Southern Education Foundation

- Southern Education Leadership Initiative  -  The Southern Education Foundation

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders through the 2012 Southern Education Leadership Initiative.  We are seeking outstanding upperclassmen and graduate students to apply for this experiential learning opportunity. Since 2004, SEF has placed over 135 students in nearly 70 nonprofits and foundations throughout the region focused on providing advocacy, grant-making, policy analysis, research, community organizing, and direct service in education.

 Interns receive:

  •  an opportunity to work for eight weeks during the summer in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or foundation;
  • a living expense stipend of $4,000 (for undergraduates or graduating seniors), or $4,500 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2012);
  • all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site;
  • trainings that expose students to research in the field, stress the importance of civic engagement, teach strategies for making change, and provide opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education policy and practice;
  • guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work through the summer intensively on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects; and
  • the opportunity to present their work to their peers, reflect, brainstorm how to take the lessons learned from this experience back to their communities, and become part of a network of emerging leaders in the sector.


We know that you are busy and time is short, but we are hopeful that you will take a few minutes to reach out to your best and brightest students who ought to apply to be involved in this program because of their interests in education equity, community service, public policy, and philanthropy.  Please see the attached 2012 application for more information on how to apply.


Thank you in advance for your help as we seek to lift up the next generation of leaders.

 Applications must be postmarked and submitted by mail or emailed by March 1, 2012


Southern Education Foundation

Attn: Vanessa Elkan, Assistant Program Officer

135 Auburn Ave. N.E. Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303


For questions contact: Katherine Dunn, Program Associate

Phone: 404.991.6764 Email:


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