Interns for the Vela Summer Scholars program work in a team of interns to support and facilitate a five week intensive enrichment program for incoming seventh and eighth graders. As compensation for their time, interns receive on-campus housing during the month they work and a $1,200 stipend.
The goals of the Vela Summer Scholars program are to increase students’ academic outcomes, improve MCAS exam scores, and strengthen students’ connection to the school and local community.
A typical day in the Vela Summer Scholars program includes four hours of classroom time with middle school students and teachers, lunch, one or two hours of intern-led social, cultural and/or and community engagement enrichment activities, and two hours of preparation for the following day.
Expectations of summer interns:
- Participate in a one-week training program that will include: lesson-plan development, cultural diversity in the classroom, and classroom management
- Assist teachers in a classroom during the Vela Scholars summer program
- Help implement curriculum, monitor student progress, and recognize student achievements
- Develop and teach lesson plans with the aid of advising teacher
- Mentor public school students by participating in all academic and enrichment activities
- Participate in weekly reflection sessions
- Complete related reading and writing as assigned throughout the program
- Participate in data collection and evaluation of program
Types of educational activites interns have lead:
- Designing and building marble roller coasters
- Constructing solar ovens
- Using physical changes to make rock candy
- Using salt and the science of freezing point depression to make ice cream
- Creating annotated self portraits
- Creating recycled art
- Playing improvisation games
- Practicing watercolor techniques
For more information, contact Robert Siudzinski at email@example.com.