The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. The two Commonwealth Corps members with WriteBoston will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. They will join a diverse corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to discover their passion and build their network in the service to their communities and the Commonwealth.
WriteBoston exists to guide, celebrate, and amplify the voices of youth in Massachusetts. We believe that authentic and academically sophisticated voice is a gateway for true college and career readiness. Since 2004, WriteBoston has operated Teens in Print (TiP), Boston’s only citywide newspaper written by teens. The program provides an authentic space for students to see the power of their writing through a rigorous journalism curriculum. WriteBoston Commonwealth Corps members will support students’ writing and development in in person or virtual programming, and pilot a model for weekly program volunteers. Learn more at writeboston.org and read student writing at hub.teensinprint.com.
What You’ll Do:
- Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 25, 2022.
- Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and WriteBoston, including a new member orientation on August 16 & 17, 2021.
- Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
- Serve as a positive adult mentor for students grades 8-12 at various Teens in Print program sites. This includes helping to motivate students, modeling a positive attitude, and being engaged, interested in and accessible to students.
- Provide 1:1 writing and editing support to students during program sessions and college and scholarship essay tutorials. Become familiar with TiP’s journalism curriculum to provide research, interviewing, and editing support to students as they write original news articles for publication.
- Build or adapt lessons for in-person and virtual programming sessions.
- Lead workshops in after-school or school settings; feel comfortable presenting journalism and college readiness content to a group of 20+ students and keep them engaged.
- Edit and upload student content to hub.teensinprint.com website. Fact check student writing.
- Support student recruitment by representing Teens in Print during classroom visits, recruitment fairs, and other events; update recruitment materials; and follow up with interested students.
- Under guidance of the TiP Director, support new volunteer writing mentor opportunities. Create a volunteer position description, define the desired profile for volunteer writing mentors, and build a volunteer training / orientation.
- Recruit and support new volunteer writing mentors, and assess ongoing training needs.
- Lead a special research project, identified in the second half of the service term, focused on ongoing capacity building for the TiP program.
- Support WriteBoston staff during TiP related events, as related to service position.
- Serve as a full member of the WriteBoston and Teens in Print team–attend staff and program team meetings.
- Communicate effectively with guardians, to better understand student interests and needs, and update families on their students’ progress.
- Support social media, community outreach, and communications.
Who You Are:
You must be:
- A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the United States
- 18 years of age at minimum, however we typically have members ranging from 18 – 70+ years old
- Familiar working or volunteering with teens, especially under-resourced youth, youth of color, LGBTQ+ youth, English Learners, or youth who are neurodivergent
- Comfortable working with and presenting for diverse audiences of youth and adults
- A strong written and verbal communicator
- Someone with a positive and can-do attitude
- Comfortable with Google Suite, Google Classroom, video conferencing tools, and virtual collaboration tools such as Slack and Trello
- Excited to give back to your community and help others
- Interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experience and knowledge
- Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable way
It would also be great if you:
- Speak a language other than English, particularly Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, or Cape Verdean Creole — multilingual candidates encouraged to apply.
- Have knowledge of the Boston Public Schools and Boston neighborhoods
- Have experience tutoring, editing, or responding to student writing
- Have comfort with public speaking and facilitation, particularly in workshop environments We prioritize applicants who can reflect the lived experiences of students in our programs.
What You’ll Get:
- Stipend of $900 semi-monthly while in service, up to $18,900, minus taxes and withholdings;
- Health insurance (individual coverage only);
- Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
- Completion award of up to $3000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
- Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
- Monthly housing stipend of $200 (to be paid directly to landlord)
- Monthly MBTA T-Pass for Zone 1 (Member can choose to forgo the pass and WriteBoston will increase the housing stipend by a similar or equal amount)
- Hands-on experience and transferable skills to apply to your next career move
- Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
- Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
- Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency’s policies;
- The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
- Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
- Position Start Date: August 16, 2021
- Position End Date: June 25, 2022
- Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times M-F, 10AM-6 PM. Potential for minimal weekend or other hours that fall outside of these hours with two weeks’ notice.
- Service may be fully or partly remote from August – January. We aim to be at least partially in-person during the second half of the service term.
How to Apply:
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume (we encourage you to apply ASAP) to Carla Gualdron, TiP Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. After initial application, a short writing sample may be requested.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.
WriteBoston will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. WriteBoston welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.