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Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internships

The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships.

The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities for students that have real-world impact while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute.

All currently enrolled Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Hired students will be paid a $3,000 stipend in two installments over the course of the spring semester. Internships will begin in January 2022 and last approximately 11 weeks. While students will work directly with community-based organizations (10–15 hours per week), Radcliffe will also host a series of cohort meetings throughout the semester for interns across organizations to gather for ongoing community building and reflection.

Please see the sections below for full details on each of the internship opportunities.

Note that while students may apply to up to three of the available internships, students may only choose one if presented with multiple offers.

Applications for spring 2022 CBSI’s are due by noon ET on Monday, December 13, 2021. Apply here.

Interviews will be conducted virtually by the hiring organizations at a mutually convenient time during winter break until mid-January.

Questions? Please contact Azmera Hammouri-Davis, Community Partnership Lead, at azmera_hammouridavis@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Spring 2022 CBSI Opportunities

Organization 
Codman Academy
is a public charter school in Dorchester, MA serving students K–12. Its mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond. Codman Academy’s vision is to educate the whole student: mind, body, and character. With the city and world as a classroom, Codman Academy builds a school community rich in rigorous academics and daily experiences of discovery. They continue to support their alumni in realizing their potential after graduation.

Responsibilities
The Enrichment department provides invaluable opportunities and instruction to Codman Academy students. From internship opportunities with renowned organizations and worldwide companies to enrollment into highly competitive STEM and Humanities programs, students are not limited in their level of life-changing offerings. This department allows students to explore their interests and create networks in ways that regular school academics can’t.

The intern’s enrichment support duties may include but are not limited to:

Enrichment programming grades 9–12

  • Help in collecting and reporting enrichment data (attendance, program feedback, etc.)
  • Assist students applying to outside enrichment programs (Crimson Academy, SEED, SMASH, etc.)

Enrichment programming grades 4–8

  • Assist students applying to outside enrichment programs (Breakthrough Boston, Red Sox Scholars, etc.)

In addition, the intern will support the STEM Instructional Coach with math and science instruction for grades 5–12. Roles and responsibilities will depend on the interest of applicants. Potential responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Support managing logistics and operations of key STEM programming
  • Adapt Illustrative Math curriculum into daily lesson plans based on student data and teacher needs
  • Analyze student performance data around core math and science department goals
  • Support teacher implementation of educational technology for in-person instruction
  • Support instructional coaching for specific math and science teachers
  • Gain experience around instructional leadership by partnering with an experienced Instructional Coach

Hours
Internships begin in late January. Work is performed between 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and interns generally work 10–15 hours per week. Interns will determine a schedule with their supervisor. The work can be done either online or in-person, depending on the specific tasks.

Qualifications
Codman Academy is looking for a dynamic leader with:

  • A passion for Codman’s mission and Expeditionary Learning Education philosophy, which deepens intellectual growth through experience, reflection, and social action
    Ability to problem-solve and learn from feedback
  • Prior experience in an urban, high-poverty, and/or turnaround school strongly preferred
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and a good sense of humor
  • Excellent organizational and data analysis skills
  • Self-starter who is comfortable in a team-oriented setting

Organization
Codman Academy
is a public charter school in Dorchester, MA serving students K–12. Its mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond. Codman Academy’s vision is to educate the whole student: mind, body, and character. With the city and world as a classroom, Codman Academy builds a school community rich in rigorous academics and daily experiences of discovery. They continue to support their alumni in realizing their potential after graduation.

Responsibilities
School libraries provide more than just books.They offer computers and other technology, databases of accurate information, e-books, and fun and educational activities. School libraries also provide a safe haven for all students to think, create, share, and grow. Technology provides students with easy-to-access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn. It enables students to explore new subjects and deepen their understanding of difficult concepts, particularly in STEM.

The intern’s library science duties will vary depending on the hired student’s interests; please specify in your cover letter which of the following three categories you are most interested in:

For interns primarily interested in promoting literacy and a love of reading

  • Working with groups of early childhood and elementary age students to help students find books that meet their interest and help to run engaging and interactive storytimes and promote an early love of reading
  • Working with middle and high school students to further develop reading interests and find books that are good “fits” for them in terms of interests, reading ability, and emotional connections/passions
  • Working with school social media coordinator to publicize school library programs for a larger audience

For interns primarily interested in information organization and management of systems

  • Updating online library catalog and maintaining physical library space to ensure ease of access and use
  • Maintaining school library website
  • Assisting with middle school coding elective (right now students are working with a blocks-based programming language, but depending on the group, they may advance to writing HTML or JavaScript)

For interns primarily interested in promoting research skills

  • Managing requests from teachers to find sources on specific topics for their classrooms and, if necessary, making purchasing recommendations to meet curriculum needs
  • Creating screencasts to be posted to the library website and emailed to staff showing how to utilize various research databases and tools from the Boston Public Library, Library of Congress, and more
  • When the opportunity arises, working with individual students on class research projects

In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to work with the Codman Academy IT department, which is looking for help with the following duties (note that previous IT knowledge is not required):

  • Monitor tech helpdesk email account to record requests for IT help from staff and students
  • Support student Chromebook maintenance with supervision from the Director of IT
  • Provide technology data management
  • Provide technology inventory management
  • Provide classroom technology maintenance

Hours
Internships begin in late January. Work is performed between 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and interns generally work 10–15 hours per week. Interns will determine a schedule with their supervisor. The work can be done either online or in-person, depending on the specific tasks. 

Qualifications

Codman Academy is looking for a dynamic leader with:

  • A passion for Codman’s mission and Expeditionary Learning Education philosophy, which deepens intellectual growth through experience, reflection, and social action
  • Ability to problem-solve and learn from feedback
  • Prior experience in an urban, high-poverty, and/or turnaround school strongly preferred
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and a good sense of humor
  • Excellent organizational and data analysis skills
  • Self-starter who is comfortable in a team-oriented setting

Organization
The Loop Lab
is a Cambridge-based nonprofit social enterprise committed to empowering women, young adults of color, and other underrepresented groups to join the creative economy through careers in the video and audio industry. The Loop Lab provides 19 weeks of free training in audio/video skills, professional development skills, and holistic work in areas like financial literacy, followed by a 200-hour paid internship with one of its partners.

Responsibilities
The Loop Lab is developing a new college-level "Media Entrepreneurship” course and is seeking a teaching assistant to help increase academic bandwidth and provide extra support. The course begins in January 2022 for the Winter 2022 semester. The Loop Lab is looking for an intern who will help further develop the curriculum and help teach. The intern will:

  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with the instructor in order to assist in weekly lesson plans
  • Aid in preparing materials to be used for projects
  • Provide individual assistance to children in small groups to ensure an understanding of concepts
  • Strictly adhere to the school's rules and policies
  • Assist teaching in reviewing, grading, and recording assignments
  • Maintain, observe, and assess each student's progress through assessments and be aware of students who need more one-on-one guidance
  • Provide additional assistance to students who have special needs

Hours
This internship begins in late January. Interns will work 10 to 15 hours per week. Interns must be present (in-person) during course meetings on Friday afternoons, 1–3 PM. Other work is also performed in-person but with a flexible schedule between 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday–Friday.  

Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills are essential to aid in preparing materials for lesson plans
  • Personal accountability and patience are essential when working in a classroom environment
  • Ability to prioritize activities quickly and support the teacher in instances that are exceptionally busy
  • Basic writing, math, and science skills are necessary to assist in teaching students and answering their questions
  • Ability to manage potentially challenging behavior from students and maintain a professional and patient demeanor

Organization
More Than Words
(MTW) is a social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. MTW is an exemplary organization that has continually held up a mirror to identify areas for improvement and accountability; that ethic is part of the culture and fabric of MTW, and it extends to their commitment to ensuring their staff and board reflect the racial and ethnic diversity and lived experiences of the young adults MTW is privileged to serve. People of color are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities
As MTW looks to further develop the job training program that it provides young adults, the organization is interested in exploring the possibility of offering certifications to youth as a way of bolstering their employment credentials as they graduate our core social enterprise (CSE) program. During the course of their one year in the CSE program, youth work in a variety of departments, learning numerous skills such as being register-trained and gaining customer service experience in MTW’s store, warehouse management and truck safety in MTW’s business development department, and public speaking and presentation skills with MTW’s development team.

The internship is focused on researching and recommending potential credentialing programs that could enhance the job training that is already in place at MTW. For example, Retail Pathways offers a Customer Service Certification.

Some initial research questions include:

  • What is the existing business certification market and are there natural partners in the field that can be incorporated into MTW?
  • Are there training and certificate programs that MTW can invest in that would enhance their existing training modules? This could include additional testing, training, or documenting to build out youth resumes.
  • If building out a certification process in-house, how would MTW incorporate it into the model with current and/or new business processes, given the expectations for successfully implementing, tracking completion, and acquiring certificates?
  • What are the most valuable certifications to employers in the current job market?

Hours
This internship will run from late January to early May 2022. Interns will work 10­–15 hours per week. Work will be done in person and requires interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Organization
More Than Words
(MTW) is a social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. MTW is an exemplary organization that has continually held up a mirror to identify areas for improvement and accountability; that ethic is part of the culture and fabric of MTW, and it extends to their commitment to ensuring our staff and board reflect the racial and ethnic diversity and lived experiences of the young adults MTW is privileged to serve. People of color are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities
As MTW looks to further develop the job training program being provided to young adults, the organization would like to enhance their program delivery through training modules on their internal websites for young adults. On these websites, youth have access to training modules on topics like creating a budget, writing a resume, and how to obtain a Mass ID and  driver’s license. When MTW piloted this new learning platform, however, two different Google sites were created—for the Youth Development Department and the Career Services Department. MTW would like to find a way to merge those two sites together, so young adults have one streamlined place to guide them on their journey from trainee to graduate. Additionally, MTW would like to build out additional content to support what is currently on the platform and to have help building training guides for how to best use the platform to learn additional skills in education, employment, and self-efficacy. Intern deliverables include:

  • Streamline current pilot website to be a more user-friendly, youth facing website for program delivery, combining curriculum for both Youth Development and Career Services programs
  • In collaboration with Director of Youth Development, create new content for the website in topics of education, employment, and self-efficacy
  • Create easy one-page guides for how to navigate the website and access tools for maximum learning
  • Train adult staff and youth on how to utilize and troubleshoot common issues with website

Hours
This internship will run from late January to early May 2022. Interns will work 10–15 hours per week. Work will be done in person and requires interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Organization
The HistoryMakers
, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, has grown over the past twenty-one years to become the preeminent digital repository for the Black experience. It provides much-needed content, role models, success pathways, and frameworks for a 21st-century citizenry. Its one-of-a-kind collection is housed permanently at the Library of Congress and its digital archive has been licensed by colleges and universities (including Harvard), as well as K–12 schools and public libraries for use by faculty, students, and patrons for research and in support of online learning. 

Responsibilities & Qualifications
The HistoryMakers seeks an intern to conduct in-depth research to support both research and video oral history operations.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, research, proofreading, stock footage image research, writing, note taking during Zoom calls, contributing to The HistoryMakers social media channels, and other tasks as assigned. Interns will be given their own projects with specific deadlines and will be invited to participate in staff meetings, if course schedules allow.

Students with interest in The HistoryMakers initiative, African and African American Studies, US history, women and gender studies, STEM, economics, or the arts are preferred. Students must have strong organizational, research, writing, and proofreading skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Excel, as well as close attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Hours
The intern can work up to 15 hours/week. If your course schedule allows, the student intern is invited to participate in one of three weekly staff meetings (Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays) at 10 AM ET, as well as other calls/planning sessions as schedules allow.

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