Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.


Boston, Massachusetts 

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Charlotte Reynders '19, Hyunnew Choi '19, Adetobi Moses '18

Organization Description
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. By partnering with colleges and universities Jumpstart is able to recruit and training college students and community members, providing a power experience that can create fundamental change in a child’s life.   

Jumpstart intervenes early to prepare children for kindergarten, helping to close the gap before it is too late. Jumpstart is the only national supplemental program of its kind, leveraging low child-to-adult ratios to deliver a proven curriculum to preschool-age children. This curriculum builds the key language and literacy skills children need to be ready for school with an intensive and intentional approach. Children participate in 20 weeks of sessions, twice per week, targeted to build skills research tells us children need to succeed. Internal evaluations and external studies have consistently found that Jumpstart children show learning gains significantly greater than comparison children.

Summer is a critical planning time for Jumpstart and the work done by the Princeton intern helps to set our program up for success throughout the school year. By supporting the preparation of training, recruitment events, materials creation and research projects, the Princeton intern is a dynamic addition to Jumpstart's summer capacity. 

Internship Description

Jumpstart works with interns to tailor tasks and projects to their unique interests and skill sets while still fulfilling the organization’s needs.  In the past Princeton summer interns have worked on some or all of the projects below: 

Program Support – Interns have supported planning and preparation for Jumpstart’s school year program by compiling and organizing regional information for recruitment, staff onboarding and dissemination to potential program partners and funders. Evaluation is another important aspect of Jumpstart’s program and past interns have supported end of year data collection and processing over the summer. 

Development Support - Interns have supported the regional development team with a variety of tasks, including funder research, development of corporate engagement strategy, and various levels of development writing projects, including grant writing and storytelling.

Community Corps Support – Interns have supported multiple projects for Boston’s Community Corps Program. This includes recruitment and posting flyers around Boston, development of recruitment resources and materials, assisting in adapting Jumpstart’s curriculum for older volunteers as well as organizing and preparing curriculum materials for the program year. 

Read for the Record Support – Occurring in October, Read for the Record is one of Jumpstart’s largest events.  Past interns have been instrumental in the early planning stages of the event. This can include event logistics and organizing, development and preparation of educational activities as well as volunteer recruitment and engagement.  

Training for Staff- Interns have worked with program and operations staff to plan various training events that onboard and professionally develop staff. Intern tasks can include helping to develop the training slide decks, prepare materials and plan logistics. 

Policy Work- Interns have provided legislative updates at regional team meetings on items relating to early childhood education, state early education programs (rules and regulations) and volunteerism in the states the Northeast Region serves. Past interns have also researched election candidates on the local and state level and their education platforms. 

Volunteer Engagement – Interns have developed ideas and concepts for volunteer events (those who hope to be involved with Jumpstart in more of a short-term capacity), coordinating logistics, preparing materials, orienting volunteers and facilitating the activities. 

The Princeton Summer Intern will work on a variety of the projects above depending on his/her specific interests and the regional needs.  The intern will gain valuable exposure and experience managing internal operations of a national nonprofit on a regional team. Overall, the goal in hosting an intern is to give them meaningful and applicable experience in skills such as event planning, staff training, supporter stewardship and program management.

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. This internship may also require travel in the Greater Boston area via public transportation.

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 there will be little work directly in the classroom with children, as much of what happens over the summer is capacity and system building.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Criminal History Checks are required for all Jumpstart staff/affiliates. NSOPW is required for all, and in certain cases, a Massachusetts CORI or FBI fingerprinting might be required.

Since there are many college students in the city of Boston, some subleases are available during the summer months - but housing costs in the city are relatively expensive.

Evaluation Excerpt

My relationship with my supervisor, Samantha Landry (Jumpstart’s Operations Manager) was absolutely ideal. The first week of my internship, she provided me with a detailed schedule, and she met with me individually at the end of each day so that I could reflect on my goals and keep track of my assignments. 
—Charlotte Reynders '19

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