about P.A.I.N.T. internshipS

Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) accepts applications from UW-Stout students in teacher education programs to participate in its P.A.I.N.T. (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) program. 

Through the P.A.I.N.T. program, pre-service teachers earn paid internships to teach arts-based classes in the Menomonie community, gaining added hands-on career practice early and throughout their college program.

*NEW IN SPRING 2019! a.i.m. is hiring HIGH SCHOOL INTERNS!

In spring semester 2019, Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) will invite Menomonie High School students who are considering a future career as a TEACHER to apply for P.A.I.N.T. internships.

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HOW p.a.i.n.t. internships WORK

Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) partners with local schools and organizations as part of its P.A.I.N.T. internship program.

Intern Elizabeth Rosendahl teaches stepping stone projects as part of her Arts and Crafts internship at Jumpstart Afterschool Program for grades K-5.

The university’s P.A.I.N.T. Coordinator works with the partnering school district of Menomonie to find teacher mentors with whom to partner first-time interns who must first complete an observation experience prior to teaching an official internship. As the first “tier” of the P.A.I.N.T. internship framework, the “Pre-P.A.I.N.T.” observation experience is designed to ease the intern into the role of a teacher, starting with a comfortable re-entry into a K-12 school environment, mentored by a classroom teacher (usually an AIM participant, mindfulness coach, or UW-Stout alum).

For an “official” P.A.I.N.T. internship (Tiers two and three), the university’s P.A.I.N.T. Coordinator works with each partner organization to determine what kind(s) of arts classes would appeal to the organization’s participants and would also match the skill sets, comfort levels, and interests of the college students who would teach the classes. From there, the coordinator determines the logistics (schedule, facilities, supplies, enrollment, etc.) for the class(es) to run on a regular (weekly) basis over the course of the semester, totaling 40 hours. The potential classes for each partner organization are posted as paid internships for which the university student may apply (up to 3 internships per semester). If and when hired for the internship(s), the university student completes necessary paperwork and attends a group orientation for the P.A.I.N.T. program (and usually an orientation at the internship organization, as well). The internship begins shortly after the orientation date, in accordance with the planned schedule; and the intern works under the direction of the mentor/supervisor; in collaboration with the partner intern (if applicable); and with support and guidance of the P.A.I.N.T. Coordinator to plan and teach the class, and reflect on his/her growth along the way. Interns are paid monthly at an hourly pay rate based upon internship tier. Upon completion of each 40-hour P.A.I.N.T. internship, the intern will have earned approximately $500.

  • tier one pay rate: $10/hour

  • tier two pay rate: $12/hour

  • tier three pay rate: $13/hour


(20 hours)

Intern is placed at a local school to observe a teacher and assist with classroom activities.

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(40 hours)

Intern is partnered with another
pre-service teacher or mentor teacher to share teaching responsibilities.

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Solo Teaching
(40 hours)

Intern assumes all responsibility for planning and teaching the class.


TIER ONE internship (FIRST TIME INTERNS)($10/hour):

  • observing and assisting a classroom teacher at a local school (20 hours)

    (Interns may complete up to TWO Tier-One Internships - within the same semester OR in two different semesters.)
    (Interns may complete a Tier-One Internship in the same semester as a Tier-Two Internship.)

TIER TWO internship ($12/hour):

  • CO-teaching (teaching with a partner or mentor) at a community/school organization (40 hours)

tier three internship ($13/hour):

  • SOLO teaching at a community/school organization (40 hours)


  • Arrive to internship site on time every time

  • Wear ID badge or lanyard (if applicable)

  • Demonstrate professionalism and a positive attitude at all times

  • Complete internship paperwork and surveys

  • Respectful and timely communication with supervisors, teachers, students, and partner interns

  • Prepare for the class in advance of teaching

  • Written reflections (minimum 3: beginning, midterm, and final)

  • NO CELL PHONES while working

  • Business casual attire. A.I.M. t-shirt (free) and apron are encouraged. Jeans and sweatshirts are discouraged. Active wear is appropriate for dance classes


P.A.I.N.T. interns are hired based the applicant's schedule, reference checks, prior P.A.I.N.T. experiences, and quality of responses in the application.

It is A.I.M.'s policy to recruit and hire on an equal opportunity basis without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

A.I.M. adheres to the following job applicant policies and procedures:

  • The application review includes faculty input. Performance, attitude, and behavior at the school the applicant attends may have implications on an applicant's acceptance or continuation in P.A.I.N.T.

  • Applicant responses to essay questions should be thoughtful and professional in terms of content and grammar. Responses that are written using lowercase “i”s as pronouns will not be considered.

  • Priority in hiring may go to new participants, seniority in program, and/or past interns who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism.

  • Applicants may be rejected or internships may be canceled based upon any background check offenses, “Candidate of Concern” reports, reference checks, and/or concerns regarding school or internship performance/behavior.

  • Hired applicants must submit a signed Agreement for Employment and consent to be photographed/videotaped.


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