The Intern Program at Camp Trillium is a two part experience unlike any other. Participants who are successful in the program can expect fun, learning, hard work and an opportunity to build employable skills. To help understand what the Intern program can offer you, read the information below and on the back.
Where/When is the Intern Program held?
The Intern Training Program will be held at Rainbow Lake and OuR (Garratt’s) Island each summer. The dates correspond with our residential camps and can be found in the form below.
What are the requirements to be a part of the Intern Training Program?
You need to be at least 17 years of age before December 31st, 2017. You also need to be a patient (on or off treatment) or a sibling of someone who has or had childhood cancer. The only other qualification is needed to apply for the program is a desire to make positive contributions to Camp Trillium. There is no cost to the program for participants and it is an excellent way to begin building your resume. You do not have to have participated in the Quest Program to apply to the Intern Training Program.
What do I need to do to apply?
First, you need to fill out the form below. Take the time to fill it out, giving the time and effort to complete the answers well and thoroughly as if you were applying for a job. This is your first impression, so you should take the time to proof read it and ensure it reflects you well.
Will I have to do an Interview to get into the Intern Training Program?
Yes you will! Each application that is received will be contacted to schedule an interview with Tam Tran, the Teen Programs Coordinator. You can arrange to conduct an interview over the phone or at a winter camp. If you have not heard from Tam before winter camp, contact him immediately.
What will I need to do as a participant of the Intern Training Program?
The Intern Training Program is an 11 or 7 day program that provides fun, challenging, rewarding leadership experiences. If you attended the Quest Program, this is an opportunity to build on the skills you started learning in Quest. The Intern Training Program is very much like the one we run for our summer staff team. During the training you will be participating in educational and experiential workshops to develop your leadership and skills working with children. You will have the opportunity to work with the younger campers at camp, try running camp programs and gain experience working within a group of co-workers all with the support of the staff and Intern Directors.
After the training portion is complete, does everyone get to intern at camp?
No. Interns will be evaluated informally during the program and formally at end of the Training program. These evaluations will keep you informed of your progress throughout the program. The final evaluation will determine whether interning during a camp program is suitable for each participant. There are limited spots for interns during camp. Interning spots will only be confirmed after the training program is completed. Internships during camp is optional and not a requirement. To intern, participants must demonstrate the maturity and responsibility to be put in a trust position working with children.
What would my role and responsibilities be as an intern at camp?
During training, an intern is responsible for their own learning and skill building. The expectations are that each intern is a role model for their peers and for other campers, able to be independent and act in a responsible manner. If an Intern is returning to work at camp for a session their responsibilities will also include the care of a camper as a special friend, being a member of a cabin staff team, a group leader and program team member. During your internship at a camp session you will have support from staff to help you learn on the job but it will be up to you to ensure you are working responsibly and professionally at all times. The internship is a job with job expectations.
Do I get volunteer hours for an internship at camp?
Participants do not get volunteer hours for the intern training as this is designed for your personal development and growth. If you come back to camp after training as a volunteer intern, either during the summer or at the year round weekend camps, you do get volunteer hours. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure that your school will accept this volunteer experience towards your required hours.
Can I choose when and where I do the volunteer internship?
You are strongly encouraged to be a volunteer intern at the site where you did your training, although exceptions are possible. You can ask to be a volunteer intern at the camp sessions of your choice once you have completed the Intern Training. Please see the attached sheet for the possible dates for being an intern.
How will I know if I am confirmed for the Intern Training Program?
Once you have completed your application and your interview, you will be contacted by Tam to let you know if you have been accepted into the program. If you have submitted a late application, Tam will let you know at that time when you should expect to be confirmed if successful.
Applications are due February 6th, 2017!