Internship for Staff Training, Education, and Placement Program


Greetings from Agassiz and congratulations on being invited to apply for INSTEP Program 2017!  We think this program would be a good fit for you.  Please be sure to read all information below and let us know if you have any further questions.

INSTEP is a 4-week internship program for a select group of 16-17 year-old teens seeking hands-on leadership skills training and potential future employment with Agassiz.  The program is focused on personal and group leadership skills development as well as job skills training.  Because of that, an application, reference, and interview process are parts of the acceptance to the program.  INSTEP Program is also tuition-free.  Additionally, each participant will also receive an educational scholarship upon successful completion of the program (the amount of the scholarship will be based on performance).

Program Dates 2017:
Group 1: Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 28. (Attendance of all 4 weeks of the program is mandatory.)
Group 2: Monday, July 17 - Friday, August 11. (Attendance of all 4 weeks of the program is mandatory.)

Week 1 – Group Building & Leadership Skills Development
This first week of the program will start with basic group building tasks that will progress to more advanced levels throughout the week. Besides teamwork, participants will also focus on key leadership topics: communication, personal identity, integrity, goal setting, task management, and conflict resolution. INSTEP participants will also be taking an active part to assist in various areas of camp operation (like kitchen and/or others).
The goal of this week is to establish the group identity and define, practice, and experience the characteristics of a successful leader through a combination of workshops and hands-on activities. Participants will: define themselves and their group, understand the fundamental leadership principals and how they apply to them, define individual and group success, and put these principals to practice through various tasks.

Week 2 – Jr. Counselor Week
This is week of practice. Each participant will be assigned to ‘shadow’ an AV Counselor and live with his/her group for a week. This week is hands-on application of skills learned and practiced in the previous week. Participants will assist counselors with daily tasks of group management and will assume various responsibilities as leaders of the group under the supervision and guidance of the counselor. They will plan and lead some of the group activities, practice behavioral management techniques, lead group building activities, and take an active part in everyday group life.
The goal of this week is to foster self-confidence, decision making, communication, teamwork, and public speaking skills. Additionally, this week will prepare INSTEP participants for potential AV Counselor job in future summers.

Week 3 – Career and Service Week
This week will focus on further practical applications of the leadership ideas and concepts. Participants will experience topics like: creating resume, interview skills, public speaking opportunities, and how to be successful in the workforce environment. Explore available opportunities for higher education and steps necessary to achieve the desired level of education, as well as opportunities for financial aid. They will also learn specific camp counselor skills and assist in various camp operation areas as assigned: maintenance, kitchen & dining hall, health center, laundry, office, etc.
The goal of this week is not only to learn about different employment and education options available, but, more importantly, focus on how to set goals, make the right choices toward them, and learn skills needed to be successful in and outside of camp.

Week 4 – Certification and Program Week
This last week participants will try their hand at programming. Each will rotate through a few of AV programs assisting the instructor as well as getting a chance to develop and lead lesson plans for selected programs with supervision of the instructor. Program assignments will be made based on specific skills, talents and interest of each participant. Each participant will also be able to choose a certification course of an authorizing body from the following options: American Red Cross (ARC) Waterfront Lifeguarding, ARC CPR/AED and First Aid. By the end of this week each participant will get a chance to participate in one of the certification courses and practice their leadership skills in specific program planning and leading.
The goal of this week is to give participants specific program management and leading skills, and provide them with the opportunity of attaining a valid certification of their choice. This week will also wrap-up the overall experience and end in a graduation ceremony on the last day.

To Apply

Step 1: Complete the application form on the left.

Be sure to complete each section as fully as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: After we review your application, we will contact you to set up some time for an interview.

Step 3: After your interview, you will receive a reference form to forward to your references (you will need 3 references to complete your application process).


After the above steps are completed and your references confirmed, we will contact you with the acceptance information.


In the meantime, please contact Camp Director at 781.860.0200 or if you have any further questions.