Southern Education Leadership Summer Fellowship

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The Southern Education Leadership Summer Fellowship provides students with invaluable training and work experience at an assigned school district, education agency, higher education institution or nonprofit organization in the southern region of the United States working on issues of educational equity.

Students explore strategies for improving public education, addressing community needs and putting theory into practice. Students are assigned summer placements that pair with their experience, educational interests, career paths and developmental needs.

Fellows receive:

  • Experience: The opportunity to work for 8 weeks in an organization focused on equity and excellence in education.
  • Stipend: A living expense stipend of $4,500 for undergraduates or $5,000 for graduate students who are currently enrolled and will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2021.
  • Travel Expenses: Airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling between home, orientation and closing meetings in Atlanta and summer placement site.
  • Training: Fellows will participate in a mandatory two-day orientation on May 19-21, 2021 through which they will learn about research in the field, understand the importance of educational equity, learn strategies for making change and learn from SELI alumni and SEF staff.

Fellowship placement is May 24 to July 16, 2021. Fellows will be supervised by seasoned sector leaders as they work on challenging research, education policy and nonprofit program-related projects. Forty hours a week, in-person attendance is required.

During the closing meeting, fellows will come together to share lessons learned, reflect and brainstorm on how to continue making change as part of a network of emerging leaders in the sector.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keyword: education. Filter by Florida. 

Deadline to apply is March 1.

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