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Internship Services Associate Director

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Year Up
Boston, MA
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Published 22 days ago


Reporting to the Site Director, the Associate Director of Internship Services is a key member of the Program team, as well as a critical partner to Corporate Engagement teammates in ensuring a successful internship experience for interns and employers alike. Effective service delivery during the internship program contributes to Year Up's mission in several important ways, since intern performance and intern/supervisor satisfaction directly influence Year Up's graduation rate, conversion from internship-to-employment, and the renewal/growth of our employer relationships.

The Associate Director of Internship Services will lead a team accountable to building and stewarding relationships with interns, internship managers and internal Year Up teams. The Associate Director of Internship Services will act as an escalation point to ensure intern and partner satisfaction and lead the strategy for a high performing team.

Achieving success before, during, and at the conclusion of the internship phase depends on maintaining strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including students, internship supervisors, and Year Up colleagues across a range of functions. You will support a portfolio of interns and supervisors throughout the internship phase, including monitoring intern performance via bi-weekly communication with interns and supervisors, coordinating service recovery across internal and external stakeholders, and facilitating cyclical programmatic processes. In many ways, you serve as the "in-house expert" on the ingredients required for a successful internship experience and the "command center" that ensures other functions are playing their roles accordingly.

To be successful in this role, you will be adept at communicating across a variety of audiences and will have experience working with internship programs that bridge educational and corporate environments. As an ideal candidate, you exude a spirit of customer service, demonstrate superb organizational skills, and take pride in your ability to bring clarity to ambiguous or complex situations. We are looking for a proactive self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and is energized by the opportunity to ensure our young adults exceed the expectations of the nation's top employers.

In keeping with Year Up's values, the Associate Director of Internship Services will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a coach, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.


Internship Preparation

  • Drive the planning of the bi-annual internship matching process and as necessary, align program and Corporate Engagement colleagues in gathering key information required for the process
  • Oversee internship on-boarding activities including necessary background checks, drug screens, and applications as well as coordinating the collection of internship information and manager orientation
  • Ensure planning, logistics, and facilitation of internship readiness workshops with the Corporate Engagement team, as well as other functional staff designed to build relationships with interns
  • In partnership with Corporate Engagement colleagues, ensure a clear supervisor engagement plan for each account before the start of internship to ensure roles are clear

Internship Management

  • Proactively ensure bi-weekly contact with interns and supervisors to monitor performance and satisfaction via phone, email, or in-person meeting; provide coaching where appropriate.
  • Own and driving the tracking, analyzing and reporting out on performance status across the internship portfolio (based on ongoing feedback, supervisor/intern survey responses, and other performance data) and highlight key trends for consideration
  • Act as an escalation point to support and resolve "tier 2" and "tier 3" issues and coordinate response to more significant issues
  • Work in partnership with your team to drive the development of performance improvement (EPIC) plans for interns, gathering feedback from interns and managers, and communicating closely with Corporate Engagement team
  • As appropriate and in partnership with Corporate Engagement colleagues, oversee the planning and delivery of events designed to improve the supervisor experience (i.e. Corporate Partner Days/Roundtables)
  • Uphold the 'high service, high support, high expectations' program model in interactions with all stakeholders

Internship Close-Out

  • When employers intend to make an employment offer to an intern, ensure a systemized approach to account-specific conversion processes and drive work with partner HR or staffing agencies to ensure interns complete paperwork/process as needed
  • Ensure close communication with Employment Placement colleagues to ensure interns are factoring conversion opportunities into their overall job search
  • Enter employment records in Salesforce for intern conversions

Team Leadership and People Development

  • Manage the local Internship Services team, focusing on effective training and onboarding and fostering staff professional development
  • Coach and develop the Internship Services team in one-on-one and group settings
  • Collaborate with team leads across departments and sites to ensure programmatic outcomes

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • Experience in a corporate or business setting
  • 3-5 years of direct management experience
  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships; a consummate networker who is able to move comfortably and credibly in the corporate community
  • Demonstrated knowledge managing a CRM; experience strongly preferred
  • Stellar customer service skills with solid follow up and follow through practices
  • Documented strengths in meaningful relationship building, management, and growth
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, and proactive in taking the lead when opportunities arise
  • Ability to plan, introduce and lead a process that enables high-quality growth
  • Ability to lead, willingness to be led, and comfortable with situational leadership
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, and development databases required
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults-no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country-a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up's intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 35,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified 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, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


Reporting to the Site Director, the Associate Director of Internship Services is a key member of the Program team, as well as a critical partner to Corporate Engagement teammates in ensuring a successful internship experience…

Details at a Glance

Time Commitment
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Full Time Schedule
Application Deadline
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May 17, 2023
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Boston, MA, United States

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