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Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship Overview for Host Organizations

  • PASF

LEE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organization working to end the injustice of educational inequity by inspiring and supporting a diverse set of leaders with classroom experience to engage civically and politically.

The Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship (PASF) connects LEE members, who are Teach For America corps members and alumni, with high-impact policy and advocacy leaders and organizations focused on education, children, youth and communities for an eight-week, full-time placement.

The Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship was founded in 2012 and has over 500 alumni. In 2017, we partnered with 150 organizations nationally to place over 165 fellows. After the fellowship, PASF alumni often pursue roles in policy and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels; attend graduate school, or work as teachers and school leaders.

In addition to their full-time placement work, LEE provides ongoing support to Fellows during the summer through regional trainings, one-on-one coaching, and webinars about careers in policy and advocacy.

Consider hosting a Fellow

Are you seeking support in your organization for a special project or to provide extra capacity for your team to achieve your goals? Host a Summer Fellow!

Host organizations provide Fellows with opportunities to contribute to meaningful work and create space for professional growth and development. By hosting a Fellow, you are contributing to the development of a future policy or advocacy leader.

Who are Fellows?

Fellows are a diverse group of emerging leaders with varied backgrounds, life experiences, and skill sets. LEE has a strong commitment to supporting the leadership of communities historically underrepresented in public leadership. In 2017, our fellowship cohort was 60% people of color, 70% women and 35% first-generation college students.

Many Fellows have previous professional and/or graduate school experience and are prepared to take on graduate-level projects, including data collection, analysis and synthesis, community outreach or issue advocacy, coalition-building, and stakeholder engagement.

All of our Fellows have teaching experience and bring a deep commitment to achieving educational equity in their communities.

What kinds of projects have Fellows worked on in the past?

  • A Fellow in Alabama researched and wrote a brief on how to recruit and retain teachers who identify as millennials. The brief summarized best practices and presented recommendations for schools and districts on how to get and keep these teachers in the classroom.
  • A Fellow in Baltimore supported the drafting and roll out of Baltimore City Schools new strategic plan, Blueprint: Building the Next Generation. In this role, she was directly involved in setting the big picture plans of the district that she teaches in.
  • A Fellow in Washington, D.C., authored a brief that synthesized and summarized charter school financial data. The brief outlined trends in revenue and per-pupil spending, as well as made recommendations for clarifying the financial information provided by charter schools. The brief was published by the host organization and referenced by local media.  

What is your contribution?

To ensure a high-quality experience for both Fellows and hosts, we ask host organizations to provide

  • A defined project or set of projects with clear deliverables that is substantive, meaningful and provides direct experience in policy or advocacy (please, no ad-hoc projects or sporadic support on existing projects)

  • A full-time workload (40 hours per week) for the Fellow for eight weeks

  • Designated on-site workspace for the Fellow; Fellows should not work remotely

  • A dedicated supervisor who can meet with and provide feedback to the Fellow regularly throughout the summer (e.g., weekly)

  • Opportunities to gain exposure to and skills in education policy- or advocacy-related work

  • Opportunities to gain exposure to the organization’s priorities and build networks within the organization (e.g., attending staff meetings, participating in key meetings and events, interacting with staff at all levels)

Fellows should spend at least 70% of their time on a substantive policy- or advocacy-related project and a maximum of 30% of their time on more administrative tasks.

Do hosts need to provide compensation for Fellows?

We encourage all hosts to compensate your Fellow in an amount that fits with your organization’s available resources. Host organizations in the past have contributed anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 for the summer.  

LEE will provide fellows with the option to apply for additional need-based support. Your contribution of a stipend to your fellow allows us to make our budget go further for the fellows who would otherwise not be able to participate. Our collective ability to decrease barriers for participation allows us to find the highest quality, most diverse talent for your organization.

How do you get exceptional summer talent through our network?

Our process for summer 2018 will open in November 2017. If you have any questions or are interested in hosting a Fellow in the future, please contact Isabel.Huston@educationalequity.org  or your regional LEE contact. Interested host organizations will be asked to submit an application including a project proposal and additional details on their ability to meet the requirements listed above. The deadline to apply to host a fellow is 11:59 pm PST January 21, 2018.

Apply now

The application to host a 2018 Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow is now open. Click the button below to start your application.

Interested host organizations are required to submit a project proposal and additional details on their ability to meet the requirements listed above. If you have any questions, please contact Isabel.Huston@educationalequity.org or your regional LEE contact. The deadline to apply to host a fellow is 11:59 pm PST January 21, 2018.