UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship 2022

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UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship

The UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education in America. The program selects undergraduate juniors from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a 10-week summer experience that includes leadership development, a paid internship with an innovative K-12 educational organization or school, and participation in an education reform case competition. Upon competition of the ten week summer experience, Fellows have access to additional coaching and skills development aligned with K-12 career pathways during their senior year of college. 

Tentative program dates for Summer 2023: May 31 - August 1, 2023

Eligiblity Requirements:

* African American college juniors (at time of application) enrolled at an HBCU

* ALL majors are welcome! (minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0 scale)

* Must be able to commit for the full 10 weeks of the fellowship

* Willingness to relocate for the summer (for in-person internships)

* Have demonstrated leadership experience as a college student on campus or within their local community

* One letter of recommendation from a college administrator or college faculty member

To Apply: Submit an online application, complete with a one-page personal statement that describes your understanding of the state of K-12 education in America and why there are widespread calls for reform. Also, share why you are passionate about K-12 education and how you hope to positively impact the sector. Additionally, applicants should also include extracurricular activities, honors and awards, community service and interests within and outside of their major. Students are required to submit a current resume and recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Selection Process and Timeline for 2023

Phase 1: Application is open Monday, October 17 – Monday, January 23 2023, 11:59pm ET.

Phase 2: Select applicants will advance to the semi-finalist round. Notifications will be sent to all semi-finalists by February 3, 2023. Semi-finalists must complete and submit a one-way video interview and a letter of recommendation by February 17, 2023, at 11:59pm ET.

The selection committee must receive your letter of recommendation by February 17, 2023. Letters of recommendation can either be submitted through Sparkhire platform or sent via email to: k12fellow@uncf.org. Please include your first and last name in the subject line for all email communication, for example: JohnDoe Reference. 

Phase 3: Select candidates will advance to the finalist round. Notifications will be sent to all finalists by March 10, 2023. During phase 3, students will meet with a representative from a designated host organization and participate in the final screening process, which includes: Host Organization/Fellow Matching (March 2023). Finalists will be matched with a host organization based on organizational fit and the student’s specific area(s) of interest in the education sector.

The 2023 UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship Cohort will be announced in April 2023

Main Components of the UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship

Paid Summer Internship Fellows placed with leading K-12 education organizations in virtual or on-site internships. Fellows are expected to work 30-40 hours per week (virtually or on-site) and assume full staff responsibilities during their internship. Fellows work to complete projects focused in areas such as advocacy, policy, research, marketing, and/or education/teaching.

Professional Development Career and leadership development via the UNCF Student Leadership Conference, the SPDP Summer Leadership Series, and the Alumni and Closing Conference

Capstone Focused on developing solutions to address a specific need within K-12 education

Senior Year Experience Fellows who successfully complete their summer internship will have access to mentoring, career coaching, graduate school and fellowship application assistance and job search assistance during their senior year.

Alumni Community and Networking Opportunities Networking with education leaders,  access to professional development stipends, and select opportunities to represent the Fellowship at national K-12 events

UNCF will secure and cover summer housing and travel for all in-person engagements - Summer travel includes travel to Student Leadership Conference, Host City, Alumni and Closing Conference, and Home City. Fellows are responsible for daily transportation to and from their internship and daily meals while in Host City.

For additional information, visit us at UNCF.org/K12Fellowship or review the attached student brochure (listed under supporting documents). Applicants can also email all questions to k12fellow@uncf.org 

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