Accelerate Fellow: Teach For America’s Leadership Fellowship-Summer 2017 (Flexible)

The Role

Accelerate: Teach For America's Leadership Fellowship is a unique seven-week (June 19-August 6, 2017) paid fellowship experience for rising juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) who are passionate about innovating new solutions to help address challenges of inequity at the local, regional, and national levels. Fellows will travel to three different cities to work alongside Teach For America alumni and local community members to develop a strong sense of local context. Then, they will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to develop responsive solutions to these challenges. This experience will allow fellows to develop leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving, and executive communication skills easily transferable in professional and academic careers, while giving an opportunity to make a tangible impact in the lives of students and their families.

Ideal candidates are high achieving sophomores or juniors (rising juniors, rising seniors) pursuing an undergraduate degree that have leadership experience in a student organization or workplace. In particular, Accelerate Fellows should be individuals with an interest in leadership and social impact. Students of all academic background will be considered. This role will report to Teach For America's Early Engagement Team.

Accelerate: Teach For America's Leadership Fellowship

As an Accelerate Fellow, you'll experience seven weeks of high-impact, hands-on, and community driven work as you travel across the country with a cohort of peers. Over the course of the summer you will travel to two urban and one rural Teach For America regional locations. The summer starts with training on innovation and social change before forging new relationships across the social and private sectors working with some of Teach For America's most notable alumni in organizations and businesses they work in and lead. With the support of Teach For America's alumni, staff and community partners you'll work alongside other Fellows to develop solutions and pitch your ideas. Fellows earn a competitive compensation package including a generous salary, travel and accommodations. At the conclusion of the experience select Fellows will have the opportunity to secure an early offer to the 2018 Teach For America corps.

The Team

Our Early Engagement team's charge is to create opportunities and experiences for undergraduate students to learn more about the mission of our organization. To meet this responsibility the Early Engagement team engages with hundreds of student leaders across college campuses providing unique ways for students to learn more about educational inequity and the role they can play in being a part of the solution.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in fellowship weekly trainings
  • Participate in community immersion experiences, including but not limited to organization site visits, school visits, community interviews, solution validation, focus groups, etc.
  • Support organizational capacity for nonprofits, businesses, or programs managed or led by Teach For America alumni. This may include special project assignments, job shadowing, strategic planning, research, and administrative duties.
  • Develop solutions to challenges regions face
  • Pitch and propose solutions to Accelerate staff and partners based on community immersion, and capacity building opportunities.
  • Engage in design and collaboration with a cohort of fellows, led by TFA Staff and other internal and external partners, and build skill and knowledge around leadership, diversity, critical thinking, design thinking, innovation, executive communication, pitching, and problem solving.
  • Consistent national travel throughout the course of the seven-week fellowship is required.


Prior Experience

  • Must have held a leadership role within a student organization, volunteer organization, or in a professional setting

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel to U.S. cities and participate in required activities consistently from June 19 to August 6, 2017.
  • Some evening and week-end work may be required to meet deadlines


  • Exemplifies Teach For America's core values and demonstrates an ability to work with a diverse set of teammates and stakeholders
  • Strong ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and keep a close eye on myriad, important details
  • Strong ability to build relationships, understand the perspectives of others
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to identify process improvements
  • Strong communication skills, in written and verbal form, and for both professional and interpersonal settings
  • Orientation towards innovative thinking and creative problem solving


  • Must be an undergraduate student graduating between fall 2017 and spring of 2019 (current sophomore or junior)


There are two required steps to completing your application. Your application will not be considered until both steps are complete:

Part 1: Complete the initial application by scrolling to the bottom of this page and following the links under "Would you like to apply for this job?" You do not need to submit a cover letter, but a resume is required.

Part 2: After submitting the initial application, complete this additional online application.

For questions about your application, please email [email protected]

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

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