In order to work at Teach For America's summer institute, international applicants must have an appropriate work visa that will allow them to legally work in the United States. Since summer institute positions are for such a short tenure, Teach For America will not sponsor individuals for work visas for such roles.
Alternatively, an international student can apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa through their university. The applicant is fully responsible for applying for and securing such a visa through their university and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International candidates cannot work for us unless they already have an active F-1 visa, or until they have their OPT. The only institute role that is typically appropriate for international students is the operations coordinator position. International candidates should know that the duration of an operations coordinator role is two months, whereas the OPT is a 12-month, nonrenewable visa.
Applicants who use the OPT visa toward an institute role will not be able to use it later toward another role within or outside Teach For America. The operations coordinator role is not a precursor to a full-time position.