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Find Your Career in UniServ Work

Every year, the NEA offers two unique opportunities for NEA members to attend an all-expenses paid internship during the summer. Each program prepares participants to actively seek employment as a UniServ Director, supporting and advocating for members in the states. Although both programs have their own unique characteristics, they share the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant MUST be an active NEA member for one year directly prior to submitting an application, and
  • Applicant must be willing to resign all Association positions at the local, state, and national levels.

Those applicants who are chosen to participate in either program (through a rigorous interview process) and successfully complete their summer internship are strongly encouraged to begin actively looking for UniServ work, understanding that many opportunities may be found outside of their current state. More information on both programs can be found below.

NEA Affirmative Action UniServ Intern Program

The NEA Affirmative Action UniServ Intern Program is seeking highly motivated and committed women and ethnic minority leaders who are interested in employment as UniServ staff and who are willing to relocate for future employment purposes. Individuals who successfully complete the 4 1/2 week training program and the three-month field experience will be certified by the NEA as eligible for UniServ staff work in a state or local affiliate. This is not an NEA staff position.

All individuals must be committed to the three-month field experience.

Requirements:

  • Female or ethnic-minority as designated by the U.S. Census.
  • Active NEA member for at least one calendar year directly prior to entering the program.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the Association at the local/state level.
  • Committed to pursuing UniServ staff employment upon successful completion of the program.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to participate in intensive training.
  • Willingness to resign all Association positions at the local, state, and national level.
  • Willingness to work in a learning environment during day, evening, and weekend hours and to learn new skills and attitudes.

The NEA does not guarantee employment in a UniServ staff position. Employment is a state/local hiring decision. You are not hired by or employed by the NEA.

Persons who are interested in applying for the program must send a letter of interest via email only. Email must include the following in the body of the letter:

  • Your Full Name (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Contact phone numbers

Letters of interest should be submitted to Denard Earl (uniservinternprogram@nea.org). All letters of interest must be received by email by November 30, 2010. Letters of interest received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Beginning December 13, 2010, an application packet with basic instructions will be sent to all members who have met the requirements and submitted a letter of interest. The deadline for submitting the application is January 14, 2011.

For further information, please contact one of the following:

Denard Earl, Senior Program Assistant
uniservinternprogram@nea.org 
(202) 822-7620

Cara Elmore, Organizational Specialist
celmore@nea.org
(202) 822-7139

NEA UniServ Pre-Employment Development Program

NEA is seeking potential eligible candidates for the 2011 UniServ Pre-Employment Development Program (UPDP). Individuals must successfully complete a 16-day summer training program and at least 20 days field experience working with their state mentor as a local UniServ Director. Individuals interested in participating in the program must work with their local UniServ office to complete the application process. Applications will NOT be accepted if not coordinated through your local UniServ office.

Deadlines are as follows:

  • December 1, 2010: Applications will be available in your state. Applicants’ deadline for returning Applicant Profile to state affiliate is determined at the state level. Contact your state UniServ Manager to find out your state’s deadline date.
  • February 11, 2011: Original signed Applicant Profile and completed Mentor Assignment Profile due to NEA. Faxed copies will not be accepted.
  • April 18-22, 2011: Interviews conducted by NEA.(Interview dates may fluctuate slightly).
  • May 2011: Notification of candidates selected to participate in training.
  • July 12-27, 2011: UPDP participants training conducted in Washington, D.C. area. Mentor training included as part of program.

Requirements:

  • Active NEA member for at least one year directly prior to applying for the program.
  • Willingness to resign all Association positions at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Recommended as a candidate by current state affiliate.

The NEA does not guarantee employment in a UniServ staff position. Employment is a state/local hiring decision. You are not hired by or employed by the NEA.

For further information, please contact:

Willie Cook, Senior Program Assistant
wcook@nea.org
(202) 822-7152

Mae Kim, Organizational Specialist
mkim@nea.org
(202) 822-7582


UniServ Summer Internship Program Flyers