Waukegan to College

At Waukegan to College (W2C), we create brighter futures for students, families, and our community by preparing students to enroll in, and graduate from, college. To achieve this mission we provide a suite of wraparound services that support students and their families from elementary school through college graduation.  

Students in our program receive weekly tutoring, one-on-one homework help, literacy education, math tutoring, monthly family workshops, individual mentoring, field trips to arts and cultural venues, workplace site visits, college application assistance, SAT/ACT prep, college planning workshops, one-on-one college advising, and financial aid assistance.  

After high school graduation, our college persistence programming helps students adjust to campus life with a summer workshop series and ensuring that each college freshman has a mentor who will check in regularly, as well as a peer mentor. While in college, students continue to receive regular communication, advising, scholarship, networking, internship opportunities, and on-campus support. 

The Princeton intern will help W2C with the capacity for serving families. 


Waukegan, IL

Internship Description

Monthly Workshops: Assist staff in planning monthly workshops for the upcoming school year, including but not limited updating our yearly calendar, creating a flyer/handout to parents and students, and create an electronic evaluation tool. 

Remote Learning: Work with staff and SMEs to develop remote learning programs if needed including but not limited to developing the curriculum, creating a syllabus, and maintaining student contact information for each grade level.

Expanding Horizons: Assist with developing an annual calendar of trips for high school and middle school groups; Assist with reviewing student evaluations for each trip to continue to improve programming;  Work with Program Advisor as needed to identify, coordinate and execute field trips; Assist with planning and executing a summer overnight college trip if we are able to do so.  

Student Recruitment and Intake: Manage and supervise the student recruitment and intake process; Coordinate efforts with appropriate staff to maximize community outreach; Plan and present Open House; Assist with administering the application and interview process. 

Communication and Social Media: Create informative and interesting newsletters and marketing material; Develop and implement effective communication schedule; Plan and manage the design, content, and production of the quarterly newsletter.

Administrative: Conduct research related to expanding and/or improving programming; Participate in staff meetings; Ensure that the organization’s files are organized properly in their correct folders/location and adhere to file naming convention standards. 

College Access: Assist with reviewing personal statements of rising seniors who will begin the college application process; Assist with resume reviews of our rising seniors. 

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No In-person

Housing Information

Waukegan to College can reach out to their donor and volunteer base to see if they are able to host a student. We will also reach out to our college partner to see if it's possible for them to provide the intern with housing. We cannot make any guarantees but are committed to working on this. 

Internship Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required 
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to prioritize, and attention to detail 
  • Proficient in MS Office; Google Applications; video conferencing programs, database Excellent communication skills both verbal & written
  • Aptitude and appreciation for working with a diverse group of people 
  • Passion for work in education 
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Quick learner 
  • Team Player 

Additional qualifications:

  • Social media 
  • Computer/IT 
  • Accounting 

Writing Sample Required

  • Sample essay

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Vaccinations
  • There may be articles that we would ask the interns to read that would help them be prepared to work with low-income, first-generation students. This may include research papers on college persistence.