UW Dream Project

College and Career Readiness Assistants

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Dream Project will place approximately 16 college student interns in partner high schools and middle schools to serve as College and Career Readiness Assistant (CCRA) interns for 10 hours per week. These interns will support and deepen the work of the current Dream Project mentorship model and support partner school College and Career Counselors in targeting and supporting high school and middle school students with multiple college readiness indicators. This internship is a unique opportunity for interns to gain direct service experience working with youth in the public education system. Specifically, interns will support traditionally underserved students in navigating barriers to postsecondary education opportunities. Interns will also learn about some of the realities, complexities and challenges that students, families, school staff and administrators face in their day to day work and environments.

About this internship

12 hours per wk

  • 10 hours service at school placement site
  • 2 hours of professional development at the UW-Seattle campus



This internship will require planning projects/activities according to the needs of your school placement site, which will vary depending school. It may include any of the following tasks:

  • Provide College Bound Scholarship education and support
    • Support site supervisor with promoting and signing up eligible 7th & 8th graders
    • Consistently follow up with 9th – 12th graders who have the scholarship to provide related education
  • Partner with site supervisor on case management as it pertains to certain warning indicators such as absenteeism and tardiness
  • Assist in implementation of High School & Beyond plans with students
  • Host and facilitate workshops focused on college and career readiness topics
  • Support students in completing college applications and writing personal statements and understanding different types and aspects of financial aid.
  • Provide increased support to College Bound and HB 1079 students
  • Connect graduating seniors with resources at their post secondary institution to support college persistence
  • Conduct parent information sessions around college knowledge and readiness
  • Assist in education of students via classroom presentations, one-on-one interactions, and school wide support
  • Assist in coordinating various college events, workshops, field trips and tours with fellow counselors on and off site for high school students



    • Interns must be current UW undergraduate students during the 2017-2018 school year
    • Interns must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and comfortable working with low-income, first-generation status students, and students of color. Previous experience working within diverse communities is preferred.
    • Interns must maintain a schedule that allows for serving 10 hours per week at a school placement site.
    • Interns must be available for mandatory weekly Professional Development sessions
    • Interns must be willing to adhere to school placement site policies while serving
  • Acceptance to this internship is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.



  • Experience working with a diverse student population
  • Experience navigating the college applications process
  • Ability to take initiative in creating and leading your own projects
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and independently in a professional manner
  • Time Management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability



College and Career Readiness Assistants will serve on-site at numerous high schools and middle schools in the South King County region. Vehicles will be provided for CCRAs for traveling to and from their service locations in which case 2 years of driving experience is needed. Specific accommodations can be made for students without licenses.



  • Value #1: Advocacy
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA Interns will learn content and resources around social injustices relevant to our communities to influence policy within and outside of their role in the school.
  • Value #2: Collaboration
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA interns will gain experience working in large groups as part of the College and Career team within their school placement site as well as part of the CCRA Intern Cohort during weekly Professional Developments.
  • Value #3: Community Engagement
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA Interns will research and experience the community they are placed within to assess needs, gaps and possible solutions to increase student and school success.
  • Value #4: Equity
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA Interns will learn content and policies surrounding college access, mentorship, and social justice and be able to understand the institutional barriers within the education system for certain underrepresented populations.
  • Value #5: Self-Initiative
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA Interns will learn about and display self-initiative through new projects and ideas at their school placement site.
  • Value #6: Sustainability
    Learning objective(s) that inform this value:

    • CCRA Interns will develop practices that support sustainable leadership.

Hourly pay: $16.71
Work-study eligible