Interns are graduates of the Kismet program, and because their age is much closer to the age of our students than that of the rest of our adult staff, they are in a unique position to be a source of comfort and stability and to act as liaisons between the adult staff and students.
The internship is a professional position. As such, it is an opportunity to develop a sophisticated sense of responsibility toward others. This responsibility includes an understanding of clear communication and the vulnerabilities, limitations, feelings, and strengths of others. The position is also an opportunity to gain an increased awareness of one’s own attitudes and behavior.
Interns work for 1-2 weeks during Kismet’s 7 weeks of programming. Kismet’s program runs through July and August. Interns must be at least 18 years of age. The intern position is a paid position and the hours of work are typically from 4 pm to 9 am, Sunday-Saturday.
The Kismet intern program exists to accomplish four goals.
- For our students to gain from the previous Kismet experience of our interns.
- To offer interns a professional experience in which they have serious responsibilities relating to the safety and comfort of others.
- To further develop the relationship between our interns and Kismet.
- To prepare interns as potential in-house staff members.
Interns are expected to:
- Empower students to talk to us if they are unhappy in any way.
- Listen to our students and make themselves available to them.
- Maintain a high level of maturity and control. This is beneficial to both students and adult staff.
- Keep notes during the program. We expect a report regarding both the pleasures and problems that are experienced while working with us.