INTERN PROGRAM

Program OverviewEntry RequirementProgram Information FAQsIntern Pre-Application Form

i1ntern photoAmity Institute’s Educational Internship Program provides future educators from other countries the opportunity to gain teaching skills under the direct supervision of a certified teacher in an American classroom. In addition, interns often serve as living models of language and culture. Our interns offer a native perspective on their language, culture and country, enabling their students to better understand and appreciate the languages they study.

The program is geared toward students and recent graduates who are preparing for careers in the educational field. Interns assist at primary or secondary schools for a minimum of 32 hours per week and live with American Host Families. Internships are usually arranged for the academic year or for one semester.

As part of their exchange experience, Amity interns bring their own languages and culture to life, engage and motivate students, and leave them with new confidence in their ability to communicate across borders. Participants inform and inspire, helping students to better understand other parts of the world. They also help shape the local community’s perspective on their country, its culture and people. At the same time, interns learn about U.S. culture and gain a deeper understanding of their own.

The final program goal is that educational interns return home and share what they have learned and experienced with their own communities.

 

In order to be considered for Amity Institute’s Educational Internship, all applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution, or have graduated from such institution within 12 months prior to program begin date
  • have completed four semesters of post-secondary studies prior to program start
  • pursue a career goal in education, and study a field related to education
  • have sufficient English language skills to function in the program on a day-by-day basis
  • be between 21 and 29 at program start

Most importantly, the applicant must be enthusiastic about working with American students and enjoy intercultural communication!

Expenses to be paid by the intern

Before applying, the following expenses should be taken into consideration:

• Non-refundable Application Fee $150 intern photo 2- payable after basic program eligibility has been established by the Amity Admissions Department.
• SEVIS: $180
• Visa application fee: $150
• Cost of mandatory Health Evaluation
• Cost of Criminal Clearance in home country
• Round-trip airline ticket: Varies by location and season
• Accident/Sickness insurance coverage (Approximately $85 U.S.D. per month), must be purchased prior to arrival for entire length of assignment
• Proof of funds for personal spending money required in the amount of U.S. $150 per month minimum

Assignment Description

The following items pertain to each intern’s assignment:

  • The Host School and Intern agree on a written internship plan (T/IPP)
  • Interns are assigned to a Supervising Teacher and follow the internship plan

As part of the plan Interns may be engaged in:

  • Observing Supervising Teacher in the classroompic 1
  • Working with groups/individuals
  • Giving cultural presentations
  • Modeling pronunciation
  • Participating in extracurricular activities related to language/culture
  • Assisting with developing materials for language practice
  • Assisting the teacher in the classroom
  • Planning and teaching occasional lessons
  • Interns are not permitted to teach independently on a regular basis or work as substitute teachers

Schedule

Interns assist at school for a minimum of 32 hours a week, including preparation time, staff meetings and regular extra-curricular activities at school. Interns also may be asked occasionally to participate in special events; this participation is expected in addition to the regular 32 hours. Employment in addition to the assignment is not permitted.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete an Amity application
  2. Interview with Amity Screening Officer

What are my chances of receiving an assignment?

In recent years, most of those who have applied and maintained an active application have received an assignment. However, there is no guarantee that an applicant will receive an assignment.

How can I improve my chances of getting an assignment?

  • Maintain a flexible period of availability.
  • Submit all requested documents promptly.
  • Be open about school levels.
  • Be willing to go to any region in the United States.
  • Notify Amity Institute of any change in your contact information, even temporary changes (address, telephone and cell phone numbers, and email address).

pic 3How do I maintain an active application?

Correspond with Amity Institute monthly by email (interns@amity.org). Please include any changes to availability or contact information. The correspondence will help Amity get to know the applicant better as well. If an applicant fails to correspond on a monthly basis, Amity will send the applicant a Drop notice. If the applicant does not respond to the notice, the application will be dropped.

What is an assignment?

An assignment consists of the internship at a host school and cultural exchange experience in the community. Amity assignments vary in length of stay, location, school, stipend and specific duties and responsibilities.

How long is an Amity assignment?

Amity offers various assignment lengths during the U.S. school year which generally runs from August/September to May/June.
The most commonly requested assignment lengths from U.S. schools are:

  • Full school year (August/September to May/June, approximately ten months)
  • Semester (Fall – August/September to December/January or Spring – December/January to May/June, approximately five months)

Where are assignments located?

Amity works with many participating schools throughout the U.S. The majority of the schools are in the Midwest, and small town or suburban locations. There are very few assignments in the major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, or New York.

 What will my responsibilities be?

  • Follow the internship plan (T/IPP)amity 9
  • Assist in the classroom under the guidance of a supervising teacher
  • Give cultural presentations
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities
  • Lead discussion groups in your native language
  • Share your native language at school and in the community
  • Participate in activities and interact with your Host Family

 What is living with a Host Family like?

  • Interns receive room and board free of charge from the Host Family.
  • Interns have a private bedroom in the home.
  • Interns will often live with multiple families during the course of an assignment, but should not be moved more than once every eight weeks.
  • Interns will actively participate in family life and household chores.
  • Interns are responsible for all additional living expenses.
  • Interns are responsible for own transportation during free time.

What are my financial responsibilities?

  • Non-refundable Application Fee of $150 – payable after basic program eligibility has been established by the Amity Admissions Department.
  • $180 SEVIS fee
  • $150 Visa application fee
  • Travel expenses to and from the United States. A round-trip ticket must be purchased prior to arrival in the United States.
  • Personal expense money, a minimum of $150 per month. This covers costs for clothing, travel, entertainment, telephone, and gifts.
  • Cost of insurance for entire assignment (approximately $85 per month)

If you do not have enough money for the personal expenses, health insurance, and a round-trip ticket you will not be considered for the Amity program. Proof of financial resources must be provided with application.

Do not expect to earn additional money during your assignment. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of a minimum of $150, as well as free room and board.  Employment in addition to the internship is not permitted per visa regulation.

What are my insurance responsibilities?

You must have accident/sickness insurance that includes evacuation/repatriation insurance which meets the U.S. government requirements for the entire time you are in the U.S., beginning from the day you leave for your assignment till the day you depart for your home country. Insurance for the entire period of your assignment must be purchased. You must send proof of insurance to the Amity office before you leave your home country.

How do I know if I have an assignment?

web photo 2The invitation for an assignment must come from Amity Institute. Amity will contact you by email or telephone and inform you that you have received an invitation. That is the only way to receive an assignment. We encourage schools to contact applicants for an interview, but they are not authorized to give an official invitation.

Before you accept an assignment, be sure that you are:

  • Available to come; verify the dates of the assignment with your university or employer.
  • Prepared to adapt to new circumstances, as well as a new home and work environment.
  • Able to fulfill the financial requirements.
  • Able to have support from family and friends.
  • Healthy: physically and mentally.

What happens after I am invited?

  1. An Amity Program Counselor will be assigned to you. The Program Counselor provides information, guidance, support, encouragement, and assistance with any problems from the beginning of the assignment until the end.
  2. Your Program Counselor will send you information about the assignment, visa process, insurance and preparations necessary prior to arrival. Program Counselors are available via email or phone for any questions.

What if I accept an invitation, but cannot come?

beach photo If you are unable to fulfill an assignment due to an emergency you will be released from the program. You must inform Amity immediately. Depending on the circumstances, your application may be dropped, deferred or considered for future assignments. You may be able to reapply at a later time if you still meet program eligibility requirements.

Educational Internship Application

In order to be considered for Amity Institute’s Educational Internship, all applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution, or have graduated from such institution within 12 months prior to program begin date
  • have completed four semesters of post-secondary studies prior to program start
  • pursue a career goal in education, and study a field related to education.
  • have sufficient English language skills to function in the program on a day-by-day basis
  • be between 21 and 29 at program start

Most importantly, the applicant must be enthusiastic about working with American students and enjoy intercultural communication!

To view and complete our Intern Pre-Application Form for 2017-2018, please click here.

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