Internship: Educational Programs

Job Description:     Educational Programs Assistant (Part-Time Internship Position)

Reports to:        Executive Director (CEO)

Leadership Rochester Organization

Leadership Rochester provides community leadership education to adult professionals and high school youth committed to strengthening Greater Rochester. Established in 1991, LR is a small nonprofit with a broad connection to the community. 

Our mission is to provide established and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources, enabling them to understand and respond to the quality of life challenges facing the Greater Rochester region. Our vision is the creation of a diverse community of principled leaders dedicated and motivated to shape Greater Rochester now and in the future.

Leadership Rochester Programs

Leadership Rochester offers it’s Signature Leadership Program annually from September through May. Professional leaders are nominated, interviewed, and selected for our cohort program and form a close class of about 45 leaders.  The group spends a year together learning about different issues in our community. They participate in monthly program day sessions focused on topics such as the K-12 education system, healthcare, human services, diversity, the justice system, economic development and more.  Participants connect with and learn directly from local leaders at the forefront of these issues. Classes are held at different sites around the Rochester area, helping to expose individuals to many areas of our city that they may not visit otherwise.   In addition, individuals participate in site visits and excursions that add deeper experiential education opportunities. These include jail visits, police ride-alongs, court visits, and more.  Our leaders develop much deeper relationships and understand our community much more deeply.  This enables them to be more effective in their own efforts to strengthen our community in their own unique professional and personal leadership roles. 

In addition to our adult program, Leadership Rochester offers a high school program modeled after the adult program. It is shorter in duration offered one evening a week for 8 weeks.  The program draws 10-20 high school students from different school districts across our region and brings them together to learn about our community of Rochester. They meet with local leaders, visit key sites, and develop their own personal leadership skills.

Position Summary

In active partnership with the Executive Director, this individual will help plan, organize, and execute logistics for Leadership Rochester’s educational programs.

Professional Development 

This is a paraprofessional student leadership position and students are encouraged to seek academic credit for this opportunity. This individual will develop strong business communication and networking skills while meeting with diverse local leaders across Rochester. Coaching and leadership development will be provided as this person works in a small office with the Director. They will develop a broad understanding of the community of Greater Rochester. This individual will learn about program design and evaluation; agenda-setting, and business and office acumen.  Students interested in civic engagement, social work, education, government, economic development, criminal justice, law, community development, nonprofit governance, and other disciplines will find that Leadership Rochester provides significant opportunity to deepen one’s understanding of community systems and topics related to all of the aforementioned areas.


  • Organize logistics to prepare for Leadership Rochester program days including preparing materials, scheduling community service and field visits, and organizing vendors, etc.
  • Communicate with program speakers, class members, and alumni committee members via formal email, phone, and in-person including greeting all speakers, program members, and guests at all events.
  • Create, summarize and review program agendas and evaluations to review effectiveness.
  • Help update curriculum guide with revised curriculum for 2019
  • Attend Leadership Rochester events and programs. (Example: Adult program held one full Friday a month)
  • Attend program planning committee meetings, draft agenda, correspond with planning committee members.


  • Demonstrates strong written and business communication skills.
  • Attentive to detail.
  • Highly Skilled at Microsoft Office Suite including Excel.
  • Skilled at cloud-based programs such as GSuite (Gmail, Calendar, Drive)
  • Comfort with Social Media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  • Comfort with light content updates to website (programming not required)
  • Willingness to learn

Wage                       $600 Semester Stipend  (Jan  – May)

Dates                       January 6 – May 29 (Early or extended options may be discussed.)

Hours:                     8-12 hours per week. 

Hours and Days are flexible to accommodate a great candidate.  Office open 8:30-4:00 pm

Attendance at monthly program days required (generally held one Friday a month Sept-May.)

Mandatory 2019-2020 Program Dates Are Feb 7, March 12 & 13, April 17, May 8.  There is also an optional date on January 10 if an individual is hired or pending by then.

To Apply

Please send resume and letter of interest to Gwen Van Laeken, Executive Director

This position is also cross-posted via HandShake at local colleges. Students may apply via handshake or directly.