MFEF Internship Application, Spring 2017

Deadline: February 28 2017 at 11:59 PM PST (Midnight) - CLOSED

This program is inactive or past the deadline.



The Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI) is excited to announce internship openings for local Bay Area college students to gain first-hand experience in a unique education non-profit and leading agency in the Bay. As the first local education fund in the United States, MFEI was created in 1973 by, and later renamed after, Dr. Marcus A. Foster, a prolific, urban education reformist renowned nationally for his pioneering work in education in Oakland and Philadelphia. Throughout his career as an educator and as the first Black superintendent of Oakland schools, Dr. Foster was certain that students could attain high academic achievement and strong moral character when the entire community holds high expectations for the achievement of all students.

Moving into our 44th year, we continue to innovate. Currently, our work aims to achieve equity in education through collaboratively developed and implemented multi-sectoral strategies. These strategies enhance non-profit, K-12 and postsecondary institutions’ ability to ensure life success for often overlooked students from Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

The organization’s growth and new strategic direction stem from the belief that strong public education is essential for a civil society, and that public institutions benefit from partners taking a systems[1] approach to improving education and life outcomes for its students. MFEI partners with, and supports exemplar non-profit agencies who provide essential college access services to students.

MFEI seeks to hire a cohort of college-level interns. This 4-month opportunity will allow interns to gain experience working in a small non-profit environment and to be fully integrated into the organization. Interns will have the opportunity to take on a leading role in a major project for the organization. Projects may cover, but are not limited to the following areas: community building and convening, policy research and development, data collection and analysis, communications, and program design and implementation for high school and college aged youth (Please contact us for the most up to date positions available). Interns are mentored to build their skills in writing, communications and research and analysis, and are provided with opportunities to network with leaders in education and other industry sectors across the region.

[1]The term “systems” refers to post-secondary institutions, such as the Peralta Community College District and individual college campuses such as UC Berkeley. Additionally, systems refer to K-12 campuses and entire school districts.

Internship Benefits:
- $2500 stipend distributed over a 4 month internship
- Flexible Schedule: 8-10 hours per week, total of 40 hours per month
- Career exposure and networking opportunities
- Professional skill development and first-hand experience in education reform, convening, advocacy, program and non-profit development and communications

* Please note that if you are currently a Marcus Foster Education Institute scholarship recipient you may be ineligible for this internship. Please contact before you submit your application if you have questions regarding your eligibility for this internship.


Eligibility Requirements:
- Currently enrolled as a junior or senior at an accredited post secondary institution
- Completed a 2016-17 FAFSA or CA Dream Act with an EFC under $10,000
- Graduate of a California high school
- Available to work the full term of the internship
- Have a cumulative GPA above a 2.50

Desired Qualifications and Skills:
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize and respond with flexibility to change and new directions.
- Previous experience or an interest to gain experience in the field of educational equity preferred (including internships/volunteer work).
- Dedicated to the MFEI mission and its goal of improving educational opportunities for youth through collective impacts in education.
- An exceptional team player who enjoys working with a talented group of people from different backgrounds with a common goal.
- Desire to grow and develop skills in leadership, communications, research, data analysis, non-profit administration and community building.
- Students studying any of the following areas are highly encouraged to apply: journalism, communications/media, social sciences, education, policy/political science, public administration, business, public health, city planning.