Young Scholars Charter School

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PICS Organization Name
Young Scholars Charter School

City/State 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Trenton, New Jersey

Organization Description 
The mission of Young Scholars is to provide a personalized middle school education that challenges, engages and prepares all students to passionately pursue their dreams and lead a life of active citizenship. 

We believe that an intern would gain a great perspective into many different facets of education from the charter school perspective, urban needs perspective, leadership and teacher view etc. We have a start-up feel that is high energy and urgent and are constantly striving to be better and improve our impact for students! 

Someone who is interested in learning about urban education, and supporting students and families would gain the most from this experience.

Internship Description

Intern responsibilities include assisting the regional services team with research projects, administrative and development duties, schoolwide events, and network-wide communication. See below for the details and breakdown of these responsibilities:

1. Assist the regional management team in research projects (25%):

  • a. Research a variety of topics from local/Urban Education Reform initiatives to State and Federal school policies, etc.
  • b. Provide research supports for grants, foundations, etc.
  • c. Format and present research to members of Executive Team and Board of Trustees

2. Administrative and development assistance (25%):

  • a. Assist the Operations teams with designing and maintaining systems that enhance the organization's efficiency
  • b. Organize and assemble files and portfolios
  • c. Assist with communication across the region, including emails, phone calls, and calendars

3. Plan, organize, and assist with network and school-wide events (15%)

  • a. Find donors, vendors, and supplies for events, (i.e. summer school activities, academic training events, network-wide meetings, professional development programming)
  • b. Assist with event planning and budget
  • c.  Attend fundraising and social networking events
  • d. Create and disseminate invitations, reminders, and calendars

4. Assist with community engagement projects and campaigns (10%)

  • a. Work closely with the school director on goal setting and implementation for the summer and school year
  • b. Create and organize resources for student recruitment campaigns
  • c. Engage with community groups, including School Advisory Councils

5. Assist with school start up (25%)

  • a. supporting physical aspect of ensuring readiness of the building; this could include furniture movement, classroom set up, cleaning and other tasks

One intern will be at our Philly school and one intern will be at Paul Robeson Charter School in Trenton, NJ.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 10 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 8:30 am 4:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Interest in urban education and desire to contribute to the effort to eradicate educational inequality:
• Strong administrative background and interest
in project management
• Strong research skills
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time effectively
• Team player who will assist in areas of interest as time allows

Additional Info 
Interns can look at housing on nearby college campuses (Penn, Drexel, Temple). There are also numerous apartment options in the area (Northern Liberties and Fishtown are the closest neighborhoods) if needed.

Interns will need to complete PA background clearances. Young Scholars will help coordinate if needed. Intern will be responsible for associated costs.

Former Interns 
Luke Martinez '22 (Philadelphia), Alyssa Humeston '22 (Trenton), Mathias Cross '22 (Trenton), Lydia Spencer '21, Patricia Chen '20

Evaluation Excerpt

Young Scholars Charter School plays an extremely important role in systemic social change, both in the classroom and administratively. I learned about the schools approach and importance by observing meetings, professional development, and individual classrooms. -- Luke Martinez '22

Not only does the school fight against food insecurity by providing breakfast, lunch, and a snack, but it also has mandatory after-school programs designed to enhance the social life of the students. This internship experience opened my eyes to the importance of behind-the-scenes operations in the education system. --Mathias Cross '22

Because my supervisors were willing to hear me out and collaborate, I got to work on projects that I was interested in. I saw the purpose and tangible effects they had on the school and the students it served.
—Patricia Chen '20

I came into this internship considering education policy as a degree focus and possible career focus. I now feel much more informed and more prepared should I chose to pursue that path. Through this internship I have also leaned that I have more computer and design skills and potential than I thought! —Lydia Spencer '21