NEW! Acera Summer Internships for High School Students

Are you interested in science, engineering, creativity, and working with young learners? Does our list of summer offerings get you excited? We seek generous, patient, creative youth who want to develop their leadership skills in a non-profit school with a start-up “feel.” Our interns serve as support in the classroom and during free times, modeling responsible behavior and engagement in the learning process. Based on age and experience, outgoing 8th-12th grade students may be eligible for either the Acera Mentorship Program or the Acera Education Leadership Program.

Objectives and Eligibility

Acera Mentorship Program:

The Acera Mentorship Program supports young High School students in their growth as role models. Interns grow their skills in perspective-taking and group leadership in an inspiring and innovative environment. All interns participate in weekly workshops led by School Counselors and Managers to grow their skills, identify their strengths or areas of improvement, and engage in reflective problem-solving. Interns assist Teacher Entrepreneurs in their STEAM classes, both participating and taking on greater responsibility as merited. Mentees are expected to work a minimum of 2 weeks of the summer. Fee for program: 50% of listed class tuition

Acera Education Leadership Program:

The Acera Education Leadership Program is available to students (typically outgoing 11th or 12th graders) who have completed the Mentorship Program or have references that show the individual’s ability to take on work independently. This program offers interns opportunities to coach younger interns, apprentice with specialized Teacher Entrepreneurs, and take on greater responsibility. Throughout the summer, interns will participate in weekly leadership workshops and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of Counselors, School Administrators, Artists, Musicians, Scientists, and other professionals. Prior interns have reported that this internship helped them develop new social skills, refine areas of interest for college, deepen their self-awareness, and have fun! Leaders are expected to work for a minimum of 4 weeks of the summer. Additional roles for Education Leadership interns may be modified based on applicants’ strengths and interests, administrators’ needs, as well as the teaching styles of Teacher Mentors. No fee for program. Paid internships may be available, based on performance and the school’s needs.


About Your Workshop Leaders:

Vanessa Roman –  As Acera’s Health, Wellness and Middle School co-classroom teacher, Vanessa specializes in social-emotional learning and coaching students to be their best selves.  Among other subjects, she teaches mindfulness, a kinetic math, health, human sexuality, theatre arts, improv, yoga and leadership at Acera, and is co-leading our Middle School 1 classroom.

Vered Brooks – Vered was an English teacher at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden before joining the Acera team as a Middle School teacher, Model UN leader, and Debate Coach extraordinaire.

Alexis Daniels – Before joining Acera, Alexis worked as an Occupational Therapist and culinary instructor, founded an urban farm, and led a study abroad program for college students across the globe. She supported students’ emotional well-being and facilitated weekly community building sessions, to create an authentic space for group reflection, development of identity, and conflict resolution.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • What if I’m a college student?

You may inquire about open positions for Assistant Teachers. This is a paid role for college students with skills or new teachers (typically in their 20’s) seeking experience. Assistant Teachers may co-lead late pick-up activities, social emotional learning during recess, or act as an assistant in sessions. Assistant Teachers will be matched with teachers based on interest/abilities. Please contact if you are interested in applying as an Assistant Teacher.

  • What if I’m a Middle School student?

Currently, our Counselor in Training (CIT) program is for Acera Middle School Students only (outgoing 6th through 8th grade)

  • What are the minimum number of weeks I need to have available?

Participants in the Acera Mentorship program need to sign up for at least two weeks, ideally consecutively.  Participants in the Acera Leadership program need to commit to at least 4 weeks, though these weeks can be spread out over the summer.

Have additional questions? Email Alexis Daniels, the Enrichment Programs Manager, at