US Teaching Assistantships
Fulbright Austrian-American Educational Commission
The Austrian-American Educational Commission, funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur), offers a U.S. teaching assistantship for one academic year in secondary schools all around Austria. Selected participants will have a rewarding opportunity to not only gain teaching and classroom experience, but also serve as a linguistic and cultural ambassador for the United States.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, have completed (or in the process of completing during application period) a bachelor’s degree. Ideally applicants are interested in public education or public service. Those with documented interest in the German language as well as German and/or Austrian studies are particularly encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of German is required and necessary to facilitate on-site orientation and work.
The Austrian Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture works in a partnership with provincial school boards to place approximately 130 U.S. teaching assistants at schools in all nine Austrian provinces. Applicants may request a city or region to which they wish to be assigned. However, the number of positions available in larger metropolitan areas, such as Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and Innsbruck, is limited. Therefore, applicants also should be prepared to accept teaching positions in smaller, more rural communities. Flexibility of placement in prospects enhances applications.
Participants are employed from October 1 – May 31 of the academic school year. Selected teaching assistants are required to attend an orientation seminar before beginning their assignments. U.S. teaching assistants with a superior record of performance may apply to have their assistantships extended for a second year.
Participants typically have a 13 hour work week, divided between two schools, under the supervision of an assigned teaching superior to keep track of their overall performance and trouble shoot, if need be. The stipend is ca. € 1,367 per month for eight months, from which deductions are made for health and accident insurance (full coverage under the Austrian plans) and income tax. This results in a net income of approximately € 1,100 per month. No additional support for travel to Austria or for dependents is provided.
Graduating seniors may apply, provided they have their degrees before assuming the positions. Complete applications are due January 15, 2014 for the following school year. For further information on the program, application materials, and advice on application procedures, consult the Commission’s website: http://www.usta-austria.at