Center for Supportive Schools


PICS Organization Name
Center for Supportive Schools

Princeton, New Jersey

Former Interns
Diana Tang '21, Abelardo Cruz '20, Allice Park '20

Organization Description

Founded in 1979, CSS has served 425,000 students across 500 schools in fifteen states as well as in Asia and South America. Our solutions enable and inspire students to become more engaged learners; develop positive social, emotional, and health behaviors; navigate pivotal transitions; and address the overwhelming stresses of youth. CSS offers a wide variety of student leadership, teacher leadership, family leadership, and other customized solutions.

CSS is guided in its actions by these enduring values:

1. All students should be empowered as positive agents of change in their schools.

2. Diversity and equity are strengths.

3. Our work is data-informed and relationship-driven.

4. Every student, every school.

During the summer, our organization is at the height of busy training season, where faculty and staff from new schools who will be implementing one or more of our solutions receive intensive residential training. There is also a lot of work happening to evaluate our success at the end of the school year with our current schools, by way of survey administration and data entry. At this time, having the help of an intern for training material preparation, school research, funder database work/research, and various other projects has served us well in years past, and the right Princeton intern would be a great addition to our team. Interns have assisted us by bringing a fresh perspective to the work, helped to create new resources, and liaised with our Board.

Internship Description

The CSS summer intern will work in support of research and development efforts, program evaluation, training preparation, and general office management. This position provides generous exposure to and participation in the work of this fast-paced, high-impact, education-focused organization.

Materials Preparation

  • Prepare training materials
  • Proofreading: ensure that all materials are proofread and error-free
  • Duplication: interface with printer and other vendors
  • Assembly: assemble meeting and training materials; prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations
  • Presentations: develop engaging presentations for training events, professional conferences, and internal meetings

External meetings and Training Events

  • Attend training events to organize registration and coordinate on-site logistics
  • Act as a Participant Observer at trainings to deepen knowledge of facilitation
  • Opportunities to practice facilitation internally dependent on intern interest


  • Assist with student survey administration, collecting program attendance and other program implementation data
  • Enter programmatic and survey data
  • Produce evaluation summaries and reports
  • Conduct literature reviews and other research, as necessary


  • Learn about educational programming and research
  • Work in a supportive environment that aims to provide learning and engaging customized experiences
  • CSS is a highly collaborative working environment and we are able to offer an intern the opportunity to work with almost any department based on their interests and abilities.
  • Interns work alongside funny, smart, and capable professionals who are just as willing to teach as they are to learn from you
  • Summer Fridays: Everyone at CSS is paid for 40 hours, but we all end our day at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays
  • Flexibility in scheduling start time can be arranged from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
  • This internship will be hosted in-person if possible, but we are prepared to offer a virtual experience if needed
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 8 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Proficient in planning and organization
  • Excellent attention to detail, proofreading skills
  • Ability to not only identify a problem, but bring suggestions for solutions as well
  • Team player with ability to work collaboratively
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office and GSuite applications
  • Creative document design skills
  • Not afraid to ask questions
  • An open mind and team-centered approach to work
  • A desire to bring your own authentic self to the office each day
  • Willingness to participate fully as a participant observer in our training events
  • A sense of humor is a big plus! 

*Writing sample required: Any academic paper, 2-10 pages, that highlight candidates' writing skills

Evaluation Excerpt

 I admire the way CSS dedicates resources to ensuring that students all feel comfortable at school and feel that they can have a community in school. It chooses to impact academic achievement in a way that recognizes social struggles the students go through, whether these struggles be at home or at school. I was also able to learn so much about group formation theory and the educational sector through this experience. — Diana Tang '21

I connected with the vision and mission of CSS to promote greater student learning, leadership, and engagement to help students succeed academically in high school and college as well as become a successful citizen in the future. This mission was strengthened through my experience and I also realized how important it is for teachers to not just teach but to facilitate. Through facilitation, teachers can better connect to students as well as adapt and change their teaching styles in order to better fit their students and classes.
—Allice Park '20

I feel I did connect with the service missions of my organization. There was a certain validation for my own goals and feelings which I felt I gained through my work at CSS. -- Abelardo Cruz '20