Internship Opportunity 2011-2012

Ponte and Chau Consulting Inc. sponsors internships for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year. Our internships are quite substantive and are opportunities for students to learn and to contribute significantly to the child development and education community.

Ponte & Chau Consulting Inc. is an education and child development consulting company in Massachusetts. We are committed to bringing research and theory driven knowledge into the practical world of education and child development services. We are a group of trained child development specialists who are deeply interested in working with organizations that primarily serve children and youth in educational and out-of-school contexts. Our goal is to bring the newest research regarding teacher training, educational and developmental technologies, culturally sensitive practices, and child-focused learning strategies to organizations and clients to help them further strengthen their services for children, youth, and their families.

Our internship program hosts interns who work 10-15 hours per week to "learn the ropes" and become productive quickly. After initial training, interns take responsibility of a project that aligns with their interests. When appropriate and available, we work closely with interns' college or university to arrange for academic or practicum credit.

This year, our intern will focus on supporting schools through the NAEYC (National Association for the Care of Young Children) Accreditation Program. This hands-on experience will involve observing and documenting in early education settings as well as learning to communicate with school administrators and the teaching staff.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and responsible student who is a quick learner. Prior knowledge of accreditation and early childhood education is not necessary, but a keen interest and basic familiarity with these topics is needed. A professional demeanor and strong communication, research, writing, and editing skills are also important. Child Development and Education majors who are interested in early education settings are highly considered for this internship.

We prefer students who live in the metro-Boston area and can report to our office in Belmont, MA. Independent transportation to local schools is also required. All of our locations are easily accessible by public transportation.

This intern position is credit-only. However, students are encouraged to apply for funding through their home educational institutions and other corporate or nonprofit sources. Students will need to exercise initiative to find out about the different application criteria, procedures, and deadlines.

Please distribute this information to all interested students. We believe that the right student will find the substance of our work very interesting and fulfilling, and it would be a mutually beneficial experience.

To Apply: Please send a resume, a writing sample (a recent paper from a social science class is fine), and the name and contact information of at least two references (one academic and one work) to Iris Chin Ponte Ph.D., iris.ponte@ponteandchau.com. Include a cover letter indicating preferred internship start and end dates, potential workdays and hours, and your availability for an in-person or a phone interview.