School Year Teaching Internship

Breakthrough’s Super Saturday “College-Bound” program occurs four times during the school year.   Teacher interns and professional staff reinforce writing and math skills for seventh, eighth and ninth graders through rigorous classes and workshops.  Teachers work in teams of two or three and teach two separate classes:

  • a skill-oriented class designed to develop academic abilities
  • a college-bound class to motivate and prepare students regarding personal, academic and extracurricular choices to stay on track to college

Breakthrough is one of the foremost opportunities for high school and college students to learn the foundational skills of teaching. As a Breakthrough teacher intern, you learn by doing; we teach you how to lead powerful lesson plans that activate learning and use effective teaching strategies to engage and motivate your students.

Who We Select

Breakthrough Manchester will select approximately 20 teacher interns for the Super Saturday program. Our competitive admission process is designed to select the most highly qualified candidates to participate in our teacher intern corps.  All applicants must be between 16 and 22 years old and currently enrolled in an accredited high school or undergraduate college program.

How We Train and Support You

As a teacher intern, you will participate in a multi-day, pre-service training especially designed for pre-professional teachers. In addition, periodic trainings and work-sessions support your ongoing learning and growth.  We use the best research and educational practices to give you the strategies and resources you will need to be successful in your classroom. A professional instructional coach observes your classes, provides you with feedback, and helps you coordinate your curriculum. You do not need to have any prior experience teaching or taking classes in education. In fact, we encourage students who are pursuing non-teaching careers to apply.

Time Commitment

Super Saturday teachers should expect to devote approximately 40 hours to training, practice and direct work with students between December and April.  Attendance is required at all trainings and sessions; we recognize that most students have busy schedules during the year and we ask that you and your family make a good faith effort to make yourself available.  Specific dates and times for Super Saturdays and trainings are listed below for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Super Saturday program is undergoing review and revision this year, so the first sessions with students will not start until 2015.

Orientation and Teaching Workshops – Approximately 12 hours of orientation to teaching is required of all Super Saturday teachers prior to the first session with students.  Specific dates and times will be set soon but you can expect to commit four weekday evenings (6:00-8:00) and one Saturday (9:00-2:00) in December to these workshops that will help you prepare lesson plans, learn and practice teaching techniques, and engage students.

Super Saturday #1 – January 10, 8:30-1:00  (Students attend 9:00-12:00)
Topic training for SS #1 – Wednesday, January 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Super Saturday #2 – February 14, 8:30-1:00
Topic training for SS #2 – February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm

Super Saturday #3 – March 7, 8:30-1:00
Topic training for SS #3 – March 4, 6:00-8:00 pm

Super Saturday #4 – April 11, 8:30-1:00
Topic training for SS #4 – April 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Deciding to Apply

In 2014 applications will be accepted during the month of October.  If you are interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough Manchester during the school year, these are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Download and read all instructions to apply.
  2. Complete the application online.   
  3. Request a copy of your school transcript from your school’s registrar or secretary and have it sent to the Breakthrough office.
  4. Prepare for and attend a Group Interview.
  5. Sign up for and complete your Individual Interview; you will choose a day and time for your Individual Interview when you arrive at the Group Interview.
  6. Applicants will receive notification of their admission status by mid-November. We maintain a small waitpool in the instance that an accepted applicant turns down an offer.

Please note that the application process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed admission.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Zackey, Program Director, at 603-641-9426 or mzackey@derryfield.org.