Make an impact and grow your leadership as a college student. Teach For America offers programs and paid internships for undergraduates throughout the year.
As an undergrad, you can join a powerful network of changemakers and help shape the future our country. TFA can help you take your leadership to the next level through unique professional development opportunities.
We offer paid internships and all-expenses-paid programs for undergraduates from all majors and colleges across the country. Each opportunity prepares you for a career of impact, while giving you the chance to explore social issues affecting our nation.
This paid summer fellowship is for rising seniors interested in exploring systems-level change within the education system and jump-starting a career of social impact. Travel to and work towards accelerating change in a Teach For America partner community, while strengthening your tangible skills and developing in your leadership. Learn more.
Rise Student Leadership Conference
Rise is for underclassmen looking to explore their short- and long-term leadership potential in driving systems-level change in education, while networking with other student leaders from across the country. Learn more.
Summer Operations Associate
Operations Associates are paid interns at TFA’s summer institute. College students with an interest in data, technology, project management, event planning, and marketing are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
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Why You Should Get Involved Now
Challenge Educational Inequity
- Make powerful change through hands-on experiences in your campus community or a TFA region
- Participate in a variety of opportunities that intersect with inequity, including working with students and brainstorming solutions alongside community members
Elevate Your Leadership
- Strengthen strategic thinking and communication skills
- Learn how to leverage your skills on your campus
Expand Your Personal Network
- Network with students from across the country and TFA’s diverse network of nearly 62,000 leaders
- Connect with influential leaders like Forbes’ 30 Under 30 honorees and social innovation CEOs
Additional Opportunities with TFA’s Partners
Breakthrough Collaborative offers high school and college students the opportunity to experience the realities of the classroom while planning and teaching their own academic courses to small groups of students from under-served areas. Repeatedly named a Princeton Review Top Ten Internship, Breakthrough Collaborative positions are available in 25 U.S. cities and Hong Kong.
The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program trains college students to become servant leaders to provide care and nurturing for children. Using integrated reading curricula, interns serve as facilitators in the classroom and as leaders of parent workshops and community outreach activities.
CollegeSpring helps high school juniors from low-income backgrounds tackle the SAT and college admissions. As an undergraduate mentor, you’ll coach students through difficult concepts and plan lessons in math, reading, and writing. You’ll also serve as a near-peer mentor, helping students gain confidence. CollegeSpring offers paid mentorships in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.
The Congressional Internship Program is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute effort to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and strengthen leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill. Interns participate in a community service project and receive professional development. Internships are offered in the spring, summer, and fall and are paid 12-week programs.
Idealist.org is an international organization that aims to help individuals act on good intentions through volunteering, community engagement, national and international service, social-impact careers, and further education. College students can sign up on the site to search for opportunities and learn more about nonprofit organizations around the country.
A Hispanic Heritage Foundation program, Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) was created to identify, prepare, place, and mentor emerging Latino professionals on a management track to bolster America’s workforce. Programs include internships, full-time positions, community service projects, and more. LOFT has provided hundreds of candidates to Fortune 500 companies.
Management Leadership for Tomorrow is a national nonprofit whose goal is to diversify senior business, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Black, Latino, and Native American sophomores are encouraged to apply to the Career Prep program. Career Prep uses one-on-one coaching, exclusive exposure to leading companies, national networking with young professionals, and four all-inclusive leadership development workshops to help students realize their full career potential.
Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) was conceived on the belief that all children have equal potential to compete intellectually in our society. Each year, PMP offers college students the opportunity to experience the challenges and realities of the classroom while planning and teaching low-income students from under-served areas over the course of an eight-week intensive summer internship.
The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity program’s mission is to prepare young people of color to lead by example in their families, communities, and careers. The SEO Career Program has placed more than 5,000 black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students in competitive business, banking, law, technology, and philanthropic internships. SEO has been featured in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 109 Internships.”
Camp Ramapo provides a traditional summer camp experience for children who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults. Counselors are specifically selected based on experience, patience, and commitment to children with special needs. Counselors are emerging professionals in the fields of special education, social work, psychology, or related areas. This is a great opportunity to begin working in the field of special education.
Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program, which offers groups of five or more students the opportunity to visit one of the 250 U.S. Habitat host affiliates. Students spend one week working with a local Habitat organization, a community, and partner families to increase the availability of decent, affordable housing in the area.
Jumpstart recruits and trains motivated college students to work one-on-one with preschool children for a full school year. Corps members partner with children from low-income backgrounds to help them build skills crucial to school success. Responsibilities include participating in weekly sessions and planning meetings, serving in a preschool classroom during the regular school day, and communicating and strategizing with families.
As Kids & Chemistry volunteers, college students teach elementary and middle school students important science concepts while showing them that science is cool, interesting, and something that they can do. Kids & Chemistry is run through the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS provides volunteers with free presentation tips and hands-on activity ideas.
Let’s Get Ready expands access to higher education by mobilizing, equipping, and empowering a movement of college students to help high school students get to college. Let’s Get Ready site directors and volunteers provide underserved students with the intensive SAT preparation, college advisement, and powerfully relevant role models and mentors they need to succeed.
Students Today Leaders Forever conducts Pay It Forward tours with middle school, high school, and college students. The tour is a community service road trip that travels from city to city doing different service projects. Students will visit cities of various sizes and learn about a variety of social issues, with the hope of learning more about themselves, their own community, and the world.
Tau Beta Pi offers engineering majors the opportunity to volunteer and help K-12 students through the MindSET Program. This initiative gives members and volunteers the opportunity to increase the number of students who successfully complete high-level math and science courses prior to graduating from high school.