Teaching Internship

Program's identity and key information

Interested in this teaching internship opportunity? Find information on the application procedure via the CARAT Database for Grants and Fellowships.

The deadline has been extended until February 21, 2021.

About the internship


The CHS seeks up to six Harvard College students to serve as Teaching Fellows (TFs) for the CHS High School Summer Program (HSSP) in Greece. TFs will support the HSSP faculty members and participate in planning, coordinating, and teaching a two-week seminar. The first phase of the internship will be preparation during the spring semester, and the second phase will be the program itself.

Due to the current pandemic, the program will take place via zoom. If conditions allow it, a follow-up in-person final session of the program may be organized in Greece, during the academic year 2021–2022. In this case, CHS will support TFs' international airfare, as well as transportation and accommodation in Greece.

CHS will offer a stipend of up to $1,250 to the Teaching Fellows for their participation, work, and contributions to the program.

Teaching Fellows Responsibilities

Phase one: Preparation (March–June, 2021)

The first phase of the internship focuses on the preparation of the seminar, during the spring of 2021. Several meetings will be arranged over zoom and the TFs will work together to prepare the course syllabus under the guidance of the Program Director and the faculty members. The TFs will compile the texts that the students will study, build the syllabus and seminar plans, and prepare the participant high school students' daily activities. The TFs will also participate in the selection of the high school students.

Phase two: High School Program (1–16 July, 2021)

The second phase will be the program itself, which will take place virtually from July 1st to July 16th, every day from 10am to 1:30pm Eastern Time/US. The TFs will collaborate closely with each other and with the Harvard faculty members throughout the program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching the high school students and guiding their reading activities and study hours
  • Planning group activities, simulation games, and discussions
  • Evaluating assignments
  • Building and/or expanding the students research skills and how to use Harvard's library e-resources
  • Helping the students design research projects and prepare final presentations
  • Reviewing the days' activities as a team, along with the program's faculty members and
  • Organizing the program's closing event.

About the High School Summer Program Seminar

The seminar, entitled "Introduction to the Study of Humanity," introduces high school students to the foundations of the social sciences and covers topics such as the different types of human societies, the factors that lead to social change, the relationship between morality and politics, and the role of nationalism, ethnicity, and religion in today’s world. The seminar relies heavily on student participation, class discussion, writing assignments, presentations, simulation games, and independent research.

For more information about the High School Summer Program, visit its webpage.

Application procedure

Prospective candidates for the teaching internship positions must submit their application form online via CARAT.

Required Documentation:

  • Cover letter explaining the rationale for applying
  • A PDF copy of their current résumé (one page)
  • A PDF copy of their most recent transcript
  • Include contact information for one reference in the application

Each student's reference may be a professor, employer, or advisor. This person should be able to comment specifically on the student’s academic records, his/her capacity to carry out the responsibilities listed above, and his/her ability to work effectively and cooperatively with fellow students, faculty members, as well as the Center's team in Greece.

Students are recommended to inform their references that the latter will receive an e-mail from CARAT with a link to upload their reference letter.

CHS contacts finalists in March.

See this website for résumé guidelines and examples.


Applicants must be current sophomores, juniors or seniors at Harvard University. Concentrators from any department are eligible. Applicants must have taken at least one course in political theory or political philosophy. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required.

Knowledge of modern Greek is not required.

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