Institute for Recruitment of Teachers | Internships and Info Sessions

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers is a non-profit organization aimed at diversifying the field of education by providing graduate school prep services to students from underrepresented backgrounds. We partner with a consortium of over 40+ institutions across the country including the University of Washington, where we pipeline diverse students into MA and PhD programs in the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences.

The IRT helps students of color and others who are committed to social justice and diversity, pursue their MA or PhD within the field of Education, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The IRT accepts applications from professionals in the field, people who already have a master’s degree or are currently enrolled in a master’s program, recent graduates, and undergraduate juniors and seniors.

Undergraduate juniors and seniors are also eligible to apply for their paid, summer residential internship.


  • 25-30 Interns are selected by the IRT to participate in an intense four-week Summer Workshop at Phillips Academy. The dates of the 2020 Summer Workshop are Tuesday, June 30th to Saturday, July 25th.
  • During the summer, interns and faculty spend 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. The summer program also includes lectures, writing conferences, debates, and presentations by nationally known educators, artists, and poets. Students also prepare for the GRE and begin work on their statements of purpose.
  • In mid-July, the IRT hosts its renowned annual Recruiters’ Weekend for all students where over 60 graduate school deans and admissions representatives speak with potential candidates about their graduate programs. Our 2019 Recruiters’ Weekend will be held on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th.
  • Summer workshop participants receive a $1,200 stipend, travel expenses (for those traveling by plane or train), and room and board.
  • Admission for the summer workshop is highly selective. If we are unable to offer you a place in the workshop, you will still be considered automatically for a place in the year-long Associates Program.


  • Along with the students who participate in the Summer Workshop, the IRT also selects approximately 90 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, recent college graduates, and working professionals 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.

For more information on these programs, click here.

The IRT will also be hosting another information session on Thursday, 2/6/2020 in Miller Hall, Room 112A from 2:00 – 3:00pm at the University of Washington. 

Interested candidates can RSVP here. If you are unable to attend or have questions, please contact Monica Reum, Recruitment and Admissions Program Specialist at