The Squash and Education Alliance is a network of 19 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and five international affiliates that provide year-round, long-term support to approximately 2,500 young people from under-resourced communities. SEA member programs follow an intensive youth development model that combines squash instruction, academic tutoring, mentoring, travel, college prep and support, career readiness, and more.
SEA's mission is to lead, launch, and strengthen its network of member organizations. To achieve this mission, we focus on 3 primary areas — growth, program quality, and student and alumni opportunities.
Growth: We team up with local leaders to launch new programs in cities that can sustain and grow strong organizations over time.
Program Quality: We identify and promote the adoption of our model’s best practices through the sharing of information and ideas, metric-based evaluations of member programs, and professional development.
Student and Alumni Opportunities: We provide squash, academic, college preparation and career opportunities to participating elementary, middle and high school students from around the network. These opportunities include squash tournaments, summer training camps, elite squash development, summer scholarships to boarding schools and colleges, and civic leadership trips.
SEA's team of 10 would benefit greatly from the support of a Princeton intern. The intern would play a critical role in logistics, event planning, communications, and development, and will ensure the success of SEA's student and alumni opportunities during the summer.
New York, NY
The Squash and Education Alliance seeks a hardworking, organized, and curious intern to support SEA's special summer project(s). Though the specific project(s) for the PICS Intern will be determined once the student is selected, the PICS Intern will have the opportunity to learn new or expand upon skills in: nonprofit operations, event-planning, development and communications, and/or data analysis, depending on the individual’s interests and desired experience. The Princeton Intern may also assist in the preparation and execution of summer events, as needed.
Operations, Event Planning, and Administration:
Assist the SEA team with various aspects of event operations, such as ordering awards and supplies, tracking expenses, organizing meeting logistics and run of show (live or virtual), preparing travel arrangements, and designing virtual academic contest booklets and certificates.
Assist in executing the SEA Kent Summer Camps, Summer School Scholarship student events. Responsibilities may include: student paperwork tracking, itinerary building, and preparation of materials.
Assist in the coordination and logistics of SEA’s summer squash tournaments, camps, and squads. Responsibilities may include organizing waivers, entries, housing, and transportation.
Development, Fundraising, and Communications:
Assist with website and social media updates, managing SEA’s email distribution list, and writing donor acknowledgment letters.
Data Collection and Analysis:
Data entry and cleaning of alumni survey responses, and college and graduation updates in the database.
Data research and entry of current squash coaches and admissions representatives.
Data cleaning and analysis of responses from SEA’s annual staff and/or student surveys.
By the end of this summer internship, the Princeton Intern will have:
- worked on meaningful projects that directly impact the students we serve;
- engaged in conversations with various stakeholders (ex: staff, students, alumni, network leadership) to gain a critical understanding of the various aspects of nonprofit administration;
- learned relevant skills to continue a career in the nonprofit sector, should the intern choose.
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Housing through a summer sublet or NYU/Columbia and other dormitories at local universities is available, with optional meal plans.
The ideal candidate will have/be:
- Experience or familiarity with the sport of squash a plus
- Interest in nonprofit administration and management, and/or sports-based youth development
- Sets extremely high standards for self and has a strong work ethic
- Detail oriented, meets deadlines, and can adapt to last minute changes
- Ability to multitask
- Communicates clearly and professionally
- High energy, responsible, and open to direction from colleagues
Writing Sample Required
- Background check
- For in-person events, SEA will require a record of COVID-19 vaccination (required for all staff)
- Intern support may be requested for in-person summer events (e.g. 3 day tournament, visiting a summer camp, etc.) Any travel would be domestic and transportation, food and housing costs would be covered in full for interns for the duration of the event(s).