Summer Opportunities

Click on the name of a summer opportunity from the list below to view its description.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Williams College has been awarded a 4-year grant for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This grant supports a number of initiatives including outreach to high school and elementary schools students. The high school program solicits applications each spring from Berkshire County High Schools students to spend the month of July at Williams College working with faculty on their research. Four awards are made annually.

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Berkshire Science Initiative

An HHMI-supported science liason helps place Williams College students into classrooms at the Williamstown Elementary School and Brayton Elementary School and Greylock Elementary School in North Adams. These students work with teachers designing and implimenting the school’s science curriculum. This experience can be used towards teaching certification by Williams College Students.

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Berkshire Summer Science Camp

This camp for elementary students and elementary teachers in the Williamstown and North Adams area uses inquiry-based science excercises to excite the students about how science is done and provides the teachers with approaches and materials to conduct such exercises in the classroom.

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Williamstown Summer Technology Camp

This program for elementary teachers in Williamstown provides teachers with training in the use of computers to use in their curriculum.

Contact: Steve Zottoli, Professor of Biology, [email protected], (413) 597-2355 or (413) 597-2266.

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St. Aloysius Summer Camp

The St. Aloysius School of Harlem, NY, holds a summer camp for four weeks in Williamstown. Middle school children participate in academic programs as well as traditional camp activities such as swimming, hiking, and arts and crafts. Additional work may be available at St. Aloysius during the summer, or as a Winter Study project. Funding may be possible through Williams College intern programs.

Contact: Torie Gorges, Williams College, [email protected].

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Summer Reading Program

For three weeks in July, Williams College student tutors are trained and supervised by elementary school teachers. The tutors work with 29 children, implementing a summer reading program.

Contact: Richard Spalding, Williams College Chaplain and Director of Community Service, (413) 597-2483, [email protected].

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The Williams Children Center

The Williams Children’s Center on Park Street can provide volunteer or work experience for Williams students interested in working with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to ten years of age. Care is provided for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, summer as well as the academic year. Students can assist teachers in implementing curriculum as well as assisting with field trips and/or special projects.

Contact: Dick Leja, Director, or Jackie Debreuil, (413) 458-5168

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