Summer Teaching Fellowship

See what our Teaching Fellows are saying after their summer 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


  • While you need to enjoy working with middle school students, you do not need to be an education major
  • Complete and pass a criminal background check
  • You must be a current high school junior or senior, or college student
  • Must be available and present for all programming days


  • Leadership Orientation: June 6-7, 2024
  • Full Staff Orientation: June 10-21, 2024 *June 19 Holiday
  • Summer Program: June 24 – August 2, 2024 *July 4 Holiday
  • Celebration: August 3. 2024
  • Wrap-Up: August 5-8, 2024



  • Solo-teach two sections of academics daily
  • Commit to social justice and equity work
  • Foster a safe and inclusive space for all community members
  • Work with a given curriculum (flexible) and lesson plan
  • Co-create and teach an extracurricular course
  • Advise and mentor a small group of students over the course of the summer
  • Serve on a committee to plan and execute community events
  • Work alongside other exceptional college students from across the country to plan and teach classes
  • Lead field trips
  • Attend weekly professional development workshops and receive extensive training and continuous support
  • Have fun!!

Stipend and Housing 

  • Housing is available at no cost for out-of-state students.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided at no cost
  • Base living stipend of $2,000, plus a potential $1,300 AmeriCorps Educational Award
  • Eligible to apply for additional financial assistance up to $2,000
  • Fulfill school internship or volunteer requirements

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.





Application Deadlines:

Application Opens November 7, 2023
Early Action Deadline January 18, 2024
Regular Decision Deadline February 29, 2024

Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are part of a National Collaborative

For more than 40 years, Breakthrough Collaborative has been creating empowering educational experiences for traditionally underrepresented students on their path to college and operates the largest pre-professional teacher training program in the country. Breakthrough Teaching Fellows play an integral role in Breakthrough’s nationally recognized middle school summer program.



Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are committed to personal growth, education equity, and developing as leaders and learners. Teaching Fellows learn to be lead classroom teachers, through professionally designed training and continued support from Instructional Coaches and professional staff. Additionally, Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to take on leadership roles planning community events and projects.

Breakthrough Teaching Fellows are undergraduates of all majors to ensure Breakthrough students interested in STEM, business, the humanities, or any other major, have the opportunity to connect with Teaching Fellows who are as passionate about the same topics as they are.

Breakthrough Teaching Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a variety of life experiences. At Breakthrough, we know it is important for our students to have teachers who they identify with. Over 75% of Breakthrough Teaching Fellows identify as people of color and over 40% of Teaching Fellows are the first in their family to attend college.

Breakthrough Teaching Fellows create and nurture Breakthrough’s community, culture, and fun! No Breakthrough summer would be complete without spirit days and spirit checks, All School Meeting, field trips, talent shows, and unique Breakthrough traditions! Our alumni carry Breakthrough culture with them back to campus and beyond as they build innovative communities of their own. 

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Further Information

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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.




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.

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.

“Breakthrough has shaped me not only as an educator but as a human being. It has taught me the importance of connections and community and how to build those. I’ve learned how important it is to make mistakes and learn from them. I came back every summer for a reason. You can learn so much from this program. And more importantly, you get to meet the most amazing students you will ever meet. I will be teaching 6th grade in the fall and I know without Breakthrough, I would not be as prepared for that role.”  – Carly, Teaching Fellow 2020, 2021 and 2023, Current 6th Grade teacher in Maine


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