Education and Policy Internships and Summer Opportunities
An interest in education also extends to public and private policies on education and access. From summer camps to policy non-profits, there are many ways to explore the field of education, whether it pertains to youth reading programs, college achievement, adult literacy and more. The internships and volunteer opportunities below can help you gain teaching and mentoring experience, apply research skills and methods, and contextualize current policies through your knowledge of history.
Homework House—Holyoke, MA
A non-profit organization based in Holyoke, Homework House helps children from kindergarten through 6th grade in various classroom subjects through free after-school tutoring. Many Mount Holyoke students volunteer through CBL and C.A.U.S.E. organizations once a week for two hours. A commitment of 3 months or a semester from students is ideal.
High Rocks Educational Corporation—Hillsboro, West Virginia
High Rocks for Girls is a non-profit organization building empowerment for young women in the Appalachian Mountains. Interns run workshops for the young girls and become positive role roles for the young girls through an alternative education camp in the summer. History major Brooke Huynh recently completed a summer internship with High Rocks, and recommends the opportunity.
Girls Leadership Institute—South Hadley, MA ; Oakland, CA
The Girls Leadership Institute provides an overnight summer camp for young girls to building leadership skills at Mount Holyoke College. Students can work at the camp as residential counselors. In addition, there are internships and volunteer opportunities at the Institute’s Oakland, California office.
Minority Access Inco.: National Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program—Hyattsville, MD
The Minority Access Inc. is a non-profit with a “mission is to assist colleges and universities, the Federal Government and agencies of other governments and corporations of all kinds in implementing programs and providing services to recruit, enhance and retain underserved and underrepresented populations.” The internship program focuses on pre-professional training. Internships are open to all U.S. citizens currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate. Interns are provided a weekly stipend, but the student pays for transportation. Housing is also found through placements by the organization, but the cost of housing is deducted from the stipend.
Department of Education Internships—Washington, D.C.
Interns are matched to the department’s offices according to skills and interests. Projects that interns have worked on include legal issues, policy analysis and evaluation, media and communications, legislative affairs, and more.
The Education Trust Internship Program—Washington, D.C.
The Education Trust, a non-profit organization, seeks to serve students (especially those from minority groups) with research and advocacy. The mission of the Trust is to influence federal education policy to close achievement gaps among young people. Interns are sought in various departments, and are expected to work closely with staff in order to execute projects. Internship positions are typically paid according to the student’s experience and education.
The Smithsonian Institutions Internship Opportunities in Education Departments—Various Locations and Museums
The Smithsonian’s various museums and research centers have internships open in a wide range of departments, including Education. For example, the interns working within the Freer-Sackler Museums of Asian Art education department become involved with public programs through work with exhibitions and sharing knowledge with various visiting audiences. At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, interns with the Education project can find themselves assisting staff with student and teacher programs, publications, and exhibition research. Many of these museums are in the Washington, D.C. area, but the Smithsonian has partnerships with various museums nationwide.
Friends of the Morrill Homestead Summer Education and Programming Internship—Strafford, Vermont
This internship blends non-profit management, historical preservation, architecture and horticulture, and educational programs through the Victorian-era property once owned by Senator Justin Morrill. Interns will help develop educational programs and exhibits, conduct tours, assist in children’s art camps, and create an online library, among many other tasks. The deadline to apply for this Summer 2014 opportunity is April 15.