A summer at Breakthrough Cincinnati is a win-win

Spend your summer inspiring and leading young people as a Teaching Fellow or Instructional Coach. You can impact the success of middle school students while you explore your own future career opportunities.


Each summer, Breakthrough Cincinnati hires over 70 hard-working college undergraduates and practicing teachers from all academic backgrounds to join our community. Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches have a deep commitment to social justice and passion for working with middle-school students.


Breakthrough Cincinnati simply “becomes a part of you” and the benefits are endless. You will:

  • Cultivate the professional skills that will set you apart from the rest.

  • Experience a sense of belonging that has you thinking “these are my people.”

  • Be responsible for the life-changing learning that takes place in your very own classroom.

  • Know you are making a difference when you see a student solve a challenging problem.

  • Draw out your inner leader as you oversee special projects and make key program decisions.

  • Work with a diverse team of people who care as much as you do about making a difference for youth.


Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches make a nine-week commitment to the program, which consists of two weeks of training, six weeks of teaching, and one week of evaluation.

Teaching Fellows will:

  • Create lesson plans for one core course (i.e., math, science, history, or English) and an academic elective (e.g., foreign language, dance, art).

  • Lead your own classroom.

  • Learn and practice classroom management and instructional strategies and receive feedback from professional teachers.

  • Work on a team to plan and lead special events.

Instructional Coaches will:

  • Lead a team of Teaching Fellows in one core academic subject such as science, math, literature or history.

  • Develop mentoring skills as you inspire, motivate, and support aspiring educators.

  • Coordinate the implementation of curriculum and assessment for middle school-aged students.

  • Provide insight and leadership to a team of developing teachers.

Time Commitment

June 10th through August 7th

Want to Apply?

To apply for a Teaching Fellow position, you must be a junior or senior in high school or a college undergraduate. Click here for the 2019 Teaching Fellow application.

To apply for an Administrative or Instructional Coach position, you must be a practicing teacher or graduate student.              Check back in January for 2019 opportunties.

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are authorized to work in the U.S.

For more information about joining the 2019 team, email Elana Elmore, Program Director, at elana@breakthroughcincinnati.org