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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  


Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.


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Teacher Professional Development Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 21:11 PM

One of the goals of 21st century educators is to inspire students to be lifelong learners. To accomplish that, educators themselves should be passionate about learning as well. Teacher development grants are available to help teachers develop and improve on their craft. Below are some grants that help7876968098_80c80e0668_q.jpg educators educate themselves. These grants all have deadlines early next year, less than two months away, so the time is right to get started on them.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports a teacher development grant program. This category aims to increase the effectiveness of individual educators and small teams of teachers. Eligible proposals are those that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded. A total of 125 teacher development grants will be funded. The application period is from Jan. 15-April 15. The maximum grant is $10,000.

Fund for Teachers

This organization provides funds to help educators get the resources needed to pursue professional learning experiences. Fund for Teachers grants can be used for a wide variety of projects as long as they create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. Eligible applicants must be full-time preK-12th grade educators, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of their time directly teaching students. Educators must also have at least three years of teaching experience. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 while teams may receive up to $10,000. Applications are due by Jan. 31.

The NEA Foundation

This foundation has provided funding to thousands of educators. The NEA Foundation provides grants to individuals to participate in professional development activities. The foundation also provides funding to teams to fund collegial study. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence. Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. There are three deadlines for applications: Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Graduate Fellowships are $24,000 fellowships given to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens that are teachers or plan to be teachers of American history, American government, or civics classes in the 7-12 grade levels. Fellowship applicants compete against educators in their own state. If funding permits, the desire is to grant a fellowship to an individual from each state. The deadline for application is March 1.


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Educational Grants That Are Easy to Apply for

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

9607386125_200d5cd45a_q.jpgWe often highlight education grants because of the need. According to a story by ABCNews, teachers pay for 77% of the school supplies needed in their own classroom. Even though school is well underway, we’re aware that teachers may still be looking for grants to help provide the supplies students need to learn. The grants below can help provide extra dollars for supplies without requiring intensive time and effort.  

Clif Bar Family Foundation

The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants three times a year. These grants can be for organizational support as well as for funding for specific projects. This funding averages $7,000 per grant. Applications are reviewed three times a year with deadlines of the Feb. 1, Jun. 1, and Oct. 1 (coming right up!). Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle. Teachers and school administrators looking to apply will focus on the foundation’s community category. In this funding area a California school received funding for its afterschool program and another school has been awarded funding for outdoor education needs.

Technology Teacher Grant

Verizon wants to make sure students know why technology is important and how to use this technology in the classroom as well as in the real world. K-8 teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers hoping to apply must submit a tech-focused lesson plan to teach students about applications for technology in the teacher's specific subject area. The grant comes in the form of a Visa gift card. 1st and 2nd place winners receive $1,000 each, while 3rd-6th place grantees receive $500 each. Applications are due Saturday, Dec. 9.

Lily Sarah Grace

K-5 Title 1 School teachers have until Nov. 30 to apply for a grant from the Lily Sarah Grace Foundation. Projects funded by this program must use arts-infused inquiry-based learning to teach. The project must also focus on the foundation’s five C’s: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and community. The maximum grant is $450. The story behind this foundation is worth mentioning. Lily, Sarah, and Grace were sisters who lost their lives in a fire. To honor their memory their father started this foundation to support what his daughters loved to do best: art.

Dollar General

This retailer runs the Family Literacy Grants program. Family literacy service providers are eligible to apply. Eligible programs must provide adult education instruction, children’s education, and parent child together time. Colleges, universities, and school districts have been awardees in the past. The 2017 grant program is closed now. The 2018 Family Literacy grant application will be available in Jan. 2018.


You might not need Grant Helper support to apply for these grants, but we are prepared to help with these or others where you want to increase your funding. We are a full-service grant company that aims to find funding for schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. In addition to locating grants we can also provide a wide range of services including editing, managing, and applying for grants. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 

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Back-to-School Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

The back-to-school signs are up, the students are excited, the parents are eve3959694576_193cfaeceb_q.jpgn more excited, and the teachers have begun to think about the new school year. For teachers, these eight back-to-school grants can help refresh their curriculum and not spend their own money to do it.

The Kids in Need Foundation has brought together eight grant opportunities on one site. Applications for each grant are accepted from July 15 to Sept. 30, so you’re not too late to get in on this year’s grant offerings. Grants range in amount from $100 to $500 and you can apply for more than one. Also available on this site are helpful guidelines and suggestions for completing your application as well as some free teacher printables. A contact email address for Penny (pennyh@kinf.org) is also listed for any other help you may need. Without further ado, here is a brief look at each of the eight grant choices:   

  1. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Grant: Looking for “innovation and merit” for imaginative lessons, this grant is available to certified teachers of grades K-12. This grant awards from $100 to $500 for a project-based learning opportunity in your classroom.
  2. Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant: No back-to-school list is complete without several bottles of Elmer’s glue (my son’s list asks for four bottles and 10 glue sticks—no joke!). Elmer’s is making lesson planning easier by providing teachers with “Winning Projects” to use in the classroom. Teachers can follow the link to the project site and choose a project for their own class, then apply for the grant to make it happen. Certified K-12 teachers can apply, and special consideration is given to schools with 70% or more students in the free and reduced lunch program. Check out these projects and get one started in your classroom this fall.
  3. Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant: Are you teaching literacy skills this fall? If you have a new approach with a creative design, read more about this grant for certified teachers Pre-K to 12th grade.
  4. Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant: Certified pre-K to 12th grade teachers with a new approach to using “common teaching aids” or a new idea for teaching their curriculum should read more about the Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant. This grant ranges from $100-$500.
  5. ArtSkills Teacher Grant: Are you an art teacher with a new approach to reaching kids? Looking for “innovation and merit,” this teacher grant is available to certified teachers grades pre-K to 12. You are limited only by your imagination, and what can be done with up to $500.
  6. WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant: Calling all creative writing teachers, the WIMA grant wants to hear about your ideas to get kids writing.
  7. Helping Humanity Fund – Navajo Pottery Project: Originally done in a middle school setting, the Navajo Pottery Project can be adapted to any age group and funded through this grant. A lesson plan is provided here: http://www.kinf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Navajo-Pottery.pdf and certified teachers pre-K to 12th grade can be awarded a grant of $195 to replicate this project in their own classrooms.
  8. VIA Credit Union Teacher Grant (Regional-Indiana only): The list of specific school districts in Indiana that are eligible for this grant appears on the website. If you teach in one of these schools and have an innovative approach to teaching, apply for this grant.

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Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

Posted by Mary Ross on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.

 

State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.

 

The American Honda Foundation

Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    

 

The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.

 

The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow.  With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.

 

Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

 

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Grants for Math Education

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Mmath resized 600ath education often gets lumped into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives. Each subject area has its own importance, though, with teachers dedicated to teaching their students one of these individual subjects. Below we take a look at several hand-picked grants to fund math education initiatives.  

Advancing Student Achievement Innovative Math Grants

These grants from the Acturial Foundation support programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real-world mathematics. Programs must be designed for students in grades 4-12 in U.S. public or private schools. The programs must impact one or more grade levels, and students must participate in the activity consistently throughout the year.  A total of five $10,000 grants will be awarded this year. The deadline to submit an application is March 31 with grants awarded by June 1. If you need help to meet the tight deadline, we can accommodate quick turnarounds.

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants

This is a unique grant program that will award a grant to individual elementary school math teachers who are willing to commit to becoming teacher-leaders within their school. The grant recipient must be willing to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen mathematical understandings and instructional practices. Teacher-leader activities include conducting in-service programs, co-teaching, demonstrations, and more. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. Applications for grants for the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-17 year. Funds can be used for college coursework fees, registration fees for conferences, materials for in-service programs, and salaries for grant recipient’s time conducting in-service programs. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 6.

Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants

Grants of a maximum of $4,000 will be awarded to grade 9-12 math teachers hoping to purchase materials or create lessons that connect math to other subject areas. Materials and curricula funded by this grant program must show the connectivity of mathematics to other fields and areas of study. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. One past recipient used this grant to fund an aerospace unit that integrated math, science, language arts, and social studies classes.

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to pre-K-2 teachers who want to use music to teach math to students. The grant is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating across grade levels. Applications to fund programs in the 2016-17 school year are currently being accepted. These are due Nov. 6. Past awardees include one who used this grant money to use music to help her students learn fractions.

Summer Camp is for Teachers, Too!

Third-through-fifth-grade math and science teachers can attend The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to learn more fun ways to teach their students. The one-week summer camp is just for teachers. Even better, it’s free! The camp is taught by math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. The application period for the 2015 camp is already closed. However, applications for the 2016 camp will be accepted starting this spring.

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Three Ways to Justify Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 14:02 PM

In an ongoing effort to help you think outside the box when it comes gardento funding, we have compiled a list of three different ways to justify funding for school gardens. Now is the perfect time to stratetize for funding for school gardens as spring, and grant deadlines, are right around the corner. We have included a potential grant for each funding theme to help you get started.

Possible Theme: Funding for Creative Curriculum

Teachers are always looking for innovative ways to integrate their curriculum into unique projects. School gardens could be used by physical education teachers to teach about healthy nutrition. Science teachers could use fruits, vegetables, and flowers to conduct experiments on the water amounts needed to maintain healthy gardens, or the effects of different soils. Gardens can provide valuable lessons in math as well. An example of this type of funding would be the NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants. These grants aim to improve the academic achievement of students in any subject area. The work must involve critical thinking, problem solving, improving student’s habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. The grant amounts available are $2,000 and $5,000. Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. 

Possible Theme: Funding for School Beautification

Gardens don’t have to be limited to fruits and vegetables. School gardens can feature beautiful flowers and native plants so as to be educational yet beautiful as well. The gardens can provide a setting for outdoor classrooms, a serene setting for quiet thinking, or even a bright spot for students and teachers alike to enjoy during down time. In 9 years of funding schools, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program has awarded $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the United States. The program prefers funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects making it perfect for school gardens. The spring 2015 grant cycle is closed, though the fall 2015 cycle will open in August. Applications are then due Oct. 15. Funding requests must range between $2,000 and $5,000.

Possible Theme: Funding for Health and Wellness

Gardens are also a natural way to teach children about good nutrition. Children can learn about the wide variety of fruits and vegetables by planting, harvesting, and eating them. Teachers could show students a variety of ways to prepare these different healthy foods by providing recipes that the students can then make at home with their families. The students could also learn what makes each food healthy by learning what nutrients it provides. The CVSHealth Community Grants: Wellness & Prevention grant program could help fund the nutritional aspect of school gardens. Programs, including those in public schools, that focus on building healthy habits and wellness initiatives are funded. These grants are by invitation only, so interested parties are encouraged to contact a CVS community relations expert to inquire about application.

 

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Grants for Technology in Schools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 17:11 PM

I have a good friend who teaches English, specifically literature, to high school students. Not being current in English teaching techniques, I mentioned to her techthat I thought it would prove difficult to bring technology into her classroom since the basis of her teaching is hard-bound books. I was wrong. Her school has received several grants for technology, one of which was used to purchase iPads for all sophomore students. No longer do students read the classics she is teaching only on a hard-bound book, but now also on an iPad. The students also use the iPad to write and submit homework assignments. And in her classroom, my friend uses a SMART Board for interactive teachings, another item that was purchased through a technology grant for schools.  

This is only one example of what your school could do with grants for technology. Below is a list of hand-picked grants for school technology as well as other resources that will aid in bringing technology to your school.

Association of American Educators Foundation
Grants up to $500 are available to full-time educators from the Association of American Educators Foundation. Classroom grants can be used for a variety of uses including software, iPads, SMART Boards, and other technology needs. Funds must be used within one year of the application deadline. Application deadlines are March 1 and Oct. 1 every year. Applicants must not have received a grant from this foundation in the previous three grant cycles. Members of the AAE receive weighted scoring on their application.  

National Education Association (NEA)

Student Achievement Grants from NEA can be used to fund technology needs in classrooms. Projects that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving will be favored.  K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty/staff at public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Deadlines are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15 every year. Grant amounts are $2,000 and $5,000. The Foundation has awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators over the past 10 years.

GREER/FTEE GRANT

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) wants to encourage technology and engineering teachers to participate in professional development. A $1,000 Greer/FTEE Grant is available to help offset the costs of attending the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference. Each applicant must be a member of the ITEEA and teach engineering or technology to students in grades 6-12. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Other Resources

DigitalWish.com is an online tool for educators to help solve technology shortages in their classrooms. This company provides online tools, tips, and resources to help ensure every student has access to technology. Since August 2009, Digital Wish has granted over 24,000 classroom technology wishes and delivered over $10 million in technology products to American classrooms. This website also offers small grants, usually software or programs, to teachers. For instance, DigitalWish.com is currently giving away one Clip Art Station Site License. Teachers should apply before Nov. 30 by submitting a curriculum-based lesson plan that incorporates the usage of digital images or audio.  

If your school is in need of computers, the Computers for Learning program could be helpful. This program encourages government agencies to transfer surplus computers and associated accessories to schools and educational non-profit organizations. As federal agencies upgrade their computer systems, the replaced equipment becomes available. All available equipment is entered into an online database from which school officials can search for items in their geographical area. A detailed registration form needs to be completed before a school can search for items. All private, public, and parochial schools serving Pre-K through 12th grade students are eligible. Day cares with a state-approved preschool curriculum and non-profit educational organizations are also eligible. Entities who choose to receive a computer or accessories need only pay for shipping and handling, not the equipment itself.  

STEM Mobile Labs is a FREE mobile app for students and educators alike. Developed by The Wireless Foundation and curriculum specialists Young Minds Inspired, this app is designed to give students in grades 8th-12th grades unique learning opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Students, or teachers, could use the app to conduct real-world or virtual experiments or t o do scientific research.

 

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Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

TheGrantHelpers.com gets many requests from people who are interesteSchool Garden Grantsd in garden grants. Because of this, we recently published a blog, “Grants for Community Gardens,” that provided readers with several grant opportunities for creating or enhancing gardens for the whole community. In this post, we're addressing ways that gardens can serve a specific population within the community: students. This blog gives a few examples of the purposes of school gardens, which may serve as additional justification for any such grants you are writing. We also provide you with some school garden grants and other related opportunities.

Schools can use gardens for a variety of purposes. One basic purpose is that the students and families of the school can have a hand in beautifying school grounds. School gardens can also act as a part of a school’s curriculum, as students are able to learn about the science and math involved in planning and implementing a healthy garden; read and write about instructions or experiences in creating, growing, and harvesting the garden; conduct experiments on various aspects of gardens and gardening; and learn about nutrition and food sciences.

Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program

Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps have partnered to provide $2,000 grants to fund school gardens and activities related to gardening. Applications for 2014 are no longer being accepted, but 2015 School Garden Grant applications will be available in the fall. The foundation’s website provides a variety of additional free resources, including a guide on garden grant writing tips, examples of successful garden grant programs, and a school resource center to help you get your garden stared.

Annie’s: Grants for Gardens

Annie’s, the maker of various food products, offers grants for school gardens. Applications for Spring 2014 will be accepted until June 2, 2014 at 7 PM CST. The company also offers fundraising opportunities for gardens through Annie’s Garden Funder. To learn more, including information on 2013 grant winners, visit the Annie’s website.

American Culinary Federation (ACF)/School Nutrition Association: Chefs Move to Schools

This initiative, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, is part of the White House’s Let’s Move campaign. The program provides a means for chefs and schools to collaborate with teachers, parents, and school nutrition professionals to provide healthy eating and nutrition education to students. Some examples of this include monthly food tastings and planting school gardens. The website includes more information, including a video of a school panel discussion and various other resources.

USDA: Farm to School Grant Program

The USDA Farm to School Program awards grants for schools to improve access to local foods. Some supported activities include training, planning, supporting operations, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and more. The deadline for this year has already passed. However, this grant may be worth considering applying for next year.

 

If you are interested in learning more about how TheGrantHelpers.com can help you find gardening grants for schools or if you have any questions related to garden grants, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also want to sign up for our School Garden or Community Garden Watch Lists or join our general Watch List for grants related to education in general.

 

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Summer Opportunities for Students

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Summer Internships for StudentsThis year’s rough winter continues to blast much of the nation, making it difficult to believe that it’s already time to consider what your student(s) will do this summer. But summer will be here before you know it.  In this blog article, we provide information on summer jobs and learning opportunities for students. If you need help finding additional opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL)

Lincoln Park Zoo offers several summer programs for teens, including internships and job shadowing. Teens can complete apprenticeships, explore different career paths at the zoo, help with research, and more. All positions, except for Camp Teen Volunteers, are paid positions. Compensation varies for each program. To learn more, visit the zoo's website.

Deadline: April 25, 2014

 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is currently accepting applications for its Summer High School Internship Program. This 8-week program is a paid summer research internship. Students will spend one full week in hands-on training, and in the remaining seven weeks students will be paired up with a host mentor.

Program dates are from June 30, 2014 – August 22, 2014. To learn more about this program, visit the center's website.

Deadline: March 15, 2014

 

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs offers the Youth Ambassadors Program. This program pairs high school students and adult mentors from various countries in the Americas to “promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.”

The program is 3-4 weeks long, and students must be between the ages of 15-18 years old. Adult participants may be educators or community leaders who work with youth. To learn more about this program, please visit its website. Also, note that this page is defaulted to the settings for information for students from the U.S. If you are from a different country in the Americas, you can change the setting in the yellow box at the bottom of the page.

Deadline: April 18, 2014

 

Other Resources

The following are not specific programs, but rather, they are resources that can be used to find internship programs or opportunities.

  • InternMatch maintains a website that lists internships for college students.
  • GoAbroad.com hosts a searchable database of internship opportunities abroad. The database is searchable by country and type (accounting, hospitality, etc.).

 

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