Interns will be responsible for determining the volunteer needs of an assigned school in the Rockbridge County School System, recruiting and training tutors to fill those needs, ensuring that tutors are responsible for their assigned shifts, and filling in where needed. Interns may perform other leadership roles in after or during school programs in the school as needed and possible for the intern. Interns will be expected to spend at least an average of 2.5 to 3 hours in the schools each week assisting in classrooms and/or tutoring; they will also spend another one or two organizing volunteers. The hours will vary as volunteers become established. The start date for the internship is the first week of September and requires a commitment for fall and winter term, 2013-2014. There will be a mandatory paid training session for the internship during the week before classes begin of two hours.
Initially, the Burish interns will focus on determining the need s at their schools and then will be involved in working with the Service-Learning Coordinator, the head of the Nabors Service League and the Director of Teacher Education to recruit volunteers. They will contact each volunteer who has expressed interest in volunteering through e-mail or in person and make sure that he or she knows how to sign in at the school, has completed the Rockbridge Country Volunteer form, and understands his or her assignment in the school. In addition, they will communicate with W&L and with the schools if problems arise that need to be resolved. The intern does not have to solve the problems but has to alert the appropriate staff at the schools or at W&L who will then deal with the issues involved.
Interns are required to communicate bi-weekly with a W&L supervisor in either Teacher Education or in the Shepherd Poverty Program to review their progress in the schools.
Preference for the internships will be given to qualified students that are interested in Teacher Education and/or have been involved in some way with service and volunteer coordination through programs such as the Nabors Service League, the Bonner Leader Program, the Campus Kitchen leadership team, the Shepherd Poverty Program, and other relevant service-oriented programs.
Interns will be paid through the Washington and Lee work-study program and may earn up to $2400.00 per year, unless they have another arrangement through the Bonner Leader Program. Bonner students are paid according to the Bonner Program guidelines. Mileage to Natural Bridge Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, and Fairfield Elementary will be reimbursed at the rate of $.375 per mile. Interns who have not been employed by work-study before will need to complete paperwork at the Human Resources Office before beginning the position, and their parents will have to complete the Fafsa form required for financial aid and work study (available on line at Fafsa).