Student Intern Program


Program Area: P-12 Education

Program Office: Office of Bilingual Education

Manager/Chief: Pedro Ruiz, Director of Bilingual Education
  1. Office/Bureau Description

The Office of Bilingual Education (OBE) was established in 1969 as the unit within the New York State Education Department (NYSED) which provides support to districts in developing and implementing educational programs for limited English proficient (LEP) students.  Under the guidance of OBE more than 400 districts currently implement educational programs and services for the nearly 200,000 LEP in the state.  These students come from over 135 language backgrounds.  In early 2006, Foreign Language Studies was added to the department title.

  1. Intern's Supervisor

Edith Cruz, Associate in Bilingual Education

  1. The Assignment (Description of Job)

The Intern will be responsible for assisting the OBE-FLS Associates with data collection and organization.  Such tasks involve the creation of surveys, organization of various files, compilation of statistics, data entry, and updating the office’s website.  In addition, he/she will assist in gathering contact information for several committees and meetings that will take place in the future.

  1. Intern Development Plan

The Intern will develop a fundamental understanding of the research that is conducted by the Associates.  In addition, he/she will have an opportunity to learn about the policies and regulations that govern the education of limited English proficient (LEP) students in districts statewide.  The Intern will also develop an external understanding of the OBE-FLS through his/her communication with the statewide Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Centers (BETACs).  Overall, the candidate is expected to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of issues affecting the education of LEP students in and outside New York State.

Last Updated: February 21, 2012