Southern Education Foundation accepting applications

Southern Education Foundation accepting applications  

Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is accepting applications for participation in the Southern Education Leadership Initiative Summer Internship Program. SEF aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leaders. Since 2004, SEF has provided training activities and paid summer internships to a diverse and inspired group of college undergraduate and graduate students interested in making systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.


  • An opportunity to work for eight weeks in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education (e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or philanthropic institution)
  • A modest stipend and travel expenses for summer trainings
  • Exposure to research in the field, practical experience, and opportunities to meet and work with outstanding and inspiring education reformers and advocates
  • Professional development and leadership trainings that orient students to issues in education and the nonprofit sector
  • Opportunities to network, reflect, and exchange ideas with fellow interns


To qualify for the program, students must:

  • Be 20-32 years old
  • Have completed 60 credit hours (or the equivalent of junior status and above in an undergraduate program) or be enrolled in a graduate program or law program at a college or university
  • Be familiar with or demonstrate interest in social justice and/or education policy and practice
  • Have excellent interpersonal, writing, and critical thinking skills, with flexibility to respond well to diverse people, settings, and tasks
  • Submit the completed application by March 1, 2013, including all supporting documents. (No exceptions on late applications will be made)
  • Be willing to potentially relocate for the summer, not take any kind of coursework or other job opportunities during summer program, and attend in full the orientation and closing meetings of the program

For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas C. Sturgis or Mrs. Valerie Gallé, 601.877.6257 or [email protected].