NTR Spring Internship: Your Questions Asked and Answered

By Nashville Teacher Residency Team on May 15, 2017

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Is teaching for me?” If you have, you’re not alone. Deciding to become a teacher is a big decision and a big responsibility. That is why the Nashville Teacher Residency offers potential residents the opportunity to “try out” teaching during an eight-week internship.

That sounds great, right? It is! We know you may still have some questions, so check out some of the most “frequently asked and answered questions” below:

When is the internship?

Candidates selected from our interview days will participate in an eight-week internship starting in April (and ending in late May) prior to their residency year.

I am finishing up college, and/or I have a job. Is the internship every day for eight weeks?

No, this is a part-time internship. You will be required to spend four full days – which are called “intern days”- in our partner schools (one day per school) to successfully complete the internship. Which four days you select to complete the internship is flexible too. You will work with NTR staff to pick your four days. The intern days typically run from 8 am – 4 pm.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes, interns that complete the internship will receive a $1000 stipend.

What if I complete the internship, and then decide that teaching isn’t for me…?

That is ok! The internship is designed to help you dig deeper to see if this is the career for you, and if NTR’s program is the right fit for your learning style. *Note: you will still receive the stipend even if you decide to not continue with our program.

What does an internship day look like?

Each partner school plans its intern days a little differently, but most intern days have the same core activities like observing classes, participating in a question and answer session with school leaders and staff, and getting to know NTR’s teacher preparation program better.

Here is a sample agenda from an intern day:

Time Activity Location
8:05-8:25 Welcome & School Overview Conference Room
8:25-8:50 School Tour
9:00-11:00 Classroom Observations

9:00 – 9:40 Classroom 1

9:40 – 10:20 Classroom 2

10:20 – 11:00 Classroom 3

4th/5th Hallway
11:00-11:45 Lunch Break & Prep for Sample Lesson by Interns Conference Room
11:45-12:30 Student Mingling Upstairs Cafeteria
12:45-1:45 Sample Teaching by Interns & Feedback Conference Room
1:45-2:15 Q&A with School Leaders Conference Room
2:15-2:30 Close out / complete surveys Conference Room
2:30-4:00                 Observe Dismissal / End of Day Procedures with Mentor Teachers       4th/5th Grade Hallway     

What will I learn during the internship?

First and most importantly, we hope you learn if teaching is or is not for you. You should also get a better understanding of the following:

1. A better and fuller picture of what it means to be a teacher. Excellent teachers work long and hard hours. They are dedicated to ensuring all students master new skills and hold all students to high expectations. Excellent teachers are passionate about their work and go above and beyond for their students. During the internship, you will observe and talk to teachers at our partner schools to get a deeper understanding of the life of a teacher.

2. NTR’s program model of practice and feedback. NTR trains teachers like doctors through practice, practice, practice. The NTR program is a fast-paced yet thorough teacher preparation program. Our residents work hard because they are passionate about becoming excellent and effective teachers. During the internship, you will get a look into what our resident classes look and feel like.

3. School cultures, teaching styles and expectations. Each partner school is unique! The internship is a great time to get to know the school leaders, staff and students. Residents get a say in where they are placed (disclaimer: you may not get your first school, but we try our best to place residents where they will thrive and grow into excellent teachers.)

What happens at the end of the internship?

After successfully completing the internship, you decide whether or not to join our fall teacher resident cohort. The new teacher residents then submit the names of the partner schools where they see themselves working, and NTR staff matches you according to the subject you will teach and the needs of the partner schools.

After the internship ends in May, you will have the next month or so off. In July, the professional development days begin at your assigned school! And, so begins your residency year!

Still have questions? We want to hear from you! Email us at info@nashvillteacherresidency.org.