Quad Preparatory School

Part-Time Undergraduate Intern (2021-22 Anticipated Openings)

Updated: March 17, 2021


Position Type: Intern (non-paid) 

Reports to: Director of Training


***We’d love to meet you! Please note that this role is an anticipated opening for the 2021-22 school year. Want to learn more? Come to our Career Night!***


The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.


The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.


Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:


  • Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.


  • We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.


  • We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.


  • We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing. 


  • We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”


As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.

 

As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.

 

And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.


The Quad Preparatory School is welcoming ambitious undergraduate interns to join a high level team consisting of trainees, mental health professionals, and educators. Quad Prep serves students from grades K-12, and the intern will be placed specifically with students in one of the lower, middle, or upper grade levels.


The internship includes:

  • 2 weeks of intensive training before school year begins

  • Experience working with methodologies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving/Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Crisis Prevention, and the Social Thinking Framework

  • Weekly individual and/or group supervision

  • Weekly trainee didactics

  • Highly collaborative experience with other clinicians and educators to best serve each student


Expectations:

 

  • Work alongside clinicians and educators in promoting development of psychosocial aspects of student interactions (in classes, in milieu, etc.)

  • Work alongside clinicians and educators in implementation of classroom activities as it relates to students’ psychosocial and executive functioning development

  • Support students in working on special projects, homework and skills related to the execution of these tasks 

  • Track and maintain own hours/program participation data and complete required daily reports

  • Report on agreed upon days and hours in order to ensure consistency for students

 

Competencies:

  1. Passion for working with children

  2. Desire and ability to work with students with special needs

  3. Ability to connect with school- age children

  4. Knowledge of various clinical interventions and use of a collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each child

  5. Effective oral and written communication skills

  6. A solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development

  7. Attention to detail

  8. Maintaining confidentiality and privacy

  9. Ethical conduct

  10. Time management and the ability to multitask

  11. Teamwork and collaboration

  12. Patience and flexibility

 

 

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a school setting. Depending on the campus, the school is located on the fourth or fifth and sixth floors of a building with one elevator. This role requires working in various locations around the school and the potential for accompanying students to a local park or outings in the community.


Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping all day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required for composing emails and writing reports. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is an unpaid internship position. Expected work hours are 8am-4pm (if working with grades K-5) or 8:15am-4:15pm (if working with grades 6-12), 2-3 days per week as determined by the school and intern’s program requirements/school schedule. Interns are expected to follow Quad Prep’s calendar with regards to days off, and complete the full school year (Sept-June). Infrequent schedule accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g., university-made schedule changes).


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate college or university, studying in an area related to  school-based fields (psychology, education, language development/communication disorders, child development, etc.)

  • At least one prior experience working with school-age children


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with students with varying learning and social-emotional needs



AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.