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Name: Pre-Service Teacher (PST) Internship
School/Institution: Argonne International Laboratory
City: Argonne
State: IL
Opportunity Type: DOE Laboratory
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Description: The purpose of the Preservice Teacher Program is to give future science, math, and technology teachers experience and understanding of the research process, i.e., to work closely with a staff scientist on a real project. A formal scientific study is required on some element of this research. Both "bench" and library research are major requirements of the research assignment. A formal Powerpoint presentation will be required of each participant during the last week of the appointment.

Another major goal of the program is to transfer this experience into a usable lesson plan or idea journal for teaching at a particular grade level. Elements of inquiry-centered learning and best practice will be interwoven into the weekly experiences and serve as a broad foundation for this development. Argonne's master teacher, Nancy Nega, will be working very closely with participants and supporting them in both group and one-to-one sessions. Each year the program has received many positive testimonials and high ratings from participants due in part to the master teacher's mentoring efforts!
Start Date: 05/31/2011
End Date: 08/05/2011
Application Deadline: 02/25/2011
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Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Benefit Explanation: During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $400 per week and housing or a housing allowance. Stipends, housing, and travel are considered taxable income by the IRS. The Laboratory is required by law to report this income.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Other Prerequisites: Students are recruited from all U.S. undergraduate institutions and must: (a) currently be enrolled full-time as an educational major and as a sophomore, junior, or senior; (b) be 18 years or older at the start of the program; (c) be eligible to work in the United States and hence be required to provide required information upon acceptance to this program; (d) have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; (e) be enrolled in an accredited K-12 education program and must be committed to teach professionally after graduation; (f) have health insurance.

Prospective graduates may apply if they do not expect to begin professional teaching before the summer session concludes.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Lou Harnisch
Argonne, IL 60439-4803
Phone: 630-252-6925