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Specialized Interest Internships

Specialized Interest Placements can be made when a community partner's needs match with the MAT candidate's area of focus for their research. MAT candidates engage in discussions with the community partner throughout the program, then spend the months of April and May in a full time internship within that setting, applying their skills in a project-based learning approach. These could include interests such as: an art museum, a science or outdoor education center, an experiential school, an English Language Learners program, a special needs classroom, an arts integration school, a music conservatory, or a counseling center.

Project ideas from the community partners are listed below, but will be confirmed through conversations between all involved before the internship begins.Catamount Institute Field Trip

Catamount Institute: Field Trip Educator - help schedule, teach, organize volunteers, and write lesson plans for Catamount field trips.

Fine Arts Center LogoColorado Springs Fine Arts Center: Historical research for digital/interactive display; develop interactive educational activities for all ages and develop lessons for youth programs.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic LogoColorado Springs Philharmonic: Curriculum design to support the Philharmonic Kids and Conductor in the Classroom programs. 

Colorado Springs Pioneers MuseumColorado Springs Pioneers Museum: Develop online resources, lesson plans, and guides for teachers; develop self-guided activities for visiting school groups; develop pre and post visit guides for educators (activity suggestions, vocabulary, logistical details, application of academic standards, etc.); prepare and lead training for docents on techniques for engaging students in an exhibit.

Expeditionary Learning: EL schools focus all content of the curriculum around major themes or expeditions (ex. The Importance of Water) and use those themes for true interdisciplinary learning that encourages students and adults to become leaders of their own learning. Trips are frequently used to bring the curriculum added richness.

Harrison School District 2

    • Sand Creek Elementary: Use of technology to analyze lesson delivery; Improving instruction for English language learners; Providing 21st Century instruction through the use of technology; College and career readiness.
    • Mountain Vista K-8 School: Community garden; Advisory for middle school; CSD autism meeting social and emotional needs with peers; Individualized tech learning using laptops and iPads; ELD (English Language Development) academic language K-8 students; GT kids, acceleration and social emotional needs; Success for boys through mentorship; Early childhood reading.


Audrey Gourlie at High Trails
High Trails Outdoor Education Center: Hosts schools for a 2-5 day residential program and provides
outreach to the classroom.  Curruculum is integrated into Discovery Groups which utilize the rich geographic and cultural landscape of the camp, to immerse the learners in role playing and imaginative learning.  

Semester Schools: Provide a theme based approach to a semester for students in their junior year of high school.  The schools use the natural environment of their region to provide integrated curriculum and place based opportunity such as back packing, mountaineering.

    • High Mountain Institute: Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, HMI taps into the natural areas of Colorado and Utah to provide its outdoor adventure component.

Venetucci Kids and RoosterVenetucci Farm: Teaching groups of students visiting Venetucci Farm and Pinello Ranch; Creating curriculum and activities for classes and pre & post activities for the classroom; Gathering feedback from program participants; Other projects of interest to the intern.