Wellness in the Schools (WITS)

by rivan

PICS Organization Name
Wellness in the Schools (WITS)


New York, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation Available

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Janet Lee '20, Ashley Forte '18

Organization Description
Wellness in the Schools is a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public-private partnerships, we work with schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. Our partnership approach drives systemic, long-term change, shifting the entire culture of schools. Our intern will be part of a larger movement to fight childhood obesity. They will also be exposed to each and every moving part (ie. development, communications, administrative) of a successful non-profit.

Internship Description
The WITS intern will be working primarily with our communications and development team. They will also assist with program-related and administrative projects in our main office. WITS has a large, and growing, program base and is operated by a small, dedicated staff- so there are a variety of additional tasks to work on in the office each week. The WITS intern should have an interest, and preferably experience, in healthy food, culinary arts, teaching, childhood health and wellness, fitness, and/or education. The selected candidate will gain experience in working with a growing non-profit, where the key to most problems is adaptability. The intern will report to the Program and Development Managers, as well as liaise with other office, program, and executive staff. If interested, the intern will have the opportunity to work with the WITS Cooks and/or Coaches and visit a variety of public schools and students throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx

Internship Qualifications

  • Background in development and communications 
  • Understanding of non-profit work 
  • Interest in food, education, health, and child development
  • Flexibility
  • Self-starter

Strong writing and editing skills

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
We typically host summer interns from June-August.

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
NYC is a city very used to having visitors and we do not believe that students should have much trouble securing housing. There are many options available via AirBNB or Craigslist for temporary sublets of apartments near our office or in proximity to a relevant train line. WITS would also be happy to help a PICS intern to search for arrangements that suit their needs.

Our past PICS intern found housing via NYU student housing. Any New York City college/university offers summer housing to students.

Possible after-work events and visits to schools.

Evaluation Excerpt

As a business development intern, I aided in the growth of our company – meaning my primary concerns were with fundraising and communications. My capstone project was to create a Salesforce Handbook, which was essentially a guide to use the software that we use to track our donations, relationships with donors and organizations, and history working in various schools. 
—Janet Lee '20

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program