A Flurry of Summer Teaching Fellow Applicants This Winter

The winter flurries may have us dreaming about warmer weather – but hundreds of top college students from across the country are looking forward to summer for another reason: the coveted Breakthrough New York teaching fellowship.

Long dubbed a Princeton Top Ten internship, Breakthrough New York’s Summer Teaching Fellow program gives college students a chance to work with enterprising young middle school students over a rigorous, six-week period.

“This surge of applications is a testament to the success of Breakthrough New York as we celebrate our 15th year,” says Executive Director Rhea Wong. “While the focus this summer is intensely academic, our Summer Teaching Fellows will help to develop students’ character, sense of responsibility and cultural exposure through a positive learning environment.”

By last week’s deadline, Breakthrough New York received 549 applications for the teaching fellowships. More than half of the applicants are students of color, and more than three quarters attend some the most selective colleges in the country.

Breakthrough New York is readying to interview applicants over the coming weeks, and those who are selected for 40 spots will start with two weeks of intensive training in mid-June.

Applicants this season came from:

Amherst College, Arizona State University, Barnard College, Bethel University, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandies University, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, California State University – Long Beach, Carleton College, Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont-McKenna College, Colby College, Colgate University, College of The Holy Cross, College of William & Mary, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Cornell University, CUNY Hunter College, Dartmouth College, Denison University, DePaul University, DePauw University, Dickinson College, Dowling College, Duke University, Emmanuel College, Emory University, Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Goucher College and Grinnell College.

Other institutions that generated applications were: Hamilton College, Harvard University, Haverford College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Howard University, Jacksonville University, Kenyon College, Lamar University, Lebanon Valley College, Lehigh University, Macalester College, Maryville College, McGill University, Mercer University, Miami Dade College, Miami University, Michigan State University, Middlebury College, Morehouse College, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Pomona College, Princeton University, Reed College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, Rutgers University, Skidmore College, Smith College, Southern Methodist University, Spelman College, St. Olaf University, Stanford University, Stonehill College, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Texas A & M University, Tufts University, and Tulane University.

Additionally, students applied from the University at Albany, SUNY, the University of Alabama, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Irvine, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Miami, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Texas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley College, Wesleyan College, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wheaton College, Whitman College, Whitworth University, Williams College, Xavier University, and Yale University.

The application process for the 2013 summer session ran from January to February 25. Summer Teaching Fellows are selected based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience and ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during the interview process.