Tips For Applying

The Online Application

  • Your Application
  • Resume
  • Short-Answer Questions

Your Application

This is your first opportunity to tell us about your accomplishments and experiences, and to talk about your interest in Teach For America.

Before applying, we encourage you to learn about who we are and what we do. Our website, particularly the Our Mission section, is a great resource. You can also check out our Top Stories section featuring articles from corps members, alumni, students, and others in our community. 

To learn more about the admissions process, listen to our e-learning module and read some blog posts with tips directly from the admissions team!


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, or other notable awards. Leadership can be displayed through a variety of experiences including extracurricular activities, work experience, managing teams, and more. 

Short-Answer Questions

On the application you'll be asked to complete three short-answer questions about why you want to join Teach For America and other topics. Make sure you answer the questions thoroughly. Review our writing proficiency standards and proofread accordingly. We will purposefully evaluate your writing ability because corps members in every subject must teach literacy and pass district certification exams in reading and writing skills.

For exemplary short-answer responses, make sure you: 

  • Clearly answer application questions, make a profound point, stay on topic
  • Have a logical and insightful progression of ideas throughout the letter of intent
  • Clearly explain key ideas, supporting them with well-chosen reasons, examples, or details
  • Vary sentence structure effectively
  • Choose words carefully and correctly
  • Contain no errors in word usage, grammar, or mechanics

The Phone Interview

The Online Activity

The Final Interview