Teaching for Change depends on the support of committed individuals to serve as interns/fellows or volunteers throughout the year. In exchange for their time and expertise, we provide interns/fellows and volunteers with the chance to make a meaningful contribution to social justice education, hands-on experience, and opportunities to attend local and national forums on education.
Opportunities will be matched on a rolling basis and based on priority of openings and need. We offer both in-person and virtual opportunities.
A person who works on a project for a semester or more with Teaching for Change for school credit — either undergraduate or graduate. The person is selected based on their ability carry out a specific project or area of work for Teaching for Change while also learning skills or knowledge related to that practice. Because Teaching for Change does not currently have funding for internships, we prioritize collaborations where students are paid by their school or other programs such as the Truman Fellowship.
Similar information as above and Fellows will typically be individuals who have completed graduate school and/or come to the organization with related experience, while interns will typically be attending undergraduate or graduate school and/or have little related experience.
Volunteers are those who provide services to Teaching for Change without school credit and the type of work can vary from one time assistance with packing books to a multiyear commitment to organizing our children’s book library. As volunteer implies, there is no financial compensation, other than reimbursement of authorized expenses.
- Interns and volunteers are selected based on their individual interests and backgrounds in conjunction with organizational needs.
- Many positions are ideal for teachers looking for opportunities to support social justice education beyond the classroom walls.
- There is no minimum time requirement. The schedule can be set according to the needs of the individual and the specific assignment.
- Most students arrange to receive academic credit and/or financial assistance at their educational institutions for their fellowship period.
- To apply, please review the current openings below and prepare a letter of interest and resume. These will be uploaded when you complete the Intern & Volunteer Interest form.
Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project is a groundbreaking effort to promote an understanding of people’s history of the United States in middle and high schools. The project has a website which provides teachers with free field-tested classroom teaching activities, drawing from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and other people’s history books and films. The intern will play a central role in supporting the project’s This Day in History series, updating events by date, theme or state.
Classroom and Workshop Documentation
This is an opportunity to learn about the effective work of teachers locally and nationally. Interns or volunteers conduct interviews with teachers by phone or email, and/or conduct site visits. Past documentarians observed effective equity practices in D.C. schools and conducted online interviews to document and share creative uses of Teaching for Change’s resources. Documenters may participate in classroom visits, workshops/events or programs and create news posts or articles to celebrate these moments among the Teaching for Change community. Applicants must be skilled listeners and writers. Ideal for an individual with at least one year of teacher training.
Social Justice Books Reviews
This opportunity is ideal for an intern or volunteer seeking to expand book reviews to promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, as well as articles and books for educators. Book reviews are needed for:
- Children’s picture books
- Young Adult literature
Applicants must be skilled writers and critical thinkers and able to provide recommendations for books we may celebrate or critique.
Teaching Central America
Teaching for Change has developed one of the most comprehensive collection of resources for teaching about Central America from a social justice perspective. These resources are posted online at the Teaching Central America website and have been accessed by tens of thousands of educators across the country. Ideally, this opportunity is great for an individual with deep understanding of Central America and a desire to engage in education on the history and politics of Central America.
- update the history of Central America for middle school readers
- review films and books to post online
- assist with the collation of Central American lessons
- support Teach Central America week and other activities
In filling a void found in traditional curricula, Teaching for Change has published resources including Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching and Beyond Heroes and Holidays.
Interns are needed to conduct image and text research for upcoming publications and reprints. Interns are involved in all aspects of this work, including assisting with research and editing. Ideal candidates will have formal training in the content area of the respective publication.
Civil Rights Movement
Teaching for Change has one of the few websites and publications in the country dedicated to teaching about the Civil Rights Movement, civilrightsteaching.org. Interns would be valuable to update the site with news, resources, and interviews with teachers on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. An ideal candidate will have experience with Squarespace and WordPress.
Teaching About Haiti
Teaching for Change has developed one of the most comprehensive collection of resources for teaching about Haiti from a social justice perspective. These resources are posted in our Teaching About Haiti page and have been accessed by tens of thousands of educators across the country. This opportunity is great for an individual with deep understanding of Haiti and the desire to engage in education on the history and politics of Haiti.
- update the history of Haiti for middle school readers
- review films and books to post online
- assist with the collation of Haiti lessons
Promotion of Programs and Resources
This is an ideal opportunity for interns in marketing and/or communications programs to get hands on experience in marketing analysis, developing press releases, marketing plan development, and more. Projects include promoting publications such as Beyond Heroes and Holidays and Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.
Applicants must have at least one year of formal marketing and/or communications training.
There are many other ways to contribute your talent and skills to Teaching for Change. Simply let us know if you have experience in marketing and communications, photography, videography or other skillsets when you complete your interest form.
To apply please prepare a letter of interest, your resume and complete the form. Letter of interest, resume and any additional support materials will be uploaded when the form is completed.