Each intern is assigned to a master instructor in his/her academic discipline. This mentor teacher helps the intern learn the basics of teaching, methodology, classroom management, and parent/student relations. The Dean of Faculty, Academic Dean, and Intern Coordinator conduct seminars to help orient the interns in assessment, learning theory, and other current topics in educational research. Interns will be encouraged to attend conferences of the professional organizations in their specific disciplines. Culver interns are active in planning and executing lessons; however the mentor teacher will remain a presence in the classroom through the first academic term. Starting with the second term, the intern will gradually take on full responsibility for conducting daily lessons, although the mentor teacher will continue to occasionally observe. Interns help plan activities, construct tests, quizzes, and writing assignments. Each day, the mentor teacher and intern will discuss lessons, grading, classroom successes, and ways of improving performance. Interns often enjoy the opportunity to work one-on-one with students in tutorial periods designed to help those experiencing academic difficulty.
During each of the three athletic seasons, the intern assists with an activity, either working with student teams or in one-on-one training. Culver offers a variety of rich athletic opportunities for its students; thus, the interns will have ample occasions to coach and work in supporting roles. Head and assistant coaches serve as mentors to the interns in the athletic arena. These veterans will help the interns learn the principles of coaching as established by the Character and Sport Initiative based at the Culver Academies. In the event that an intern does not feel comfortable assisting with a specific sport, or has limited athletic experience overall, he or she may help supervise in the extensive intramural and extracurricular program. Interns, whose expertise is in the Fine Arts, may wish to be assigned to a program in this area.
Interns live in furnished dormitory apartments where they have ready access to students living in their units. They act as a second set of eyes and ears for the counselor, often keying in on nuances of behavior that can lead to potential problems. Interns assume duties that allow them to become an integral part of the residential community. They serve as dorm supervisors two evenings a week, making sure that study conditions are in effect and overall behavior is monitored. Twice a month they are “in residence” on weekends providing an adult presence in the dormitories overnight. The counselor of each unit/dorm functions as the intern’s mentor in the student life area. They meet regularly to discuss issues that arise in their particular living units.
- The salary for the Culver internship is $22,000 with several “extras” in the total compensation package.
- Furnished, rent-free/utility-free apartment.
- Free use of individual laptop computer.
- Phone in apartment with local service provided.
- Basic cable TV service is provided.
- Dry cleaning service is provided.
- All meals are free through the dining hall, and there is no charge for guests.
- Access to Academy physicians twice a day at the Health Center.
- Membership in the Faculty Association for social gatherings.
- Free tickets to The Academies’ Concert Series.
- Minimal charge for guests to stay in The Academies’ accommodations.
- Cap and gown charges for faculty processionals are paid for.
- 10% faculty discount in The Academies’ bookstore.
- Faculty book discount of 20 – 60% through The Academies’ library.
- Intern Coordinator and administrative staff on hand to assist interns in job searches.