Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship

Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers recruits, develops, and connects talented professionals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds—including graduate students—to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations in non-instructional roles. Our Pioneers work on issues related to student data analysis, operations, program or project management, strategy, and more.

Unique in scale and scope, EP is one of the only organizations to bring diverse talent into the education sector and prepare them to lead meaningful change as they advance in their own careers.

Since 2003, we've partnered with over 750 education organizations across the country to connect them with the talented people they need to drive forward mission-critical work for students—with more than 4,000 EP Alumni to date and counting. EP leaders in education serve as senior managers at three times the rate as their private sector peers and 9 out of 10 Alumni believe that EP is an asset to their resume.

Position Overview:
The Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship provides an opportunity to engage with critical challenges in the education sector, addressing systemic inequities and helping to close the opportunity gap. Fellows are placed on 10 week projects with leading education organizations, using existing skills and experience to make the biggest impact.

During their placement, Fellows participate in leadership development programming alongside a cohort of diverse peers designed to build the mindsets and K-12 knowledge necessary to become a change agent in education.

Previous Fellows have:
•Supported the start-up of key operations, including transportation, family orientation, student enrollment, and staff professional development at a charter school
•Redesigned a charter organizations financial model to be more usable, scalable, and drive strategic decisions while helping the organization secure an $8 million grant
•Led financial reporting, budgeting processes, and resource allocation at a school district
•Generated teacher buy-in around digital learning tools and introduced system improvements to electronically track data points like attendance and behavioral management
•Built data visualization tools and dashboards to drive decision making and to improve student performance over time

The Fellowship provides hands-on, real-world experience as well as training in leadership skills and K-12 education issues. After the Fellowship, Pioneers gain the unique support and networking opportunities offered by EP including our robust nationwide network of more than 4,000 Fellows and over 750 partners.

Required Qualifications
•Bachelor’s Degree
•Two years of full time, professional work experience (excluding undergraduate internships) OR current enrollment in or completion of a graduate degree program
•Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for the entire program (international students eligible only if visa assistance is not required)
•Commitment to the full program term including the ability to complete 10 consecutive weeks of employment, attend convening’s, and other mandatory aspects of the Fellowship

Preferred Qualifications
•Enrollment in or completion of a graduate degree program
•Experience in data analysis, operations, strategy, and/or project and program management (Professional experience outside of the classroom is strongly preferred)
•Intermediate skills in Excel and knowledge in Tableau, SPSS, STATA, or other data visualization and data management software is a plus
•Ability to take initiative and drive results
•Track record of success in academic and professional settings
•Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with diverse colleagues and stakeholders

Timing & Benefits
•Education Pioneers application deadline is February 13th
•The Summer Fellowship runs from mid-June to mid-August (exact Fellowship start and end dates will be confirmed in spring, 2019)
•Fellows receive a $7,200 stipend

Placement locations: Boston Metro Area | Chicago, Il| DC Metro Area | Denver, Co | Kansas City, MO | Los Angeles, CA | Memphis, TN | Nashville, TN | Newark, NJ | New Orleans, LA| New York, NY | San Francisco Bay Area | Tulsa, OK

Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the communities they serve. We actively recruit those who identify as part of historically marginalized communities, including people of color and individuals from the LGBTQIAA+ community, to join the Education Pioneers network. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the Fellowship.

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Opportunity type



Experienced (Non-manager)

Job function

  • Communications / Marketing
  • General Management
  • Operations
  • Other
  • People/Human Resources
  • Project/ Program Management
  • Research/Data Analysis
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain

Areas of impact

  • Social Sector