Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Fellows receive a $7,200 stipend



Application Deadline



United States


Who We Are

Education Pioneers recruits, develops, and connects talented professionals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations. Our Pioneers work on issues related to student data analysis, operations, program or project management, strategy, and more. They are creative problem solvers, ambitious, collaborative, and values-driven professionals whose work outside of the classroom contributes to student and teacher success inside the classroom.

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 Alumni currently lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students across the nation—most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas.

  • More than 50% of EP Alumni self-identify as leaders of color or multiethnic
  • Black and Latino EP leaders in education serve as senior managers at five times the rate as their private sector peers
  • 9 out of 10 EP Alumni believe that EP is an asset to their resume.
  • More than 70% of EP Alumni in the workforce are working in education, in increasingly senior-level roles.
  • EP leaders in education serve as senior managers at three times the rate as their private sector peers.

The Opportunity

Education Pioneers is currently accepting applications for the EP Summer Fellowship from professionals who want to use their background in data analysis, project and program management, strategy, and operations to transform the education sector.

The Summer Fellowship provides an opportunity to engage with critical challenges in the education sector. Fellows are placed on 10 week projects from June to August with leading education organizations, using existing skills and experiences 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.

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 and our robust nationwide network of more than 4,000 Fellows and Alumni.

What You’ll Do

Fellows hold various roles depending on their placement. Previous Fellows with a background in data analysis, project management, strategic planning, and operations have:

  • Project managed the launch of a new charter school by directing the school’s setup and developing efficient administrative systems
  • 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, designed, and built online, interactive data dashboards to show student performance over time
  • Utilized teacher performance data to develop a mentorship programs pairing experienced educators with new teachers
  • Assisted in the expansion of a charter management organizations internship program by building partnerships with local businesses and non-profits while creating lesson plans for the school’s career and college readiness course
  • Research local, state, and national education policies to identify best practices, including on issues of school choice, early childhood education, and school turnaround
  • Read more project examples from EP Alumni with a background in data analysis, operations, strategy, and project management

Who You Are and What You Bring

In order to be successful in the Fellowship, candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Candidates currently enrolled in or have obtained a graduate degree are preferred
  • Have at least two years of full time, professional work experience, excluding undergraduate or graduate internships. Our Pioneers take on significant amounts of leadership in their placement and work on mission critical projects.
  • Be authorized 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.
  • Be able to commit 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

Successful Fellows have demonstrate the following preferred qualifications

  • Experience in data analysis, operations, strategy, and/or project and program management
  • Professional experience outside of the classroom
  • Intermediate skills in Excel and knowledge in Tableau, SPSS, STATA, or other data visualization and data management software
  • Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with diverse colleagues and stakeholders
  • A proven ability to take initiative, drive results, and a track record of success in academic and professional settings

Where You’ll Work

Education Pioneers makes placements in 13 EP locations and nearly 50 cities annually including:

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

What we offer

  • Summer Fellows receive a $7200 stipend
  • After the Fellowship, Pioneers gain the unique support and networking opportunities offered by EP and our robust nationwide network of more than 4,000 Fellows and Alumni.


How to Apply

  • Education Pioneers priority round application deadline is December 18th
  • The Summer Fellowship runs from mid-June to mid-August. Exact Fellowship start and end dates will be confirmed in spring, 2019
  • To apply please complete our online application

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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree