Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) - Intern Summer Workshop and Associate Program

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Program Purpose: 

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) aims to "deepen the pool of talented minorities entering the teaching profession in our country." Through its Summer Workshop and Associate Program, IRT supports outstanding students during the graduate school application process who are committed to addressing the critical underrepresentation of minority groups on school and college faculties.

Program Description: 

THE INTERN SUMMER WORKSHOP Each year, 25-30 interns are selected by the IRT to participate in an intense four-week summer workshop at Phillips Academy prior to or at the completion of their senior year of undergraduate study. The workshop typically runs for the month of July; interns and faculty work together nine hours each day, six days a week. Included in the workshop are lectures, seminar discussions, small group meetings, writing conferences, films, debates, practice teaching sessions and presentations by nationally known educators, scholars, poets and artists. During the Summer Workshop, IRT interns engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural and educational theory. Students prepare for the GRE and work on their statements of purpose. At the end of the third week in July, the IRT hosts its annual Recruiters' Weekend, attended by more than 60 academic deans and graduate admissions representatives from consortium institutions who are eager to speak with potential candidates about their graduate programs. THE ASSOCIATE PROGRAM The Associate Program is geared toward rising seniors and recent college graduates who are engaged during the summer in study-abroad activities or research and thus unable to attend the Intern Summer Workshop.

Program Benefits: 

INTERN SUMMER PROGRAM Participants receive a $1,200 stipend, travel expenses if traveling by plane or train, and room and board. INTERN SUMMER PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATE PROGRAM Participants in both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to graduate schools in a consortium of 41 universities. Most graduate application fees to these institutions are waived for both interns and associates. Although associates do not participate in the summer workshop, both interns and associates receive extensive counseling and individual support with the graduate school application process – including assistance with fine-tuning statements of purpose, advocacy for admission to consortium graduate school, and endorsement for fellowships and assistantships. Associates are invited to join Summer Interns at the Recruiters' Weekend on a first come, first served basis.

Application Process: 

Admission for the Summer Workshop is highly selective. If IRT is unable to offer you a place in the Summer Workshop, you will be automatically considered for the Associate Program.

Applicant Profile: 

Competitive applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities in education, as well as in serving as a positive role model to youth.


For the Intern Summer Workshop, applicants must be rising or graduating college seniors. For the Associate Program, applicants must be rising college seniors or graduates/graduate students. Undergraduates must have a GPA of 3.0 or above; graduate students must have a GPA of 3.5 or above. The applicant's undergraduate or master's degree must be in education, mathematics, computer science, the social sciences or humanities.


There are no citizenship requirements associated with this program.

Program Deadline: 

Usually April 1.

More information: 

Click here to see a list of consortium schools.

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How To Apply: 

Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132