The Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI) is excited to offer internships for local San Francisco Bay Area college students at our office in Oakland, California. Paid placements are available for Fall or Spring, and are designed to give interns a first-hand experience working within a unique education research and policy non-profit in the Bay.

During their placement, interns hold an integral role in major projects 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.

Spring 2017 Term Placement: March 13 – June 30 2017

APPLICATION NOW OPEN (click here to apply)

Spring 2017 Application Deadline is February 28th, 2017 at 11:59pm


Fall 2017 Term Placement: August – December 2017

Please check back in June 2017 for the Fall 2017 application.



  • Currently enrolled as a junior or senior at an accredited post secondary institution (You must upload an “Official Verification of Enrollment” to your application. This can be requested from the Registrar’s Office)
  • Completed a 2016-17 FAFSA or CA Dream Act by March 2, 2016 with an Expected Family Contribution (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
  • Letter of Recommendation from a trusted adult

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, data analysis and community building.
  • Students studying any of the following areas are highly encouraged to apply, although the opportunity is not restricted to these: journalism, communications/media, social sciences, macro social work, education, policy/political science, public administration, business, public health, city planning or statistics.

Internship Benefits:

  • $2500 scholarship, paid out monthly
  • Flexible schedule; 8-12 hours per week (maximum of 40 hours a 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 receiving a Marcus Foster Education Institute scholarship, you may be ineligible for this internship opportunity.  Please contact MFEI before you submit your application if you have questions regarding your eligibility for this internship.



(please contact MFEI for the specific placements to be offered in the term for which you apply)

  • Program: Assist MFEI staff in the design, development and implementation of anchor programs of the organization. These may include efforts to increase college access, persistence and career development opportunities for Bay Area youth, working with local school districts and non-profit networks, or engaging local policy and industry leaders around education change efforts in the region.
  • Communications: Work under the Communications Manager to support the development and production of key communications for the organization and its stakeholders. From the website to social media and strategic communications (e.g. presentations, fact sheets, infographics) for donors, students and education leaders, you can have a hand in shaping the public face of the organization.
  • Data and Research: Under the Research, Evaluation and Data Manager, use Salesforce, excel and other tools to conduct research and analyze data that will support drive data-informed change in Bay Area schools and districts. Duties may include, but are not limited to the creation, distribution, collection, and/or analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; research best practices in educational equity efforts; and assist in compiling data results for reporting to districts, policymakers and other partners.
  • Make Your Own: Alternatively, interested students are encouraged to research MFEI and propose a special project that is suitable for their portfolios after receiving approval from the Internship Supervisor. In your application please include an outline of your project idea and how it will benefit your future goals and the initiatives of the organization. Please feel free to attach any additional items you may have regarding your proposed project. We encourage these applicants to connect with the MFEI staff prior to your submission to learn more about the work of the organization, and how your proposal may be a strong fit.

Applications for the Spring 2017 internship are now open. Click here to apply.

For more information, contact

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.