Stockton Scholars is a Stockton-based nonprofit dedicated to guiding young people to higher education and an impactful life. Founded in 2018 by Michael Tubbs as a college promise scholarship program, Stockton Scholars has grown to partner with students, families, and the local community to create a clear path through higher education for all Stockton youth. By providing support, resources, and mentorship to make the college process simple and achievable, we will change lives in Stockton— for young people, their families, and their city. 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 student graduating from a high school in Stockton.
Previous interns have worked on creating a Parent Ambassador program, creating College Readiness workshops, research, and analysis on new technology for our Scholarship operations.
PICS have benefitted from our program through professional development, gaining knowledge of working in a professional environment, learning about different career options through a professional workshop series, and learning about self-empowerment in the workplace. They have also benefited by learning how to manage a project and creating a scope of work that helped to guide their project. It is our hope that when PICS complete their internship with Stockton Scholars that they will walk away with more knowledge and transferable professional skills that they can apply to their career pathway.
PICS interns can expect to do the following for all projects that they work on.
- Participate in our weekly Monday morning meetings.
- 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.
- Work with assigned supervisor on assigned project from the beginning to project completion.
- Manage their research independently by developing their own project timeline, scope of work, list of key staff and community stakeholders to interview, and by facilitating regular check-ins with project supervisor(s). Could include, researching, developing programs, plan events, design materials, create presentation, create workshops, create a program plan, create a project budget, create social media graphics.
- Present finished project at the end of the internship. PICS will present their completed projects to the Stockton Scholars and Reinvent Stockton Foundation staff.
- Potential outreach to lower classmen college students for research purposes.
- Attend a weekly Professional Development workshop.
- Participate in planning and organizing the Stockton Scholars Summer Summit.
- Potentially host workshops for lower classman college students.
- Potentially 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.
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The internship will be virtual.
The ideal candidate will have/be:
- 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
- Understand 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
- A previous research based paper already written, no more than 3 pages.