What kind of volunteer and internship work should I do if I'm pursuing a career in childhood education focused in the arts?
Check in with the Education Department at your college and see if they have any internships available. Also, ask your professors if they know of any available internships in preschool or elementary school that might lend themselves to arts education. Often local elementary schools will receive special funding from the state or federal government for arts education.
With the coronavirus situation you may have to do this online. There may be helpful information out there. It seems some private schools or church related schools are trying to get something started for the summer. This would be a great opportunity to volunteer to lead an art activity.
Be ready to volunteer in the public schools in September as hopefully everyone will be going back to school.
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I would agree with Jane's suggestion, volunteering at your local elementary school for either during school and after school programs provides a lot of experience. Even in college, you get a lot of opportunities to volunteer and even while you do your practicum. But just as Jane said, with the COVID situation a lot of volunteer opportunities have been moved virtual but still effective. My partner is currently helping a school do research!
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