Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Intern

Education & Children

Founded in 1990 by Dr. Kelly Wise, the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities. IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers. The IRT offers two distinct programs: the Summer Workshop for rising college seniors who intend to pursue graduate study immediately upon completion of their undergraduate degree, and the Associate Program for college seniors and recent graduates who want to continue their educational studies. Participants of both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to graduate programs offered by a consortium of 43 universities. The IRT office located in Andover, MA, processes and distributes its participants’ applications to consortium graduate schools. Please note that all original copies of application materials are retained in our office. Each year, 25-30 Interns are selected by the IRT to participate in an intense four-week Summer Workshop at Phillips Academy. During the summer, interns and faculty spend nine hours together each weekday in seminar discussions and activities. The syllabus consists of traditional and cutting-edge theory and cultural criticism in the disciplines of education, the humanities, and social science designed to introduce students to the philosophical rigors associated with the kinds of texts one encounters throughout graduate study. Readings are thematically grouped. They are also sequenced so that interns may become empowered to responsibly analyze and apply theoretical vocabulary, traditional and cutting-edge concepts, and critics' dense and complex philosophical arguments to subsequent readings throughout the program. The goal of the continually-developing IRT canon is to provide interns with a threshold experience relative to graduate study. The summer program also includes lectures, writing conferences, debates, films, and presentations by nationally known educators, artists, and poets. In addition, a graduate school fair attended by over 60 consortium graduate deans and admissions officers is held and students also participate in a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation course. Along with the students who participate in the Summer Workshop, the IRT also selects at least 70 outstanding students to enroll in the Associate Program. Associates do not participate in the summer workshop, but, like Interns, are selected through a rigorous application process. The Associate program is geared toward undergraduates and recent college graduates who otherwise are engaged during the summer in research, teaching, or other opportunities. Both Interns and Associates are offered extensive counseling and assistance in negotiating the graduate school application process. It is important to underscore the extraordinary record of the program. Since the IRT’s inception in 1990, nearly every IRT applicant has been admitted to at least one graduate school, most have been admitted to four or more. Approximately, 90 percent of these students have received full tuition waivers and partial-to-full fellowship funding for up to six years of graduate study. The IRT has worked with approximately 2000 Interns and Associates. Of that number, over 800 participants have already received Master’s degrees, 251 have earned Ph.D.s, and over 20 are tenured professors. Additionally, many IRT alumni are currently teaching in elementary and secondary schools as well as working as school administrators. In the coming decades, a number of these scholars will emerge as leaders in American secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

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