March 30, 2013


Contact:  Jeff Simmons, (917) 673-0024, [email protected]

Katrin Maier, (718) 793-2211, [email protected]

- Breakthrough NY’s teaching internship consistently listed as a Princeton Review Top Ten internship -

(New York, N.Y.) – Seeking a top-rated summer internship, an unprecedented number of college students – nearly 650 – are vying for one of only 40 spots in Breakthrough New York’s summer program to teach middle school students.

Rhea Wong, Executive Director of Breakthrough New York, said the competition to secure the internship has become so attractive that the nonprofit received 648 applications from students at top colleges across the country in only two months.

“More than ever, we are witnessing greater interest in our programming, not just from middle school students from across the city but from college students who value the rigorous training this internship provides – especially if they plan to pursue a career in teaching,” Ms. Wong said. “This flood of applications is testament to the desire to help students succeed.”

Last year, about 550 students applied for summer positions, which are consistently listed as Princeton Review Top Ten Internships, along with the White House, the Supreme Court and MT

Breakthrough New York’s two programs operate at The Town School on the Upper East Side, Manhattan and, since 2012, at Bishop Loughlin High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Students enter the six-year program the day after they complete their sixth grade classes, attending an intensive six-week summer program with the teacher interns at the head of the class.

Breakthrough New York was founded as Summerbridge at The Town School in 1999. Since then, Breakthrough New York has grown in size, and in 2009, Breakthrough New York became an independent not-for-profit organization in New York State.

The nonprofit makes a six-year commitment to assist students through high school graduation, providing everything from tutoring and SAT prep to organized college visits and interview coaching. Upon entry into a  four-year college, students become Breakthrough alumni and continue to access resources such as internship and job opportunities.

Additionally, all of Breakthrough’s teachers are high-performing high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in education. And, in fact, 83% of its teachers have gone onto teaching or public service.

Many of those participate in Breakthrough’s summer program, in which middle school students attend an academically-rigorous six-week summer program with a specific focus on refining skills mastery in the core curriculum of math, science, writing and literature.

“While the focus is intensely academic, we also seek to develop students’ character, sense of responsibility and cultural exposure through a positive learning environment and experiences in the larger community,” Ms. Wong said.

The application process for the 2013 summer session ran from January to February 25. Applications came from students attending such colleges as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia and Stanford.

Teacher interns are selected based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience and ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during the interview process. Ms. Wong said the teacher interns first attend an intensive, two-week training session in mid-June.

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