About the Teaching Fellow Role: 

Every year, we look to recruit the best and brightest college students to teach in our six-week academic intensive summer program.  

Our Teaching Fellows engage in a professional internship experience, working in pairs to lead an academic course, as well as support a small advisory of students on their personal growth and development and lead an elective course.  Throughout the summer, Teaching Fellows are observed and coached regularly by our Instructional Coaches, who themselves are professional teachers.  

How We Select: 

Candidates for our Teaching Fellow positions apply through the national Breakthrough Collaborative website.  The application process includes short answers, a candidate-provided resume, 5-minute teaching sample video, and 40-minute phone interview.  Finalists may also be asked to complete one additional assignment.  At Breakthrough New York, we receive more than 650 applications every year for our 56 spots, and strongly prefer those candidates who apply earlier in the process.  

How We Train and Coach:

We designed our training and coaching model specifically with the needs of brand new teachers in mind. Through intensive workshops, modeling and coaching by professional teachers, our Teaching Fellows participate in more than 100 hours of training before they meet students! Then throughout the summer, Teaching Fellows receive regular feedback and training from professional educators around classroom management, instructional design and delivery, and using student data to inform planning.   

All Applicants Must:

  • Attend (or be accepted to) an accredited college and be at least 18 years old at the time of teaching.  
  • See themselves as caring leaders and strong role models.
  • Be interested in working with a group of 7-9th grade students who are ethnically and economically diverse.
  • Be deeply concerned with the academic success and future of the students in the program.
  • Be able to relate openly and directly with adults, peers and students.
  • Be capable of assuming responsibility without close supervision yet be able to acknowledge problems and share them with members of the staff.
  • Be ready to receive and give direct and constructive criticism

Demographic breakdown of summer 2015 Teaching Fellows:

  • 56 Teaching Fellows, hired from a pool of more than 650 applicants 
  • 41% identified as male 
  • 51% identified as people of color
  • 43% identified as the first in their family to attend college in the United States
  • 73% received need-based financial aid at their college or university 


If you meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough New York over the summer, please read the section on Breakthrough Collaborative’s website for a general overview of the teaching experience, and to complete the online application.

For more information about the Teaching Fellow position, and answers to frequently asked questions, click here to download the BTNY 2015 Summer Teaching Fellowship informational guide 

Breakthrough New York aims to select 90% of summer faculty by mid-February. If New York is your first choice site, please apply as early as possible.

Interested?  Complete our Internship Interest Form and a member of our team will send you more information!  


About the Instructional Coach Role

In order to ensure the successful instruction and management of our Teaching Fellows, Breakthrough hires an Instructional Coach in each academic discipline (literature, math, science, and writing) to oversee a department of 6 TFs.  Instructional Coaches are experienced and successful professional teachers who provide support, training and feedback to Teaching Fellows throughout the nine-week summer program and engage fully in the Breakthrough New York community.  Exemplary Instructional Coaches are experts in their specific content areas, able to guide TFs through effective planning and execution, and always hold both TFs and students to the highest expectations. 

This role was designed to support classroom teachers who are interested in developing skills as instructional leaders.  The role includes targeted professional development for the Instructional Coaches as well, who receive structured feedback about their leadership performance throughout the summer from their site’s Middle School Director.  Responsibilities are commensurate with that of a school-year administrator, and this experience will benefit high-performing teachers looking to further expand their own skill set. Past participants have gone on to become academic Deans and Instructional Coaches in full-time school settings.   


To apply as an Instructional Coach:  Click here for the job description and instructions on how to apply.