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Summer Program Intern

Organization Overview
Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 89% of BTSV 2017-2018 Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

Position Overview
The Breakthrough Leadership Program (BLP) was founded to develop the next generation of leaders in education through a hands-on, impactful undergraduate experience in a highly-effective nonprofit organization. This year, we are seeking 3 BLPS: One to support our virtual + High school summer program, 2 to support our middle school summer programs (One virtual +, one in-person). Reporting to the Dean of Students, the BLP Intern will develop leadership and project management skills in the education and nonprofit sector while making a meaningful impact in the educational outcomes of underserved students in Silicon Valley. The BLP(s) will support either a in-person middle school, or viritual+ 9th/middle school program.

The BLP intern supports the day-to-day execution of the summer program and assists with tasks such as: the collection of program data, student communication and engagement, and organizing of site-wide student activities and special events. The BLP intern also provides technology platform support to students and families as needed.

What You Will Gain
  • Work experience with a wide variety of activities and responsibilities in a fast-paced office/educational environment for your resume
  • Develop and grow new skills in a collaborative environment

Position Requirements
  • College graduate or current college undergraduate with strong academic standing (3.0 GPA or above)
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement events with attention to details
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and Gmail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Available Monday – Friday 
  • Reliable access to transportation

Preferred Qualifications
  • Accountable and mature; organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong work ethic, persistence and creativity in meeting goals
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative and works independently
  • Knowledge of google apps (ex. Google docs, google sheets) highly desired
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to the needs of the summer program 
  • Demonstrated integrity and honesty, with a focus on students’ best interests
  • Strong communication skills; able to professionally gather and distribute information
  • Ability to work in environments and communities with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Prior experience working with students (middle school aged preferred)
  • Prior experience in Breakthrough or other similar environments
  • Bilingual; fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese a plus
  • Flexible with a can-do attitude; problem-solver and willing to support where-needed
  • Experience with social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc.)

Time Commitment*
  • BLP Orientation: June 7th - June 11th
  • Teaching Fellow Orientation: June 14th - June 22nd
  • Summer Program: June 23rd – July 20th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
  • Wrap-up Week: July 21st – July 23rd

*Dates are subject to change.

  • Assist Dean of Students with setup of Google Classroom, event calendars and follow up with students and families re tech access prior to and during summer.
  • Assist with collection of student data (e.g. attendance, academic progress, behavior), monitor daily attendance taking on Salesforce platform, and compile reports for the administrative team.
  • Assist Dean of Students with calling of students and families regarding attendance or other participation issues. (e.g. internet stability, etc.)
  • Assist with organizing of special events (in person and virtual) and manage team members to implement field trips and enrichment activities. Support with implementing any safety procedures for in-person activities.
  • Attend and support the execution of in-person or virtual community building activities
  • Take charge of the creation, planning and publication of  weekly newsletters/videos for Breakthrough families.
  • Assist with the packing and distribution of program supplies to students.
  • Take pictures and video footage of virtual classes and activities throughout summer for the purpose of adding elements to the weekly newsletter.  
  • Assist Development with social media postings.
  • Work within a summer committee to  monitor progress and assist with event planning and implementation of student activities.  
  • Take charge of the tracking and reporting of Crew points, and generate excitement and participation by students.
  • Serve as a substitute to lead Crew meetings as needed
  • Work with mixed media (ex. Youtube videos, TikTok, or Instagram) to create content for our summer end of program celebration.  

This is an unpaid internship. A stipend of the following will be paid to the intern to offset living expenses for the duration of their internship:

$2350 In-person Middle School
$2250 - High School Summer Program, Virtual + Summer Program

 You will receive your living allowance according to the following schedule:

  • July 2nd - First Half
  • July 23rd - Second Half

Due to COVID19*, there would be a mixture of primarily virtual engagements with some in-person programming. One site will be completely in-person for the entire duration of the summer program. Finalized locations to be determined, but will be at schools within San Jose Unified School and Franklin McKinley School Districts.

*While the Breakthrough team is currently working remote, this is a local position and we are only considering candidates who are or will be local before the start of the internship.

Breakthrough engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer Breakthrough is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

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