Reinvent Stockton Foundation

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PICS Organization Name
Reinvent Stockton Foundation

City/State
Stockton, California

Organization Description

This summer, the Reinvent Stockton Foundation and the Stockton Scholars will host at least two summer fellows from the PICS internship program. All fellows will participate in mandatory orientation at the beginning of the summer, trainings and opportunities to network with the City Hall Summer of Service internship program affiliated with RSF. Interns will operate independently and be responsible for their assigned summer projects and program deliverables.

The goal of the Stockton Scholars is to dramatically increase the number of young people in our community who enter and complete higher education (4-year, 2-year, or trade school) in the next 10 years. We accomplish this through offering a guaranteed college scholarship (up to $4,000 each) for any Stockton Unified graduate over the next ten years, and through launching a number of support programs. In this first year of operations, we announced our scholarship, built a fundraising campaign that has so far received over $3 million in additional pledges, and started to build our student support team, and our fellows will join a rapidly-growing and nimble ‘start-up’ team.

Internship Description

  • Participate in our weekly Monday morning (10am) and Friday afternoon (1pm) all-team meetings when they do not have other fellowship programming planned.
  • Shadow and participate in the on-going student engagement work of the Stockton Scholars program and Reinvent Stockton Foundation to enhance professional development and career insights.
  • Manage their research independently by developing their own project timeline, list of key staff and community stakeholders to interview, and by facilitating regular check-ins with project supervisor(s).
  • (Whenever possible:) Mentor, guide, and support any incoming high school or college students involved with the Stockton Scholars through programming and outreach.
  • If desired, we encourage our fellows to host workshops or trainings for students on the topics of: college readiness, college applications, and transitioning into higher education after high school. Fellows can also share topics that are based on their college experience and things they have learned while enrolled in higher education.
  • If desired, we encourage fellows to convene focus groups with our young people to gather feedback on the Stockton Scholars program and to learn more about the stakeholders we intend to serve and empower
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 8 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Background/professional experience related to education, college access, and/or youth
  • Record of success engaging a variety of stakeholders, including residents and community groups, and demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional staff
  • Experience working effectively with students and parents
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in public presentations
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Adaptable and flexible; able to excel in a fast-paced, small-team environment that requires team members to wear several hats and support each other’s work
  • Understanding the strength of diversity, and the need for solutions to support all regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity
  • Effective time management and organizational skills; attentive to detail
  • Ability to work non-traditional office hours (including evenings and weekends) to support Stockton Scholars events as needed
  • Must have reliable transportation as frequent travel to school sites and community events is required
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

**Writing Sample Required:  Grammar, clarity of thought, ability to outline frame and adequately address a given subject

Additional Info
This year we hosted the internship virtually due to COVID-19 and anticipate similar arrangements for 2021. If social distancing restrictions are changed by the time of the internship RSF would be happy to support interns with finding affordable-free housing for the duration of their internship.

Background check required - fingerprinting if intern will be in direct contact with students.

Former Interns
Truth Betts-McCullum '23, Marissa Webb '21MiKayla Green '22, Neenah Young '22, Sher Gill '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Stockton community is [an organization] that thrives off of social change and I learned so much about the city, poverty, and community organizing, as well as more about non-profit and government work in general!-- Marissa Webb '21

This internship has exceedingly broadened my horizons on the topic of how philanthropy and government are brought together to create change. I am grateful for it! --Neenah Young '22

My work environment was an open space where everyone works. There is a front room which serves as an education hub and there is also a smaller meeting room. I felt included because we had weekly Monday meetings and Friday check outs. Also, the open space made me to feel integral to the team. --MiKayla Green '22

I connected with the service mission of my organization. I’m still trying to clarify if my goals and values were affected by this experience. I learned that I need to work for something greater than myself to consider myself successful from this time on. --Sher Gill '21