Adirondack region for students with an interest in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in general.

Project Description for Adirondack Foundation

Adirondack Council

A survey and social media project located in Elizabethtown, NY for a student interested in conservation issues and land management

Project Description for Adirondack Council

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

Market research and assessment on visitor experiences at an Adirondacks-based wildlife ecology and conservation agency that will enhance students’ research skills 

Project Description for Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation