Apply Now to be an F&C TA!

Make a difference in the lives of young adults, gain unparalleled teaching and leadership experience, and tackle the biggest societal questions with some of our city's most inquisitive minds.


Deadline Feb 22!

Academic & Civic TA

If you're looking for a full-year commitment and formal teaching experience, an Academic & Civic TA position may be a good fit for you.

During the summer, ATAs help write and lead the program's week-long orientation to get students comfortable with campus life and the type of academic work that will be expected of them. Then, during the 3-week seminar, ATAs attend morning seminars with their students before leading their daily hour-long breakout sessions. On Fridays, TAs chaperone field trips within Manhattan. Saturdays and Sundays are free. 

In September we're back to work with our civic leadership projects. ATAs continue to work with the same students as they follow the F&C civic engagement curriculum in researching and advocating for the topics of their choice. Check out our ongoing projects. Groups meet every other week from September through April.


  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • High proficiency in presenting and communicating complex ideas
  • Demonstrated interest in civic or political issues
  • Experience organizing or leading others 
  • Must be a Columbia University sophomore or junior who has taken Contemporary Civilization
  • Prior work with low-income and first-generation students is desired

Time Commitment:

  • Staff training held between June 24-28
  • Summer program July 1-26 
    (After the intensive first week of orientation, typical hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm, Friday 9:30am - 5pm, no work over the weekend)
  • Civic engagement project September through May
    (approximately 2 hours a week throughout the academic year with flexible scheduling)


  • $2,500 stipend for the month of July
  • $1,000 stipend spread over the academic year 
  • Subsidized housing available as needed
Student with TA

Residential TA

If you want to work with students holistically and help them adjust to the toughest parts of college, the Residential TA position is for you.

The RTA is a summer-only position perfect for people who require campus housing. RTAs live on the floors with students and work with them between the hours of 1:30 and 11pm. Responsibilities include everything from leading gym and recreation periods to study skills, time management and intensive reading and writing assistance. Study sessions are more informal than morning lessons and can be catered to individual student needs. Overall, this is your chance to make a young person recognize that she or he belongs on a college campus.


    • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
    • Editing or tutoring experience
    • Must be a Columbia or Barnard student of the classes of 2020, 2021, or 2022 who has taken CC or an equivalent.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team
    • Prior work with low-income and first-generation students is desired


    • Staff training held between June 24-28
    • 35 hours per week during the summer seminar July 1-27
      (After the intensive first week of orientation, typical hours are scheduled between Monday - Thursday 1:30pm - 11:00pm, no work Friday through Sunday)


    • $15/hr for work between July 1-27 with a maximum of 35 hours per week
    • Free housing and full meal plan June 24 to July 27
    • (dining halls are closed Saturdays and Sundays)
    RTA and Student

    How to Apply

    Please submit the following by email (as a single pdf document)
    to the program’s Executive Director, Dr. Jessica Lee, at
    by 11:59pm on Friday, February 22.
    Indicate in the subject line to which position you're applying

    • A Cover Letter

      Explain your interest in the program and your most relevant experience.

      (please make sure to indicate whether you are applying for the ATA or RTA position or if you would like to be considered for either)

    • A Resume

      Include the name and contact information for two references, either academic or professional. 

    • A writing sample of no more than 500 words

      If you are applying to the ATA position please choose a paper written for CC, if you are applying to the RTA position choose a paper from your most relevant course. Make sure the paper's thesis is included in your sample. 

    • An unofficial undergraduate transcript through Fall 2018

      A screenshot or printout of your SSOL record is sufficient as long as it is legible and converted to PDF format

    Staff 2018