Early Childhood Education Internships

Internship and Independent Study Possibilities

Board of Regents Graduate Student Researcher

The Board of Regents (BOR) requests applications from graduate students for the position of Graduate Student Researcher. The successful candidate will report directly to the Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives, who will provide guidance and supervision on all assigned tasks.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting background research on higher education policy matters, which could include higher education academic affairs topics from both national and regional perspectives, as well as best practices.
  • Summarizing research articles on policy matters and developing preliminary analyses and recommendations.
  • Coordinating, providing assistance, and taking meeting minutes for various meetings and special events/projects.
  • Attending stakeholder meetings along with the appropriate BOR staff.
  • Collaborating with BOR staff on reports.
  • Taking personal initiative to demonstrate new ideas, directions, and methods for improving higher education in Louisiana.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives.

Minimum qualifications:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program in higher education, public administration, or similar field.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with internal and external audiences.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Desired qualifications:

  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research principles.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with flexibility and adaptability.

Contact Michelle Demeulenaere at michelle.demeulenaere@laregents.edu

Pointe Coupee Early Childhood Coalition (Graduate Students Preferred)

The primary responsibility of the data intern is to support administrators and schools to capture data, report it accurately, and use data to drive improvement. Data are essential for early childhood sites and administrators to maximize funding and ensure that the greatest number of children have access to early care and education. To that end the intern 

Utilizes LDOE funding source guidance and child count guidance to accurately count the number of children receiving public funding at each site in pointe coupee, including relevant demographic details
Creates a system for the distribution of resources to publicly funded sites in response to data. 
Keeps a digital log of counts of children by age, funding source, and demographics 
Creates charts and graphs comparing prior year child count information with current data and analyses trends over time as it pertains to quality and cost. 

The primary responsibility of the intern is to support centers and teachers to access resources to develop their professional practice. To that end the intern 

  • Develops a “resource room” inventory of materials, organized by type of resource, and ensures that the resource room has materials that are developmentally appropriate and supportive of recommended practices. 
  • Creates a system for the distribution of resources to centers
  • Keeps a digital log of resource room materials
  • Researches additional resources that would support recommended practices in centers and creates a cost proposal to add new resources to the resource room. 
  • Plans, promotes, and conducts activities to encourage utilization of the resource room.
  • Collects data evaluating the efficacy of the resources provided, utilized, and any changes to professional practice as a result of the resources. 

Additional duties supporting the measurement of resource room utilization may be assigned as appropriate or self-generated.

Contact pherperkins@gmail.com

Knock Knock Children’s Museum

The early childhood internship at Knock Knock Children’s Museum is a part-time, unpaid experience. Knock Knock’s staff and Education Chair will work with your professors to help you earn college credit. Applicants must be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an institution of higher learning, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and be at least 18 years old. Through this internship you can:

  • Gain valuable career-related experience
  • Contribute fresh ideas and energetic insights to your community
  • Learn non-profit management skills
  • Develop communication and workplace skills
  • Share your talents and meet new people
  • Earn college credit

Prior to the museum opening, the Early Childhood Intern will assist the Education Chair and Education Director (to be hired) in planning, prototyping, researching and designing educational programs appropriate for children birth to age 8. This intern will help develop educational resources, both in print and online, for educators and families to support children’s learning.  They will also assist in planning, designing, and implementing community outreach projects.  Once the museum opens, this intern will assist in assessing, prototyping, observing, and evaluating facilitated programs at the Museum. The information gathered will be used to ensure program objectives and educational goals are being met.

Interested students can contact the volunteer coordinator at Knock Knock for more information.