SML Good Neighbors, Inc. P.O. Box 2 Moneta, VA 24121 / 10664 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121 / 540-585-4912

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SML Good Neighbor Summer

Teaching Internships

College students are recruited from all over the country through a competitive process. Successful candidates work for eight weeks during summers as the primary teachers for our students. The purpose of this program is to give young adults the opportunity to work as teachers with children from families with limited resources. Our long-term objective is that many of these summer teachers will pursue careers as teachers, non-profit leaders and other areas of service to people who may be left behind without assistance from dedicated, committed professionals. The program grew from six teachers in 2008 to 11 in 2016.


In Virginia, as in the rest of our nation, the rate of poverty in our rural communities ranges from 9.6% in Bedford County to 13.2% in Franklin County. In the twenty schools in our area where we provide services, over 5,000 children are eligible for the free or reduced-price school lunch program. Because the schools do not provide lunches during the summer, they are left with inadequate nutrition. These are the children that are also most at-risk of experiencing summer learning loss and falling into the achievement gap. These are the children we serve.​

We invite you to become part of our community for a summer of work, fellowship, personal growth and transformation as you help us serve over 250 elementary school children in the Good Neighbors Summer Enrichment Day Camps in the Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia area.


The Good neighbors Curriculum framework is a values-based curriculum that emphasizes values such as nonviolence, accepting diversity, compassion, honesty and integrity. These values are at the heart of all camp activities and are modeled by all of us who work with the children

If you are an Intern in the Good Neighbors Family, you will:

  • Be one of the primary Camp Facilitators/Leaders

  • Be one of the principal facilitators/teachers/developers of the Good Neighbors Curriculum

  • Work closely with the volunteers

  • Live with other interns in the Good Neighbors facility

  • Work closely with the Program and Site Directors

  • Have days that begin early and end late

  • Receive room and board plus a stipend of $1,750 for first year interns

  • Spend 9 weeks of exhausting, fulfilling worth that may change your worldview and transform your life


SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

2020 Summer Internships

Official Announcement

SML Good Neighbors offers a 9 week summer internship for up to 9 college students, working with children who are rising 1st through 6th graders and up to 2 college students, working with children who are rising 7th - rising 11th graders in a summer enrichment program. The children are from families with limited resources. Our summer teaching staff (interns) lead the programs with the support and assistance of the Executive Director, the Site Director and dozens of volunteers. Mentorship is also provided by certified county school teachers and administrative interns. Lodging is provided as well as a $1,750 stipend for first year interns. Second year interns receive $2,000 and leads receive $2,500. Additionally, gas/grocery gift cards are provided to the team as well as 2 - 3 volunteer prepared meals a week. The program is located in the Smith Mountain Lake community near Moneta, Virginia. 

We currently have positions open for up to nine (9) interns. Interns live together in provided housing and one of our primary objectives is to provide a vocational exploration experience for the interns. Both male and female applicants are sought. All college majors are welcome. The interns provide very powerful role models for the children we serve. See our website: www.smlgoodneighbors.org for more information about the program and the internship. Internship applications can be completed online on our website. You can also communicate directly with Lisa Lietz, Executive Director, if you need assistance or have questions: email – llietz@smlgoodneighbors.org or phone 540-585-4912.

For more information, please visit our website: www.smlgoodneighbors.org 

The application period opens on November 1, 2019. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 21st. Interviews will be conducted throughout the application period and will be completed by the end of February. All applicants will be notified of our decisions by mid-March. We encourage applicants to apply early, as positions may be offered during the application period on a rolling admissions.  

To apply, please visit https://www.smlgoodneighbors.org/sml-gn-internships on or after November 1, 2019.