School Year Teaching Internship
Breakthrough Manchester will select 16-18 high school juniors and seniors to serve as teachers, tutors and mentors to our seventh and eighth grade students during this school year. Students selected for this opportunity provide support to our Breakthrough middle schoolers in three ways over the course of the school year; teaching 40-minute classes and providing in-person tutoring on five specific “Super Saturdays,” providing remote tutoring as needed between these Saturdays, and mentoring through twice-monthly check-ins with students.
Supported by professional staff, school year interns reinforce a love of learning with our Breakthrough seventh and eighth graders through Super Saturdays in November, December, February, March and April. School year interns will tutor and mentor students individually.
The Saturday sessions keep our middle school Breakthrough students connected with each other and keep them focused on the ultimate goal of attending college. For high school students who apply, the Breakthrough school-year internship can be an extraordinary opportunity to learn and practice the basic skills of teaching, public speaking, collaborative lesson planning and mentoring younger students. The leadership experience is unparalleled. You will learn by doing. We teach you and support you, but you will have a high degree of responsibility and autonomy. Teaching and mentoring at Breakthrough can be a life-changing experience for high school students, and it looks great on a college application, too!
Who We Select
Breakthrough Manchester will select approximately 16-18 teacher interns for the 2017-2018 school year. All applicants must be a junior or senior in high school and have reliable transportation to The Derryfield School, Breakthrough’s host site in the north end of Manchester. We look for applicants who demonstrate responsibility, academic diligence, a sense of fun, and a positive attitude. You do not need to have any prior experience teaching or tutoring, but you do need to like working with other people. In fact, we encourage any motivated junior or senior to apply, regardless of what they intend to study in college. The process is competitive; not everyone who applies will be accepted as teachers and mentors in the program.
Breakthrough represents a significant commitment. The application and selection process requires an online application, transcript, teacher recommendation and a group interview/mock teaching exercise. Applicants who are accepted attend several general training and preparation sessions first, and then will devote approximately 50 hours to topic-specific training, practice and direct work with students between November and April. Attendance is required at all trainings and scheduled Saturday sessions. We do recognize that most high school students have busy schedules during the year, and we ask that you and your family make a good faith effort to plan ahead and make yourself as available as possible. Specific deadlines and dates for the application process, training sessions and Super Saturdays are listed below for the 2017-2018 school year.
Application and Selection Timeline:
- September 12 – The School-Year Teaching Intern application goes live.
- September 29 – The School Year Teaching Intern application must be submitted online, and you must request a transcript from the guidance office/registrar of your current school by this deadline.
- October 4 – Final date for receipt of academic transcript and final date for online submission of teacher recommendation. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of the day and selected applicants will advance to the group interview.
- October 12 – Selected applicants will participate in the required group interview from 6:00-8:00 pm at The Derryfield School, the host site for Breakthrough Manchester. An alternate date may be scheduled if an applicant has an unavoidable conflict with this date. The group interview includes participation in a group activity and the presentation of a 5-minute mock lesson. More information will be provided to selected applicants in advance.
- October 16 – All applicants are notified of acceptance decisions. See below for specific training and session dates. (Note: As part of the application process, all prospective teachers will be asked about their availability for all required dates through April.)
Initial Orientation and Training Timeline for Selected Applicants:
All selected teachers, notified of their selection on October 16, will attend three required training and orientation sessions at the Derryfield School prior to the first session with students.
- Session 1: Wednesday, October 25 – 6:00-8:00 pm
- Session 2: Saturday, October 28 – 9:00 am-1:00 pm (note that this is an ACT test date)
- Session 3: Wednesday, November 1 – 6:00-8:00 pm
These trainings will provide you with essential teaching and classroom management techniques, introduce you to the culture of Breakthrough, orient you to a typical Super Saturday day and connect you with the students you will teach, tutor and mentor between November and April.
Topic trainings and Super Saturday dates:
- Training for SS #1 – Wednesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #1 – November 18, 9:00-2:00 (Students attend 10:00-1:00 on all Super Saturdays)
- Training for SS #2 – Wednesday, December 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #2 – December 9, 9:00-2:00 (Note this is an ACT test date)
- Training for SS #3 – Wednesday, January 31, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #3 – February 3, 9:00-2:00
- Training for SS #4 – Wednesday, March 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #4 – March 10, 9:00-2:00 (Note this is an SAT test date)
- Training for SS #5 – Wednesday, April 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Super Saturday #5 – April 7, 9:00-2:00
Deciding to Apply
In 2017 online applications will be available on September 12. If you are interested in applying to teach at Breakthrough Manchester during the school year, these are the steps you need to follow:
- Carefully read all of the material above, noting all dates and deadlines.
- Complete the online application here. As long as you use the same computer, you may complete the application over two or more sessions. While the application is not long, the content and quality of your written responses will be evaluated. The online application will ask you to complete sections as either a NEW or RETURNING (Summer or School-Year) Breakthrough teacher.
- Request a copy of your school transcript (Request for Academic Transcript 2017) from your school’s registrar or guidance counselor and have it sent to the Breakthrough office, either via email to Lucy Weathers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via mail to 2108 River Road, Manchester, NH 03104.
- Alert the person that you used as a reference in your application that an email will be sent to them from Lucy Weathers. This email may go to their inbox or their spam folder, so they should check both.
- Prepare for and attend a Group Interview.
- Applicants will receive notification of their final admission status via email by Monday, October 16. We maintain a small waitpool in case an accepted applicant turns down an offer.
Please note that the application process is competitive and not all applicants are guaranteed admission.