Center for Supportive Schools

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Center for Supportive Schools


Princeton, New Jersey

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Allice Park '20, Liam Fitzgerald '18

Organization Description
Founded in 1979, the mission of the Center for Supportive Schools (CSS, formerly known as Princeton Center for Leadership Training) is to develop, disseminate, and promote peer leadership, advisory, and other evidence-based K-12 solutions that enable and inspire schools to more fully engage students in learning, better connect students to their schools, motivate and equip students to make decisions responsibly, and accelerate academic achievement. Our work has touched hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and families. CSS has served 350 schools in thirteen 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’s solutions take root within schools and make a lasting, sustainable impact that persists long after our involvement. We accomplish this by investing significant time into developing a strong stakeholder group within the school and then by working with school faculty and staff using an intensive train-thetrainer strategy, user-friendly curricula, and technical assistance. CSS offers a wide variety of student leadership, teacher leadership, family leadership, and other customized solutions. 

Benefits to CSS 
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, and various other projects has served us well in years past, and the right Princeton intern would be a great addition to our team. Previous interns have found CSS's internship to be a valuable professional development opportunity and have often come back to work for us throughout the year as needed.

Internship Description

This 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

  • Word processing: prepare training materials
  • Document design: format program curricula into user-friendly form
  • 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 PowerPoint and/or Prezi presentations for training events, professional conferences, and internal meetings

External Meetings and Training Events

  • Identify and secure meeting and training facilities
  • Act as liaison with facility personnel; communicate all set-up needs
  • Arrange for catering and overnight accommodations
  • Oversee the training registration process
  • Confirm attendance with participants
  • Collaborate internally regarding financial and contractual arrangements for contracts
  • Attend training events to organize registration and coordinate on-site logistics

Data Collection, Entry, and Compilation

  • 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


  • Respond to telephone and email inquiries
  • Draft letters, forms, flyers, press releases
  • Assist with posting information to the CSS website
  • Prepare and coordinate mass mailings
  • Maintain information on program schools, including databases of mailing addresses, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, primary contacts, etc.


  • Learn about educational programming and research
  • Work in a supportive environment that aims to provide learning and engaging customized experiences

Internship Qualifications

  • Proficient in planning and organization
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent proofreading skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Team player with ability to work collaboratively
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access)
  • Creative document design skills
  • An open mind and team-centered approach to work
  • A desire to bring your own authentic self to the office each day and willingness to participate fully as a participant observer in our training events. Sense of humor a plus!

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

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
late June through late August preferred

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info

We are very close to the Princeton University campus, just down 206 on the Montgomery border. Commutable from downtown Princeton by car, Uber/Lyft, or bus.

We offer all interns the opportunity to attend one of our summer training events, which run outside of the normal working hours; we will provide all food and a hotel room for this experience.

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

Evaluation Excerpt

My office was a fairly small and close-knit group of individuals. The staff constantly performed weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with the individuals whose jobs and projects overlapped most closely and those really ensured that people knew what others were working on/having problems with/thinking. I felt both very well respected and truly involved with the staff as very little of my work was done just by myself.
—Liam Fitzgerald '18

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

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program