The National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) offers a unique internship program to current college students who participated in a Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program. The NMSHSA Internship Program brings together the next generation of community leaders from across the county to work in Washington, D.C. Our NMSHSA interns come from migrant and seasonal farmworker families; have participated in one of our member Migrant or Seasonal Head Start programs between the ages of 0 to 5; are currently enrolled as juniors or seniors in a college undergraduate program; and are active students in their community with proven potential. The seven-week internship program includes a stipend, housing, and work placement, D.C. area.
The Migrant & Seasonal Head Start programs provided the initial building blocks for success when our students were ages 0 to 5, and it is the goal of our summer internship program to provide the last push toward the finish line. The purpose of the NMSHSA Internship Program is to expose migrant students who are currently in college to various career opportunities within Washing, D.C., such as non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and Capital Hill. During the 8-week program, NMSHSA interns will refine their professionalism, develop peer relationships, strengthen their leadership skills, make professional contacts, and connect with professional mentors.
Program participation is time-consuming and highly demanding, but it will help advance your educational goals with the development of your professional insight, skills and networks. Many of the people you will be interacting with during this internship also come from migrant or seasonal farmworker backgrounds and honor the challenges you have overcome to get where you are. We all extend our open hands of support to help you reach your full potential!
Selected participants will receive:
- Work placement within the D.C. area and housing
- Great pay and a $300 arrival allowance
- Domestic roundtrip transportation to Washington, D.C.
- Work experience and networking opportunies
- Fun and eye-opening activities
Selected participants must:
- Commit to a minimum of 32 hours a week at their arranged internship site
- Participate in all NMSHSA Internship sponsored activities
- Create two entries per week for the NMSHSA Internship, and two post-internship entries
- Attend the NMSHSA Public Policy Forum, orientation, and weekly sessions
- Agree to, and comply with, all policies regarding work performance and personal conduct
- A can-do attitude and willingness to overcome obstacles
- Demonstrated potential and leadership
- A commitment to improve their community
The selection process is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character, and a willingness to take on new challenges. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of NMSHSA partners and community leaders.
- Past enrollment in at least one Head Start Program for migrant or seasonal farmworker children – commonly referred to as Migrant & Seasonal Head Start
- Student in undergraduate studies
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Students currently enrolled and working towards their undergraduate degree
- Completed 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours
- Be in good standing at their current institution of higher learning
A complete application includes:
- Completed Application Form
- A copy of your resume (no longer than two pages)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Initialed Code of Conduct Form (please review – will be signed during orientation if you are selected)
- Completed Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Confirmation Form
NOTE: The Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Confirmation Form must be completed by the current director of the program you participated in. Please start this process early and contact us if you need assistance.
The application form should be filled out completely. If you need additional space to respond to questions, please attach extra documents to your file or hard copies. Please make sure all your documents have your first and last name. If you need assistance with any aspect of the application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 0r 202.223.9889.
Interns work at their sites of employment 30-40 hours per week, work at the NMSHSA office 0-10 hours per week, attend all required evening and weekend networking and social events, contribute in weekly open-forums, actively work on improving their writing skills and compose a minimum of two blogs per week, receive professional programming provided by the NMSHSA Internship and it’s partners, and participate in other commitments as requested. Additionally, Interns are encouraged to maintain a daily diary, as well as maintain a positive, can-do attitude.
Orientation and Tours
Prior to arrival in D.C., selected 2015 interns and alumni interns may share a conference call to help with adjustments. After arrival and housing placement, students will receive an orientation and be taken on a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C.
Interns will be required to work at their employment site Monday through Thursday. Fridays are set aside for possible work with NMSHSA, staff meetings, educational forums and discussions. Interns will meet their Intern Program Director and Site Managers to discuss challenges and learning opportunities with additional training and technical assistance provided as necessary. These sessions provide an ideal environment for interns to share and exchange ideas with their cohort peers and national leaders. Activities with other intern groups may also be provided to offer opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and open-ended dialogue on issues of mutual interest.
Interns are invited to participate in the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Interns will either be placed, at no cost to the intern, with a host family in the Washington, D.C. area. Interns are expected to assimilate with their local family as best they can. Host families agree to provide appropriate sleeping accommodations, basic living necessities, and some meals. Interns will be responsible for their personal expenses, their entertainment, local transportation expenses (Metro, bus) and their personal meals. Additional expenses should be discussed and arranged with the host family.
The NMSHSA will provide round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C. for selected participants. Interns will work with NMSHSA Internship Coordinator to determine specific details. Local transportation (Metro, bus) will be the responsibility of the intern. Internship Coordinator or the host family will assist intern with the navigation of the local transportation system.
NMSHSA Internship Program: Preparation for Success
We strive to change the lives of up-and-coming young professionals from the farmworker community through this life-changing internship experience that will help their educational and professional goals.
Academic education can take you so far; students need related work experience and transferrable skills to get a competitive edge. The NMSHSA Internship Program provides real world experience in a professional job setting and networking opportunities.
Mentors can offer guidance, help you develop useful contacts and partnerships, and provide emotional and professional support needed to get a head start in your career. The NMSHSA Internship Program provides mentorship at home, in the workplace, and among peers.
Young leaders demonstrate higher career aspirations, increased self-esteem, and improved educational completion rates — resulting in increased civic engagement and positive impact on their communities. The NMSHSA Internship Program provides opportunities for advocacy, event- planning, public speaking, and project management.
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