Summer Academy Jobs

Application Process 411

1. Get to know us!

Read through our website, learn about our community, and watch our video, Teaching at Student U Summer Academy.

2. Find Your Passion

Based on your interest, experience, and goals read through our Summer 2021 open positions.

3. Start Your Application

Our team uses application questions to get to know you better beyond your resume. Our most successful applications are thorough, vulnerable, honest, clear and direct when communicating about candidate experiences and goals.

4. Submit Your Application

Once your application is submitted, your materials will be considered in the order they are received. 

5. Submit Lesson Plan

If you advance in the selection process, you will be notified and asked to either submit a lesson plan (Middle School & High School Teaching Positions only) and/or invited to interview. Please keep in mind that interview timelines for roles that are not direct teaching may vary and occur on a rolling basis.

6. In-Person Interview

The final step of the selection process is an in-person interview at our home, the WG Pearson Center in Durham, NC. Interview processes vary depending on the position, however, if you are applying for a teaching role, you can expect your interview to include a 10-minute teaching demo as a part of the interview.

After your interview, we will be in touch with a decision within 2 weeks.


Still have questions? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.

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Where does Summer Academy take place?

Our Summer Academy takes place at Durham Academy, at 3116 Academy Road in Durham, NC. Students come from all over Durham to attend our programming!

If I am hired as a teacher this summer, will I really be teaching, or will I be more of a teaching assistant?

You’ll be a teacher! As a summer teacher at Student U, you will be asked to complete the responsibilities professional teachers do every day, including lesson planning, managing a classroom, assessment, and parent communication. We will provide you training and support for all of these responsibilities!

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Do I need to have teaching experience in order to be a successful teacher?

No! While we love to work with experienced educators, you are not required to have previous experience in order to apply. We often hire summer teachers for whom this will be a first time working with middle schoolers or high schoolers, and will provide you with the training and support you need to teach students this summer.

Do I have to be an education major to apply or know that I want to be a career teacher?

No. We welcome all those who are committed to a Durham where all students succeed, whether you are a community member, college student, current teacher, aspiring teacher, as long as you are excited by working with our students!

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Are the dates for the summer flexible?

Unfortunately not! We know that summer is a busy time, but we really work to prioritize the five weeks we have with students. We expect teachers to be present for our full summer with students.

Is housing provided?

We do not currently provide housing for our summer teachers. However, we have a warm and helpful community, and if you are in need of finding housing for the summer, we will work to connect you with someone who might have leads!

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I’m coming from a nearby location (Chapel Hill, Raleigh) but I don’t have a car. Can I still apply?

Yes! We can’t provide transportation for you, but will connect you with another employee where possible to help you get to Student U each day.

What does this job pay?

All un-licensed Middle School & High School teachers at Student U get paid at a rate of $12 p/hour. Licensed Middle School and High School teachers get paid at a rate of $16 p/hour. Mentor and Interventionist positions are paid at a different rate.


Next Steps...

Apply online by the preferred deadline of Friday, March 5th or Friday, March 12th. Once your application is submitted, your materials will be considered in the order they are received.