PICS Organization Name
Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia
Simone Downs '20, Sam Duffey '19, Kathryn Saltzman '18
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is a privately-funded program whose mission is to provide children from low-income Philadelphia families with financial access to quality, safe, K-8th grade, tuition-based schools, thereby increasing their long-term economic and social success. CSFP grants need-based scholarships to children from low-income Philadelphia families, all of which are awarded by random lottery. CSFP scholarships allow these students the opportunity to gain a solid foundational education that is critical to their future achievements, especially during this challenging time in education in Philadelphia. In fact, over 96% of CSFP students go on to graduate high school on time and more than 85% attend college or other post-secondary institution within one year of graduation. CSFP awards impact children NOW, when it matters most in their lives. CSFP currently serves about 6,000 children enrolled at over 160 private and parochial schools.
Because we are a non-profit organization, we rely on interns and seasonal staff to assist with the scholarship administration during our busiest time of year. SFP is excited about working with a Princeton intern, as it will provide us with an opportunity to supplement our staff and improve our operations during our busiest time of the year. In addition, we look forward to receiving the students’ thoughts and ideas on important upcoming events and new processes.
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Position: Events and Programming
(Education, Social Services)
The intern's work will revolve around helping families complete registration for our scholarship program. The Intern will work with families around securing financial documents required to provide proof of their household income. The intern will interact with families over the phone, via email, and in person in office. This internship will allow the intern to obtain experience in a small non-profit and see how the scholarship program is run. Other projects may be available for the intern based on skills and interests and organization needs at the time the intern is working.
Position: Outreach and Communication
(Communications, Social Services)
The intern will work closely with our Director of Communications on CSFP's website, social media, communications and a family stories project that will have the student conducting family interviews. Other projects may also be available for the intern based on skills and interest and organization needs at the time the intern is working.
We seek interns with experience in MS Office, Adobe, basic photo editing, and excellent communication and customer service skills.
Spanish speaking is a plus.
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
Meets Certificate Requirement
CSFP is located in center city, Philadelphia and is very accessible to public transportation. Temporary housing is available to rent within the area. Student is responsible for his or her own housing. Because Philadelphia includes many universities and colleges, housing appropriate for students can be found either by contacting specific institutions or by using Craig's List.
Occasionally, there will be evening or weekend events.
My supervisor was amazing. I really can't say enough about how integral she was to making my time at CSFP great. (She was open and honest. She critiqued my work and always gave me positive reinforcement. She always guided me, yet always pushed me to be independent and try new things.She not only listened to my opinion but sought it out from time to time. We had weekly check-ins where we talked about my internship, and what I was happy with and how I was doing. It was a great way to make sure everything was going well.)
—Simone Downs '20
I was sincerely inspired by what these families were willing to do for their child to receive an education, and the work that each CSFP staff member did to advance the mission of providing such an education. I wish there were a simple solution to the immense need for safe, excellent education in Philadelphia and beyond, but the people and beneficiaries at CSFP give me hope that there are people who sympathize with this need and will advocate for these children.
—Sam Duffey '19