Education is one of the largest fields of employment for Williams graduates. Many of our students choose to share their love of learning with others and reap the personal and professional rewards of education-related careers. Whether you’re considering teaching, school administration, research, working at a college or university, or graduate school/certification we will help you gain the tools needed to succeed.
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- Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP), funding for summer internships in education
- Winter Study Internships through SPEC 21
- Local Education Outreach and Experiential Learning Opportunities through The Center for Learning in Action and including CLiA Winter Study courses.
- Sample Summer Internships & Opportunities:
- Summer Teaching Fellowships: These programs provide teacher training and mentored teaching opportunities over the summer. They can be a pathway to getting placed in the affiliate schools as a teacher after graduation.
- Camps (try out different ages, different focus areas—outdoor education, STEAM, art)
- EXPLO faculty (summer enrichment program for students)
- Private School Summer Internship Programs
- St. Paul's School
- Aspire Teaching at Hathaway Brown
- CarneySandoe Internship Portal
- Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Teaching Internship (search Handshake)
- Northfield Mt. Herman Summer Teaching Internship (search Handshake)
- Phillips Exeter Summer Teaching Internship
- The Partners Program Summer Internship at The College Prep School in CA
- Overland and other outdoor adventures
- PBS Learning (Media and EdTech), example is WGBH Boston
- Arts Education at Museums
- Admissions Tour Guide at Williams
- College Access Programs (e.g., Matriculate)
- Department of Education (every state has it’s own DOE, for Mass., search at MassCareers)
- Policy Research Intern: e.g., Center for American Progress; Urban Institute; Brookings Institute; Learning Policy Institute (more think tanks in spreadsheet below)
- Intern in Public School administration — look into public school districts in your desired location
- Community nonprofits with after school/daycare programs, like YMCA
- Youth advocacy organizations and NGOs, such as Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership or Children's Defense Fund
- AmeriCorps Vista Summer Associate placement, search Vista placements at https://my.americorps.gov/
- Williams Spreadsheet with list of Education Policy Think Tanks, NGOs, and other research organizations
- Spreadsheet of Education Policy Organizations, compiled by UVA
- EphLink (Join the Education Group and search for alums working in Education fields!)
- Williams K-12 Academic Resources
- Williams Program in Teaching
- Local Education Outreach as part of CLiA
- Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) homepage
- Education-related Reading and Film list (NEW!!)
- The Williams Career Network
Williams graduates pursuing the field of Education go on to teach in Charter Schools, Private School and Public Schools (through master's and residency programs below); work in education technology or education policy; or pursue education research.
Please use EphLink and LinkedIn to search for alumni pursuing a wide range of careers in Education.
Use Handshake to search for jobs in Education. Students can teach at some Charter Schools and Private Schools post-Williams. The below section on residency programs offers sample paths into teaching in public schools, which requires state licensure.
Interesting in teaching a K-12 private and independent school post-Williams? Make an appointment in Handshake with Emma to learn more about placement agencies, which help match students looking for teaching jobs with the needs of schools.
New private school teachers can expect to teach subjects they majored in at Williams as well as support the extracurricular activities of the school (e.g., athletics coach, club support, residence life). Starting salary averages around $30,000 for the school year, which often includes housing and some meals.
Hiring timeline: Hiring for teachers happens from late fall through late spring. Placement agencies can start working with interested students as early as September, with offers from schools coming between December and May.
Sample Residency and Teaching Programs
Teacher residencies follow the model of medical residencies; they provide training and certification and are geared toward students without an education major. Most include a master's degree, practicum hours for certification, and training and mentorship from current teachers. They often required a multiyear teaching commitment with a school or district in a high-need area after graduation. The following are a small sample of residencies/certification programs. A longer list with more geographic diversity can be found at the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
Name Eligibility Graduate School Funding Certification Provided Requirements for Teaching Post-Completion Location Website Urban Teachers Seniors and recent grads, 3.0 gpa Yes, Johns Hopkins School of Education Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, Elementary or Secondary Math or English 4 years partner locations nationally Boston Teaching Residency Seniors and recent grads, 3.0 gpa, US citizen Yes, UMASS Boston Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, Elementary or Secondary 3 years Boston Teach for America Seniors and recent grads, US citizens or DACA recipients Optional Yes, Stipend, discounted tuition at participating graduate schools Optional 2 years National Project Inspire Teacher Residency Seniors and recent graduates Yes, in Tennessee Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, Tennessee 4 years in Hamilton County, TN Hamilton County, TN American Museum of Natural History Seniors and recent grads Yes, Richard Gilder Graduate School Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, science, NY 4 years NYC UPenn Independent School Teaching Fellowship Seniors and recent grads Yes, Penn Graduate School of Education Yes, Salary and Tuition aid No Employment at partner school for 2 years Partner day and boarding schools nationally UTEP Chicago Seniors and recent grads Yes, University of Chicago Financial Aid Yes, Elementary or Secondary, Illinois One year Chicago City on Hill Charter Schools Urban Teaching Fellowship Seniors and recent grads Yes, Boston University Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts 2 years Boston Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, Sposato GSE Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts n/a Boston Capital Teaching Residency/KIPP DC Seniors and recent grads; 3.0gpa No Yes Yes, DC 3 years DC Relay Teacher Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, multiple cities Yes, salary for residency and reduced tuition Yes 2 years National NYU Residency and Master's Seniors and recent grads Yes, NYU Yes, salary for residency and reduced tuition Yes, NY 1 year NYC TNTP Residency Seniors and recent grads Optional at some locations Financial Aid Yes, through TNTP Academy, different states 1-3 years NationalLesley University Teaching Residency Yes, Lesley University Yes, salary for residency and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts 1 year Massachusetts Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship Seniors, Recent grads, Science and Tech majors Yes, 3 options Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, secondary school, Pennsylvania 3 years Pennsylvania Philadelphia Teaching Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, 4 options Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, PA 3 years Philadelphia
Additional Graduate Schools in Education
When researching graduate schools, consider your end goals and geographic preferences if you are planning to teach, as not all states have certification reciprocity. In addition, for those enrolling in teacher preparation programs, know that many Master of Arts in Teaching or Master's in Education require you take a portion of the state certification exam (the MTEL in Mass.) prior to matriculation.
- Bank Street Graduate School of Education
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Stanford Graduate School of Education
- Teachers College at Columbia University
- Lesley Graduate School of Education
- Wheaton College Masters of Arts in Teaching
- Sarah Lawrence Masters of Science in the Art of Teaching
- University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
- Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago
- Tufts Graduate Programs in Education
The above are suggested by Susan Engel.
- Brandeis Program
- Brown MAT
- Mount Holyoke MAT
- Clark University MAT
- Philadelphia Teacher Residency
- Smith College
National/International Fellowships & International Opportunities with teaching components
Post-graduate Opportunities in the Berkshires
Meet With Your Advisor
For quick questions, stop by the ’68 Center for Career Exploration 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-in appointments are 15 minutes. If you’re ready to discuss career options, resume and cover letter, job applications, or interview skills, you can use Handshake to set up a half-hour appointment.
You can ask me about different roles in education, from education policy to teaching to curriculum designer; what to include on a resume for a teaching job; when are recruiting timelines; what graduate schools do Williams alums go to for education; how to ask an alum about their career path; trends in the field; and more!
Emma Cutrufello, PhD