I’ve recently returned from a weekend spent in Osage Beach, MO, where I was working with youth from National Guard and Air Force Families through my internship, Project YES! Chances are, if you know me, you’ve heard me talk about Project Y.E.S! and you may be a bit confused (and let’s be honest—jealous;) of the traveling I’m fortunate to experience with this internship. Since Project Y.E.S! has played such an immense role in my life over the last year and a half and since it is one of my favorite topics of discussion (in fact, I pitched Project Y.E.S! to a complete stranger in Panera a few weekends ago), let me tell you a little bit more about it…
Project Y.E.S! is a national internship opportunity engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. Specifically, Project Y.E.S! expands the resources of the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) and other youth & teen oriented programs. Our staff interns commit to a year of service in which we work at least one weekend per month with youth from Guard and Reserve families throughout the United States and U.S. Territories. At these events, our interns facilitate and debrief activities related to deployment, such as communication, stress-management, bullying, resiliency, and leadership. Project YES! teams at these events consist of 2-11+ interns and youth attendance ranges from 15-100+.
Project Y.E.S! is funded by a grant given by the Department of Defense, which is funneled through the USDA to North Carolina State University, which is where Project Y.E.S! was born. Through our partnership with the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University, our staff Interns are provided first-class youth development educational and facilitation skills. In turn, we travel the nation delivering youth programs to a variety of YRP and other family programs. Although we are all employed by NC State, our interns are from and attend school all over the country: Oregon, Florida, Kansas, and Georgia just to name a few!
Project Y.E.S! also serves as a career development program. Full year staff interns are provided dedicated mentors who assist in the exploration and development of their career goals and in the completion of a career-broadening learning project. This is all accomplished while meeting the critical needs of communities with high rates of families impacted by deployments and other military related absences.
YES! this is a paid internship.
YES! all travel-related costs are covered by Project YES!
YES! you must be at least of junior standing and enrolled in post-secondary classes.
YES! intern training and orientation is mandatory and will occur on May 15-22, 2015.
YES! it is a ton of fun and a ton of work and totally worth every second of it!
YES! we are accepting applications HERE until February 28th, 2015!
Learn more about Project Y.E.S! here and please feel free to contact me with any questions! I would be more than happy to talk with you about my experience and advice for applying. 🙂