The UNCF/Walton K-12 Social Entrepreneurship (USE) Fellowship Program is a new leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. The program selects undergraduate students from private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a leadership development and paid intern placement program that partners with innovative K-12 educational social enterprises.

The UNCF/Walton K-12 Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program has three components:

  • A leadership development boot camp which aims to build the fellow's content expertise as it relates to K-12 education reform, principles of business and non-profit management, project management, IT-related business productivity skills, workplace communication and many of the soft skills that students need to have a successful internship experience.
  • A paid summer internship program that exposes fellows to professional careers at leading social entrepreneurial organizations working to advance K-12 education reform. Specifically, fellows are deployed as interns to organizations located in the District of Columbia, New York, Boston and other cities across the country. During their internships, they apply what they have learned, acquire new skills, gain an understanding of the professional needs of social change organizations and make meaningful contributions.
  • Career placement assistance is provided to fellows who are interested in pursuing a career in K-12 education reform. During their senior year of college, fellows receive job readiness and career mapping assistance from their career coach and UNCF staff.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • At least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Must be African-American
  • U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • UNCF Institutes, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Albany State University, Alcorn State University, Arkansas Baptist College, Barber-Scotia College, Bluefield State College, Bowie State University, Central State University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Concordia College, Selma Alabama, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Harris-Stowe State College, Howard University, Jackson State University, Kentucky State University, Knoxville College, Langston University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University-Jefferson City, Meharry Medical College, Mississippi Valley State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morgan State University, Morris Brown College, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University, Savannah State University, Selma University, South Carolina State University, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Southern University, New Orleans, Southwestern Christian College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia State University, West Virginia State College, Winston-Salem State University

Apply Online

The application deadline is January 04, 2013.

For additional information, contact 202-810-0262 or email USE

*To be eligible, you must commit to work two years for a social enterprise