The Military Extension Internship Program is an internship designed to give college students and recent graduates a chance to put their college education to use in the real world. Through work experience with military youth and child programs, interns will gain valuable knowledge and skills they can transfer to all aspects of their lives.
The Department of Defense and Purdue University have partnered to expose students to high-quality child care and youth programs on military installations around the world. These programs provide examples of best-practices used throughout the child and youth care industries.
Under the supervision of a mentor, interns are placed in child development centers, school age programs, or youth centers on military installations. During their internship, interns are introduced to youth and child care efforts where they learn to connect with families and engage children in different programs.
Professional development is an important part of the program. Each intern is required to complete four hours of professional development during which they are asked to reflect on their experience, keep a journal, and complete a capstone report.
Interns for fall and spring programs are expected to complete a fifteen week program, and summer interns commit to a ten week program. All interns work forty hours a week. However, all interns also have the opportunity to extend their experience beyond the minimum program requirement.
Compensation for interns varies by Military Service, but each Service provides enough income, room and board, or stipends for basic living expenses.
In order to qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
- Applicants must have at least a 2.75 grade point average (based on 4.0 scale).
- Applicants must have completed four semesters of college prior to the beginning of the internship.
- Applicants must be majoring in child care, youth development, recreation management, or a similar field.
- Applicants must be planning to enter into a professional career within the scope of their majors.
If those requirements are met, interested applicants have to complete a five-part application consisting of two recommendations, an application form, an up-to-date transcript from their college or university, and an essay describing their background and career goals, what they can contribute to the program, and what they expect to get out of the internship.
Once the application is received by the program, it is reviewed and then forwarded to a point of contact in one of the Military Services. If accepted, the Services will find an appropriate placement for the applicant at an installation and the Military Extension Internship Program will contact him or her with the details.
For more information about the program, and to get started with the application process, please visit the Military Extension Internship Program website.