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Summer Teaching Fellowship

Are you a college junior interested in a career in teaching? Every summer, Uncommon Schools welcomes a select group of Summer Teaching Fellows to its nationally-renowned pipeline program for teachers and leaders of color.

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At the beginning of the STF experience, all Fellows gather for a week of Orientation where they receive professional development from Uncommon leaders, build cohort culture, and connect with colleagues.

Host School Immersion

After Orientation Week, Fellows report to their host school, meet and check-in with their Mentor Teachers, observe Master teachers in action, review lesson plans, and continue their professional development.

Summer Academy

After spending time observing, Fellows go on to lead daily instruction in their own classrooms. They receive feedback through frequent coaching sessions with their Mentor and continue to receive professional development.

Hear from STF Alumni

Get a glimpse into the program and hear from STF Alumni and current Uncommon leaders about this life-changing experience.

The Best Start to Your Teaching Career

If you care about the fight for educational equity, the Summer Teaching Fellowship is the perfect program for you. We proudly offer one of the best summer teaching programs in the country, preparing college juniors for a teaching career at Uncommon.

  • Develop the skills to lead high-achieving classrooms in urban communities by directly teaching and leading your own classrooms.
  • Receive one-on-one hands-on support and coaching by experienced Uncommon mentor teachers.
  • Join an amazing cohort of mission-driven college juniors: learning, collaborating, and living together.
  • Earn the potential opportunity to teach at Uncommon full-time, after college graduation.

The Fellowship is a 7-10 week program that begins at the end of May with a week-long orientation. Fellows receive professional development from Uncommon leaders and get to know each other as a cohort.

Fellows then transition to school placements where they spend the last few weeks of the regular school year observing classrooms, supporting their Mentor Teacher, and leading small group instruction.

When the regular school year ends and Summer Academy begins, Fellows teach full-time, typically from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fellows directly lead instruction for a full class of students, gaining invaluable teaching experience with the support and guidance of an experienced Mentor. Fellows participate in weekly professional development sessions around teaching methods and receive regular feedback and coaching.

Fellows are paid $500 a week for their participation and receive free housing and a travel stipend. The STF program runs in Boston, Camden, Newark, New York City, and Troy.

Successful Summer Teaching Fellow applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Strong interest in pursuing a teaching career at Uncommon Schools following graduation
  • Passion for Uncommon’s mission to close the achievement gap and belief that all children deserve a high quality education
  • Desire to learn and grow through feedback
  • Undergraduate college juniors expected to graduate in December 2020 or Spring 2021
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Available full time from May 25 to July 31, 2020
Dates: Application Phase:
Sept. 15, 2019 STF 2020 Application opens
Oct. 15, 2019 Early Application Deadline 1
Jan. 15, 2020 Early Application Deadline 2
March 1, 2020 Final Application Deadline
May 25, 2020 STF 2020 Program starts for all Fellows
July 10, 2020 STF 2020 Program ends for Elementary and Middle School Fellows
July 24 or 29, 2020 STF 2020 Program ends for High School Fellows

We believe students learn best when they can see themselves reflected in the backgrounds and life experiences of their teachers and leaders. The Summer Teaching Fellowship is part of our commitment to attracting, hiring, and retaining teachers from underrepresented backgrounds to enrich our students’ learning experience. Today, over 50% of our teachers identify as people of color, more than double the national average.

Learn more about our Commitment to Diversity.

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Not a current college junior but interested in careers at Uncommon Schools? Explore our Careers page for open roles and submit your application today.

Meet Our STF Alumni

Meet some of our former Fellows and learn how the program launched their teaching careers.

Tamesha McGuire

“STF is not only a fellowship, it’s a gateway to a career as an effective urban educator. Seven years ago I became a part of the Uncommon family, and I can’t imagine being any place else."

STF 2012, Principal

Jazmine Grant

“I consider STF to be one of my best experiences yet. This fellowship helped solidify my life’s calling. And now, eight years later, I remain committed to changing history.”

STF 2011, Principal

Equel Easterling

"This experience fueled my passion for making a difference in the lives of the children we serve every day. It is the root of the impact I have today as an urban educator."

STF 2016, Teacher

Stephanie Castro

"There are very few opportunities for college students who want to become teachers to learn from knowledgeable professionals. I am extremely thankful for my overall STF experience.”

STF 2016, Lead Lesson Planner & Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

STF is currently offered in Boston (MA), Camden (NJ), Newark (NJ), Brooklyn (NY), and Troy (NY). Candidates can indicate their choice of preferred location and, if selected, will be notified of specific STF placement sites in the spring. Please note that positions in your preferred location may not always be available. To increase the likelihood that you are selected in your preferred location, please apply by our early deadline.

Yes. Fellows receive $500 per week, free housing, and an additional travel stipend of $150 to $400 (depending on placement region). The amount of the overall stipend and the travel stipend will vary by the region and grade level in which a Fellow is placed. Please note that all stipends are subject to applicable taxes and fees.

Yes. We provide shared, dormitory-style housing. For Fellows who opt out of housing and find their own accommodation for the summer, we will provide an additional $800 housing stipend (subject to applicable taxes and fees).

Fellows may be placed in any classroom from K-12. You will be able to indicate your grade level interest on the application. As with region, please note that a position in your preferred grade level interest may not always be available.

Application Questions

If you will be studying abroad in the Spring of 2020, please apply as soon as possible, but no later than our October 15 early deadline. Please also email to indicate that you will not be available for an in-person interview in the spring. If you apply after the early deadline and are able to travel back to the U.S. for an interview in the spring, feel free to submit an application.

If you apply after the early deadline and cannot attend an in-person interview, we unfortunately cannot consider your candidacy as in-person interviews are required. For questions, reach out to

You can expect to hear from a member of our team within 3 weeks of submitting an application. Please allow 4 weeks to hear from us if you plan to submit an application during the winter holiday season (December 15th-January 2nd).

Selection rates vary by site. To maximize your chance of being selected, we encourage you to apply early and be thorough and thoughtful in your application. Take time to review and proofread your resume and short essay answers before submission. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and while our review criteria are consistent throughout the process, as the selection season progresses, there are fewer positions available each week.

When completing the application, candidates will have an option to select their geographic preferences. Because the STF Team uses solely this question to source candidates to specific regions, please be as candid as possible when answering. For example, if a candidate were to choose Brooklyn and Newark as choices, but would not ultimately accept an offer in Newark, do not put Newark as a preferred region. Please note that selectivity varies significantly by region, as some regions, such as Brooklyn and Newark, are much larger than others, such as Boston, Camden, and Troy.

No. A major in education or prior teaching experience is not required for admittance into the program; however, the strongest candidates exhibit a demonstrated passion for working with students and an interest in pursuing teaching as a profession long-term.

Yes. If you are a December 2020 graduate, you are eligible to apply to STF for the Summer 2020 cycle. If you are graduating in December 2021, you are not eligible for STF 2020, but we encourage you apply for our 2021 cohort.

If you are in a five-year program, please apply to STF for the summer between your fourth and fifth year. For example, if you will complete your degree program in Spring 2021, you should apply for Summer 2020.

STF is only open to college undergraduates who are rising seniors. For admittance in the Summer 2020 cycle, you must be graduating in December 2020 or Spring 2021. Uncommon has a range of other positions that would be suitable for recent graduates and graduate students. Please visit our Job Board to view current openings.

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