Summer Fellowship Matching & Placement

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 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 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! 


Matching and placement for the EP Summer Fellowship happens on a fixed timeline. 



You applied by December 18, 2019


You applied by February 12, 2020


Build Matching Profile

Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due at the end of February. 

Your matching profile, including your pre-matching survey, is due in early April.

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

Receive Matches

Potential matches are shared in early April.

Potential matches are shared in mid- to late-April.

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


Interviews with matched Partners happen throughout April.

Interviews with matched Partners happen in 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
  • Give EP feedback and your project preferences after your interviews
  • Partners give us similar feedback and their finalist preferences

Receive Placement and You Become an EP Fellow

Placement assignments are shared in mid-April. Placement assignment are shared in May.
  • 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.

* For more specific dates or other questions you may have as a finalist, please connect with your EP point of contact.


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