There are several summer physics and engineering teaching opportunities in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay areas. Please see below for more information.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking enthusiastic instructors for its summer programs for gifted students in grades 2-12. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. As science instructors you will have the opportunity to gain experience teaching gifted students, work in a small class setting (approximately 12-18 students, depending on the age group) with an assistant in each room, utilize a generous lab budget, and receive a competitive salary. Room & board are provided at residential locations, but staff local to the site can commute daily and do not have to live on campus. Courses are held over two 3-week sessions. Staff can work one or both sessions where available. Full course descriptions, job descriptions, and application can be found on our website:

They are currently seeking instructor candidates for the following courses, at the listed locations (all locations offer room & board, unless noted as “non-residential”):

Fast-Paced High School Physics Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, June 21 – July 14 and July 14 – August 4

Covers material (such as Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) ordinarily included in a year-long algebra-based high school physics course intended to prepare students to take AP Physics C the following year. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in Physics, and have taught AP Physics.

The Physics of Engineering Magnolia Science Academy, Venice, CA (non-residential), June 28 – July 21 and La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, CA (non-residential), June 28 – July 21

Through hands-on activities demonstrating basic physics, students examine Newton’s laws and delve into other elements of engineering and mechanics. Students in this course explore various approaches to problem solving in math and physical science. Competitive instructor candidates have had undergraduate or graduate coursework in Physics and/or Engineering, classroom experience (especially with the age group), and experience developing curriculum.

Introduction to Astronomy UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, June 28 – July 21 and July 21 – Aug 11

Students investigate topics as wide ranging as planetary science, solar physics, stellar evolution, general relativity, and the history of astronomy. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in astronomy, and experience teaching.


CTY also offers other physics, astrophysics, and engineering-related courses at residential locations across the country. Room and board are offered at most locations. Full details on courses can be found on our website.

If you work with undergraduates or graduate students in physics, engineering, astronomy, or related fields, CTY also hires Teaching Assistants to work in our classrooms. We seek candidates with strong curricular backgrounds in the subject area and experience working with youth for the TA position.

The online application can be found at:

Interested candidates can respond by sending a resume or CV to Rosa Villastrigo at, or apply online.

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