THE teaching fellow EXPERIENCE

The Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) paid summer Teaching Fellowship offers aspiring educators the opportunity to make summer learning engaging, fun, and impactful for students who need it the most. Serving as head classroom teachers at our partner school sites in New York City, Fellows are instrumental to achieving PMP’s mission of providing high-quality summer programming. 


hear from our past fellows

benefits of joining

  • Gain invaluable and transferable skills
  • Attend professional development and luncheons led by Teach For America staff & learn about future job opportunities
  • Get a realistic job preview of the teaching profession
  • Receive 40+ hours of teacher training
  • Join the PMP Alumni Network and receive access to opportunities for full-time employment
  • Receive mentorship from a former teaching fellows and support from a certified teacher

the application process

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Initial Application

The first two rounds of the application process entails completing background information and getting to know you questions.

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Demo Lesson Video

In the second round of the application process, we require the submission of a 5-7 minute demo video lesson based on a lesson plan we provide. We are looking for your ability to engage an audience and pace the start of a lesson.

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The final round of the application process is an in-person or Skype interview. During this round, we also require the submission of a reference form from a previous employer/manager, volunteer supervisor, or professor.

frequently asked questions

How much do Teaching Fellows earn over the summer?+

Teaching Fellows are paid $18 per hour throughout the summer. There is a monthly metrocard reimbursement and a reimbursement for fingerprinting. Between June 10th and August 9th, Teaching Fellows can expect to earn between $3,250 - $3,750 pre-tax for 190 - 210 hours of work. This amount does not include the fingerprinting and monthly unlimited metrocard reimbursement.

What does a typical fellow schedule look like in June?+

In June, Teaching Fellows report for a half-day orientation session and are assigned a working group to plan for their summer experience. The working group meets once per week for a full-day training session led by an Ed Leader (former PMP fellow). Throughout the week, Teaching Fellows will be working on deliverables that will prepare them for their in-classroom experience (i.e. creating a classroom management plan, designing anchor charts, etc.). During this time, Teaching Fellows can expeect to be compensated for 10 hours of work each week (5.5 hours of training with their Ed Leader and up to 4.5 hours for weekly homework assignments). Throughout June, Teaching Fellows will be compensated for up to another 25 hours throughout the month for orientation, classroom set up, a co-planning meeting with other summer staff, family meetings, phone calls and text messages to parents each week, and school observations.

What does a typical fellow schedule look like in July & August?+

Teaching Fellows can expect to work from 8am to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday and from 10am to 2:30pm on Fridays. Monday through Thursday Teaching Fellows will be on site managing their class and their programs. Most PMP programs are over by 1pm, however, some run until 2:30pm. There is a daily call with your Ed Leader and working group from 3pm to 3:30pm to talk through highlights and troubleshoot any challenges. On Fridays, Teaching Fellows debrief their week, meet with their working group and Ed Leader to reflect on their practice, and set goals for the following week.

Is housing provided?+

We do not provide housing for our Teaching Fellows. We suggest searching for short-term housing in NYC using Airbnb, Craigslist, or student/intern housing websites once you receive and accept your offer letter. Once we finalize our summer cohort, we will also connect Fellows who may want to find housing together.

Are Fellows given preferences for which school partner site they want to work at? School location? Grade level?+

Our biggest priority is matching our partner schools with the Fellows that will best fit their needs including the school culture, previous experience, and/or language specifications. That being said, PMP does take into consideration Fellows’ preferences for grade and location throughout the selection process. If location is a pain point for you, please let our team know during the application process.

Are PMP Fellows paid for overtime work? Training? Pre-work?+

Similar to the teaching profession, Teaching Fellows are responsible for planning outside of “work hours” including lesson planning, parent engagement, and site-specific logistics for events and activities.

Do I have to be an education major, have teaching experience, or want to become a teacher?+

While it is not required to have prior teaching experience, PMP gives preference to applicants who have student teaching experience, experience working with children, and/or are pursuing a degree in education or a related field. Most importantly, we are looking for applicants who demonstrate the potential and determination to succeed in the classroom, and are passionate about our mission.

What are the dates of the summer program?+

Our Teaching Fellowship's in-person training begins mid-June, with our programs beginning in early July and running through the first or second week of August, depending on program length.

Am I eligible to apply if I’m not a U.S. citizen? +

Yes, non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply provided that you have a student visa and have completed at least one year of study in the U.S., or have a J-1 visa.

What is the deadline to apply for the Fellowship?+

The deadline to apply for the PMP Teaching Fellowship is March 1, 2019.

When will I be notified of whether or not I was accepted?+

Final decisions are made on April 5th, 2019. However, we do begin reviewing applications earlier than the March 8th deadline and will reach out to candidates we accept to move to Rounds 2, 3, and 4 as we receive applications. It is possible for you to complete all three rounds and receive an offer letter before April 5th.

When are school placements given out?+

School placements are sent out on May 3.

Are Metrocards and travel expenses provided?+

Fellows will receive a travel reimbursement of up to $242, providing they submit proof of purchase. This amount is enough to purchase an unlimited metrocard for training and work.

Do I need to be fingerprinted in NYC? Does PMP pay for it?+

All PMP Teaching Fellows must be fingerprinted through the NYC DOE system. Even if PMP Fellows have been fingerprinted and cleared in another state or city, they still MUST be printed in NYC. The cost of the fingerprinting is $135. PMP will support Fellows with the cost of fingerprinting in the form of a reimbursement in the first paycheck. Fellows who fail to complete their summer commitment will be responsible for reimbursing the organization in the form of a deducation from any outstanding wages or in the form of a check. Should you be accepted into the program, PMP will provide all the details for fingerprinting. Fellows who cannot afford to front the payment will be able to request assistance.

Keep in mind that DOE Fingerprints stay in their system for several years, so if you continue to work in the DOE system after graduation or next year, you won't need to be re-printed!

What do family meetings entail?+

Family meetings take place before the start of the summer program and are an integral part of our program. Fellows will either visit the scholars’ school, a local park/coffee shop, or speak via phone to the families. Family meetings provide Fellows the opportunity to learn more about their scholars and their families and build a relationship prior to the start of the program. It also provides Fellows with insight about the community they are working in. Family meetings also give scholars and their families the opportunity to learn more about their PMP Fellow so that they feel more comfortable on the first day of the program as well.