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Seize the opportunity to be a lead teacher in a classroom of Breakthrough Scholars. Hands-on and immersive is the Teaching Fellow experience!


Teaching Fellows are currently-enrolled college students and a pillar of our program at Breakthrough. Teaching Fellows are educators-as-superheroes, empowering and uplifting middle schoolers as diverse, talented role models. All the while bolstering their own future careers through an immersive and meaningful internship.


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Summer (9-week)
Teaching Fellow Experience

During the nine-week residency, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Teaching Fellows will complete over 300 hours of service, including teaching and leadership training. We provide stipends, free housing and lunch to all of our Teaching Fellows. Program highlights include: 

Summer 9 Week Teaching Fellow Program

Build meaningful relationships

with students and serve as a role model

School Year
Teaching Fellow Experience

Breakthrough’s School Year Program is led by dynamic, responsible college and graduate school students with diverse backgrounds, skills, and academic interests. They are critical to sustaining our students’ commitment to learning by engaging them in meaningful lessons and inspiring them to thrive in their education. 


Paid internship, teach one academic subject per year and support the overall program during special trips and workshops

We are partnering with area colleges and universities in our search for Teaching Fellows. If you are interested in Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia for a pre-service instructional experience for your school, contact Sakina Parks, Program Manager. 

Become a Instructional Coach

At Breakthrough’s nine-week residency program, Coaches will have the opportunity to LEARN and LEAD. Instructional Coaches are professional and experienced teachers seeking to take on a leadership role in an educational organization. In addition to invaluable professional development opportunities, this role provides the leadership and expertise that underpin the growth of our Teaching Fellows, who in turn pour their energy and enthusiasm to empower our middle school students. Instructional Coach is a Summer position.



  • Research-based teaching strategies

  • Best practices for teaching observations to identify strengths and areas of growth

  • Best practices for delivering actionable feedback

NOTE: Our Instructional Coach program is currently full. Please check back in Summer 2023 for updates and our new application. 

Become a Dean of Faculty
(Summer and School Year)

Breakthrough's Dean of Faculty and Assessment Manager is a part-time, seasonal position that oversees academic curriculum and assessment implementation for Breakthrough scholars. The role also includes preparing, training, supervising, and mentoring Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches.


If you have questions about this role or application process, please contact Sakina Parks, Program Manager.  

NOTE: Our Dean of Faculty position is filled. Please check back in Summer 2023 for updates and our new application.


Who's Eligible to Apply

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Undergraduate College Students of all Majors


Students who intend to pursue careers in education, as well as those who haven’t yet considered it. Education coursework is not a prerequisite.


Individuals Who are Able to Commit Time

For our Summer Program, Teaching Fellows must commit to the entire

nine-week summer experience.  Fellows must be motivated by personal growth and comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

Students with Diverse Backgrounds and Experiences

We celebrate the diversity of our community, and we seek undergraduate applicants from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. 

The Teaching Fellow experience is truly life-changing,
both for the Fellows themselves and for the Scholars they inspire.

Matthew T. 

“The type of educator I became came from the people that I worked with at Breakthrough.”

Drew B.

“Being around kids who actually wanted to learn made me see school in a different light.”

Katie C. 

"I love working with kids and have a passion for education. Breakthrough has been an incredible way to prepare for this field."
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