Sammie Barkan’s Summer of Service

This summer I was an unpaid intern with Teach For America, and I worked in their National Office. This was the second summer that I worked there. I worked in the Admissions Department, specifically the selector impact team. They are in-charge of training the selectors, and then the selector choose the teachers. While working there, I took the selector training, became a trained selector (although I did not actually get to choose any teachers), did research on new technology that the team is going to use to create their training, and created and reorganized some of the slides used in the training.

My motivations for working with TFA have really changed over the past two years. I went into it with the goal of obtaining an internship and not much more. I new a little bit about education inequality, but it was not something that I though about often. After working there my views on the problem have completely changed. It is now something that I know a lot about and care passionatly about changing. Yes, I obtained the internship, but I gained a lot more than just community service hours. I learned all about a huge issue that our country has and the great ways that one organization is trying to fix it.

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