Join Us (Undergrads)

Seeking undergraduates to join us in a program for humanities in the community through teaching and mentoring New Haven high-schoolers this summer.

Program Overview

Citizens Thinkers Writers: Reflecting on Civic Life is a two-week summer program and year-long fellowship program at Yale University for students from New Haven public schools who want to think deeply about fundamental human questions in a college setting. The program aims especially at high-schoolers who will be the first in their immediate family to attend college. Students will see themselves as active participants in a long-running philosophical conversation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and will link this conversation to their own experiences as citizens in twenty-first-century New Haven.

Students will live on campus in Yale residential housing Sunday through Friday, going home on the weekend. The seminar will meet each morning for two consecutive sessions led by Yale faculty. Afternoons will be filled with breakout groups, writing workshops, guest speakers, and local field trips.

Program dates are July 12, 2020 – July 24, 2020.

Position Description

Residential Teaching Assistants (RTAs) provide mentorship, lead small breakout groups, organize supplementary workshops, help students with the analytic reading and writing skills essential for success at college, and facilitate a positive learning environment and community. RTAs are also expected to serve as mentors on the college admissions and decisions process, and to commit to continuing in this role throughout the 2020-21 academic year. RTAs live in college residential housing with the students during the two-week program and receive full room and board plus a stipend of $2,000.


  • Attend all mandatory training sessions and staff meetings, program sessions and activities
  • Read all course materials and be prepared to discuss with students
  • Meet daily with a breakout group of four students to answer questions about the readings and work on writing; organize supplementary workshops
  • Work with students on analytic reading and writing skills essential for success at college
  • Live with students in the residences
  • Foster a supportive and thriving learning environment
  • Facilitate community building among students
  • Support program and residential check-in and check-out procedures
  • Organize and encourage participation in residential life activities
  • Assist in communicating rules and ensuring student safety and security
  • Serve as positive role models to students at all times
  • Mentor students on the college admissions and decisions process throughout the 2020–2021 academic year


  • Current Yale undergraduate, rising juniors or seniors only
  • Strong academic record with interest in the humanities
  • A love of reading, writing, and reflecting on fundamental questions
  • Experience working in a mentoring, advising or teaching capacity
  • Commitment to working with youth from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education, including low-income and first-generation college students
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Comfort with leading and facilitating discussions
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment

Application Deadline: Rolling. Review of applications will continue until all positions are filled.