Beyond Internship

While this program is designed to give interns the experience necessary to pursue successful careers in secondary independent schools, some have also found it serves equally as a springboard launching them into other careers. Following are testimonials of current as well as former Culver interns.

  • The intern program at Culver Academies is incredible. This program provides a lot of support as you begin to explore your interests in education. As an intern, you take on varied responsibilities and gain many experiences in teaching, coaching, dorm supervising, and mentoring. Through the entire experience, interns work closely with the intern coordinator and their assigned mentors. Culver provides you with alumni networking, career support, and flexible scheduling which all help in determining your next career step. This program is perfect for someone who is not 100% sure of the area they want to pursue in education but who wants to explore their options. One thing that separates Culver’s intern program from others is that the program brings 5-6 male and female college graduates to campus every year. Most intern programs at similar boarding schools only hire one or two interns. By hiring 10-12 college graduates to fill in intern positions, Culver benefits from new, youthful perspectives while the interns benefit from an established social network.

Ms. Lauran Allinson, ’06 – ‘08
Intern in Residential Life

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  • I had always intended to be a lawyer, but I wanted to do something challenging and rewarding before going to law school. I had always valued and studied education and had an interest in teaching, so the Culver fellowship was a perfect opportunity that turned out to be fantastic. The campus is a beautiful oasis among the cornfields. The students are diverse, talented, and full of spirit, and the responsibilities of coaching, dorm parenting, and teaching pushed me to grow. The faculty was outstanding and supportive, allowing me to stumble, learn, and to appreciate and develop the craft of teaching. It was a humbling yet maturing experience, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I still wound up going to law school, but I’ve definitely retained the teaching bug: I taught another year after Culver, I’ve incorporated teaching techniques into my work (I work with children daily as a prosecutor of child abuse crimes), I provide lectures to students and members of the community, and I know that I’ll teach again formally in the future. Finally, I have great memories of my group of teaching fellows – comparing notes, playing sports, and keeping each other sane – and of my mentor teacher, with whom I still keep in touch after over 15 years.Mr. Robert Hettleman, Deputy

Bureau Chief, Family Violence &
Child Abuse Bureau, New York City, NY.
Intern in Spanish, ’91 – ‘92

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  • The guidance from a mentor teacher, the gorgeous campus setting on a lake, and the prestige of the academic and athletic programs are the three features that convinced me to accept a Culver teaching intern position. Working as a Culver teaching intern is an attractive choice for those individuals who want to explore the teaching field and to learn valuable teaching methods but who may or may not choose teaching as an ultimate career path. While teaching at the Culver Academies, I benefited from having the opportunity to first observe and learn from my mentor teacher before eventually taking full control of a class. The Culver Program enabled me to progress from a college graduate into a confident teacher. The internship at Culver has better prepared me as an effective teacher than any teacher certification program and more so than jumping into a new full-time teaching job. The coaching and dorm supervision duties offered even more opportunities for me to work with the students and learn how to become a different kind of teacher in the athletic and social arenas.

Ms. Samantha Ritt, ’07 – ‘08
Intern in French

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  • Throughout my years since Culver, I have seen numerous fresh-out-of-college teachers who became overwhelmed and daunted by the “triple threat” (teaching, coaching and dorm duty) culture of boarding schools. These young professionals always remind me of the benefits of teaching internships. In many ways, a year as an intern at Culver provides the perfect segue into a career in the classroom, for it enables you to be both a student and a teacher. In this respect, the role of the tremendously supportive mentor teachers at Culver cannot be overstated. Clearly, a degree in education could never have prepared me for the inevitably bumpy road a first year teacher faces as well as our mentors at Culver did. I continue to keep in touch with my mentors, both academic and coaching, to whom I am grateful for introducing me to the basics of classroom management, for letting me make mistakes, and for guiding me with humor and friendship. An intern year at Culver is challenging for sure, but should you choose a career in boarding school education after the Culver experience, you will be well-prepared, undoubtedly.

Mrs. Mimi Csatlos, ’00 – ‘01
Intern in English

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  • When asked about the internship, I always describe the experience as an ideal transition year out of college, and into life after college. The reasons for this? An intern has all of the necessary resources (e-mail, internet, laptop, faculty mentors for recommendation, networking) to prepare for grad school or the job market, while at the same time obtaining valuable experience in a variety of settings – the classroom, student life, coaching.

Mr. Brian Rosenau, ’96 – ‘97
Intern in Athletic Training

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