Vita offers internship opportunities to college students on a year-round basis. There are many benefits to completing our internship, including the development of strong teamwork skills balanced with the exercise of individual responsibility through undertaking special projects. Vita interns learn firsthand about the workings of a nonprofit agency and the running of educational programs. The internships help students become viable, experienced job applicants when seeking employment after graduation, and many employers consider and value internship experience in the hiring process.

What our interns have said about their experiences at Vita…

From a high school teacher of Business Education: “My experience interning with Vita was a great learning experience. The tasks assigned to me were not just what needed to be done, but were meaningful, and relevant to my skills and interests. I helped launch tablets and apps as part of Vita’s instruction for adult education classes. It helped me gain experience with technology that impressed future employers.”

Yidi-edited-4-14 From a Brown University student:  “I assisted in research in post-secondary education scholarships, compilation of resources for new Language and Social Studies readers, and the processing and analysis of data from pilot trials that helped students with making decisions. I was also able to apply skills I previously had to complete individual projects.”

From a Widener University student: “Having the internship at Vita provided me with a more in-depth look and understanding of the inner workings of adult education. I worked on finding readings to be used in the GED program, which was really interesting. The people at Vita were welcoming and helpful. Overall, I loved doing the literacy internship at Vita.”

Literacy Intern Opportunity

Position Description:

The Literacy Intern will work directly with the Director of Literacy and High School Programs and with the coordinators who oversee different arms of Vita’s basic education programs for adults. Tasks assigned will be both educational and administrative, depending on our agency’s greatest needs and the intern’s skills and interests. Some possible tasks include gathering and formatting readings for language arts, social studies, or science classes; preparing supplementary materials for volunteers who teach beginning-literacy students; following up on students who completed our programs; helping organize our quarterly registration sessions and annual awards celebration; and helping to put together teacher and student materials for the following semester.

This internship is not a teaching position, and it is unpaid. Vita will work in conjunction with educational institutions to enable interns to obtain academic credit.


The intern should have a strong interest in adult education or nonprofit work. He or she should be willing to work on a variety of both educational and administrative tasks. A respectful, non-judgmental attitude towards adult learners is essential.

To apply:

Please submit the following to

  • Cover letter—please explain why you are interested in this position.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample—no more than two pages. You may submit a section of a term paper; just indicate that you are doing so.