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The Riverside Church Servant Leader Intern in New York, New York

Job Summary:

The Servant Leader Intern (SLI) serves as a classroom teacher in a literacy-based summer enrichment program. The SLI helps lead a literacy rich curriculum during the morning, and leads/chaperones activities in the afternoon. The Servant Leader Intern should be experienced in working with groups of children, responsible, energetic, able to think on his/her feet, a good leader and a strong role model.

Primary Duties

  • Engage a maximum group of 5 scholars per class ages 6-10 years old over the course of a 6-week summer program.

  • Deliver reading curriculum to student group.

  • Set up and break down classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.

  • Serve as leaders of afternoon activities and other special events. Devise afternoon enrichment activities (arts, yoga, dance, sports, STEM, etc.) and serve as a leader of these activities and other special events.

  • Maintain health and safety standards, and report any concerns to the Project Director.

  • Maintain accurate attendance records.

  • Collaborate with site staff to establish and maintain a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the scholars.

  • Serve as positive role models for the scholars.

    Skills Required

  • Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically

  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor

  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership.

  • Strong appreciation for individual cultural history and the willingness to be open to, and respectful of all cultures.

  • Mature and professional demeanor.

  • Enthusiasm for the program and commitment to children’s advocacy and servant leadership.

  • At least 18 years old, enrolled in college and completed at least 1 year of undergraduate studies or recent college graduate who has previously served as a Freedom School Servant Leader Intern (SLI).

  • Ability to work in the summer heat, lift at least 50 pounds and actively participate in all activities.

  • Valid ID and reliable transportation.

  • Satisfactory drug test and satisfactory background check for criminal and child protective findings.

  • Spanish language proficiency a plus, but not required.


  • Shall be accountable to the Project Director and the Program Manager.

    Hours & Compensation

  • Summer position: program start date July 7 until August 13

  • Local orientation for all Servant Leader Interns will take place on June 28th

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