If you hope to pursue graduate school or a corporate career, Teach For America can help. As a corps member, you’ll have a deep impact on your students while developing your leadership skills. TFA also offers opportunities to pursue your professional passions and work for educational equity with hundreds of graduate school and employer partnerships.
As a TFA corps member and alum, you can benefit from our partnerships with graduate schools and employers around the country to position yourself to continue impacting educational equity throughout your career.
Our partners recognize the leadership you’ll bring to their programs and deeply value your lifelong commitment to service and to helping create positive change in communities. From deferrals to fee waivers to scholarships, partners offer incentives because they value the experience you gain in the classroom.
Partnerships span a wide range of sectors, so no matter where you'd like your career to go, you can lead and advocate for students well after your time in the corps.
Graduate School Benefits
Build on the knowledge and leadership you’ll gain in the classroom by pursuing graduate school after the corps.
Many graduate schools offer financial support to TFA alum as a way to make it financially viable to pursue graduate studies after completing your corps member commitment. Types of support partners offer TFA alumni include:
- Application fee waivers
- Tuition discounts
- Two-year deferrals, allowing you to complete your time in the corps
- Scholarship opportunities
The partners are in addition to the partnerships that TFA regions hold with local graduate schools, which provide Master’s Degree opportunities to current corps members.
Learn more about earning a Master’s while you’re in the corps on Licensing & Employment.
Graduate school programs that offer TFA alumni incentives, including programs in education, law, business, and policy and public affairs
Johns Hopkins School of Education
“Our collaboration with Teach For America brings passionate, talented educators into the field and empowers them with the best research and practice so they can become change agents in ourcommunities. Our TFA corps graduates have gone on to launch ed-tech firms, found community schools, develop innovative curricula, and advocate for children across the country.” –Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D - Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Education
Stanford Business School
“We value the high degree of intellectual vitality and demonstrated leadership potential that TFA participants bring to the Stanford MBA program. You build valuable skills and experiences that are transferable to business school and beyond, and you bring a unique perspective to share with your fellow students.” –Garth Saloner, Former Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
"The skills TFA alumni develop through their corps service provide a perfect foundation for the Maxwell School’s comprehensive skills - based approach to public policy analysis, public management and civic engagement. TFA alumni find benefit in not only TFA specific scholarships, but also in the diverse and tight kit community of st udents, faculty and alumni who come together in collaborative exploration of our world’s most pressing public policy issues." –Christine M. Omolino, Director, Admission & Financial Aid
University of Michigan Law School
“The values and skills of TFA alumni are a great match for Michigan Law School’s mission. TFA alumni are focused and committed in a way that many applicants are not, and have developed extremely good resilience and problem-solving skills that stand them in excellent stead during law school and beyond.” –Sarah C. Zearfoss, Senior Assistant Dean, University of Michigan Law School
Yale School of Medicine
“Teach For America provides aspiring medical students a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of diverse communities and enhance their ability to work with people from all backgrounds.” –Richard A. Silverman, Director of Admissions, Yale School of Medicine
TFA engages annually with hundreds of employers who actively pursue our alumni. These partners know that TFA alumni are well-positioned to lead from every field and continue to advocate for opportunity throughout their lives.
Employer partners can offer internships, networking opportunities, deferrals, and more. Many college students who are accepted into TFA and are also offered a position at a partner organization may be able to defer their offer for two years while they complete their corps member commitment.
Our partnerships expand across many sectors and career paths. Top partnerships currently include Google, Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and McKinsey & Company.
Employers that partner with Teach For America to recruit corps members and alumni
“McKinsey is data driven, human driven, and absolutely tenacious. I learned those skills in the classroom.”