REDUCE summer learning regression. EXPOSE college students to MTR's mission of equal education. PROMOTE a love of learning.

Internship Opportunities

MTR Camp is a high energy day camp. Each intern is expected to participate in chants, hype sessions (think dance party) and whole camp community building activities. All interns will create engaging and fun classroom environments while scripting and teaching MTR written lesson plans. Interns will also develop and lead a weekly creative exploration module based on personal interest and talents (music, art, dance, poetry, etc.). The four different positions for camp interns are: Group Leader, Math Teacher, Reading Teacher, and Technology Facilitator.

Group Leader

Group Leaders ensure the safety and well-being of campers during the camp day. Group Leaders will support Reading and Math Teachers in instruction and classroom management. In the morning, Group leaders will travel with a set of campers to academic rotations and serve as a co-teacher for each content.  Group Leaders will be responsible for communicating with parents and intentionally building character with campers.

Math Teacher

Math Teachers create a classroom environment that promotes students learning through teaching lessons and monitoring independent and group work. In the morning, Math Teachers will instruct 2 groups of campers in assigned content.

Reading Teacher

Reading Teachers create a classroom environment that promotes students learning through teaching Guided Reading and monitoring independent and group work. In the morning, Reading Teachers will instruct 2 groups of campers in assigned content.

Technology Facilitator

Technology Facilitators are responsible for leading the integration of educational technology throughout the camp day. They enhance the learning experience by building an integrated schedule to meet the needs of all campers. The Technology Facilitator also serves as the HypeMaster (DJ) during whole camp community building activities.

Intern Expectations

MTR Camp interns have a unique opportunity to learn, live, and teach in a very intimate community. College students from around the country are invited to Memphis to develop a love for learning in themselves and the children we serve. Therefore, it is important that potential interns are:

Teachable: Educators make mistakes and we acknowledge that this internship is a learning process. Therefore, interns should be willing to receive feedback and improve with the guidance of their site leadership.

Persistent: Culturally competent instruction, self reflection and collaboration are key to success in the classroom. Therefore, interns should be willing to engage in difficult conversations and tasks that require overcoming failure in order to ensure student success and personal growth.

Professional: Camp is fun but we must be simultaneously excellent in all that we do. Therefore, camp interns must be diligent in meeting deadlines, providing their best work, and fully participating in every aspect of the camp experience.

MTR will provide training and support for all interns in quality instruction, classroom leadership, professional development and cultural competency.


Applying to Become an Intern

MTR Camp will hire a total of 26 interns for the summer of 2019 and has a rigorous selection process.

Requirements for acceptance into the MTR Camp internship include:

  • Undergraduate student enrolled in a four-year college/university with at least one year completed and not graduating until after summer 2018 (If you are graduating before summer of 2018, please consider the residency instead.)
  • High energy, teachable individuals who are interested in teaching in a disadvantaged school
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency

The application process includes two parts:

  • Online Application (Resume, Photo, 2 References, Essay)
  • Recorded Video Interview (By invitation only, invitation sent in late January or early February each year)


Staff Dates

Staff Application Open: October 1st
Staff Application Close: January 15th
Hire Notifications: Mid-March
Employment Dates: June 8 – July 21, 2019

Camper Dates & Registration

Camper Registration: In person registration at participating elementary schools from March to May
Camp Term: June 17 – July 19, 2019
(closed on July 4)
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm


Dr. Tracey Jernigan, MTR Camp Director
Instagram: @MTRCamp

“It fills that gap for a lot of students in the summer where a lot learning may not take place.” – Rose Logan, 2013 Summer Intern/ 2015 MTR Grad