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Education and Youth Development Fellowships

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

Education and Youth Development Fellows spend the summer working with local community partners to support summer youth programs and/or address youth and education-related issues.


Opportunities for Summer 2018:

Protects the rights of impoverished and abused children and youth so that they have safe, stable homes, healthcare and the education they need to thrive.

Description of internship:

The Healthy Teen Families (HTF) Program works with Expectant and Parenting Youth in foster care to ensure that they and their babies have the support, services and resources needed to thrive and stop the cycle of foster care.  The intern will work with the Director of the HTF program, identifying needed resources, helping clients access services, developing written materials, and conduct general intake for the agency.

For additional information contact Cathy Yacoub at Alliance for Children's Rights.


Connects motivated young adults in need of jobs with companies in need of talent.  An award-winning national organization, Year Up strives to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults, ages 18-24, with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive program, Year UP utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Description of internship:

Year Up will be growing to serve 160+ young adults per year on the West LA College campus and seeks an intern to join the Admissions and Outreach team as they recruit and admit the class starting in August 2017. Projects will include managing the prospective student pipeline; facilitating info sessions; ensuring data integrity in; and attending outreach events to drive student interest.

For additional information contact Tammy Gordon at Year Up Los Angeles.


Harnesses the power of journalism to advance child welfare and juvenile justice reform by covering emerging solutions to the systems' challenges.

Description of internship:

The internship is a crash course in using journalism for social change. Your hands-on experience as a part of this team will have you employing journalism and media skills as implements of social change on a daily basis, and by the end of your time with FMC you will see how your reporting work can drive positive policy solutions. Past FMC interns have contributed significantly to coverage of issues like developing juvenile justice policy in LA county, its intersection with education, and national trends such as the impact of the opioid crisis on children, and a decrease in foster care capacity across the country. 

Stories produced as part of this internship are featured in FMC’s online news publication, The Chronicle of Social Change, and its print and digital magazine, Fostering Families Today. Minimum deliverables: 10 news stories, 15 research and resources entries, 2 funder profiles, outreach to at least 20 journalists to encourage them to sign up for FMC’s email list

Interns will also assist with the data collection and analysis as part of long-term investigative journalism project.

For additional information contact Elizabeth Green at Fostering Media Connections.

FMC's summer 2017 interns contributed to the stories/reports below:


Founded in 1968, Brotherhood Crusade is a nonprofit, grassroots organization with a vision of improving quality of life and the unmet needs of low-income, underserved, under-represented and disenfranchised individuals. We believe Los Angeles can be a safe, thriving, culturally relevant and inclusive community that provides all residents equitable access to human and social services and continually improves their quality of life.

Description of internship:

Internship roles and responsibilitie are still being finalized, and additional information will be available soon. The focus of the internship experience will be working on our Boys and Young Men of Color Leadership Initiative. Our Initiative is a uniquely designed mentoring program for men and young boys of color that facilitates the development of safety and accountability networks that build trust, improve community quality of life and eventually affect policy and systems change.

For additional information contact Curtis Silvers at Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade.


  • Making the Right Connections, Inc. , Los Angeles, CA

The Making the Right Connections or MTRC program is a summer educational enrichment experience for children (grades Pre-K, K-8) that focuses on gang prevention. Located in selected inner-city school sites in the greater Los Angeles area, the purpose of this program is to help the younger brothers, sisters and extended family relatives of known gang members (as well as other children at “high-risk” for gang associations and/or victimization) to choose family, church, school and community connections (i.e. relationships) over any type of gang associations.

Description of internship:

  The intern will be assigned to work with a credentialed teacher as a TA (teacher assistant) in our MTRC summer program for inner-city elementary and middle school age children. Our TAs work in a classroom of 25 students and assist the teacher in providing them with a variety of social, cultural, academic and recreational activities (which include weekly field trips, exposure to numerous guest speakers and participation in major multicultural art projects).

For additional information contact Daniel Drass at Making the Right Connections (MTRC).


Learn about the intersection of research and practice in the field of education.
Description of internship:

California Education Partners seeks a Stanford student to serve in their office in San Francisco this summer (June - August). The student would be working on an analysis of data examining partnerships between researchers and practitioners, and a library of over 100 research reports/briefs by Stanford professors about San Francisco Unified School District.   

Our team at California Education Partners is interested in working with a Stanford fellow who would like to learn about the intersection of research and practice as a catalyst for change, reform, and improvement in the field of education. We would like a fellow to support an internal analysis of Stanford researchers and San Francisco Unified School District’s administrators work together on joint projects within this partnership. We have a large database of capturing this work including people involved, research described and documented, interaction between researchers and practitioners involved, which we need help to cleaning, updating, and validating.  The data currently sits on a database within Salesforce. Also, we are interested in having this student update our database of research projects between Stanford University researchers and San Francisco Unified School District administrators, which sit on a Confluence platform, which would involve writing some research briefs, and organizing the briefs and reports on the Confluence platform. The platform is at 


In addition to commitment to public education and the Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, the right candidate will have knowledge of the following:

  • Software knowledge: Excel, Word, Confluence, Salesforce, Google Drive
  • Research/Analysis: Simple coding of qualitative data, descriptive statistics of quantitative data (potentially running some correlations), and summaries of research. Bonus would be an interest/experience in managing a database/library of research briefs and reports.


Description of internship:
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of youth and Canadians living in poverty? Do you enjoy intellectual challenges, personal growth, and energetic, high-performing teams?  If so, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. Pathways to Education Canada is a national charitable organization working to break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. The Pathways to Education Program™ is a true example of social innovation – providing a unique combination of academic, financial, social, and one-on-one supports to youth in low-income communities. The groundbreaking results of Pathways’ unique Program have garnered international attention and awards for improving graduation rates by an average of 85 per cent across Pathways communities. Over 73 per cent of all students who graduated from high school while in the Pathways Program go on to postsecondary education or training.
Celebrating over 15 years of programming in Canada, the Pathways Program is currently offered in 20 communities across Canada with plans for continued expansion.
Join us to help chart the course for breaking the cycle of poverty through education beyond 2020 for over 100 000 students across Canada. This position offers the opportunity to build on the current success of Pathways to Education and assist in developing the plan to position the organization to increase impact and reach more youth across the country.
This internship will be ideal for an aspiring tech savvy individual with exceptional analytical skills who is forward-thinking and entrepreneurial minded. You will have a strong understanding of economics, social development and impact measurement. This role will contribute to the strategic planning of our program offerings, the future course of the organization, and furthering our capacity to incorporate both small and large-scale innovations.
Success in this position will involve the following: 
  o     Research and summarize transformational innovations around the world focused on poverty and educational attainment
  o     Assess, define, and recommend future opportunities to impact poverty through education in Canada
  •     Research and analyze trends in social impact, social development, technology, and impact evaluation
  •     Assess and scope future opportunities related to effective strategies and partnerships to support educational attainment
  •     Work closely with multiple stakeholders including students, alumni, volunteers, staff, and partners to understand present context and assess future possibilities.
  •     Assist in the administration of the Pathways Innovation and Impact Committee
  •     Inform and elevate a culture of impact and innovation in the organization


For additional information contact Jason Shim at Pathways to Education Canada.


For additional education-focused opportunities visit the Education Achievement Fellowship program page.


These local partners are interested in hosting students again in Summer 2018.  Students can apply for an Urban Summer Fellowship or Community Service Work Study to support their work with these organizations:

Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA

Teach and mentor teenagers in the 9th - 12th grades.

Position description
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Foundation for a College Education, East Palo Alto, CA

Design and teach courses to 6th - 8th graders.

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Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto, CA

Plan, lead and execute classroom curriculum to support literacy and math initiatives for 3rd - 5th graders.

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Each Education & Youth Development Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

Funding has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.



The Education & Youth Development Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Optional: Enroll / participate in EDUC 102: Examining Social Structures, Power, and Educational Access to prepare for summer fellowship (not required but strongly recommended).
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer and meet with Haas Center staff to review.
  • Connect with summer supervisor and complete any requested materials in preparation for the summer experience.


  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • Submit a brief mid-summer report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Autumn Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activity in conjunction with the Haas Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.


Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference may be given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.


Selection Process: 

Students with general education and youth development interests are encouraged to apply. For more information about the program contact Jon McConnell at the Haas Center.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge



Application : 

Please send application materials to Jon McConnell or drop them off at the Haas Center.

A complete fellowship application includes the following:

  • A letter of interest or personal statement expressing why you are interested in the fellowship experience (please also include which organization/position you are applying for). Themes should include: your personal motivations for applying for the fellowship; your experience and education related to the particular fellowship; how the experience could contribute to your learning and future success at Stanford and/or beyond.
  • A current resume.

Note: If you are interested in the opportunities with ATLAS, FCE or Youth Club at Saint Francis, please apply through the Urban Summer Fellowship or Community Service Work Study process.

Haas Center for Public Service
San Francisco Bay Area
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Open to: 

Jon McConnell, Senior Program Director