Teaching Intern Program




An Apprenticeship in Residential School Teaching

Exeter Summer


Each year the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer program invites a number of outstanding college graduate students, seniors, and juniors, who have expressed an interest in teaching as a career, to intern with summer faculty and to be immersed in residential school life. 


Exeter Summer welcomes to campus more than 750 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields.

The UPPER SCHOOL—comprised of students who have completed grades nine, ten, eleven, or twelve—enrolls over 500 students who come to us from more than forty states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and forty-five foreign nations.  ACCESS EXETER—open to students who have completed grades seven or eight—provides a challenging academic program for approximately 250 students. Together, these students embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion, and race.


A talented, highly experienced group of more than one hundred and seventy women and men comprises the Exeter Summer faculty. Many teach at the Academy during the academic year; some come to us from other private schools, public schools, and from colleges or universities.


The Intern Program is coordinated by a team of faculty members who help the Interns explore the complexities of teaching in and beyond the classroom. Each Intern is assigned to an experienced mentor teacher who will work closely with them throughout the summer. While the experienced instructors teach the Summer courses, Interns have opportunities to co-teach and to teach on their own by the end of the session. The Harkness method of teaching is utilized in all courses, please refer to the Harkness page of the website to learn more. Interns will practice this approach within the classroom and will strategize about Harkness through weekly meetings with the Intern Coordinators.


Residential life is a key component to the intern experience. Interns live in dormitories (typically in a single student room in a floor occupied by students) under the supervision of veteran faculty members and share in overseeing the residential program. Dormitory responsibilities include working with a small number of advisees, taking duty nights, and establishing an adult living presence in the residence halls. Interns will be assigned chaperoning responsibilities for off-campus excursions and evening social functions. To enhance the residential part of the internship, there are weekly Residential Life meetings to reflect upon the dorm experience and what life might be like in a full year boarding school environment.


Exeter Summer 2017 begins Sunday, July 2nd and closes Friday, August 4th, with Interns arriving a few days earlier for orientation.


The Intern stipend is $3,250 plus room and board.


Completed applications must be received no later than Friday, January 13th, 2017. 


Equal Employment Opportunities:    The Academy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, genetic information, or physical or mental disabilities which do not prevent performance of essential job tasks.  Notices of nondiscrimination are publicly posted.