New York City Urban Education Internship
Every winter term the Education Studies Program arranges for students to do field placements at schools in New York City. Generally, we can support up to ten students depending on housing needs.
The purpose of this month long internship in a NYC school is to:
- provide the opportunity for you to become familiar with the true joys and real challenges of urban education generally, and
- to get to know a group of students in one classroom such that you might actually have opportunities to facilitate their learning.
In order to increase the likelihood that we will meet both of these objectives students are placed with Middlebury College alumni who are teachers in NYC public schools. Placements will not shift around the city to different schools, but rather a long term placement in one school in order that it might actually lead to more meaningful interactions for the intern and genuine learning for the students. Our alumni are familiar with the Middlebury College Education program and understand what a J term is as well as what is, and is not, possible in one month. All placement teachers are also marvelous, dedicated, exemplary educators.
Do I get credit?
Yes, this counts as a winter term course for credit. It is graded pass/fail.
What will my internship be like?
You will have an on-site alumni mentor who will help you through the day and meet with you after school to debrief. There will also be a few scheduled dinners where the whole group will come together to reflect and share.
Where do I live?
If you have family or friends near your placement you are certainly allowed to stay with them. If you are not so lucky we have a network of alumni in the NYC area who will put you up for the term.
Where will I work?
We have established a network of placements with alumni teachers in the greater New York area. Prof. Miller-Lane will work with you to find a placement that suits your skills (bilingualism) and the kind of classroom (k-12) that you are looking for.
What should I wear?
Please plan to dress in business casual unless you are told otherwise.
What about meals?
The Education Studies Program provides a daily meal stipend, typically the checks are sent to your home address during Christmas break.
What about the rest of my time?
The days are long, intense, and exhausting in this internship. However, the weekends are free for you to explore NYC. Each student is provided with a 30-day metro pass that enables you to ride the subways every weekday to your school. The pass is also good on the weekend to travel about the city.
There are many websites you can use to find free or "suggested donation" museums and events.