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Campus Ambassador

August 2019 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I love getting to meet new people and learn how to plan successful events on campus. Both of my bosses are extremely supportive and understanding. They make sure we succeed and give advice for us to succeed. Through this job, my time management and professional skills have grown tremendously.

What I wish was different

Honestly, nothing. I have had great support to succeed in this job. My bosses really have provided the tools necessary to expand my skills.

Advice

Be passionate about all children having an equitable education, one day.
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Accelerate Fellow

June - August 2019 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I loved this experience. I met some very amazing people and was able to work at multiple nonprofits. This internship is rotational, so you gain exposure to the education systems of different parts of the United States while participating.

What I wish was different

I wish that the time spent in each region had been longer and that the projects had been more realistic for the needs of very motivated college students. The projects were easily completed in a short time span.

Advice

I would recommend that the intern comes into the program with an open mind and enthusiasm to try new things.
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Operations Associate

April - July 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

How informative and helpful the experience was in broadening my knowledge of people.

What I wish was different

Everything was as it should have been.

Advice

To become uncomfortable with being comfortable and to engage in conversations with people. You will always learn something of value.
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Operations Coordinator Intern

May - July 2019 • Memphis, TN

What I liked

I liked the experience of going somewhere else and learning about different cultures. Helping future teachers getting prepared for their careers was also an exiting experience.

What I wish was different

I wished the culture was more professional. It was hard to work with them because they didn't allow us to go over time and when we did they struggle to pay us. Additionally, over time payment was mentioned in the interview process but not it's limitations.

Advice

There is not an opportunity to grow in this internship because they don't really want to hire you in the future. It looks good in your resume and the experience of dealing with different people and going of state is good but I would recommend getting an internship with a company that can give you the opportunity to grow within it's careers.
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TFA Institute Intern

June - July 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I loved the staff and the location of institute.

What I wish was different

It was a new institute, so manybe a few seasoned leaders from other institutes would have been great.

Advice

It's an awesome opportunity to see the unseen logistics of preparing to be a teacher. It truly does help you understand if this is the path you should take or not.
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Program Manager

June 2018 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I liked building relationships with students and professionals across the US.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a clear expectations of amount of hours worked each week.

Advice

Before accepting a position, have a clear outline of your roles, responsibilities, and expectations.
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intern

June - August 2018 • Oklahoma City, OK

What I liked

I like the environment that I worked in and meeting new people.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Adult Education Teacher

June - July 2018 • Cleveland, MS

What I liked

Children

What I wish was different

Distance

Advice

Be financially secure, it's going to cost you.
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Accelerate Fellow

June - August 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

I loved the traveling aspect of this internship. We spent about 2.5 weeks in three cities, Albuquerque, Chicago, and Nashville doing social impact work. I got to understand the landscape of educational inequity in each unique location. Another incredible aspect of this internship is the community we were able to cultivate together with the other 45 rising juniors and seniors. Everyone was inspiring!

What I wish was different

Advice

If you're considering doing this program, I hope you love doing things because you are going, going, going in this intership!
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Corps Member

July 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I like being part of a network that is mission driven and aims to address social issues I care deeply about.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been warned or prepared that on top of the demanding workload having to juggle being a first year teacher and a full time teacher, the position is also very mentally and emotionally draining - an issue I did not take seriously when applying.

Advice

Be prepared to have a very difficult first year and if you join TFA, remember to take care of yourself. You can only do so much to help your students and for that little bit to be effective, you have to be in a good place too.
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High School Teacher

June 2018 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Positive impact, doing something meaningful/useful, working directly with communities/families in need, space for creativity

What I wish was different

I would have liked to co-teach/be a teacher's assistant in a low-income classroom first before directly being in charge of a classroom of students. Although I was warned beforehand that it would be difficult, nothing quite prepares you like actually being in the environment directly.

Advice

For those interested in education/becoming a teacher long-term, TFA is definitely a great opportunity to fast-track certification and get experience asap. For those who are interested in service but unsure about becoming a teacher, I would recommend getting some experience in a classroom first, whether through an alternative service program to get some more context to discern whether the accelerated experience would be manageable.
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Teach for America Corps Member

April 2018 • Las Vegas, NV

What I liked

I love teaching, and TFA really cares for its employees.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been paid during the summer!

Advice

Plan ahead and pass your PRAXIS exams as soon as possible.
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Early Admitted Core Member

February 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed meeting prospective candidates.

What I wish was different

I wish it was paid--but I got free food!

Advice

Communicate, communicate, communicate.
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Campus Campaign Coordinator

June 2017 • St. Louis, MO

What I liked

Networking opportunities and developing my public speaking skills

What I wish was different

Nothing so far

Advice

This is a lot of personal responsibility. Independent work can be difficult to manage sometimes.
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