External Relations Summer Fellow

External Relations Summer Fellow

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college, and Russlynn Ali served as the founding executive director of Ed Trust–West. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming public schools into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state policy agenda. To learn more, please visit www.edtrustwest.org.

Summer Fellows 2019

The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a 2nd cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2019. The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color and women entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues. All Fellows must have a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and the belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them. These positions are full-time, over the course of 8-10 weeks, based in Oakland, California.


Fellows will earn $7,200 for 10 weeks of work, pro-rated if Fellows are unable to work the full 10 weeks.

External Relations Fellow

Ed Trust-West, and our External Relations team in particular, engages state policymakers, districts leaders, and practitioners in best practices centered on equity. We know that by building the capacity of local leaders to engage in informed advocacy and policy efforts we can create more equity champions to ensure that policy changes result in positive outcomes for students of color, low-income students, and English Learners. Our Summer Fellow will play a key role in planning and outreach for our 3rd annual Educational Equity Forum. Ed Trust—West’s Education Equity Forum 2019 will give school and district leadership teams as well as higher education administrators and practitioners an opportunity to converse, connect, and collaborate. Attendees will learn about new and best practices for supporting students, strengthening our schools and colleges, and closing opportunity and achievement gaps. The Summer Fellow will help to develop interactive breakout sessions, engaging plenaries, and networking opportunities.


  • Strong attention to detail
  • Some experience in research and the ability to synthesize research findings
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively, but the flexibility to handle the unexpected
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate projects and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders
  • Previous advocacy and/or organizing experience is a plus

Application Process

Please provide a cover letter & resume. Your cover letter should describe your relevant experience and your alignment with the organization’s mission. Priority deadline of March 3rd, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date. Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “ExternalRelations_Lopez”. If you are interested in applying for multiple Fellowships, please submit a separate application for each with a customized cover letter pertaining to the specific team you are applying to.https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9e2312b5-b5bd-498a-975d-1e1c12aead82&jobId=119495&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.