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Counselor-In-Training Externship
Camp Starfish is excited to offer an Externship Program to high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in future work with youth with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Externship will offer participants leadership development, training and hands-on experience with campers with special needs, professional development, community service opportunities, and a plethora of memories.

Who Applies for the Externship? 

Participants in the CIT Externship at Camp Starfish are neurotypical students entering 11th & 12th grade at high schools/homeschools across the country and who are ready to cultivate their leadership and youth work skills while enjoying a summer camp experience. The program is designed to create leaders, role models, and caring staff members who will be great additions to the Starfish team for many years to come!





The CIT Externship Is a Good Fit for Individuals Who:
- Have a desire to learn more about what we do and who may want to work as a member of our staff team in the future
- Have an interest in pursuing a future degree in Psychology, Social Work, Education, Youth Development, Coaching and other related disciplines
- Would like to experience summer camp while also earning a stipend, community service hours, and valuable life skills


Are CIT Externs Employees?

No, CITs are externs and are not paid members of our staff team; CITs will not be included in our counselor to camper supervision ratio. Through the externship, CITs will be able to learn and develop to become our future counselors and leaders. In addition to leadership development and youth skills training, CITs will have opportunities to teach and learn camp activity management, to plan programs, and to develop skills vital in all workplaces. Participants in the CIT Externship will earn a stipend for their efforts during the program. Successful participants will be given automatic consideration for available roles on the summer staff team the year they become eligible for hire.


What do CIT Externs Do While at Camp?

A lot! Participants in the CIT Externship will participate in training and hands-on learning, all while having fun along the way!

Participants will, amongst other things:

- Acquire skills required to work with campers, including campers with special needs
- Understand how camp is run on a daily basis
- Assist counselors with teaching our campers daily life skills
- Practice group facilitation
- Learn effective teamwork & team building skills
- Shadow staff in a chosen area of interest (such as cabin life, health care, facilities, program)
- Receive resume writing guidance (to best highlight the benefits of the program for college applications and future employers)
- Earn community service hours (as applicable)
- Develop lifelong friendships with other participants in the program


What are the 2022 Dates & Rates for the CIT Externship?
 campmnd212 31 There are two CIT Externship Sessions in 2022.
CIT Externship 1: 2 Weeks (July 17 - July 30)
CIT Externship 2: 3 Weeks (Aug 2 - August 20)
Participants are not required to pay any tuition. CIT Externs will earn a stipend for their efforts in the program. 
How Do I Apply?
Each session has a maximum of 12 CITs so we expect that the process will be fairly competitive. You need to complete an application, submit 3 letters of reference (may be sent as PDFs attached to emails or mailed) and your resume. Once references, resume and an application are received, applicants will be contacted for an interview. 
We hope you will choose to apply for this awesome and engaging experience that will build skills and introduce you to lifelong friends! We look forward to hearing from you. If you have questions, please contact Laura at 978-637-2617 or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)   
Apply here to join the CIT Externship program:
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