Summer Teaching Fellowship


“This was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am so thankful for the chance to interact with these fantastic students and to have a chance to experience the field of education. The most rewarding moment was when my advisee thanked me for believing in her; that was incredibly impactful.” 

-Jimmy Hanson, Controls Engineer, Lonza, Portsmouth, NH; University of New Hampshire ‘21; Breakthrough Student and Teaching Fellow Alumnus





A vital part of Breakthrough Manchester’s success and what sets us apart is our innovative students-teaching-students’ model. Through intensive, hands-on summer and school-year teaching experiences, we prepare outstanding high school and college students to teach and mentor our middle school students. This in turn prepares them to be future leaders and educators in our workforce. 

The Princeton Review has ranked Breakthrough as a Top Ten summer internship (along with working at the White House and working at MTV). Several highly respected organizations, including Teach for America, the Harvard School of Education, Boston Teaching Residency, and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program recognize the Breakthrough program and regularly admit our Teaching Fellow alumni. Even if you are not considering a career in education, the Breakthrough experience teaches you how to train, lead, and mentor –  invaluable skills in any profession.

As a Breakthrough Manchester Teaching Fellow you will make connections that transform lives. 






Our summer Teaching Fellows and School Year Teachers are enthusiastic, hard-working young people who want to make a difference. They serve as role models that academic success is not only possible, but that it’s fun and cool to be smart. Mix in high expectations and a celebration of learning, and you have Breakthrough spirit.

During our dynamic, fast-paced summer program, Teaching Fellows develop hands-on curriculum skills and teach crucial academic skills to middle school students, mentored at each step of the way by professional teachers or instructional coaches. They prepare Teaching Fellows to develop and deliver powerful lessons that activate learning and use effective strategies to engage and motivate students. Teaching Fellows learn by doing, and are also supported by a Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, and a team of Directors, Operations Coordinator and Assistants. 



 “I had an amazing summer at Breakthrough! The program has helped me to grow as a confident leader in the community, and I have acquired many valuable skills as a teacher and team member. I will always remember my experience this summer.” 

— Jon Greiner,  Math Teacher, Bedford High School, Connecticut College ‘18, 

BTM Summer Teaching Fellow


The Breakthrough Teaching Fellowship at Manchester is like no other experience; both exhausting and exhilarating, the whirlwind summer is full of opportunities for responsibility and personal growth. Having high expectations means a lot of hard work, long days, and always looking for ways to be more effective. It promises to be one of the most challenging and inspiring nine weeks of your life. Which is exactly why the most hard working and talented college students love this opportunity.

Breakthrough Manchester recruits 24 junior/senior high school and college student Teaching Fellows each summer. Our competitive admission process is designed to select highly qualified candidates who are committed to Breakthrough’s dual students-teaching-students mission. They believe that hard-working students with limited resources should have the same access to quality education, regardless of low income, race, ethnicity, neighborhood, family structure, or zip code. They believe it is their responsibility to use the opportunities they have been given to create opportunities for others. Ideal candidates are persistent and hard-working, academically successful, and ready for new experiences.


Applicants  do not need to be education majors or have prior teaching experience. Breakthrough will teach you how to teach, but you must want to do this work—to be with our students, to work collaboratively with colleagues, and to grow in an intense, fast-paced, nurturing environment.


The days at Breakthrough are demanding; the hours are long; the work is hard, but the rewards are simply unparalleled!

Further Information

“The most rewarding part of the summer for me was seeing how much my students grew and hearing/seeing how we have changed their lives. These students have opened my eyes and my heart to a whole new perspective of how truly amazing each and every student is.” 

— Kaitlin, Special Education Elementary School Teacher, Merrimack, NH, Southern New Hampshire University ‘21, BTM Summer Teaching Fellow



The two week pre-summer training and orientation is especially designed for pre-professional teachers. We use the best research and educational practices to giveTeaching Fellows  the strategies and resources they need to be successful in the classroom.


Beyond pre-summer training, professional Instructional Coaches work with Teaching Fellows every day  providing curriculum, observing classes, and giving consistent feedback. Teaching Fellows also have the support of other teachers in their department as well as ongoing professional development throughout the summer that is coordinated by the Dean of Faculty with input of the entire professional team. 


Many Teaching Fellows return to Breakthrough Manchester to teach for a second summer; some return for several years. Experienced Breakthrough teachers may also choose to apply for different roles within Breakthrough Manchester, including Operations Coordinator or Dean of Students. 


What Do They Teach?


Over the course of the 9-week summer engagement, Teaching Fellows:

  1. Solo-teach two sections of an academic class in literature, math, science, or writing, using a professionally developed curriculum designed to help close any learning gaps from the past, prevent the proverbial “Summer Slide,” and best prepare students for the year ahead
  2. Co-teach an extracurricular course 
  3. Advise 4-5 students
  4. Serve on a committee
  5. Participate in all aspects of building a welcoming and joyful learning community!

Teaching Fellows establish meaningful relationships with their middle school students and often make lifelong friends among their colleagues. 

Time Commitment


Breakthrough’s summer commitment on campus is five days per week, Monday through Friday, with one Saturday commitment.


The 2022 calendar is typical example of a Breakthrough summer:

  • Orientation: June 14-24*
  • Program: June 27-August 5
  • Celebration: Saturday, August 6
  • Wrap Up Week: August 8-12


* Applicants who commit to leadership positions will arrive on June 10  for additional training, preparation and teambuilding.


The  faculty day typically runs from 7:30 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m. but there are 4 later evenings built into the schedule. Working hours can go long so commitments outside the program are discouraged. Past Teaching Fellows describe the experience as intense and all-consuming yet incredibly  rewarding and inspiring. We strongly recommend that you do not try to maintain a weekend or evening job during the nine weeks of Breakthrough.


Will Breakthrough continue to be in-person? 

Breakthrough Manchester intends to stay fully  in-person. However, we make decisions to go remote or virtual if the safety of our community is in question  in accordance with health and safety guidelines. 


Out of Town Teaching Fellows

Out-of-town Teaching Fellows are a vital part of the Breakthrough Manchester community. Housing and meals  are provided by Southern New Hampshire University. 


Living Allowance Stipend & Supplemental Income

Teaching Fellows receive a base living allowance stipend. Returning Teaching Fellows and members of the Leadership Team receive  stipend enhancements.


In addition, all teachers may apply for up to $2,000 extra through the Breakthrough Manchester Elkin Teaching Fellowship. These need-based awards can be used toward paying educational expenses or aiding in the cost of travel to and from Manchester for out-of-town applicants.


All Teaching Fellows (18+) may also be eligible for an Education Award through AmeriCorps. The Education Award may be used to pay college expenses or loans. Additionally, many colleges and universities will supplement or underwrite summer internship earnings, especially for students eligible for work study. Some teachers have also been able to earn college credit for their Breakthrough internship.

Why Teach in Manchester, New Hampshire?

Established in 1991, Breakthrough Manchester is the third oldest Breakthrough site in the nation. Our longevity is a testament to the strength of the program and its ability to empower young people to take ownership over their educational opportunities. Breakthrough Manchester works to connect Teaching Fellows to pipeline partner schools and organizations such as MATCH Charter Public School, Excel Academy Charter Public School, Boston Teacher Residency, Uncommon Schools, the Urban Teaching Center, Teach For America, and Fulbright, among others. Finally, your weekends are your own and can be spent exploring the natural beauty and proximity of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Lakes Region, the Seacoast, and Boston – all within an hour’s drive.


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