Teach For America (TFA) is a national teacher recruitment program that aims to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two or more years in low-income communities throughout the United States. Corps members attend an intensive 5-week summer institute to prepare for their commitment and then are placed in schools in urban and rural areas. Uncertified corps members receive alternative certification through coursework taken while completing the program. TFA teachers are full-fledged faculty members at their schools, receiving the normal school district salary and benefits. Applicants who are interested in joining the corps can apply during one of five application windows.