Fall 2017 Pre-Teaching Internship at Westminster:
Middle School Innovation Lab
Deadline: April 10, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
Georgia Tech Pre-Teaching and Westminster, an independent school in Atlanta, have partnered to offer an internship opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student (international students included) in Westminster’s Middle School Innovation Lab (MSIL). You will be part of team with two STEAM* educators to coordinate programming in the MSIL. The Middle School consists of 570 highly curious and motivated learners in grades 6-8 who are on the path to becoming leaders of conscience.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Science
The Westminster internship offers a deep dive into the world of middle level teaching and learning. You will work collaboratively with two STEAM educators to integrate STEAM subjects and lab resources into the full spectrum of curriculum. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to:
- assist teachers with project development from ideas to implementation using backwards design, project-based learning, and service learning frameworks
- practice whole class and small group instruction
- receive feedback from veteran educators
- develop and hone classroom management skills
- assist with the development and evaluation of assessment tools
- lead or co-lead extracurricular clubs in the STEAM subjects
- further the development of the physical space in the Lab
- further the development of Lab procedures and protocols
You will develop fundamental teaching and classroom skills during the internship and learn about the responsibilities of being a teacher. You will also learn about the additional responsibilities of being a teacher.
The Innovation Lab
Opened in the fall of 2015, the Middle School Innovation Lab is designed to support Westminster’s commitment to integrated studies, particularly in the STEAM disciplines. The Lab is also designed to inspire innovation throughout the Middle School, facilitating the prototyping of solutions and ideas.
The 3,400 sq. ft. Innovation Lab features large collaborative workspace for students, an integrated robotics space, a fabrication lab, and a collaborative office space for teachers. Tools and equipment range from glue, tape, and scissors to a laser cutter, 3D printers, saws, and sewing machines. Students also bring Macbook Air laptops to the Lab from the School’s 1:1 computer program.
Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators to offer a rich and engaging curriculum, preparing students to be lifelong learners and thoughtful citizens well equipped to address local and global challenges. For more about Westminster, please visit www.westminster.net.
Westminster is located just off of I-75, approximately seven miles north of the Georgia Tech campus at 1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.
- current student at Georgia Tech
- have a 2.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. when applying
- be a current student at Georgia Tech for the entire duration of the internship
- be in good academic standing
- have a strong background in mathematics or science; knowledge in engineering design preferred
- S. citizens, permanent residents and international students may apply.
Schedule and Skill Development
The internship will occur during the Fall 2017 semester (August 21 – December 15, 2017). The specific weekly schedule (days/times) will be determined by the mentor teachers, the intern, and the school administration.
The Georgia Tech holiday calendar does not apply except in instances related to national holidays, e.g. Thanksgiving. Interns are required to have pre-approval from the mentor teacher, an administrator, and from the Georgia Tech Pre-Teaching Advisor before taking any additional time off.
Pay and work hours
The intern will work 20 hours per week for 16 weeks at $10/hour (maximum 320 hours and $3200 with no available overtime). Financial support for the intern is provided by Westminster.
Internship Credit Hours and Registration
This internship is a partnership between Westminster and the Georgia Tech Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2) and qualifies for six audit credit hours (no tuition or fees) and official transcript designation only if officially registered through C2D2. The audit credit hours serve as academic credit hour placeholders towards full-time status, and you only have to register for the additional number in academic credit hours to achieve full-time student status (12 credit hours) as long as the internship is officially registered. For example, six registered audit credit hours + six registered academic credit hours = full-time student status. Details regarding how to register the internship will be provided after the completion of the selection process. Failure to register will result in the loss of the aforementioned benefits.
Phase 1 registration is March 27 – May 19, 2017; phase 2 registration is August 12 – 25, 2017.
Financial Aid and Graduation Goals
Participation in this internship may limit or you from taking courses for academic credit. Applicants are responsible for consulting with their financial aid advisors (if applicable) to ensure accepting an internship with audit credit hours is permissible. You are also responsible for consulting with your academic advisors before applying to ensure that the internship will not hinder their progress towards graduation negatively.
As an intern, you will have two mentor teachers, the STEAM Lab Coordinators, with whom you will spend the entire semester. Additional support will be provided by Westminster administrators and the Georgia Tech Pre-Teaching Advisor.
As an intern, you shall abide by all policies set forth by The Westminster Schools, including having a background check. You will be responsible for completing all paperwork and for carrying out all responsibilities assigned during the internship and outlined by Georgia Tech Pre-Teaching and the Center for Career Discovery and Development in order to receive internship credit and monetary compensation. Failure to fulfill all responsibilities can result in receiving an internship transcript designation of “unsuccessful audit” and the loss of the audit credit hour benefit.
Susan Belmonte, Pre-Teaching Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.385.3494
Patricia Dodt, Westminster Middle School, email@example.com or 404.609.6283
Deadline: April 10, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.