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Summer Internship Program

The Jill’s House summer internship is a program for current college students who have a passion for serving God and kids with intellectual disabilities.  Interns are expected to have a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ that motivates them to work in a manner that is purposefully excellent, to compassionately engage with the kids and staff at Jill’s House, and to serve joyfully, no matter the challenging situations or circumstances that they encounter during the summer.

Job Description

As a summer intern, your main role will be as a Client Care Specialist (CCS), working directly with groups of kids with intellectual disabilities and engaging them in a wide variety of activities, from reading books to jumping in the moon bounce to swimming in the pool.  You will be fully trained to be directly responsible for all of your assigned children’s activities of daily living, including changing, feeding, showering, and lifting, and you will also be responsible for managing their various behaviors.

Time Commitment

The internship starts at the end of May and runs through beginning to mid-August. End dates are contingent on each intern’s college schedule.  If needed, each intern is allowed to request one weekend off during the summer.

 Weekly Schedule

During each week, you will work approximately 20 hours at Jill’s House Tysons (Vienna, VA), and during each weekend, you will work approximately 30 hours at Jill’s House Blue Ridge, which is our camp program held at Camp Highroad (Middleburg, VA).

 Housing and Stipend

If you are coming from outside of the D.C. metro area, you are offered housing and a monthly stipend for the summer.  If you live in the area, you are encouraged to live at home for the summer, and you will receive a larger monthly stipend, due to the fact that your housing is not provided.

 Professional Development

As an intern, you are expected to report to each shift on time and to communicate clearly with your supervisors about expectations for the experience.  You will meet regularly with your supervisor to receive feedback about your service at Jill’s House and to discuss any additional questions or concerns that arise throughout the summer.  You will have the opportunity to learn from other employees at Jill’s House and to hear more about their professional journeys.

Spiritual Development

Before each shift served at Jill’s House Tysons, you will participate in staff devotions with your coworkers.  While out at camp each weekend, you will help to lead devotions with your fellow interns.  Throughout the summer, you will participate in a regular Bible study with your class of interns in order to challenge each other to pursue Christ together.

Social Outings

Throughout the summer, you will have the opportunity to experience the wide variety of sights and attractions that the D.C. area has to offer.  Several social outings will be sponsored through Jill’s House, but you are also encouraged to use your days off to explore on your own or with your fellow interns.  Outings include, but are not limited to, museum and monument tours, concerts, plays, and dining.

Transportation

While not required, bringing a car to Jill’s House for the summer is strongly encouraged.  If you are unable to provide your own transportation, you will be expected to contribute gas money for carpooling with your fellow interns.

If this opportunity sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please email your resume and cover letter to resume@jillshouse.org, and please include “Summer Internship Application” in the email subject line.  The deadline for applications for summer 2018 is February 28, 2018.