At the heart of the Taft Summer School is a group of teaching interns who work closely with students in a small residential community. From outstanding colleges and universities, the Summer School selects 10-12 juniors and seniors who express an interest in education. Interns experience each facet of boarding school faculty life, enabling them to make more informed decisions regarding their future in the teaching profession. More importantly, the experience provides them the opportunity to work with young people and interact within a collegial education community.
June 26—August 4, 2017
- Work with a senior teacher in one major course, beginning as an observer and eventually teaching independently. This approach combines a gradual introduction to classroom teaching with a maximum amount of guidance and support from the senior teacher.
- Teach or co-teach one afternoon elective course.
- Assist in the afternoon athletic program.
- Serve as an advisor to 5 or 6 Summer School students.
- Chaperone various trips and activities.
- Live in and help supervise dormitories.
- Applicants must have completed their junior or senior year of college.
- Desired college majors: Science, English, Mathematics, History, Education, foreign languages, ESL, Studio Art, and Photography.
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Successful candidates will possess good communication skills, be energetic, enthusiastic, passionate, creative, and be able to demonstrate a strong interest in a career in education.
- Some athletic ability is required.
- The job demands strong commitment and, because of the residential nature of the program, interns must be available to chaperone trips and oversee dormitories on weekends.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
How you will benefit
- Interns are provided with a salary, free housing and board, on-campus medical attention, and teaching materials.
- Faculty and interns attend a two-day summer program orientation prior to the opening of Summer School.
- A weekly intern seminar led by a senior teacher will cover educational topics.
- Regular and frequent observations from master teachers.
- Interns will have the opportunity to network and to interview with an educational placement service.
- Each year, approximately half of the interns go on to teach in independent schools and, wherever possible, the Director of the Summer School provides assistance and support in their decision-making process.
The following required materials must be received as soon as possible, but by no later than February 1, 2017:
- A letter expressing your reasons for applying to the intern program;
- Your resume;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- A recent college transcript.
Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
Submit the application via email to email@example.com or mail the materials to:
Thomas Antonucci, Director
Taft Summer School—Teaching Internship
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT 06795
Completed applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an on-campus interview. Offers of employment are generally issued within two to three weeks from the date of the interview. The application process is competitive and not all candidates will be offered a position.
To Be Announced