Communities in Schools
Why Communities in Schools?
By bringing resources, services, parents and volunteers into schools, Communities In Schools creates
a community of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people
have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is the nation’s largest and most
effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life.
Become a Part of Our Team!
CIS of Tennessee is looking for interns to join our Memphis team in the fall of 2016 for school
based work located throughout Memphis across all types of educational settings (Elementary,
Middle, and High Schools; Shelby County Schools and Achievement School District Schools). Interns
report directly to the Field Instructor liaison between CIS of Tennessee at Memphis and the
University of Memphis Social Work programs. We are looking for passionate individuals who want to
work with students in a school environment. Bring your passion, sensitivity to and strong concern
for the needs of children, youth, and their families to our team!
As an Intern will:
● Attend orientation to CIS of Tennessee, our agency policies and procedures. Attend training
sessions offered by both your field placement and the Division of Social Work.
● Work with your assigned Field Instructor through CIS of Tennessee at Memphis to set
appropriate work assignments and create a field placement learning plan with opportunities
and expectations defined.
● Assist Student Support Specialist or College and Career Readiness Specialist (S3 & C2) at
assigned school (s) with the delivery of evidence-based services based on best practice and
risk-factor research. Widely-accessible, school-wide services will be provided to help address
identified needs or to build and reinforce student assets. Additionally, targeted and
sustained services will be coordinated and provided at the school site for specific students
who are identified as having the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school. This
includes direct supports for students, including goal setting and individual/group
skill-building and support sessions.
● Work closely with the S3 and C2 and school support team in the implementation of the
Communities In Schools model, in conjunction with broader school improvement plans
already underway. The site team may include school staff or faculty and/or other community
partners. This process will include the building and nurturing of school staff relations,
relationships with school and community partners, and the engagement of volunteers for
the delivery of services.
● Assist the S2 and C2 with implementing the CIS systematic data collection plan to evaluate
the effectiveness of services in achieving school-wide goals and individualized student goals. Regular reports will be provided to school and affiliate leadership to guide planning site
services for the following year.
● Assist with other organizational and project activities, as needed.
Successful Candidates possess the following skills and competencies:
● Passion for, sensitivity to, and strong concern for the needs of children, youth, and their
● Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of urban public school environments
● High level interpersonal and communications skills; high degree of comfort relating to
diverse ethnic populations and audiences
● Embraces metrics and data-driven reporting to share and promote the success of CIS
● Possesses the integrity and determination to work both independently and as a member of
a team, willingly asks for help when needed
● Curious about best practices in integrated student services and persistent in adapting and
adjusting CIS programs as new trends emerge
● Apply basic child and adolescent development principles utilizing a trauma-informed lens;
● Experience with restorative practices, school-level attendance and behavior improvement
strategies and student-centered supports
● Innovate and take initiative
● Think strategically and work toward practical goals and outcomes
● Flexibility to accommodate evolving and unanticipated needs of a start-up project
● Solution-oriented ability to navigate complex school environments
● Detail-orientation and commitment to follow-up and follow-through
● Solid computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as database
● Enrollment in the BSW/MSW program with a preference for Masters level Social Work
● Demonstrated relevant work or volunteer experience in education, social services, mental
health or a related field desired
● Knowledge of the CIS philosophy, process, history, and network a plus
Qualified applicants may submit cover letter and resume via email only to: firstname.lastname@example.org