Liberal Arts Career Services
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Breakthrough Collaborative, Teacher Intern, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway ID 6743

Tue, February 25, 2014

Breakthrough Collaborative has over 30 years of successful experience preparing low-income, motivated middle-schools students from across the country to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high-school programs by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding college and high-school students to teach them. 

Breakthrough students dream of college but attend under-resourced schools. With the promise of energetic young teachers, they complete rigorous applications to Breakthrough where they dedicate their summer vacations to hard work in pursuit of their academic goals. 90% of our students are of color and most will be the first in their families to graduate from four-year colleges. During our 6-week intensive summer program, Breakthrough students participate in literature, math, writing, and science classes, complete an average of two hours of homework each night, and enjoy daily enrichment activities. Nearly three-quarters of Breakthrough students enter two- and four-year colleges, three times the rate of their peers. 

Breakthrough recruits and trains equally outstanding college and high-school students to teach. Under the guidance of experienced educators, Breakthrough teachers plan and teach academic classes and enrichment courses, advise students, lead field trips, and develop as teachers and leaders. Our teaching internship is among the most rigorous in the country and provides intensive training on instruction, assessment, student engagement, and classroom management. Nearly three-quarters of Breakthrough teachers enter the teaching field. 

Teaching Internship Description 
• Nine-week summer commitment includes two weeks of training, six weeks of teaching and one week of wrap-up 
• Intensive daily schedule runs 7:30 am until 5 pm though work commitments often exceed that 
• Teachers teach one core academic class to multiple groups of students 
• Teachers may design and lead one elective and enrichment courses 
• Leadership opportunities, such as chairing committees or departments, allow teachers to assume increased responsibility for the program 

While the internship is unpaid, Breakthrough teaching interns receive a living stipend to help cover their expenses for the summer. Stipend amount varies by site. Limited housing may be available at select sites. For additional information about locations, dates, stipends and housing please visit 

Applicants from all majors and areas of study are encouraged to apply. STEM majors are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants need not have prior teaching experience but must be committed to closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps. To be eligible, prospective Breakthrough teacher intern candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Rising undergraduate freshman and college seniors are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are authorized to work in the U.S.


BTT Gateway ID 6743

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