Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.


PICS Organization Name
Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.

Boston, Massachusetts 

Organization Description
  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.

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.

Internship Description

The Jumpstart intern will work on a number of projects for the Program Operations and Strategy department. 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 2020 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 researching best practices for collaboration. The intern learned about Jumpstart's internal structure, researched industry best practices for teamwork and collaboration that applied to our structure, and presented her research and recommendations 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.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 ($450 if remote) 8 None 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

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.

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

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.

Additional Info

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.

Jumpstart requires all employees, including interns, to have background checks completed before they begin to work for the organization. Jumpstart will explain all necessary steps, run, and pay for all of the required checks, but the intern will need to communicate with our staff and complete some necessary steps prior to their start date.

Former Interns
Niara Hightower '22, Georgia Hellard Timm '20

Evaluation Excerpt

One of my favorite memories was meeting with a wide range of staff in various departments at Jumpstart. I met with Vice Presidents, Managers and Directors each week. I had the opportunity to learn more about their journeys, what led them to Jumpstart, and the work that they do there. I was also able to receive valuable advice from all of them in terms of finding my own passion-driven path. These pieces of advice will continue to inform me as I try to determine my career path.  -- Niara Hightower '22

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

 My internship was exactly the perfect combination of a company working for social change while also teaching me a lot about important issues and how we can tackle them. I was able to contribute to mission based work by working on a research project which will help Jumpstart target new communities of need and assisting in the implementation of our program, but I was also given the invaluable experience of meeting with leaders from the national office and learning a lot about how a non-profit runs! —Kate O'Brien '19