Students in the Public School Internship Program serve in a critical role as liaisons between a New Haven public school and the Yale community by strengthening current volunteer efforts and finding new ways to match resources at Yale with the needs of the school. Run in partnership with the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, Interns provide such resources as individual tutors, assistance for teachers, professional development for teachers, and special programming to enrich current classroom lessons.
After a recruitment and selection process every spring, 15 Yale students commit two years working directly with one New Haven public school. Their first semester is typically spent learning about the unique culture of the school and building relationships with administrators, teachers, students, and others. In the following semesters, Yale students match needs with Yale resources, acting as a filter for volunteers, student organizations, and others that can strengthen the school.