Teach For America (TFA) enables kids from all backgrounds to access high quality education which can have a transformative effect on them, their families and communities. By training and supporting TFA Corps teachers through their first two years of teaching, TFA helps promote equality of education in the regions they work in. After an initial two year teaching commitment, TFA teachers may stay in education or move into a different professional area, but many naturally want to remain student advocates following their experience.
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TFA offer summer internship programs at regional and national centres. These centres are where the permanent new TFA Corps members begin their training, they are supported by interns who run the day to day operations of the camp. If you want to be part of the story and make a real difference to kids, families and communities, then read on to find out how to apply.
1. Submit Your Application
Find a suitable position and institute for your interests and experience, by searching the TFA site listing here.
Some roles require specific experience in education or other areas. Some are more general and would suit high school graduates or university students in their first or second years. The Operations Assistant role, for example, requires organisational skills and a positive attitude, rather than experience in the education field specifically.
2. Complete The Relevant Forms
Applying requires a resume and cover letter, which are submitted through the TFA site. The resume must be no more than one side long, so you may need to trim your regular document. The cover letter must cover specific points that are set out in the application details online. Make sure you have fully understood the requirements and prepare a suitable specific cover letter for this application.
Applicants then must complete ’applicant activity’ which is saved on an online folder. The application is not complete unless you receive an email confirming this has been completed and received. The applicant activity aims to test the abilities that are required for the role you’re interested in, and therefore vary by position.
3. Schedule And Attend Phone Interview
The next step is to arrange and attend a phone interview. This can be scheduled at a convenient time for you.
Phone interviews can be challenging. You lose some of the connection you have with the interviewer when you meet face to face. Make an effort to build a rapport with the interviewer, through asking relevant questions and demonstrating your interest in the role. As silly as it sounds, smile! The interviewer can’t see you but you can hear a smile in the voice.
4. Be Ready
Once accepted to a training centre, you will need to attend weekend training and conference calls in advance of your camp beginning. Camp organisers have to arrive the week before the TFA Corps members for preparation.
If you’re considering TFA or another education role after graduating, an internship position at TFA could help you understand the program and requirements more fully. As well as helping yourself and your own development, an internship with TFA is a great way to earn over summer vacation, whilst helping an organisation making a real difference in society. Check out the opportunities available and prepare for an experience that helps you both learn and give something back.