STEM Teaching Fellows

STEM Teaching Fellowship 

The STEM Teaching Fellows program prepares Cooper Union students to design and teach a three-week Summer STEM course for 9th and 10th grade high school students from New York City and beyond.  The fellowship provides training in the theory and practice of education, leadership, communication, project management, and evaluation.  

Each Summer STEM course represents The Cooper Union School of Engineering as well as The Cooper Union mission and incorporates some of the many ways that students work together, challenge themselves, and examine important ideas and problems of the current time. While we do not expect that a single person can teach every concept or skill covered in a Summer STEM course, the Teaching Fellow must be prepared to identify important learning goals and resources needed to facilitate learning for the high school participants. The ideal candidate is creative, empathetic, and eager to explore the intersection of engineering, design and community service. 

Teaching Fellow Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in teacher training
  • Develop a theme and activities for a Summer STEM Course 
  • Training teaching assistants 
  • Lead and teach two sessions of a three-week Summer STEM Course (in person) 
  • Participate in student and program assessment 


  • Junior, Senior or Graduate Cooper Union student in Engineering, Architecture or Art 
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering related to the current majors in the College of Engineering or research in engineering, science, math or technology at Cooper Union 
  • Strong verbal communication skills and work ethic 
  • Demonstrated interest in education, community service or youth engagement 
  • Available for training from February to April (8-10 hours per month) and working from June 1st to August 19th  (exact dates TBD) 

Benefits of the STEM Outreach Teaching Fellowship: 

  • Develop leadership and communication skills 
  • Gain hands on experience in education 
  • Mentor the next generation of creative thinkers 
  • Give back to Cooper Union 
  • Training and Teaching Stipend

Applications open in October 2022. To Apply be prepared submit the following:

  • Resume 
  • Class Proposal  
  • Cooper Union mission personal statement 
  • Class Checklist 
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.