Golden Apple Foundation

PICS Organization Name
Golden Apple Foundation

City/State
Chicago, IL

Organization Description

Golden Apple is committed to making a material difference in resolving the teacher shortage through its Scholars and Accelerators programs by expanding the state’s pipeline of highly effective, diverse educators by inspiring, developing, and supporting teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need.

Our leading-edge education preparation through the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program delivers exceptional teachers who make an impact from day one. We help students thrive in the classroom and in life.

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for high school seniors and freshman and sophomore Illinois college students who have the determination and drive to be highly effective teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. We prepare aspiring teachers for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Scholars Receive:
Tuition assistance, up to $23,000
Paid Scholar Institutes that include courses and extensive classroom/work experience
Academic and social-emotional support during the school year
Job placement assistance
Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty

Please watch a video about the Scholars Program: https://youtu.be/xkJDKeDBpgQ

We work with approximately 1000 Scholars each summer ranging from entering their freshman year to entering the first year of teaching.

We hope to host an intern that is positive, organized, and highly motivated to support preservice teachers in Illinois. We would like our intern to work with our internal team, external contractors, and preservice teachers.

Internship Description

Job Tasks:
1) Analyzing data to inform supervisor of programmatic celebrations/concerns.
2) Support our Scholar Institute App with internal support (event creation, maintenance).
3) Present data to contractors and internal team.
4) Support Director of Scholar Institute with daily tasks that arise.

Project can also be modified to fit individual talents and interests within our organization.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 10 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 8:00 am 4:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Required skills:

  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Presentation skills to small audiences.
  • Data Analysis with ideas to support our learners (pre-service teachers)

Preferred skills:

Positive, hardworking, reflective

Additional Info

Our office is located in downtown Chicago. There are many rental opportunities around our office. We are happy to support intern in their search.

Federal and IL State background checks

There are occasional evening events at Summer Institutes that the intern would want to participate in.

Former Interns
Marie Li '23, Kelton Chastulik '21

Evaluation excerpt:

My internship experience is best described by a story of growth: at first I felt challenged by the amount of virtual meetings, but soon, I became incredible comfortable with virtual meetings, and even with presenting information at a meeting. This has contributed to my educational growth because I am now more professional, a better worker, don't procrastinate as much now, and am more well-rounded in soft skills (such as presenting in meetings, virtual communication, etc.) I have also settled on a career in medical research as a result of this internship - I want to pursue a career that can inspire and bring change in others - a passion that I originally had, but lost for more materialistic goals. It was incredibly successful in allowing me to accomplish my goals. -- Marie Li '23

I learned how important people are to social justice work. To be successful, you need the right people in the right place. Correct positions for certain people. Neal Grimes is a great example: as scholar institute director, you have to face with many students and have great humility and ability to constantly be energized. He did this super well. Corey Richardson, who is the director of placement at GA is the same way. Works incredibly well with students but also have a creative and focused mind when it comes to finding partners for students to work with. -- Kelton Chastulik '21