Internship Information
Organization:Virginia STEAM Academy
Internship Title:Summer Intern
Brief Internship Description:
The intern will contribute to the planning and implementation of the Academy’s three core functions:

1. To provide an internationally benchmarked, public, residential education for approximately 1000, highly able and STEAM-interested 9th-12th grade Virginia students.
2. To create an intensive, multi-week summer residential academy for 100, highly able and STEAM-interested 6th-8th grade students.
3.  To serve as an incubator/laboratory for integrated STEAM curriculum and pedagogy for students and teachers across the Commonwealth.
Full Internship Description:
Work scope 
The intern will: 
•	Contribute to all aspects of the delivery and evaluation of the inaugural middle graders’ Summer STEAM camp, scheduled to launch July 2013
•	Contribute to the design and planned delivery of online curriculum and applied learning modules that capture essential aspects of the Summer STEAM camp experience 
•	Collect and synthesize relevant research that informs the Academy’s three components
•	Collect and synthesize relevant research to support the Academy’s four standing committees: Teaching and Learning; Fund Development; Building, Grounds, and Site Configuration; and Human Capital
•	Provide background information (e.g., bio sketch and research summary) on prospective knowledge experts to serve on the four standing committees 
•	Conduct background research on other exemplary residential high school models 
•	Investigate foundations whose missions align with the mission and purposes of the Virginia STEAM Academy
•	Identify potential grant opportunities and guidelines 
•	Support proposal writing efforts 
•	Customize background materials for the Academy’s constituents: prospective students; prospective faculty; parents and community members; legislators; college deans, presidents, and professors; business and industry executives; district superintendents; school board members; and media representatives  
•	Organize and co-facilitate focus groups with these constituencies in Hampton Roads and throughout the Commonwealth
•	Contribute to the development of a grassroots multimedia campaign to spread the word about the Academy and build a broad-based network of support for the Academy
•	Create a database of local media contacts in the Commonwealth’s school divisions 
•	Create a database of prospective apprenticeship partners and develop a rationale for why these leaders in scientific research, development, and application should partner with the Virginia STEAM Academy  
•	Perform other duties as directed 

The summer internship provides a platform for students to collect and apply research toward the launch of a groundbreaking, statewide, public education STEAM initiative. The ideal intern will be a college student attending a highly competitive institution and, preferably, pursuing a STEAM-related discipline. The intern will possess the following character traits: 

•	Highly motivated
•	Strong oral communicator
•	Strong writing skills
•	Demonstrated capacity to collect, judge, and synthesize relevant research
•	Flexible
•	Able to take charge 
•	Able to work independently
•	Able to work well and contribute to discussions with scholars and leaders
•	Creative
•	Confident
•	Well-versed in the media platforms used by youth and young adults (e.g., twitter, blog) 
•	Personable – comfortable with diverse audiences
•	Able to prioritize tasks 
•	Willing to travel
Internship Address: Virginia STEAM Academy
P.O Box 324
Suffolk, VA 23439 - 0324
Telecommute Option:Yes
Hours per week:40
Length (weeks):10
Internship ID:05000113