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Student Advocate Fellowship

The Office of the Student Advocate guides and supports students, parents, families, and community members in navigating the public school system in DC. We provide step-by-step assistance for students, parents, families, and community members to be informed, be connected, and be empowered; we accomplish our goal of assisting students and their families achieve equal access to public education through advocacy, outreach, and information services. More information about our office can be found at studentadvocate.dc.gov.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief Student Advocate, fellows participate in all aspects of the office’s support of DC students and families. This work includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing and executing engagement-focused media and communications strategies to engage stakeholders on all levels.
  • Responding to requests for assistance from families.
  • Develop successful communications strategies at the District level.
  • Developing toolkits and resources to meet the needs of District families and community members.
  • Participating in conferences, hearings, briefings, and forums as a representative of the Office of Student Advocate.

Learning Goals

  • Develop successful mass communications strategies at the District level.
  • Increase familiarity with the District’s public education systems.
  • Develop a better understanding of stakeholder engagement, community organizing, and advocacy.
  • Develop a better understanding of how to address common barriers affecting DC families and students at the individual and systemic level.
  • Develop a repertoire with stakeholders at all levels.

Supervision and Compensation

Managed by the Chief Student Advocate, we provide fellows with the necessary guidance and assistance to complete their projects.

  • Student Advocate fellows work 20 hours per week.
  • $3,000 stipend provided if not receiving course credit.

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]. In your cover letter, please indicate (1) what weeks you are available in the fall, spring, or summer semester. For the spring semester, we are seeking fellows with availability starting in January and ending in May, with a possibility of extension; (2) which days of the week you would be available for the fellowship; and (3) whether you are interested in the stipend or course credit.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.