By the completion of staff training, you will have amassed enough experience and learning hours to become certified as a Level I Care Specialist. As you work through the summer you may also choose to gain your Level II Care Specialist certification, which comes with a bonus and opens up opportunity for potential leadership roles on the team.
Opportunities are also available before camp (arrival a few days prior to staff training is required) for additional certifications such as lifeguarding, boating safety, first aid and CPR. Depending on your role, we may also send you to a certification course for wilderness first aid, emergency response, or other camp skills. We promise that you'll leave camp in August with new and enhanced skills that will easily transfer to future jobs & schoolwork. Your certifications go with you and many staff find great additional work opportunities lifeguarding or teaching swim lessons back home during the school year.
Whether you are looking to grow personally or develop marketable skills for the corporate or professional world, work at Camp Starfish will prepare you for almost anything! Internship programs are available for college credit in many different disciplines. In previous summers, staff with majors in Social Work, Recreation, Sports Science, Wilderness Leadership, Psychology, Education, Business Management and many other subjects were able to spend the summer having fun at camp while still working towards their degree!
If you join our team as an intern, you will automatically be placed in our Interns Seminar that meets online twice before camp, and once weekly in person at camp, designed to ensure you complete your requirements in style. Our leadership staff and directors are committed to helping make sure you get the most out of your internship opportunity. If you are planning to use your time at camp to gain internship credit, we strongly recommend that you speak with your advisor, etc. to determine the necessary steps to apply for credit at your particular institution. We will work with you and the school to make sure the right forms are filled out, but as every school is different we rely on you to guide the process. We also recommend you apply as early as possible to give both you and us enough time to get everything organized.
We offer a limited number of spaces on our team to individuals interested in making an extended commitment to Starfish from the get-go. The Fellowship program consists of a first summer on the team, during which we will work with you to develop a funded project that you will take on over the course of the following year, coordinated from wherever you attend school or work. Fellows local to the Starfish year-round office in Massachusetts are welcome to pursue projects which assist with our local enrollment, recruitment and fundraising work. Fellows are invited to join us for a Fellows Conference in the spring where professionals representing agencies and job opportunities will be available to meet and talk with you about your future interests. Then, when you return for your second summer, you will take on a leadership role at camp. In addition, you will be a Mentor for first-year Fellows. You will implement your project at camp, help lead staff training, guide new Fellows through their summer, and assist in leading our Intern Seminar. The commitment you are making if you apply to this program is for one summer, including two online meetings prior to camp, then an “independent study” style project (with support from our year-round directors), followed by a second summer of camp. Fellows are considered first for advancement opportunities that arise on the summer team and where possible, are invited to represent Starfish for campus recruiting events across the country. Additional credit for fieldwork and independent study may be available depending on your school’s requirements.