Summer Fellows

Hotchkiss Resident Teaching Fellows help to create an exciting and engaging student experience in the Summer Portals program — as advisors, dormitory supervisors, teachers, and mentors.

Learn about Summer Portals

Hotchkiss is deeply committed to the craft of teaching, the power of education, and the joy of helping students realize the potential in themselves. Fellows support students, care for students’ well-being, and guide them throughout their weeks on campus. Additionally, Fellows ensure that student life during Summer Portals is inclusive and fun. Simply put, we hope to recruit a dedicated group of Fellows who truly love working with students.


Hotchkiss Summer Portals offers students two or three-week academic boarding programs in Lakeville, CT. Resident Teaching Fellows are responsible for every aspect of student residential life and can find opportunities to learn and lead in the classroom experience. Responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of Summer Portals’ students at meals, during the afternoon activity period, and in the evening in the dormitory, Fellows will work intimately with seasoned faculty (dormitory and academic) and performing artists. Fellows combine residential life responsibilities with outdoor leadership, course development or musical performances.


  • Provide support, counsel and guidance to students in the dormitory
  • Assist in course development and classroom experiences
  • Lead in outdoor adventures including hikes, caving, canoeing and overnight camping
  • Lead afternoon group activities as directed by the Activities Director
  • Eat all communal meals with the students
  • Assist in concert management and connect with professional musicians
  • Monitor evening study hours in the dormitory and academic spaces
  • Provide study skills support in Literature and Public Speaking
  • Check residents into the dorm each evening
  • Write Advisor Comments at the close of the program
  • A high school diploma
  • Ideal candidates are college juniors, seniors or graduate students
  • Previous experience leading younger children {R.A., camp counselor, etc…}
  • Not required, but an added bonus:
  • Lifeguard Certificate or CPR
  • Some familiarity with or knowledge of a language other than English

  • A pleasant, friendly attitude and courteous demeanor
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest in contributing to and improving the classroom experience
  • Attention to detail and precision, responsible, and eager to work hard and to adapt

Apply for a Position

Candidates for all Hotchkiss Summer Portals Resident Teaching Fellow positions should submit:

  1. A current resume.
  2. Two letters of recommendation by professors or supervisors of education-related work experience.
  3. Unofficial transcript(s).
  4. An essay about how you might contribute to a diverse and thriving summer community, and what you might gain from your time with Hotchkiss Summer Portals students, peers, and faculty.
  5. Fill out an Application Form.

Send materials to:
Christie Rawlings
Director of Admission and Residential Life
Hotchkiss Summer Portals
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039-2141