Dream Project

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The University of Washington Dream Project’s High School Lead (HSL) internships offer passionate UW undergraduate students hands-on opportunities in education to engage in community-based learning. Through this paid internship, students are provided the opportunity to learn about the public school system and lead their peers while mentoring in local public high schools. High School Leads (HSLs) will commit an average of 5.5 work hours per week. This time will be spent both on and off campus. Off campus duties include weekly high school visits working with undergraduate mentors and engaging mentees (high school students). On campus duties include holding office hours in the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD), and attending weekly professional development sessions located in Mary Gates Hall. HSL interns will receive a $900 stipend per quarter, totaling $2700 for the entire internship term.

Through partnerships with local public schools and community-based organizations, the Dream Project High School Lead Interns actively immerse themselves in community and learning while facilitating mentorship between peer undergraduate mentors and high school students. As an internship with a stipend, this learning opportunity supports local under-resourced high schools and eliminates financial barriers: high schools receive support from student interns with post-secondary planning initiatives, while undergraduate students interested in education are supported to explore this career path by receiving an educational stipend that enables them to embark on an internship experience in local public high schools.

The HSLs serve as the primary representatives at each of Dream Project’s partner high schools to support mentors in their work with high school students and to liaise with school staff on Dream Project-related administrative functions. Between 1 and 2 HSLs are placed at each partner high school.


  • Holding 1.5 weekly office hours to be served sometime between 9am- 5pm Monday through Friday
  • Attend weekly cohort meetings (professional development) on Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm.
  • Engage and facilitate in intentional reflection on community, intent, impact, and identity through attending EDUC 260/360 (Monday, 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM or 3:10 PM – 4:20 PM), and UW service learning course EDUC 369 (Monday, 4:30-5 pm) each quarter for the duration of the internship. This includes learning about and putting into practice anti-oppression frameworks that include diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural perspectives.
  • Attend an all-day orientation and training session on February 22, 2020 from 10am-5pm to receive important information from staff, meet co-leads, and interact with the HSL cohort.
  • Contribute to impactful education access work by collaborating with Dream Project partner schools serving local communities.
  • Serve as a Dream Project representative in UWDP partner schools, developing strong reciprocal relationships with school staff and administrators.
  • Support peer learning through leading high school breakouts with mentors to prepare them for high school visits by providing them with important financial aid knowledge, social justice perspectives, post-secondary access, and effective mentorship strategies.
  • Support the program through various efforts related to recruitment, retention, and events. This includes tabling to increase mentor numbers, and taking on planning and day-of responsibilities at various events throughout the school year.
  • Define personal learning experience by completing a learning agreement that states internship goals, while engaging in bi-quarterly reflection and feedback sessions with staff.


  • Develop professionalism and effective communication and classroom facilitation skills.
  • Develop teamwork and conflict resolution skills.
  • Hone reflective, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Gain experience working in diverse environments.
  • Receive the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings and develop a racial equity lens.
  • Learn about the public school systems and gain experience working directly with school staff and administration.