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Art Education Internship

Art Education Internship
– Camp Cobbossee for Boys –
Monmouth, Maine

Thank you for your interest in interning at Camp Cobbossee this summer!

Cobbossee is a 4-week, 2-session sleepaway summer camp in Maine. The dates for this position run from June 11th to August 12th, 2023.

Cobbossee is looking for a few talented and motivated Teaching Assistants to intern in the Cobbossee Woodworking program this summer. The Woodshop Teaching Assistant will provide a structured learning experience, safe atmosphere in the classroom and gain vast skills experience in creative program management. The curriculum will vary in complexity and mediums, providing for complete beginners and for more advanced creative projects in advanced campers.

He/She/They will assist the Artist in Residence/Teacher of the Woodshop program and supervise the campers, aged 8-15, in the class throughout their summer in the program. The Cobbossee Woodshop overlooks the sweeping lawn to the Waterfront. At Cobbossee, Woodshop is one of the most oversubscribed areas of our program. Our campers LOVE building and making things!

The appropriate candidate should submit a résumé along with a portfolio documenting artwork made by the candidate, 5 to 20 images should be submitted. Preference will be given to portfolios demonstrating wood shop experience. Drawing skills are not essential, but will weigh in the portfolio review. PPE knowledge is a must.

Our Head of Woodshop is the Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Maine, Orono, Gregory Ondo. Greg manages the Woodshop Program with a creative staff of three teaching assistants. Greg made a career as an artist before becoming an academic. You will have an experienced artistic mentor as your direct supervisor. This may be the best part of this opportunity for aspiring artists and educators.

Each Teaching Assistant, like all of our male counselors at Cobbossee, also works as a residential Counselor, living in a bunk with (and caring for!) a set of campers. Working in the ‘Shop’ during the day. Female specialists will also be assigned a bunk to care for, but will live with other female staff. 

Competitive Salary and Bonus
Cobbossee will provide you with a Travel Allowance to cover the adventure to Maine
Room and board is provided ALL SUMMER LONG, so you won’t have any outgoings whilst at camp. Inhouse benefits include an on-site laundry, Staff room, weight room and facility use.
You are also in luck because the food is famously good at Cobbossee!

Further, and maybe most importantly for a summer work experience; days off and nights out are spent with other adventurous college-aged folks like you. Our counselors make lifelong friends at Cobbossee. Many return year-to-year. We have a very rich social scene over the summer, hiring men and women from all over the states and world.

We intend to configure your employment this summer as an internship. Each year Cobbossee provides around 20-30 staff with internships in a range of sports and instructor positions. Learning objectives and contact hour requirements will be discussed through the interview process to ensure we provide the best professional development for you through this work experience.

Our director, Ph.D, Josh Holland, is a former academic and can make sure your experience is converted into internship credit. If you are in any child-centered major (Art Education, Education, Teaching, Coaching) this experience can be one of the best paid internships you can find. 

“Summer jobs” are often seen as throwaway jobs. Not here. This job is going to challenge you. You are going to give of yourself, have an absolute blast, develop strong friendships with your peers, and really make a difference in young people’s lives. Please read our Handshake reviews. Our Staffing Director will also be happy to connect you with last years’ staff members if you want to hear from them first hand.

You should come work at Cobbossee because we are one of the best. We develop staff like we develop campers. You will change for the better. It will truly be the summer of your life.

You should immediately head to and apply online. Our Staffing Director, Matt “Jonesy” Jones will be in touch very quickly. You can also call us at 800-473-6104 if you have more questions or simply text Jonesy at 207-305-2170.

For anyone not familiar with the huge world of sleepaway camps in New England, it works as follows:
All over the northeast each summer, families send their boys and girls up to New England to spend anywhere from a couple weeks to the entire summer at a sleepaway camp. Sometimes people who are not from the east coast see this as a strange choice, maybe even a mean choice! “Don’t they like their kids?” the question goes. Of course they do. They love their children and it’s hard for them to be away from them for the time they are at camp. But parents sacrifice time with their kids in the summer because summer camp is really good for young children. Camp (especially longer-term camps of four-to-eight weeks) teaches children independence, self-reliance, and confidence through the teaching of new skills, improving at sports, and living away from home. It isn’t always easy. But it is worth it! Crucial to this process are you, the counselor. You become like a family member to the campers in your cabin. In fact, you will find yourself developing really fast yourself, just so you can be the best counselor and instructor possible for your kids! It is rewarding, challenging, and transformative work to care for campers.