Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Education: Teaching/Training/Lesson Planning
Student Name: Akira Caruth
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Child Study and Human Development
Minor: None
Position Title: Teaching Fellow
Hours: 50 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid but receiving Career Center grant, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I teach 9th grade English to 36 kids. I am responsible for editing lesson plans, creating power points and grading. I teach 3 periods every day, plan events on a committee, and do lots of other things to make sure the summer runs smoothly.

How did you find this internship?

Through a friend who did Breakthough in Boston

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love getting to know the students and seeing how much they care about Breakthrough. At the end of every summer, it is truly something special to see the majority of the students (and teachers) crying because of how much they'll miss BT. Everyone is so caring and supportive.

What do you find challenging?

Breakthrough is a lot of work. You have lesson plans due every week, and you are the only one teaching in your classroom (no TAs). It can be overwhelming at times to balance teaching with committee work, extracurriculars, and other responsibilities, but you are supported!

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Be present! Take every opportunity you can to learn about your students. It is great to be a good academic teacher, but also try to personally know your students and impact their lives as a mentor. Take risks, but also take care of yourself so you don't burn out. Have fun!

About the Organization

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, California

Our vision is to create an empowering educational experience that results in equitable access to higher education for our students and prepares our teaching fellows for education sector roles, enabling all of our students, teaching fellows, and instructional coaches to achieve their full potential as learners, teachers, leaders, and agents of change in their communities.