Leadership Intern

Position title: Leadership Intern

Start date: as needed, all positions are currently filled

Hours: several hours per month; more in summer. This is a paid position.


Girls face numerous opportunities and challenges as they grow. They are full of questions about who they are, who they will become, and how they are changing. They seek answers within themselves, from their relationships, and from their communities.

At the Institute for Girls’ Development, we are dedicated to empowering girls and young women through self-discovery, embodied living, hardiness skills, and growth fostering relationships.  We offer caring, comprehensive, and innovative programs and services for girls, their families, and their circles of community.


The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply. See our 4 Essential Criteria for more information.

Leadership Internship Description

We are currently seeking undergraduates, graduate students and adults to support our empowering workshop program, serving girls in 2nd grade through middle school.  The program includes monthly workshops with groups of girls, such as Girl Scout troops and school groups, and the summer workshops, which are designed for girls in 3rd through 5th grades.

Leadership Interns help to facilitate these workshops designed to empower girls.

They will have the opportunity to:

  • learn more about issues facing girls and women
  • experience a unique practice dedicated to both clinical work and community education
  • provide organizational and creative support to the team
  • attend trainings provided by the Institute
  • work with professionals in the field, including advocates, educators, administrators, psychologists, and psychotherapists
  • stay current on relevant news and issues in the field of psychology

 Training Opportunities

  • Will receive training in:
    • The Stand Up! Speak Out! ® curriculum created by the Institute for Girls’ Development CEO and founder, Dr. Melissa Johnson
    • Effectively working with groups of girls at different developmental stages
    • Safety protocol and CPR / First aid

Direct Service

  • Co-facilitate workshops with groups of eight to fifteen girls
  • Help lead age-appropriate activities and games for participants
  • Be available and willing to help with tasks as they arise

Summer Workshop Program Support

  • Help to lead the summer workshops, creating a fun, inspiring environment
  • Be a positive role model for the girls
  • Assist with daily set up and clean up
  • Facilitate sign in/out process
  • Potentially help to prepare and administer snacks
  • Prepare all materials needed for activities with workshop coordinator
  • Communicate with team regarding needs of participants and self
  • Ensure the safety of each participant (ex: sunscreen application, hydration, playing areas free of hazards)
  • Respond to emergency situations

Skills & Experience

Candidates should be organized, with excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work well with a team.  Experience working with children and teens is a plus.

Undergraduate and graduate students in education, psychology & related fields and adults in careers in these fields are encouraged to apply.  Some training is provided.

Application Process 

To apply, please click here to download the application.  To learn more or to submit a completed application with cover letter and resume, please contact Paige Hobey, Workshop and Community Outreach Director, at PHobey@IFGD.care.

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