Application & Interview Tips

The Online Application

The online application is a one- to two-hour process that asks you to provide personal and academic information, upload a resume, and respond to a short-answer question. It’s your first opportunity to tell us about your accomplishments and experiences and talk about your interest in Teach For America.

  • Resume
  • Short-Answer Question
  • Helpful Resources


On your resume, you should highlight your academic and professional achievements and leadership experience.

Academic achievement includes:

  • Your cumulative GPA
  • Participation in honors programs
  • Inclusion in dean’s lists
  • Notable awards

Leadership can be displayed through a variety of experiences including:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Managing teams

Examples of Effective Resumes:

Short-Answer Question

On the application, you’ll be asked to write a short-answer response about why you want to join TFA. Make sure you answer the question thoroughly. Review our writing proficiency standards below and be sure to proofread accordingly.

We purposefully evaluate your writing ability because corps members in every subject must teach literacy and pass district certification exams in reading and writing skills.

Strong short-answer responses will: 

  • Clearly answer the application question, make a profound point, stay on topic
  • Have a logical and insightful progression of ideas throughout
  • Clearly explain key ideas and support them with well-chosen examples or details
  • Vary sentence structure effectively
  • Choose words carefully and correctly
  • Be proofread for errors in word usage, grammar, and mechanics

Helpful Resources

Before applying, you’re encouraged to learn about TFA’s mission and what it’s like to lead a classroom.

You can also check out our Top Stories, which frequently feature articles from corps members, alumni, students, and others in the TFA community. This will help you get a stronger sense of the life of corps members and our work in action.

For more guidance and assistance on the online application, we recommend:

The Pre-Interview Activity


Applicants invited to an interview will need to complete the pre-interview activity before the in-person interview. The pre-interview activity consists of four short-answer questions.

The Interview