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Master Teacher/Counselor Internship (Non-Profit/Summer)

Yleana Leadership Academy

Master Teacher/Counselor Internship (Non-Profit/Summer)
Hamilton, NY Internship Paid


$4000 - $5700 stipend plus room and board


Master Teacher/Counselor Paid Internship (Non-Profit/Summer)

The Yleana Leadership Academy is seeking Master Teacher/Counselors for its residential summer academy. We take pride in serving rising high school seniors from underserved urban areas as part of our mission to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative summer SAT experience on a college campus. We are part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy.

Our students are all low-income, and the majority are first generation students of color. All of our students attend on full scholarship and describe Yleana as one of the most transformative experiences they have had - they return to their schools with a renewed dedication to their education, and the real sense that they can succeed in whatever they choose to do in life.

Yleana at its best is made up of people who are constantly generating new and better ways to do things, drawing on what they have seen, read, and experienced, who replace “I can’t do that” with “Let’s make it happen." We prefer instructors who can improvise, who are creative, who approach problems in unexpected ways, and who generally understand how to communicate the test to diverse groups of students.

Working at Yleana is outstanding. In 2017, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 160-180 points on the SAT, and we want your help to make that number even higher.

What you'll be doing: Co-lead classes of 9-14 students on SAT Critical Reading, Writing, Math, and Essay according to the set Yleana strategies, and help students one-on-one Facilitate open, small-group discussions on topics such as race, class, and gender as part of our Issues curriculum Engage students in breakout sessions during our Entrepreneurship class - which culminates in a camp-wide Shark Tank competition Lead students in after-class (sometimes during-class) games and activities Other responsibilities as needed

At its heart, the Master Teacher/Counselor internship is half camp counselor and half classroom teacher. If you have the brain of a scholar and the heart of a camp counselor, this is your dream job.

Master teacher/counselor interns generally earn a stipend of between $4000-5700 for the summer. All summer interns receive full room and board for the duration of camp.

Stipends are determined on the basis of camp experience, level of school completed, SAT experience, proven SAT competence, flexibility/creativity/x-factor during the interview process, and specific additional camp-related responsibilities that you can undertake.

Camp runs from Saturday 6/16/18 to Monday 8/13/18; Master Teacher/Counselor interns have to be available for that whole window of time.

We will prioritize your application if you are available to teach at our Follow Up Program in after the summer program. Run like a day of camp, it takes place on college campuses in each of our partner cities (Boston, Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia) after the second session of camp is over. Pay is $25/hour, and is in addition to the base stipend.

The next priority application deadline is February 15, 2018. We hire on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the better.

Diversity and equal opportunity are at the core of Yleana and our mission. We are committed to building a team that reflects the world. People who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.


We'd love to hear from you if you: Have a BA/BS degree (highly preferred) or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (required) Are able to achieve a minimum score of 720 verbal/720 math on internal hiring assessment (SAT) Have 1-2 years’ relevant tutoring/teaching experience (highly preferred) Have 1-2 years’ experience working with students/peers (highly preferred) Are an outstanding teammate Quickly adapt to unforeseen problems Love serving as a mentor/role model to diverse high school students Exude empathy, patience, and compassion for our students Work until the job is done flawlessly, rather than saying “It’s good enough” when it’s not quite there Have a real passion for helping students from historically marginalized communities succeed in graduating high school and matriculating to college

About Us

The Yleana Leadership Academy, the flagship program of the Yleana Leadership Foundation, is a residential summer academy which serves rising high school seniors in urban areas (Baltimore, Boston/North Shore of MA, NYC, and Philadelphia) and seeks to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative intervention summer SAT experience on a college campus. We are part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy. In addition to SAT classes, students explore issues like race, class, and gender through our Issues curriculum, an open-forum discussion setting where they question these issues through readings by people like James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, bell hooks, and Sherman Alexie. We also help our students develop higher order/critical thinking skills through our Entrepreneurship class, which culminates in a one-day startup fair with entrepreneurs from all over the world advising the students all day until their crowning faceoff - a Shark Tank competition.

Yleana campers are typically low-SES, of color, and first-generation college students; all attend on full scholarship. Besides studying for the SAT, being part of Issues and Entrepreneurship classes, campers enjoy a traditional summer camp experience (complete with campfires and S’mores!) while becoming a part of a welcoming and introspective camp community. One of the greatest compliments we have received came from a student who had been in foster care and had faced significant obstacles at home who told us that Yleana was the first place she felt safe, where people truly cared about her.

In 2017, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 160-180 points on the SAT.