Bricolage Academy works to advance equity in New Orleans public schools and believes innovation is central to education. Innovation, or creative problem solving, is embedded throughout their curriculum. Teachers and staff practice innovation, rapid iteration and a ‘design thinking’ process in everything they do. All Bricolage students, even as young as kindergartners, participate in a co-curricular innovation class focused on design, engineering and creativity.
Position 1: Innovation Room Interns
Interns working with our Innovation Room will work under the direct supervision of Alex Owens, Bricolage Academy’s Innovation Teacher. The interns will provide instructional and experiential support to Kindergarten – 4th grade students as they respond to design challenges, experiment with solutions and learn basic engineering concepts. Weekly tasks will include conferencing with students about their projects, advising them on design principles and supporting their ideas and thought processes.
Applicants should love to work with children and be interested in becoming an educator or a part of the educational system, and eager to learn more about non-traditional education to enhance social and emotional intelligence and non-cognitive skills. Student interns must be reliable, consistent, open-minded, hard working, and have a joie de vivre.
Through this internship, students can expect to learn Bricolage Academy’s educational approach, their age-appropriate program design, how to prepare for educational workshops, how to foster youth-leadership through design thinking and innovation, and the logistical nuts and bolts of a running a non-traditional classroom in a charter school.
Position 2: Organizational Intern
Interns working with the Organizational Team work under the direct supervision of Josh Densen, the CEO. The intern will provide general administrative support to the on-going operations of the school and organization, as well as potentially managing one or two special projects. Weekly tasks could include a very wide range of activities, such as maintaining or researching digital tools that support organizational health, researching best practices for organizational systems or other organizational issues, providing executive assistant support such as calendar management, or assisting with designing materials specific to new projects or initiatives.
Bricolage is looking for a student who likes a fast-paced and multi-faceted work environment, possesses strong written communication skills, and enjoys researching problems to arrive at a strong solution. The selected intern must be hard-working, detail-oriented, enjoy working independently, be reliable, consistent, willing to take on any task, small or large, and exhibit a strong professional demeanor. Graphic design skills and proficiency with digital office systems a plus.
The selected intern will learn about executive level day to day work and challenges and advance their understanding of how to develop strong systems for the overall health of an organization or business. The intern will work primarily independently under the direction of the Executive Director and will get an inside view into the responsibility and activities of the job.
Bricolage internships require a minimum of 100 hours of service over the 15-week semester. Interns are expected to work a minimum 6.5 hours per week over the 15 weeks with the opportunity to enhance their impact by contributing additional hours each week. The schedule will be determined upon hiring and will flex based on the needs of each position and the individual internship.
Interns will be interviewed by Bricolage Academy supervisors in a competitive application process. Bricolage leadership team members will conduct interviews in a competitive application process.
Evaluation of Internship:
To evaluate students over the course of the internship, Bricolage will provide a qualitative report outlining the capabilities Bricolage expects from each position. Each intern will be evaluated based on their competencies at the beginning of their work, and how they advance in those capabilities over the period of the internship. The qualitative report will be shared with their professor to enhance learning and accountability.
To apply, email Josh Densen with your CV and a brief cover letter explaining your interest.