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Counselor Internships

Calling teens ages 15-16! Are you interested in a fun, creative and engaging internship opportunity with ACA this summer? We thoughtfully designed a holistic, developmental program for 15-16 year olds who are interested in being counselors and working with youth. The ACA internship allows interns to spend three weeks at ACA summer camp learning and engaging in activities. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Child Development

  • Behavior management, redirection, and modeling behavior/instruction

  • Health and Safety

  • Emotional Intelligence and tools

  • Disability advocacy

  • Self-care and boundaries

  • Communicating with children and families

  • Privilege and intersectionality

  • Cultural Humility

  • Conflict resolution styles

  • Leadership styles, teamwork, communication

  • Resumes, cover letters, and interviews

  • Arts in Advocacy/Arts in the community

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Internship Session Information:

Session 1: June 24 - July 19 (no internship week of July 1-5) 

Session 2: July 22 - August 9 

Session 3: August 12 - August 30 ** 


Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 929 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02476


** Session 3 is split between St. Paul's and ACA, 20 Academy St, Arlington MA 02476


Hours are  8:45am - 4:00pm,  Monday – Friday, with a 45 minute lunch/break period each day. Upon successful completion of the 3-week internship, a $300 stipend will be awarded to each intern. Alternatively, interns can also utilize the internship for 100 hours worth of community service. 

We encourage all teens who complete our internship program to apply to be a counselor with us for the duration of the summer or following February and April arts camps, as this program was designed with the intention of assisting teens with the professional development needed to be a successful camp counselor!

This program replaces ACA’s Counselor-In-Training (CIT Program) and Assistant Counselor Program. Interns are only able to complete one session per summer.

This program is support in part by the Massachusetts Service Alliance

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