Jumpstart for Young Children

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. We provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children. Since 1993, we’ve trained more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of over 123,000 preschool children nationwide.


Boston, MA

Internship Description

A Princeton intern will work out of our national office and be situated within our Program Operations & Strategy department. The intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that support the department and ultimately the delivery of Jumpstart programming across the country.

The actual projects will be determined based on the department's needs during the summer and the intern's interests, but the intern can expect the projects to entail learning about Jumpstart programming and organizational structure, researching and analysis, writing and presenting findings, and collaborating with staff from across the department. Generally, the intern works on 2-3 long term projects during their 8-week internship, supplemented by additional short-term projects.

Jumpstart’s PICS intern in 2021 completed a number of projects for the organization, but one that is particularly indicative of the type of project an intern can expect revolved around analyzing the information gathered during Jumpstart’s internal site application process. The intern learned about the site application process and the tasks and skills required to run a Jumpstart site, worked with another staff member to analyze the responses gathered from applications, and presented her findings and suggested next steps for our department to a number of stakeholders.

The intern will gain valuable exposure and experience managing internal operations of a national nonprofit. The intern will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from staff from other departments within the organization, enabling the intern to build their understanding of nonprofit work and careers.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No


Housing Information

Boston has a large student population, so there are often many subletting opportunities in the city during the summer. Previous interns have taken advantage of subletting opportunities.

Internship Qualifications

Jumpstart is looking to work with a highly-motivated student who is interested in working in a fast-paced, fun, and challenging environment. S/He must be able to work both independently and on a team, manage multiple projects effectively, and should have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Additional Qualifications

Interest in the education field and working with communities will be helpful (as this will guide a majority of the work at Jumpstart).

Writing Sample Required?


Special Requirements

  • Background Check

Additional Information

While Jumpstart is an organization that works to ensure that children are ready to succeed, an intern working with Jumpstart over the summer should be aware that they will be working in our national office on capacity building projects for the organization, not directly in the classroom.