Dream Project

College & Career Readiness Assistant Internship

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Dream Project will place undergraduate interns in partner high schools and middle schools to serve as College and Career Readiness Assistant (CCRA) interns. 

This is an academic year long paid internship —  ($1,700 per quarter/~$300 semi-monthly stipend payments). CCRA interns will support and deepen the work of the current Dream Project mentorship model and support their school site’s College and Career Counselors in targeting and supporting high school and middle school students with multiple college readiness indicators (college applications, financial aid, scholarships, career planning, etc). 

This internship is a unique opportunity for interns to gain experience working with youth in the public education system. Specifically, interns will support students in navigating barriers to post-secondary 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.

**We are hopeful to be in person starting Autumn 2021 and this internship will be following UW guidelines on in-person & remote working.** 

Time Commitment 

The CCRA program runs during the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning in October 2021 and ending in June 2022. CCRAs will be on-site at their school site for 10 hours per week. 

There will be a mandatory two-day training on September 27th & 28th, 2021. 

In addition, CCRAs are required to attend bi-weekly (Autumn, Winter + Spring) cohort meetings at the UW Seattle campus. These mandatory sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:00pm. These sessions will provide holistic training to develop skills and awareness during the course of the school year (i.e. financial aid, mentoring, working with school staff) as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration/brainstorming, and personal growth.

Responsibilities 

  • Provide College Bound Scholarship education and support
  • Host & facilitate workshops for students and families on college & career readiness topics 
  • Host student-led panels to engage students with various aspects of college and career opportunities.
  • Create classroom presentations on college and career readiness topics
  • Coordinate various college events, workshops, field trips and tours with fellow counselors on and off site for middle & high school students
  • Provide day-of support for annual Dream Project events (Spring BBQ) 
  • Support students in completing college applications, writing personal statements, and understanding different types and aspects of financial aid
  • Connect graduating seniors with resources at their post-secondary institution to support college persistence
  • Work with graduating seniors on FAFSA/WAFSA completion to meet district/high school financial aid completion goals (High School)
  • Support school/district college & career readiness initiatives 

Requirements

  • Interns must be current UW undergraduate students during the 2021-2022 school year
  • Interns must participate in cohort meetings 
  • Interns must be culturally responsive & respectful of diverse backgrounds
  • Interns must maintain a schedule that allows for serving 10 hours per week at a school placement site, in blocks of a minimum of two hours (travel time not included)
  • 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

Qualifications

  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • 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
  • Public speaking and group facilitation skills 
  • Time Management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Travel

College and Career Readiness Assistants will serve on-site at numerous high schools and middle schools in the South King County region. 

  • UCAR vehicles will be provided for CCRAs for traveling to and from their service locations in which case 2 years of driving experience is needed. 
  • CCRAs may also use their own personal vehicle and receive gas mileage reimbursement
  • Specific school site placement accommodations can be made for students without licenses.

Benefits

  • Semi-monthly stipend which equates to ~$300. 
  • Opportunity to build a professional network and connect with educators in the King County community. 
  • Hands-on experience working in schools and in the education field. 
  • Experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders
  • Development of professional skill sets beneficial to entering the workforce

How to Apply

We are not hiring CCRA Interns at this time — check back in Spring 2022 when we hire for the following academic year