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Public Policy Fellowship

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About the College Board

We are a mission focused organization that believes that investing in education is investing in the future. From our earliest days, we have devoted ourselves to educational opportunity and achievement. We have promoted innovation, equity and excellence for generations of students. We are advocates for children and parents; we empower teachers and educators; and we are a strong presence in thousands of schools and communities across the country through programs and services - the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) and Pre-AP are just few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities and Advocacy.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization. This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students, in the context of a competitive business environment.

The College Board Public Policy Fellowship

The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for paid graduate-level Public Policy Fellows. (Summer fellows also receive a generous housing stipend and travel allowance.) The College Board’s Global Policy & External Relations division has 2-3 openings in our Washington, DC office.

This position is based out of our Washington, DC office.

  • Fellowship title: Summer Public Policy Fellowship
  • Fellowship timing: Early June 2020 – Mid-August 2020
  • Hours per week: 30-40
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • This is an hourly paid fellowship; Summer fellows also receive an additional housing stipend


Are you committed to clearing a path for students to own their future, especially low-income, students of color, and other disadvantaged students? Do you want to work with a team of top national experts dedicated to tackling America’s growing educational opportunity gap? If so, the College Board’s Public Policy Fellowship will allow you to learn from and contribute to the College Board’s ongoing efforts to deliver the educational opportunities all students deserve.  

Driven by a single goal, the College Board seeks to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college — particularly, low-income and underrepresented students, as well as students who are the first in their families with a chance to earn a postsecondary degree.

About the Position:

 The Policy Fellows have a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment while gaining real-world experience with policy development, K-12 education, higher education, policy research, and government relations. The fellows play a critical role in assisting the Policy team in researching, generating, and advancing policy ideas that clear a path for all students to own their future. The fellows will focus on K-12 and/or postsecondary issues.


The primary responsibility of the fellows will be to support the Policy team, by: 

  • Developing an independent culminating project focused on advancing opportunity for underrepresented students — including low-income students, students of color, and students who are the first in their families with a chance to graduate from college
  • Collaborating with top national experts in education policy to develop research and advocacy ideas and/or policy recommendations
  • Conducting literature reviews and policy scans on issues related to K-12 education, college readiness, access, and success
  • Attending and summarizing education-related meetings and Congressional hearings on behalf of the College Board
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy analysis, policy development, and advocacy
  • Developing compelling evidence-based advocacy materials to support the College Board’s advocacy efforts
  • Very minimal administrative work


  • General knowledge of K-12 and/or higher education issues from a state or national level
  • Demonstrated experience in examining educational challenges faced by underrepresented students
  • Strong analytical and/or research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Applicant should fit into one of the following categories:
    • Currently enrolled (or accepted) in a master’s or doctoral-level program in public policy, education policy, or related discipline; or
    • A recent graduate of an undergraduate program exploring public policy or education policy graduate programs

To Apply:

Candidates must apply online through our careers site at Interested applicants should submit a resume and writing sample no later than February 28, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls will be accepted.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following documents before February 28, 2020

  • A resume that includes your GPA, major, and expected graduation date (you must submit your resume through our career site at
  • A memo (1-2 pages) submitted through our career site responding to the following questions: If you are advising the current administration on an important policy issue that improves college readiness, college access and/or postsecondary success, what would it be and why? How has policy failed to address this issue in the past? What recommendations will you provide?

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. This position is subject to a background check.


Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.