Proven Potential, Providing the Path
An unique internship program in Washington, D.C. for former Migrant & Seasonal Head Start students who are currently enrolled in college
The National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) offers an 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 country to work in Washington, D.C. Our NMSHSA interns come from migrant and seasonal farm-worker families; have participated in one of our member Migrant or Seasonal Head Start programs between the ages of 0 to 5; are rising 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 in the Washington, 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 Washington, D.C., such as non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and Capitol 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, and 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!
Application Due Date
February 23, 2018
Arrival to Washington, D.C.
June 7, 2018
Placement Program Duration
June 13, 2016 –July 26, 2018
Departure from Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2018
Selected participants will receive:
• Work placement within the D.C. area and housing
• Great pay and a $300 arrival allowance
• Domestic transportation to and from Washington, D.C.
• Work experience and networking opportunities
• 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 one blog entry per week for the NMSHSA Internship, and two post-internship entries
• Attend the NMSHSA Public Policy Forum on June 11, 2018, 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 and learn from experiences
• 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. Selected applicants will be contacted by March 1, 2018 to arrange an interview via Skype. Final selection of internship participants will be notified by March 31,2018.
• Past enrollment in at least one Head Start Program for Migrant or Seasonal farmworker children– commonly referred to as Migrant and Seasonal Head Start
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Students currently enrolled & working towards their undergraduate degree
• Completed 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours by May 2018
• Be in good standing at their current institution of higher learning
A completed application includes:
1. Completed Application Form
2. A copy of your resume (No longer than two pages)
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. Signed Code of Conduct Form (please review— will be signed during orientation if you are selected)
5. 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. We are happy to help.
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.
The application and all required forms can be found on the NMSHSA website: nmshsa.com
Students will work at their sites of employment 32 hours per week, work at the NMSHSA office 0-10 hours per week, attend all required evening and weekend networking & social events, contribute in weekly open-forums, actively work on improving their writing skills and compose a minimum of one blog per week, receive professional programming provided by the NMSHSA Internship and its 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 2018 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 weekly with the Intern Program Director and Internship 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 community 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 will participate in the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association 2018 Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Interns will 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 host family.
The NMSHSA will provide round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C. for selected participants. Interns will work with NMSHSA Staff to determine specific details. Local transportation (Metro, bus) will be the responsibility of the intern. Internship Coordinator or host family will assist interns with navigation of the local transportation system. See Handbook.
2018 Summer Internship Program Application
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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