Your Summer Fellowship Experience

Fellowship Experience

An Education Pioneers Summer Fellowship is more than just a job. It's an experience that inspires and prepares you to solve problems from outside the classroom, so students and teachers can succeed inside the classroom.



Build on your existing skills and access summer and long-term roles that create impactful solutions for education organizations.




Gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics that are critical for a transformational career in education.



Form deep bonds within a diverse local cohort and nationwide network united by a shared passion for transforming education.  

Your Placement Your Leadership Development  Your Network 
LEAD: Your Placement

Fellowship Experience

Help move the needle for education organizations and students.

Your placement will anchor your EP experience. EP places Fellows at 200 partner organizations in 20 cities across the country. As a Fellow, you’ll be embedded at a school district, charter management organization, nonprofit, government agency, or other organization committed to transforming education.

During your placement you’ll apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained from previous work to a new setting in the education sector. Imagine yourself helping a Partner organization make critical progress towards their mission, expanding their reach, or tackling other important work they couldn’t take on otherwise. You can’t find more meaningful work.


EP focuses on recruiting and placing Fellows in four key priority areas: data and analysis, strategy and planning, operations, and program and project management. Our Partners have particularly high need for expertise in these areas, which have high potential for impact with students, teachers, and families. While EP does match Fellows with select roles in human resources, finance, marketing and communications, and other functions, we focus our efforts on our priority areas. Learn more about them below.
Data and Analysis Strategy and Planning Operations Program and
Project Management

You’ll be matched with potential placements based on your history of professional and academic experience, as well as personal preferences you indicate during the matching and placement process. EP works hard to match Pioneers with projects and roles where you can make the greatest difference based on your expertise. Our goal is to give you access to new opportunities that lay the foundation for you to lead in the education sector.


LEARN: Your Professional Development

Fellowship Experience

Go deep on foundational knowledge.

Being an effective education leader requires being conversant and credible in the matters that directly impact schools and communities. Through Fellowship programming, EP Fellows gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics that are critical for a transformational career in education.

As a Fellow, you’ll join a local cohort for in-person and virtual professional development opportunities, and learn from your peers and from education leaders locally and nationwide. Programming lays the foundation for you to thrive in your placement organization and beyond.

Your programming will include:

Induction, introducing you to EP and our resources.

Workshops and Webinars, on topics like the opportunity gap, school systems, and change management.

Capstone, designed for reflection and launching your future.

During these sessions, you’ll hear directly from prominent education leaders who serve as guest speakers, dive into case studies, and put yourself in the shoes of critical stakeholders throughout the education sector. By the end of your programming, you’ll better understand what it takes to succeed as a leader in education, and be equipped to follow the education leadership career path you desire.

Programming Topics Include


Fellows will learn about the scope of programming, receive an overview of their local education landscapes, and have an opportunity to build community with one another.


This workshop will explore the notion of race and power and the intersectionality of education in order to develop a deep understanding of the individual impact of their mindsets and work on students and families.

As a result of the workshops, Fellows will:

·        Identify the impact of privilege, power and people as it relates to the building and sustaining of the systems and foundations that exist in the current education landscape.

·        Deconstruct the intersection of equity and access in order to inform practice.

·        Use concepts of courageous conversations to navigate discourse around the historical, institutional, structural context in our efforts to draw an informed conclusion about the opportunity gap.

·        Apply theories of how education has been impacted by race and power and connect it to the work of a specific organization's impact on the opportunity gap.


EP Staff will lead an event that connects themes from programming to current events, local activities, or relevant articles or books.


Fellows will participate in some curriculum virtually. We’ll be partnering with virtual facilitators and Alumni to provide a broad range of offerings including topics like: implicit bias, leadership, human capital, and technology in education.


This workshop will explore effective change management and implementation strategies, examine change through the role of equity and community engagement, and engage in the design process to address problems in the education sector.

As a result of the workshop, Fellows will:

·        Utilize different frameworks to drive change in an education organization.

·        Design a change management process around a particular issue in education.

·        Connect concepts of change management to community empowerment and equity.


Fellows will reflect on their fellowship experience, celebrate their accomplishments, and plan ways to continue engaging in meaningful leadership work to help build a more equitable and excellent education system for all students.


CONNECT: Your Network

Fellowship Experience

EP’s greatest asset is our people.

The connections you’ll build as a Pioneer begin with your local cohort, are the hallmark of the EP Fellowship. You’ll join programming alongside a diverse local cohort of talented peers, which might include former consultants, policymakers, teachers and more. Some will have backgrounds in education and others won’t. All of our leaders bring a deep commitment to education and will have unique, valuable perspectives and experiences to add to the conversation.

Your connections don’t stop there. You’ll have lifelong access to more than 3,500+ Pioneers who are making an impact for more than 3.5 million students nationwide. Over 70% of our working Alumni are employed in education, at all levels and across the sector and country. Through online networks and local in-person events, you’ll have the chance to tap these change agents for career advice, best practices, and future job connections.

There's no better network to have at your disposal as you launch a high-impact career in education.