Matching and Placement Process

Our matching and placement process finds the right project for you to make an impact as an EP Fellow.

Once you complete the admissions process and become a finalist, you will enter into our matching and placement process to be considered for potential placements nationwide. We look at a blend of your professional and academic experiences, as well as the skills our 200+ Partner organizations need to move their work forward, when we identify any potential projects and roles for you.

Our goal is match you with opportunities where we think you can make a big impact on behalf of underserved students. We support you and our Partners to connect, interview, and confirm placements.

The majority of our summer track and career track placements will be in the priority areas where Pioneers can have a tremendous impact: data and analysis, operations, strategy and planning, and program and project management

You must secure a placement at a Partner organization to be confirmed as a Fellow– and that’s when your experience as a Pioneer truly begins! 

SUMMER TRACK

Summer track matching and placement generally falls on a fixed timeline. 

 

2017 PRIORITY ROUND

You appied by December 19, 2016.

2017 FINAL ROUND

You appied by February 13, 2017.

 

Build Matching Profile

Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due on March 3. 

    Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due on April 7.

      • Share your preferences on potential placement locations
      • Update your resume if necessary 

      Receive Matches

      You'll find out about potential matches in mid-March.

        You'll find out about potential matches in mid-April.

          • Find out about any matches for placement
          • EP considers you for projects based on your experience, preferences, and most importantly, Partner needs
          • We conduct two rounds of matching for the summer track

          Interview

          You'll interview with matched Partners in late-March.

          You'll interview with matched Partners between late-April and early-May.

          • Interview directly with all Partners with whom you’ve matched
          • Learn more about the organization and project from your potential supervisor
          • Share why the project could be a good fit for you
          • Multiple finalists may interview for the same potential placement

          Share Preferences

          Your final preferences are due on March 31. Your final preferences are due on May 5.
          • Give us feedback and your project preferences from your interviews
          • Partners give us similar feedback and their finalist preferences

          Receive Placement and You Become an EP Fellow

          You'll receive a placement assignment on April 6. You'll receive a placement assignment on May 11.
          • EP assigns and confirms your placement based on where you’d like work and who our Partners want to hire
          • You become a Fellow once your placement is confirmed
          • We conduct two rounds of assignments.

          CAREER TRACK

          Career track matching and placement can happen throughout the year as partners confirm placement opportunities.

          In each admissions cycle, finalists receive their invitations at the same time and begin matching and placement together. Many placements are confirmed in the 6-8 weeks after finalists are invited during each cycle, when we have the most available roles with Partners. However, you can be matched with a placement opportunity at any point as a finalist.

          All finalists are considered for placement opportunities with EP partner organizations. Finding a placement that is the right fit for you and for the hiring partner can take some time. Not every finalist will receive a placement.

            Spring Start Dates Summer Start Dates Fall Start Dates

          Build Matching Profile

          Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due on January 30.

          Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due on March 27. TBA
          • Share your preferences on potential placement locations, salary range, and start date
          • Update your resume if necessary

          Matches

          You'll find out about potential matches in early February. You'll find out about potential matches in late-March. TBA
          • EP considers you for roles based on your experience, preferences, and most importantly, Partner needs
          • Find out about any potential matches for placement on a rolling basis as we continually learn about new Partner roles 

          Interview

          You'll interview with matched Partners between early-February and late-March. You'll interview with matched Partners between early-April and early-June. TBA
          • Interview directly with the Partners with whom you’ve matched
          • Share feedback with EP about your interest in the role
          • Engage in follow-up interviews or hiring activities, as needed
          • Multiple finalists, and sometimes candidates outside of EP, may interview for the same potential role

          Placement

          You'll receive a placement assignment on March 31. You'll receive a placement assignment on June 5. TBA
          • Partners decide directly who they want to hire
          • Accept your offer!
          • You become a Fellow once your placement is confirmed

          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

          Questions about our processes and policies? Read our FAQs