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February 01, 1992 14 min read


Following is a list of internships and summer jobs available to K-12 teachers organized by application deadline. For additional listings, consult the National Directory of Internships cost: $24.50. Contact: National Society of Internships and Experiential Education, 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27609; (919) 787-3263. The National Guide to Educator Empowerment also provides listings of summer opportunities for teachers; cost: $49.95 plus $3.50 for shipping. Contact: Education Interface, P.O. Box 3649, Princeton, NJ 08543-3649; (800) ABC-FUND.

February 21. Environment.
The Service Training for Environmental Progress Project, provider of technical assistance to communities in the Southeast, offers 10-week summer internships. Participants help implement environmental projects; stipends of $1,400, housing, meals, and limited travel expenses are provided. Open to all. Contact: STEP, Center for Health Services, Station 17, Box 567, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232; (615) 322-4848.

Early March. Science And Engineering.
The Boeing Co. offers six-week summer internships for high school teachers. Teachers of applied academics gain hands-on experience by attending training classes and actual company meetings. Participants receive stipends of $100 a day, classroom materials, and access to technical libraries. Other internships offered allow participants to work with their school districts and Boeing to tailor their project to the district’s needs. Opportunities are available where the company has a presence. Contact: Kathy Nepean, Corporate Administrator, Education Relations, Mail Stop 1183, BC, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, WA 98124; (206) 655-1080.

March 30. Journalism.
Teacher Magazine offers part-time summer internships to teachers or journalism students at the college level. Interns assist in researching, writing, and producing several departments of the magazine. Stipends of $1,000 are provided; college credit may be available. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Internship, TM, 4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20008; (202) 364-4114.

April 1. Theater.
Pioneer Playhouse, a summer theater, offers three-month summer internships to K-12 teachers. Technical acting and administrative positions are available. Housing, meals, and worker’s compensation is provided. Contact: PP, Route 2, P.O. Box 12, Danville, KY 40422; (606) 236-2747. <

April 15. Horticulture.
The American Horticultural Society offers internships to those with experience in horticulture, grounds management, or library science. Participants attend workshops, develop education projects, and assist with the renovation and maintenance of gardens and grounds in the Washington, D.C., area. Stipends of $7 per hour and housing are provided. Contact: Maureen Hefferman, AHS, River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308; (800) 777-7931.

May 25. Performing Arts.
Sign of the Times: Cultural Workshop and Gallery Inc., a multidisciplinary arts center for inner-city youth, offers internships to those with a background in dance, drama, art, business, or journalism. Participants assist in management, fund-raising, workshops, lectures, and field trips. Stipends of $100 a week, meals, and transportation expenses are provided. Contact: SOT/CWGI, 605 56th St., N.E., Washington, DC 20019; (202) 399-3400.

Deadlines Vary. Environment.
Atlantic Center for the Environment, an environmental education foundation, offers positions throughout New England, eastern Canada, and Appalachia. Participants may assist in projects relating to migratory birds, marine and freshwater ecology, natural and cultural history research, international conservation, community service, or ACE’s publications or administration. Stipends of $1,000 to $2,000, housing, and transportation expenses are provided. Open to all. Contact: ACE, 39 S. Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938; (508) 356-0038.

Open. Special Education.
Camp Challenge: The Florida Easter Seal Camp, an educational camp for disabled individuals, offers internships. Participants develop or expand special projects and work with physically impaired children and adults.Stipends of $80 to $100 a week, housing, meals, and some transportation expenses are provided. Open to all. Contact: CC-TFESC, 31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento, FL 32776; (904) 383-4711.

Open. Ethnic Diversity.
Legacy International Youth Program, promoter of cross-cultural relations, offers nine-week summer internships. Participants live and work with young people in grades 6-12, teaching in their area of expertise. Housing, meals, and accident insurance are provided; stipends may be available. Open to K-12 teachers and student teachers. Contact: Leila Baz, LIYP, Route 4, Box 265, Bedford, VA 24523; (703) 297-5982.

Open. International Aid.
Oxfam America, a self-help and disaster relief agency for African, Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean countries, offers internships. Participants assist in fund-raising, implementing educational campaigns, or processing overseas grants. Open to all; no stipends are provided. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, OA, 115 Broadway, Boston, MA 02116; (617) 482-1211.


Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.


  • February 17. Dropout Prevention.
    The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, with additional funding from the Nike Corp., offers the “Just Do It: Stay In School’’ grants program. Several grant winners receive $5,000 to $25,000 and technical assistance from NFIE staff for designing and implementing programs to keep at-risk students from dropping out. Eligible are K-12 teachers. Contact: NFIE, DPP, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.
  • February 21. Mathematics.
    The University of Chicago’s School Mathematics Project, with funding from the Ford Motor Co., offers the 1992 UCSMP Summer Institute. The 12-day institute, which focuses on new approaches to teaching secondary mathematics, is held at the University of Chicago; 25 participants receive housing, meals, and reimbursement for travel expenses. Eligible are high school math teachers in leadership positions, district math supervisors, and college math teachers. Contact: Carol Siegel, University of Chicago, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; (312) 702-9770.

February 25. Science.
The National Science Teachers Association, in collaboration with NASA, offers the NASA Educational Workshops for Math, Science, and Technology Teachers and the NASA Educational Workshops for Elementary School Teachers. The two-week, summer workshops, designed to teach educators how to integrate aerospace science into curricula, are held at regional NASA research centers; more than 200 teachers receive tuition, transportation, and housing. Eligible are K-12 teachers with five years of teaching experience. Contact: NEWMAST/NEWEST Workshops, NSTA, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-5800.

March 1. Special Education.
The Foundation for Exceptional Children offers the Bill Geer Minigrants. The grants support the development of new programs for gifted or disabled children; 20 teachers receive approximately $500 each. Eligible are preK12 public or nonprofit private teachers. Contact: Bill Geer Minigrants, FEC, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; (703) 620-1054.

Early March. Chemistry Education.
The Institute for Chemical Education, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, offers numerous summer workshops. The two- to four-week workshops, designed to improve chemistry teaching, are held at various academic sites. Teachers receive $200 to $600 each. Eligible are K-12 science teachers. Contact: ICE, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706; (608) 262-3033.

March 1. Instructional Television.
The Arts & Entertainment Network, in collaboration with Action for Children’s Television, offers the National Teacher Grant Competition. The grants are for teachers who innovatively use cable programming to teach. Three winners each receive a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and their schools each receive a $2,000 grant; five honorable-mention winners receive $500 each. Eligible are teachers in grades 6-12. Contact: A&E National Teacher Grant Competition, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-1610; (212) 661-4500.

March 2. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the 1992 Summer Seminars for School Teachers. The 62 seminars, focusing on major humanities texts, are held at academic sites throughout the United States. Fifteen teachers are chosen for each seminar; stipends range from $2,825 to $3,200. Eligible are public, private, or parochial school teachers in grades 7-12 and other school personnel. For the complete list of seminars, contact: NEH, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, SSS, Room 316, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0463.

March 5. Japan.
The Keizai Koho Center, in cooperation with the National Council for Social Studies, offers a fellowship to Japan. The program, intended to help educators learn about contemporary Japanese society, is held June 20July 7. Approximately 20 participants receive the expense-paid trip. Eligible are K-12 teachers of social studies, history, social sciences, and economics; principals; and district- and statelevel supervisors. Contact: Program Coordinator, KKC Fellowships, 4332 Fern Valley Road, Medford, OR 97504; (503)535-4882.

March 15. Natural History.
The University of California at Berkeley offers its Research Expeditions Program. The two-week program enables individuals to work with university researchers on a wide range of field projects, such as surveying the flora of Ecuador or excavating early mammal fossils in Montana. Approximately 30 participants receive grants to cover a substantial portion of the cost; some grants include airfare. Eligible are K-12 teachers; teachers who do not qualify for grants may participate at their own expense. For a grant application and a catalog listing the 25 different expeditions, contact: UREP, Desk H12, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; (510) 642-6586.

March 16. History.
The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, and the University of Virginia offer the Monticello-Stratford Hall Summer Seminar for Teachers. The seminar, which includes on-site instruction at such historic places as Monticello and Mount Vernon, is held June 21-July 10 at the university. Thirty teachers receive six semester hours of graduate credit in history from the university, transportation, lodging, course materials, and some meals. Teachers are responsible for $450 of the $900 projected tuition cost. Eligible are elementary and secondary history and social studies teachers. Contact: C. Vaughan Stanley, Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford, VA 22558; (804) 493-8572.

  • March 16. Minority Teachers.
    The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer a $1.5 million award to support a project that promotes minority teacher leadership in math and science reform. Eligible are K-12 teachers and administrators. Contact: Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, Attention: Guidelines, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 200042006; (202) 879-9658.
  • April 1. Social Studies.
    The Presidential Classroom offers its Federal Forum Program. The oneweek session, which includes seminars with leading government officials, foreign diplomats, journalists, lobbyists, and business leaders, is held June 28-July 3 in Washington, D.C. Winners receive scholarships of $725. Eligible are K-12 teachers. Contact: Presidential Classroom, 441 N. Lee St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 441-6533.
  • May 1. Science.
    The American Chemical Society offers the Science Technology Society Minigrants. Approximately 10 winners receive up to $1,000 to develop a science and technology curriculum. Eligible are high school chemistry teachers who are members of ACS. Contact: ACS, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 8724590.
  • May 15. Math And Science.
    The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer several awards totaling $2.5 million for innovative math and science reform projects targeted at policymakers. Another group of awards totaling $2.5 million will be given for similar projects targeted at teachers. Eligible are K-12 teachers and administrators. Contact: Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, Attention: Guidelines, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2006; (202) 879-9658.


  • February 14. Math And Science.
    The National Science Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association invite nominations of K-12 math and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. More than 200 teachers will receive cash awards of $7,500 each and a gift of school supplies. Contact: NSTA Special Projects, 5112 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740; (301) 220-0870.
  • March 1. Arts Education.
    Heldref Publications, publisher of scholastic journals, invites anyone under the age of 35 to apply for the Young Writers’ Award. The $500 award is given to the author of the best policy paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education. The winning article will be published in Design for Arts in Education. Contact: Competitions, Design for Arts in Education, HP, 1319 18 St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 296-6267.
  • March 1. Arts Education.
    The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theater offer the Reston Prize. The $1,000 award will be given to the author of the best policy paper analyzing connections between collegiate and K-12 arts education. The winning article will be published in Design for Arts in Education. Contact: Competitions, Design for Arts in Education, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267.


The American Association of University Women named 12 teachers 199192 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellows. The fellows were selected for developing proposals to study the learning habits of girls and ways to increase their educational and social opportunities. Fellows received between $2,250 and $10,000. The winners are:

Sarah Adams of Stephens Middle School in Long Beach, Calif.; Alice Bowen of Burncoat Middle School in Worcester, Mass.; Rhonda Spidell Brooks of Madison Middle School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Ruthann Budrewicz and Judith Donovan of Reading (Mass.) Memorial High School; Marguerite Horvath of Coleytown Middle School in Westport, Conn.; Sally Quinn Johnston of Gray-New Gloucester (Maine) Middle School; Jane Lapi of Lackawanna (N.Y.) Secondary Center; Cheryll Jean Leach of Boyne City (Mich.) Middle School; Carole Pinney of Corse Elementary School in Burlington, Iowa; Gwen Pirack of Washington Manor Elementary School in Alameda, Calif.; and Frances Spielhagen of Vernon Township High School in Mount Vernon, N.J.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.

February 29. Geography.
American Express invites teachers of grades 7-12 to sponsor individuals or student teams in the American Express Geography Competition. Students must write a report that addresses one of the following themes: The Geography of Travel and Trade; Managing the Environment in a Changing World; or Geographic Patterns of Cultural Diversity. Firstplace winners in each category receive $15,000 travel awards; teachersponsors receive $1,500 travel awards. Call: (800) 395-GLOB between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST).

March 15. Cursive Handwriting.
Peterson Directed Handwriting invites students in grades 3-8 to apply for its handwriting contest. One winner at each grade level receives $25. Contact: PDH, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 156010249.

  • March 31. Editorial Cartoons.
    NewsCurrents, a weekly current events publication, invites K-12 students to submit editorial cartoons for the Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Winners receive a U.S. Savings Bond and publication of their work in Editorial Cartoons By Kids 1992. Contact: NC, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701-0052; (800) 356-2303.

  • May 1. Getting Published.
    Landmark Editions, a children’s book publishing company, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its 1992 National Written & Illustrated By..... Awards Contest. Participants must submit a book they have both written and illustrated. One winner in each of three age categories is awarded a publishing contract, royalties, and an expense-paid trip to the offices of Landmark in Kansas City, Mo. The R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation will award $5,000 scholarships to each of the winners. Entry fee is $1. For a copy of the guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-sized envelope stamped with 58 cents of postage, to: Contest, Landmark Editions, P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.

Lalitha Duddey

A version of this article appeared in the February 01, 1992 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit