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Recreational Elementary Education Internship (Fall 2023) -Beverly YMCA

Job Details

Greater Beverly YMCA - Beverly, MA
College or University
After School


A little bit about the Y…The YMCA of the North Shore hosts childcare programming at all of our facilities including over 30 afterschool locations.  The Sterling Center YMCA's school-age programming takes place at 6 local elementary school locations and a newly opened Children's Enrichment Center located on the Sterling Y's campus.  At the Y, we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. It makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.  Our School-Age programs keep students engaged in learning and fun activities outside of the classroom. The After School program is a fun, educational program that helps elementary school children in Beverly develop self-confidence, interpersonal relationships, positive values, academic, and achievement.  Children are engaged in daily homework time, gross and fine motor activities, arts and crafts, enrichment activities, STEM, literacy and much more.  Our program is Licensed by the State of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care.  This is education in a non-classical, classroom way.


About the Internship…  A Career in Education extends far beyond the classroom. The Recreational Elementary Education Internship provides an opportunity to experience education that is not just academics, but also peer modeling, socializing, group games and cooperation, transitioning activities and everyday developmental skills.  The Recreational Elementary Education Intern will support the overall quality of the afterschool program while developing skills and experience implementing program plans, classroom and/or program management, and learning about child care’s impact in the local community. 


On a regular day you will...Participate directly in after-school programming, model appropriate behavior for children and staff, engage in skill building activities for children, learn how to plan age appropriate activities that keep children engaged while instilling a value in patience, learn and understand the many regulations, policies and best practices that are required in licensed child care (This would include body positioning of adults when working with a large group,  reduction of “down time”, safe activity transitions, communication, and more), understand and implement our curriculum units with the children, gain communication skills by working with team leadership, staff, program participants and families.


AND... you will get to learn about the culture of the YMCA of the North Shore, experience our work environment, discuss career paths and be introduced to Executive level leadership to expand your professional network!


This may be the opportunity for you if.... You enjoy working with children and are considering a career that involves supporting youth, have an interest in exploring career options outside of the classroom, are very flexible and enjoy change every day, act as a leader and role model, and enjoy a highly interactive, collaborative, and team-oriented environment.


In Conclusion... the intern will complete a cumulative project to be designed as part of the learning agreement and presented at the end of the internship. 


The Details...

  • A minimum of 14-16 weeks, one semester or based on school curriculum criteria and availability

  • Up to 30 hours per week or contingent upon internship criteria (10-20 hours per week of direct hands-on experience)

  • Location - Greater Beverly YMCA

  • This internship is paid - $15 per hour

  • A Free YMCA membership for the duration of the internship and discounts on YNS programs and activities.


To learn more about this internship and the internship supervisor, click here to watch a short video.


  1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Applicants must be attending college or university and seeking experience within a related field of study to be considered for an internship.

  2. Demonstrated interest in education, social work, childcare, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis, physical education, recreation, non-profit management, or related field of study.

  3. Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of all ages, including experience working with young children.

  4. Highly motivated, dependable, and flexible.

  5. Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position.

  6. All interns must complete and submit an application to be considered for a position with YNS.  

  7. Interns will partner with hiring manager to submit and complete internship learning agreement submitted to the Director of Operations or Executive Director and HR Office.

  8. Interns may only participate in one internship paid or unpaid within the YNS organization at a time.  Requests for consecutive internships will be reviewed by the intern managers.


The YMCA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, protected genetic information, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran's status.