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Working As A Student Internship

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Student Internship Do

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Duties

Teacher assistants typically do the following:

  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help teachers with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers
  • Supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

Teacher assistants also are called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants, and paraeducators.

Teacher assistants work with or under the guidance of a licensed teacher. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students while teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, after the teacher presents a lesson, a teacher assistant may help a small group of students as they try to master the material.

Teachers may seek feedback from assistants to monitor students’ progress. Some teachers and teacher assistants meet regularly to discuss lesson plans and student development. Teacher assistants sometimes help teachers by grading tests and checking homework.

Some teacher assistants work only with special education students. Some of these students attend regular classes, and teacher assistants help them understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style. Teacher assistants may work with students who have more severe disabilities in separate classrooms. They help these students with basic needs, such as eating or personal hygiene. With young adults, they may help students with disabilities learn skills necessary for them to find a job or live independently after graduation.

Some teacher assistants work in specific locations in the school. For example, some work in computer laboratories, teaching students how to use computers and helping them use software. Others work as recess or lunchroom attendants, supervising students during these times of the day.

Although most teacher assistants work in elementary, middle, and high schools, others work in preschools and childcare centers. Often, one or two assistants work with a lead teacher to provide the individual attention that young children need. They help with educational activities. They also supervise the children at play and help with feeding and other basic care.

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How To Become A Student Internship

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Student Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

56.6%

Male

30.7%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

9.4%

Chinese

5.7%

Mandarin

4.9%

German

3.0%

Arabic

2.9%

Russian

2.6%

Japanese

2.5%

Italian

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Portuguese

2.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Korean

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Tagalog

1.0%

Swedish

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.7%

Hebrew

0.6%
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Student Internship Education

Schools

Ohio State University

7.1%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

Arizona State University

6.1%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.5%

University of Alabama

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Florida State University

4.7%

University of California - Davis

4.7%

Towson University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

University of New Mexico

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.0%
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Majors

Social Work

12.8%

Business

10.5%

Psychology

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Kinesiology

5.4%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

5.1%

Biology

4.6%

Nursing

4.4%

Law

4.2%

Communication

4.1%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Medical Technician

3.5%

Education

3.3%

Mental Health Counseling

3.2%

Public Health

3.2%

Political Science

3.0%

School Counseling

2.9%

Computer Science

2.8%

Sociology

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.4%

Masters

24.7%

Other

12.5%

Associate

7.9%

Doctorate

5.0%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
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$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
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$68,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$137,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Exxon Mobil
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
0.8 years
How much does a Student Internship make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Student Internship in the United States is $68,516 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $138,000.

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Top Skills for A Student Internship

  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Patient Care
  3. Treatment Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with occupational therapy, physical therapy, and activities staff to provide community-level and co-therapeutic activities.
  • Facilitated communication with patient care partners and family, including recommendations for rehabilitation and compensation.
  • Developed and implemented treatment plans.
  • Provide case management and advocacy for families and complete intake assessments with the non-offending caregivers during initial crisis.
  • Attended behavioral group counseling sessions involving clients coping with anger management, depression and bipolar disorders.

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