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Participant of the 2019 Accelerate Fellowship

Teach For America is seeking the country’s boldest undergraduate leaders who are looking to be agents of change for a one-of-a-kind paid summer fellowship.

Looking for an internship where you’ll challenge inequity, elevate your leadership, and expand your network? Participate in this unique, hands-on summer opportunity through Teach For America.

Accelerate is a paid, rotational internship for rising undergraduate seniors interested in jump-starting a career in social impact. Fellows join in the fight against educational inequity alongside TFA corps members and alumni by tackling community work that intersects with education.

Travel across the country to TFA partner communities, build relationships with other college changemakers, grow professionally, and contribute to work needed immediately alongside leaders in the social and private sectors.

Why Choose Accelerate?

  • Opportunity to secure an offer to the Teach For America corps
  • Travel across the country
  • Contribute meaningfully to communities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity
  • Meet with executives, innovators, and community leaders
  • Full compensation package, including travel, housing, and competitive salary

Accelerate Fellowship 2018

In 2018, Accelerate Fellows traveled to New Mexico, Nashville, and Chicago to work on community issues alongside local leaders, while strengthening the skills needed for a social impact career.

Application Process

The application for Accelerate 2019 closed on December 5, 2018. Contact us at acceleratefellows@teachforamerica.org with any questions.

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Brennan Steele

Memphis '18

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

During Accelerate, I became very in tune with the importance of place when it comes to educational equity work. When entering a community that you are not familiar with, it is extremely important to understand the way in which social, political, and economic systems work.

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Kaili Akar

Miami-Dade '18

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Working along like-minded, passionate, and intelligent people fueled me to understand my role in leveling the education playing field. Accelerate is the intellectual summer camp you never knew existed. 

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Calvin Anderson

Greater Tulsa '18

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

Accelerate helped me develop a recognition of how my identity and my leadership style uniquely impact environments around me.

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Sabrina Hernandez

D.C. Region '18

Accelerate Fellowship Participant

As a fellow, I was able to learn from TFA alumni who have shown a lifelong commitment to educational equity by opening schools, running nonprofits for youth, or working within their local school systems.

Read about a 2018 participant’s experience Right Arrow

Fellowship Experience

Below are examples of a what your summer work might look like to give you a sense of the ways that you will strengthen your skills. The Fellowship evolves each year, so projects and schedules are subject to change.