SUMMER 2021 Southern Education Leadership Initiative

The Southern Education Leadership Initiative is an eight-week, paid, summer fellowship for emerging leaders interested in advancing racial equity and improving education across the pre-K through college continuum. Through the summer fellowship, students receive 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. During this experiential learning opportunity, they explore strategies for
improving education, addressing community needs, and putting theory into practice. Students are assigned
summer placements that pair well with their experience, educational interests, career paths, and
developmental needs. There is mandatory training for the program from May 19-21, and the 8-week program begins on May 24, 2021, and runs until July 16, 2021.

Applicants should have the flexibility to relocate to another region of the southern United States for the duration of the program.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021, at 5pm EST.

  • Must be between the ages of 20-35 years old.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year college or graduate-level program.
  • Must have completed 60 credit hours (the equivalent of junior status & above in undergraduate program) or be currently enrolled in a Master’s, Doctoral, or Professional program at a college or university.
    • No minimum GPA is required. All majors are accepted but you must have demonstrated an interest in education equity and/or social justice.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, writing, and critical thinking skills, with the flexibility to respond well to diverse people, settings, and tasks.
  • Must only work on assigned projects from placement site and SEF during the fellowship months.
    • Students do not design projects for this experiential learning opportunity but are assigned projects by their placement site supervisor.
    • Must be willing to relocate to another city or town, and abstain from taking any kind of coursework, test preparation, or other job opportunities during the summer program.
    • Must be able to work in person 40 hours per week.
  • Fellows must attend in full the Orientation and Closing Meeting and be physically present at their placement site office during work hours for the duration of the program.

To watch the prospective fellows webinar, click here.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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