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Summer Teaching Fellowship

This Summer, Begin Your Career in Education Reform

STF was the first time I had been around this many people who were as passionate as I was about urban education reform. It was stimulating, invigorating, and reassuring to know that there were other people in the world who cared so much about student success. After every conversation or workshop with my cohort members, I felt inspired and motivated to strive for the best and keep doing the work that I am doing."

 --STF Alum

My fellow superseded my expectations! Beyond looking for ways to improve and becoming a better teacher, I expected for the fellow to be passionate and open-minded, and she was all of these things and more.”

 --STF Mentor Teacher



The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program. STF is designed to introduce college juniors of color who are passionate about student success and social justice to teaching within Uncommon's classrooms. Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving urban classrooms across Uncommon’s networks through the mentorship, collaboration, and hands-on experience STF provides.

The Impact and Importance of Diversity in the Classroom

Uncommon Schools recognizes the importance of building a talented staff of teachers who reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationally only 9.3% of elementary and middle school teachers identify as Black/African-American, and 7.3% identify as Latino. These numbers drop even lower when looking specifically at Black and Latino men in the teaching profession. STF is part of Uncommon's commitment to attracting, hiring, and retaining teachers from underrepresented backgrounds in order to enrich our scholars' learning experiences.  To learn more about our commitment to diversity, please click here.

Program Description

STF is currently offered in Boston, Newark, Rochester and New York City, and may expand to include our Troy schools. Fellows come from college campuses across the United States. As a Fellow, you will work and teach in one of Uncommon’s schools with the support of a mentor teacher, Summer Academy Director, and STF staff. You will also engage in professional development sessions 2-3 times per week. To build cohort community, Fellows also take part in a range of fun social and cultural events together.

The program runs from early June to late July for Boston, Rochester, New York City, and Newark elementary; and mid-June to early August for Newark high school. For the seven - eight week cycle, fellows receive the following:

  • $3,500 - $4,000 stipend
  • Unlimited access to public transportation
  • Housing

Program Highlights


  • Report to host schools Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4pm. Fellows observe classrooms, teach, and tutor small groups of students with the support and guidance of a mentor teacher or Summer Academy Director.
  • Attend professional development sessions 2-3 times per week. These sessions are led by leaders and master teachers within both Uncommon’s network and the larger education reform landscape. PD Topics include Lesson Planning; Classroom Management; Teach Like a Champion techniques; and panel discussions on education reform and the charter school movement.
  • Have fun! Past cycles have included musicals and plays, visits to city landmarks, and a range of team-building activities.  


STF is a unique experience that past fellows have described as challenging, rewarding, and ultimately life-changing. 38 STF alumni are currently teaching full time with Uncommon Schools. Program alumni have also become leaders in the field of education reform and have seen their teaching, organizational, and leadership skills grow in unanticipated ways.

Alum Services

The STF experience extends beyond your summer fellowship. Uncommon Schools provides continued support and mentorship to program alumni through graduate school and competitive program application support; opportunities to receive coaching from current teachers and leaders; and alumni social events. Uncommon also offers a Campus Ambassadors program, where STF alumni receive stipends to share the impact of Uncommon Schools and STF on their campuses.

How to Apply

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.
The strongest STF candidates exhibit the following traits:

  • Strong interest in pursuing teaching in urban environments after college.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and urban education reform.
  • Evidence of leadership and strong work ethic.
  • Desire to learn from others and work in collaborative environments.
  • High degree of self-reflection, punctuality, willingness to learn and sense of urgency.

The minimum program requirements are as follows:

  • College junior (undergraduate level) expected to graduate in spring 2015
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full availability from the first week of June to the last week of July 2013  for Boston, Rochester, New York City, and Newark elementary Fellows; and mid-June to early August for Newark high school Fellows

Important Dates & Deadlines

August 30, 2013

STF application opens. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

September 9 - March 15, 2014

First round phone interviews. Selected candidates from this round will be invited to an STF host school region for in-person interviews.

November 1 – March 20, 2014

In-person interviews. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis once the application opens. Selected candidates will be contacted with date options.

November 8 – March 28, 2014

Candidates notified of a spot in the 2014 STF cohort (rolling basis: candidates will be notified 1 – 2 weeks after their in-person interview).

March 3, 2014

STF application closes.

Early to mid-June, 2014*

STF 2014 begins.

Late July to early August, 2014

STF 2014 completes.

*Specific program start and end dates will be available in March 2014 and differ based on region (early June to late July for Boston, Rochester, New York City and Newark elementary, and mid-June to early August for Newark high school).
The application to the Summer Teaching Fellowship is available through Uncommon’s job board. Please click here to register for Uncommon’s job board and access the STF application.

Application Webinars

Join Associate Director of Recruitment, Larnell Vickers and an STF alumnus for one of the following webinars:
“An Uncommon Summer: Applying to the Summer Teaching Fellowship”
This webinar will provide details on submitting a strong application for STF and will allow participants to hear from an alumnus of the program currently teaching with Uncommon. Please click on a date to register for the webinar.
November 20, 2013 7pm – 8pm
January 29, 2014 7pm – 8pm
February 18, 2014 7pm – 8pm


In what cities are Fellows placed?
We offer placements in Boston, Newark, Rochester and New York City and are currently exploring opportunities to extend the program to include schools within our Troy region. Candidates can indicate their choice of location on the application and will be notified of specific STF placement sites in the spring.
How many fellows are accepted into the program?
STF will accept 40-50 fellows for the 2014 cycle.
Is this a paid internship?
Yes. Boston, Rochester, New York City, and Newark elementary Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the seven-week cycle; Newark high school Fellows receive a stipend of $4,000 for the eight-week cycle.
Will housing be provided?
Do I need to be an Education Major?
No. A major in education or prior teaching experience is not required for admittance into the program, though the strongest candidates exhibit a demonstrated passion for working with students and an interest in pursuing teaching as a profession. 
What grade level will I be teaching?
Fellows may be placed in any classroom at the k-6 level in Boston and Rochester; k-12 in New York City, and K-4 or high school in Newark. You will be able to indicate your grade level interest on the application.

Can graduate students apply for STF?
STF is only open to college undergraduates. For admittance in the summer 2014 cycle you must be graduating in spring 2015.
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.

Please also view the Uncommon Schools general FAQs.

For more information on The Summer Teaching Fellowship, contact or use our "Contact Us" form and select "Recruitment."

Summer Teaching Fellowship Uncommon Application – Instructions

  1. Go to
  2. Click Apply. You will be taken to Uncommon’s career opportunities page.
  3. Click “register”, and follow the full instructions on creating a profile. Click continue/next.
  4. You will be prompted to submit your resume. Please ensure that you have tailored your resume to the STF application. Click “continue”.
  5. You will be informed that you have successfully registered. Click “login”, and enter the username (the email address used) and password you just created.
  6. You will be taken to a list of all Uncommon job openings. Scroll to “Summer Teaching Fellowship”. Click on the title.
  7. You will be taken to the STF job description.
  8. After reading the STF job description, click the link at the bottom of the page: “Apply for the Summer Teaching Fellowship”.
  9. Answer all required questions. 
  10. Submit your application.