Internship/Co-Op - STEM Education Team Lead

Learning Undefeated - Gaithersburg, MD


Position Start Date: Fall cohort begins October 2019

Position End Date: April/May 2020 at approximately 20 hours per week. Time tocompletion is driven by member schedule and will be customized for each member.

Days / Hours of Service: 675 hours total service; flexible. Generally Monday through Friday;8:00am-3:00pm, but varies weekly according to school schedule and memberschedule. We are flexible to work around your class schedule for currentcollege students.


Host Site Agency Name & CompleteAddress of Host Site Location(s):

Two service location options:

  • Gaithersburg, Maryland: OurMontgomery County cohort serves schools within 20 miles of our Gaithersburgoffice (9841 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 415, Gaithersburg, MD 20878)
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Our BaltimoreCity cohort serves schools within 15 miles of downtown Baltimore (exactlocation TBD)

Organization/Agency Mission and/orGoals:

Learning Undefeated, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization,sparks interest in life-changing career opportunities in science, technology,engineering and math (STEM) for underserved communities. We do this throughinnovative, effective and experiential STEM education programs for middleschool and high school students, and workforce development programs for adults.Through these programs, we …

  • ELEVATE| creating STEM experiences that change lives through hands-on learning,building awareness, and engaging communities
  • EMPOWER| diversifying the pipeline of STEM professionals who will fill the jobs oftomorrow, by inspiring students to imagine their own success
  • ELEVATE| providing experiential learning opportunities for students and communitiestypically underrepresented in STEM

Program Mission and/or Goals:

Learning Undefeated operates four mobile laboratory programsacross Maryland, expanding technology and laboratory science experiences topique students’ interests in STEM learning and careers.

Inside each lab, Learning Undefeated educators engageparticipants in hands-on and minds-on experiences using technologies notavailable in schools. STEM educators and AmeriCorps teaching aides combine LearningUndefeated’s core STEM curriculum with data set modeling, virtual reality,cybersecurity and game-based learning.

The goal of our education programs are to provide support tostudents from underresourced neighborhoods and communities to boost theirproficiency and self-efficacy in math and science. Learning Undefeated achieves this by engagingstudents in academically rigorous programs focused on science and technology,increasing their awareness of STEM career opportunities, and encouragingstudents to choose additional STEM coursework, college majors, or careers. We also offer community engagement to providestudents’ family members opportunities to learn about STEM so they may bettersupport their student at home.

Community Need: Enhancing diversity in the pipeline of students andearly-career employees who are actively choosing to study and work in STEM isthe key to long-term economic growth and competitiveness. Learning Undefeatedactively seeks to engage students from underrepresented minority groups andlevel the playing field by bringing hands-on learning experiences to theschool’s parking lot. We believe that any student can achieve success in STEM.

Our programs focus on students who are typicallyunderrepresented in STEM careers, especially those from low-income communities.Introducing students to real-world, problem-centric curriculum allows them togain a deeper appreciation for STEM subjects, better equips them to retaininformation learned in the classroom, and fosters the development of naturalinquiry, higher-level thinking, and creativity.

Member Position Summary: An AmeriCorps Team Lead is apassionate and well-spoken individual who develops and delivers age-appropriatecontent for middle and high school students about STEM careers, bioscience,chemistry, engineering, and technology aboard mobile laboratories and/or in theclassroom during and after school at Maryland schools.

AmeriCorps Team Lead will organize,oversee, and support a four-member AmeriCorps team through scheduling,logistics, and educator/staff coordination. The AmeriCorps Team Lead will alsoassist in the delivery of programs at community and school events, andcollaborate in a team atmosphere to develop a STEM education program that canbe implemented in the classroom, onboard one of our mobile laboratories, or asa summer camp experience.

During yourservice year, you will…

  • Serveas a near-peer mentor for youth from low-income communities
  • Gainhands-on laboratory skills such as gel electrophoresis, recombinant DNAtechnology, acid/base titration, DNA Extraction,ELISA tests, genetic engineering,laboratory safety equipment and practices, micropipette techniques, proteinanalysis, and sample aliquoting techniques
  • Servealongside recognized thought leaders in the informal STEM education space
  • Makecareer connections with leading biotech, pharma, health, and technologycompanies
  • Developcommunication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Honeyour teaching skills with middle and high school students, both in theclassroom and in an informal education setting
  • Collaboratein a team atmosphere to develop a STEM education program that can beimplemented in the classroom, onboard one of our mobile laboratories, or as asummer camp experience
  • Receivementorship in business, leadership, and management

Member Impact: Thisis an incredible opportunity to be part of a team that is changing how STEMeducation is delivered, with a specific focus on underserved communities. Theideal team member will be high-energy, creative, flexible, solutions-oriented,and able to handle rapidly changing circumstances with grace. In return, weoffer an unparalleled opportunity to be part of the next big thing in STEMeducation, a fun team who loves what they do, and an entrepreneurial workenvironment that supports individual success. Our organization was recentlynamed one of the 2018 Best Places to Workby Washington Business Journal.

Essential Functions of Position:

  • Coordinate scheduling and activities of four-member AmeriCorps program team, including teaching assignments, after-school activities, and community events
  • Organize, schedule and coordinate AmeriCorps member trainings, as directed by program manager
  • Oversee collection and submission of weekly timesheets
  • Assist with organization and preparation of laboratory supplies, reagents, and equipment
  • Assist with logistics and scheduling for school visits and events, including daily schedule, parking information, and instructor support
  • Teach age appropriate activities and extended or enrichment opportunities to students onboard the country’s largest mobile STEM laboratory, following MdBio’s curriculum (content training provided)
  • Assist students and teachers in developing STEM skills, both onboard the mobile laboratory and in classroom settings
  • Guide and support student engagement in STEM and related career exploration
  • Serve as a student mentor and positive role model
  • Support in planning and execution of mobile laboratory, community and school events
  • Maintain required training certifications
  • Serve as a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented member of a fast-paced team

Required Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:

Candidate must:

  • Complywith AmeriCorps terms, including being a U.S. Resident or Lawful PermanentResident
  • Mustpossess own transportation (location may vary within 50 miles) and be willingto travel up to 200 miles per week (mileage reimbursed). Hotel accommodationsand meals/travel expenses will be paid when distance exceeds 75 miles ofmember’s home.
  • Mustpass a criminal and sex offender background check, and able to pass a drugscreening
  • Reliableand punctual; timeliness and dependability are critical for this role.Excellent time management required.
  • Abilityto follow instructions and work cooperatively with other team members, MdBioeducators, staff and administrators
  • Interestin education, science, technology, engineering, math, education, or any othersimilar field
  • Mustbe able to use and have access to the internet
  • Abilityto work independently and with a team
  • Possessexcellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and beself-motivated

Required Academic and ExperienceQualifications:

  • Musthave completed a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate coursework at a communitycollege or above
  • At least two years working withyouth
  • Possessstrong communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrateeffective time management and organization skills

Compensation: Compensation package for Americorps members consists of a Segal Education Grant of up to $2,321 for 675 hours of service, which can be used to pay for college courses and also used towards student loans, and a small living stipend of up to $6,400, paid biweekly. The Segal Education Grant is awarded upon completion of service; details on the education award can be found here: Our program is currently in the 2018 fiscal year for education awards. Learning Undefeated Americorps members are also eligible for mileage at the Federal rate for personally-owned vehicles, which is currently $0.58 per mile in excess of 30 miles per day.

To Apply: Please email resume withcover letter to: education.opportunities(at)

Job Type: Internship

Salary: $10.50 /hour


  • youth-related: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Associate (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations


  • Tuition reimbursement

Internship Compensation:

  • College Credit
  • Pay

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