The OLANA and Columbia-Greene Community College Internship & Work Development Program
Saved in 1966 by a visionary coalition of private individuals and the New York State government, Olana State Historic Site opened to the public in 1967.
The act of preservation that established Olana also set aside land for the creation of Columbia Greene Community College (C-GCC), a campus of the State University of New York, establishing a historic tie that binds the two New York State institutions.
About the work development program:
A collaborative three-semester program provides an opportunity for Olana State Historic Site to connect and collaborate with C-GCC faculty and students throughout the academic year. As part of this program, Olana State Historic Site and its non-profit affiliate, The Olana Partnership (TOP), work collaboratively with C-GCC faculty to provide an opportunity for year-long engagement that culminates in a series of workforce and internship opportunities to serve Olana’s local audience of adults attending college and those seeking career development opportunities.
Students enrolled in C-GCC’s business, art, and environmental sciences classes will be invited to engage with Olana year-round through class visits with Olana staff during the fall semester, a corresponding independent project during the spring, and paid internship and/or employment experience in the summer. Through this tiered internship and work development program, students are given the opportunity to engage with Olana over the course of a full academic year and sustain engagement with the site through their specific course of study.
These opportunities for year-long engagement are available for all C-GCC majors with a particular emphasis on business, environmental studies, and fine arts.
Participation in the Spring and Summer semesters are based on recommendations from participating faculty and students are required to apply for the Summer internship through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation application portal. Paid project-based internships are available to C-GCC students for the summer semester in which participating interns will engage in specific projects, working collaboratively across the organization to complete their internship projects.
Each internship will be eligible for C-GCC credit corresponding with the student’s line of study and will receive a stipend from The Olana Partnership.