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Remote Summer Teaching Fellow

Winter & Summer Remote Teaching Fellowship Opportunities

Elite Scholars of China (ESC) is hiring current undergraduate and graduate students to lead online classes in a topic of their choosing.

ESC was founded in 2010 by Stacy Palestrant (BA, Wellesley & MBA, University of Chicago Booth) and Tomer Rothschild (BA, Wesleyan & MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton). 

Our company educates Chinese high school students about their undergraduate options in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, and then helps them prepare strategic and compelling applications. ESC students have been admitted to every top American college and university as well as some of the most prestigious UK and Canadian schools.

What You’ll be Doing
At ESC, we are constantly seeking to provide our students with opportunities tailored to their specific academic interests. Working with a unique population of Chinese high school students planning to study abroad, we act as a bridge between different education systems. Our holistic approach to education demands that we prepare our students not only for the college application process, but also for the rigorous academic and cultural transition they will experience in college. 

We are seeking Teaching Fellows who are able to leverage their understanding of their field of study to create engaging, online, discussion-based seminars for our students. These classes are intended to supplement our students’ individual development and understanding of collegiate and professional expectations around a specific academic subject. Each seminar should foster hands-on and project-based learning and facilitate student-driven inquiry. 

The seminar has two primary goals:

  1. Help students gain subject-specific expertise
  2. Help students elevate their resumes by helping them produce concrete deliverables at the end of the class. Deliverables include research papers, research proposals, computer programs, experiments, writing portfolios, and art portfolios. 

In addition to creating and executing the lesson plan, fellows will attend weekly teachbacks, give feedback on each student’s progress, and promote out-of-class discussion between students online. This is in addition to whatever work the fellow needs to do independently to prepare for the next class. We expect the total time commitment will be 5-6 hours a week of work for the duration of the course.

Our students’ interests vary widely and areas of focus for the seminar may include, but are not limited to: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technology, engineering, math, art, and design. Past classes have included Civil Wars of the 20th Century, Introduction to Vertebrate Anatomy, and Women in Literature.


We are currently hiring teaching fellows for Summer 2021. Your class will take place over two consecutive weekends in either June, July, or August (We will work with selected fellows to find a time that works best based on their schedule).

What We Offer
All fellows will receive a stipend, paid out at the end of the class. You will receive a training when you start that introduces you to ESC, our students, and educational consulting as an industry. You will also receive weekly feedback on your lesson plans from a consultant at ESC who has experience developing curriculum for our students. Lastly, you will have the chance to teach and engage directly with our wonderful students, and share your passion for learning with them. 

We are also happy to provide references for successful fellows.

To Learn More about ESC!
  • This video, in which consultants share their experiences
  • This video, in which one of our co-founders talks about ESC's work and mission
  • This video, which features a few of our wonderful students
  • Our blog details some of the work that we do beyond pure college counseling, including the college prep program that we run for students in their senior spring (here)   
  • Find us on Instagram at Elitescholarsofchina
To Apply
To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, proposed syllabus, and outline for a 20-minute mock lesson through your school’s career portal (e.g. Handshake) or directly to Emma Schoenberger, Director of Recruitment, at See information below regarding requirements; if you have any questions, please be in touch with Emma. We look forward to seeing what you come up with! 

After evaluating your proposed lesson plan, we will be in touch if we would like to schedule an interview.

Summer Session Application Deadline: April 21, 2021

Application Requirements
  • Full course outline; syllabus should be no more than 8 pages in length, and submitted as a PDF or Word document.
  • Detailed summary of a 20-minute mock lesson designed by you and reflective of your personal teaching philosophy and style.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit any accompanying materials such as readings, handouts, and media that is useful for understanding the proposed seminar.
  • All materials should be able to be sent via email or through online file sharing services (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
Course Length Requirements
  • For both Winter and Summer Session applicants, please break your lessons into 4, 1.5-hour long classes.
Student Grade Levels & Background
  • The course will be open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (ages approximately 14 – 17).
  • Students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, with most students currently enrolled in an international curriculum (AP, IB, or A-Level).
  • All students are required to take an English language pledge and are able to speak, read, and write in English, however it is imperative that the fellow’s lesson plans and teaching ability can adapt to varying levels of English language proficiency.
Guidelines for Preparing your Proposal
  • Clearly define learning goals and objectives at the beginning of the proposal.
  • Clearly state activities planned and how material will be presented to students (i.e. lecture, think-pair-share, etc.).
  • Include any sample assignments that are relevant to understanding the curriculum
  • List any relevant resources (readings, websites, videos, etc.) when applicable.
  • Specify final outcome for students (e.g., presentation, paper, video, research proposal, survey, project, etc. -- this is very important!) and how student learning will be assessed and/or measured.
  • You will be teaching over Zoom; we encourage you to be creative with how you use the remote learning model to engage students.
Ideas for Possible Seminar Topics & Themes
  • Designing a research proposal and pathways for publishing
  • Building a game/tool/simulator with C++
  • Using Python to analyze a set of data
  • Developing an art thesis and understanding the portfolio review process
  • Creating a survey for social science research