Edina Interns 101: How the Program Works Today

Interns by grade level

  • There are currently 23 interns at Normandale and Valley View.
  • 18 interns at Normandale and 5 at Valley View
    • K, 1 & 2 have an intern in EVERY classroom
    • 3, 4 & 5 have two interns per grade level (no need for intern in English class)
    • Grades 6-9 Valley View interns participate in the Extended French Classes.

Interns' Visa and Experience

  • The interns are here on a J-1 Intern Visa. A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange.
  • The interns have a primary classroom assignment for the school year, but they also:
    • Do exchanges with other classrooms through rotations and a classroom exchange.
    • Build teaching experience through attending and teaching after-school enrichment classes.
  • Interns arrive in August and stay through June
    • First family hosts one week before school starts through mid-January.
    • Second family hosts mid-January through one week after school ends.
  • Interns are paid $273 per month and help to cover a portion of their health insurance

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