2019 Summer Intern-School Operations

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA


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The Primary School internship program is an unpaid summer internship for current undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring nonprofit management careers at the intersection of education, health and family supports. While this position is unpaid, The Primary School will offer transportation cost supplements for interns who commute. Summer interns are matched with a team and project based on prior experience and interests. During the 10-12 week program, interns engage in hands-on, project-based learning, and also participate in high-impact developmental and networking programming. This includes 1:1 mentorship, an organizational leadership speaker series, and opportunities to build meaningful relationships with other interns,The Primary School staff, and the broader Primary School family and East Palo Alto community.

We have opportunities for summer interns in the following areas for Summer 2019. Interns will be matched to projects based on prior experience and interests:

    • School Launch Operations Interns will get an immersive experience in preparing a school for the launch of new grade levels and refresh of existing grade levels. Activities will include procurement and inventory of materials, new classroom set-up, curriculum organization, and support for and participation in family welcome events and staff summer development. Interns will get first-hand exposure to the joys and challenges of school growth and will get to work closely with the The Primary School Operations team.


  • You are currently enrolled in a 2-/4-year college or university, or a graduate program, in the United States.
  • You are able to complete a 10-12 week program beginning in June or July 2019.
  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences.
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative.
  • You are excited to build a new model to deliver excellent outcomes for children and are passionate about constantly improving our work to get closer to this vision.
  • You exhibit sound, mature judgement and understand how to navigate diverse audiences and across differences.
  • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.

A Plus If

  • You speak fluent Spanish.


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Contact Info


Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: Temp

Location: East Palo Alto, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 4th, 2019

Agency Details

Website: https://www.theprimaryschool.org/

We are excited to grow our instructional team for the immediate 2018-2019 school year and 2019-2020.  We look forward to reading your application!


The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
  • We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
  • We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly  250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.

Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!