Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation

Position Announcement for Servant Leader Interns 2024 (Summer, paid fulltime teaching internships)

The Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation (PSFLF) is seeking Servant Leader Interns (SLI’s, teachers) for the PSFLF Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools.  The Freedom School is a high quality, diverse summer program that works to build academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, community engagement and leadership skills. The program, which has been very effective at significantly increasing the reading levels of children over the summer, is in Wilmington, Delaware. 

The SLI positions are 8 week paid full time teaching internships ($985/wk) for college students and graduates.  The program starts June 17, 2024, and goes on through August 2, 2024.  SLI’s are responsible for teaching and nurturing students, as well as engaging with parents and the community. Please see the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools Position Description below.

Applicants should submit a cover letter along with a resume to Fran Livingston,  Please send them as soon as possible and the announcement will be open until all positions are filled.

Special Requirements:

  • Anyone hired as a Servant Leader Intern must be able to attend a mandatory training with CDF Freedom Schools, which will be from May 28 – June 2, 2024. This will be an in-person training and you will be paid for the time spent in training.

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Servant Leader Intern Position Description

College-age young people, recent college graduates and graduate students play a key role in the Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program as servant leader interns.  PSFLF CDF Freedom Schools SLI’s are responsible for the front-line care, nurturing and teaching of the children attending the program. Using the Integrated Reading Curriculum, they serve as teachers in the classroom and as leaders of workshops and community outreach activities.


  • Teach the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of no more than ten students for 6 weeks during the summer months, according to the standards developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and the PSFLF.
  • Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials from your Site Coordinator or Project Director.
  • Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
  • Serve as a Harambee! leader each day of program operation.
  • Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
  • Participate fully in the National Training from May 28 to June 2, 2024.


  • Must be at least 19 years of age, have completed at least one year of college, and have plans to complete the college degree.
  • Maintain or have graduated with at least a 2.9 GPA
  • Experience managing large groups of children, and parents
  • Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for the CDF Freedom Schools program
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures
  • Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor; possess excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership
  • Current voter registration (as eligible by law)
  • Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings

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