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Interested in helping students and families solve school-related problems? Want to develop your negotiation and mediation skills? Apply to join the Ombudsman’s office as a fellow!

What do Ombudsman fellows do?

Under the supervision of the Ombudsman, fellows are involved in all aspects of the office’s conflict resolution services including:

  • Conducting intake with parents and students;
  • Researching laws, policies, and programs; and
  • Communicating with school staff to solve problems.

Fellows may also assist in the office’s outreach and policy work through:

  • Attending conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education;
  • Analyzing data collected from our cases to identify trends;
  • Conducting longer-term research projects; and
  • Writing posts for social media.

Who are Ombudsman fellows?

Ombudsman fellows have a demonstrated interest in education policy. Many fellows also have interest or experience in conflict resolution. The fellowship is typically a good fit for current graduate students in education, law, or conflict resolution, as well as for recent graduates or professionals with experience in those areas.

What are the benefits of an Ombudsman fellowship?

Fellow have the opportunity to work directly with families, learn about the education system in DC, learn about conflict resolution, develop creative problem solving skills,  and develop expertise on issues including special education, student discipline, truancy, and bullying prevention.

Supervision and Compensation

  • Fellows are supervised by the Ombudsman and Associate Ombudsman.
  • Three cohorts of fellows are hired each year (spring, summer, fall)
  • Fellows typically work 20 hours per week for spring and fall, and full time in the summer. Full-time positions may be available.
  • $2,000 stipend available if not receiving course credit.

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