The Steppingstone Summer Internship

Summer 2016 Position Description:

The summer internship at Steppingstone provides talented college students with an opportunity to learn about careers in education and the non-profit sector through firsthand experience working with children in an academically rigorous environment. This six-week internship grants significant exposure to different facets of Steppingstone programs, including direct curricular, non-curricular, and administrative support.

Participants work closely with other Steppingstone interns, staff, and faculty members on projects both in and outside of the classroom. Lesson preparation and classroom teaching are a significant part of the position, and are completed in conjunction with a mentor teacher. Interns meet regularly with the Internship Coordinators and their mentor teachers. Interns also attend and participate in weekly seminars on various relevant topics in education.

Eligible candidates should have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year by the start of the internship. Though not a requirement, it is helpful for candidates to have attended an independent school, a public exam school, or Boston Public Schools. Steppingstone will hire up to 10 interns for the 2016 summer session. Interns will be placed in the TSA or CSA program, based on both interest and relevant experience.

Intern responsibilities include:


  • Co-teaching one to two sections of a core subject class, a weekly elective and/or physical education (PE) class
  • Conducting structured observations of classes
  • Meeting weekly with a mentor teacher for curriculum planning, development, and feedback
  • Assisting with the proctoring of practice standardized tests
  • Substitute teaching as needed


  • Meeting weekly for seminars and workshops with the Internship Coordinators and guest speakers/faculty
  • Reflecting on summer experience in writing and through conversations with Coordinators and other interns
  • Assisting in the supervision of arrival, dismissal, lunch, and recreational periods
  • Required duty as a bus monitor
  • Providing supervision during study hall
  • Attending weekly faculty meetings

Advising (CSA)

Advising interns will be paired with a Lead Advisor who supports Scholars during the summer and academic year. Each Advising pair will meet regularly one-on-one to discuss the progress of Scholars. Advising Interns will:

  • Assist Advisors by completing classroom observations to see how Scholars function in an academic setting
  • Meet regularly with a specific group of Scholars outside of class time
  • Communicate with parents and teachers about the progress of these Scholars in and out of the classroom
  • Assist with data collection and documentation
  • Debrief minor behavior and academic infractions
  • Co-teach Challenges & Choices as well as aPlay classes with their Lead Advisor

Administrative Duties

  • Providing logistical support for the administrative staff, including distribution of materials and coverage of headquarters and office.


Applications are due January 31, 2016. Interviews will take place mid-February to mid-March. Hiring decisions will be made in mid-March.

Steppingstone summer session classes meet Monday through Friday for six weeks from July 5 through August 13. This commitment will also include orientation days in June. Interns will be paid a stipend of $2,750 and an additional stipend of $500 for bus duty. Housing is not included.

To Apply: Please download your application using the links below.

Summer 2016 Internship Application
Summer 2016 Internship Recommendation Forms

The Steppingstone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.