Leadership Development Initiative Intern

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About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 74% of BTSV 2019-2020 Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, advising, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

The Position

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) Intern helps BTSV’s high school students find meaningful summer opportunities that enhance their leadership skills. Throughout the semester, you’ll gain experience advising students 1:1 and in small groups as they explore and apply for the high-impact summer opportunities that are integral to college readiness. You’ll also provide essential administrative support for LDI programming, including researching new opportunities, collecting data (e.g. taking attendance at events, administering surveys), and conducting outreach to families. And you’ll get to flex your creativity, including preparing materials for workshops and designing marketing resources.

The LDI Intern reports to the College Access Program Manager.

What background and skills do you have?:

  • Current college undergraduate student
  • Experience working with students, preferably high school students, and an unwavering focus on students’ best interests
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects with attention to detail
  • Flexible problem-solver with a can-do attitude; willing to support where needed
  • Communicative and able to responsibly pose questions and ask for clarification whenever necessary
  • Proficient with MS Office and Google Suite, including Excel/Sheets
  • Commitment to Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s mission and goals as well as a passion for educational equity

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese)
  • Experience at a nonprofit youth development or educational organization, particularly one focused on college access for first-generation students and students of color
  • Experience providing 1:1 advising to students
  • Experience with Salesforce and/or Canva

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

Location, Commitment, and Compensation

BTSV is conducting in-person programming this school year, and this is an in-person position, located at BTSV’s office at Hoover Middle School (1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126). Occasional travel to partner school sites in San Jose is also required.

This is a part-time (15 hours per week) position for the duration of the spring semester (January-May 2022). While we can accommodate your class schedule, you must have availability at least two afternoons (3-6 PM, Monday-Thursday) per week in order to be considered.

This is an hourly, non-exempt position, and you will be paid $15.45 per hour.

COVID-19 Information

BTSV is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation locally and will follow all state, county, city, and/or school district directives on PPE, social distancing, vaccination, and remote work. As of November 2021, our partner school districts require all individuals on campus to wear masks both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, as well as provide proof of vaccination or submit to regular COVID-19 testing. BTSV will continue to comply with our partner school districts’ policies as they evolve.

Application Process

To apply, please apply online at Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter.

  • Priority application deadline: Sunday, December 12, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Final application deadline: Sunday, January 2, 2022, 11:59 PM

BTSV engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, BTSV is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators…

Details at a Glance

  • Application Deadline
    January 2, 2022
  • Payment
  • Stipend / Wage
  • Hours Per Week
    15 hours per week

How to Apply


1635 Park Ave #138, San Jose, CA 95126, USA

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