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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 (STF) 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, Fellows begin learning the key skills they need to lead high-achieving classrooms, meet and check in with their Mentor teachers virtually, and review lesson plans and continue their professional development.

Summer Academy

Fellows will receive feedback through frequent virtual 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 a remote learning environment.
  • Receive one-on-one support and coaching by experienced Uncommon mentor teachers.
  • Join an amazing cohort of mission-driven college juniors, where you learn together and collaborate virtually.
  • After successfully completing the program, receive a job offer to begin working full-time upon college graduation.

While STF is traditionally done on-site at select schools, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved us to a virtual program. The virtual Fellowship is a paid, 5-week program that begins at the end of May. During the first week, all Fellows will gather for orientation and receive professional development from Uncommon leaders and build cohort culture. Professional development sessions will cover topics ranging from culturally responsive teaching, remote learning, student engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Following Orientation, Fellows will meet and check in with their Mentor teacher (a current veteran teacher at Uncommon Schools). They will also observe Master teachers in action, review lesson plans, and receive coaching.

Fellows participate in weekly professional development sessions around teaching taxonomies and receive regular coaching and feedback from their Mentors.

Additional information regarding the 2021 STF program will be finalized by March 1, 2021.

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 2021 or Spring 2022
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Eligible to work in the United States in August 2022
  • Available from May 24, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Dates: Application Phase:
Sept. 25, 2020 STF 2021 Application opens
Nov. 6, 2020 Early Application Deadline 1
Jan. 12, 2021 Early Application Deadline 2
March 2, 2021 Final Application Deadline
May 24, 2021 STF 2021 Program starts for all Fellows
June 25, 2021 STF 2021 Program ends

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 2021 will be held remotely. Fellows will still be assigned to host schools 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. Please note that all stipends are 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

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 18-January 2).

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 these questions to source candidates to specific regions, please be as candid as possible when answering. 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 2021 graduate, you are eligible to apply to STF for the Summer 2021 cycle. If you are graduating in December 2022, you are not eligible for STF 2021, but we encourage you to apply for our 2022 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 2022, you should apply for Summer 2021.

STF is only open to college undergraduates who are rising seniors. For admittance in the Summer 2021 cycle, you must be graduating in December 2021 or Spring 2022. 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.