Summer Leaders Internship

Accelerated Pathway to The Fellowship

The Summer Leaders Internship is for qualified individuals who wish to develop their leadership capacity and eventually pursue a career in entrepreneurial school leadership through The Fellowship, a rigorous yearlong training that prepares individuals to design, found, and lead their own high-performing, urban charter schools.

BES Summer Leaders receive training in Boston on leading a high-performing charter school from the expert staff at Building Excellent Schools. Then, they spend 20 days completing an intensive, hands-on residency at one of the nation’s strongest urban charter schools, learning directly from BES school leaders what it takes to lead a charter school. Throughout the internship, BES Summer Leaders work on short- and long-term projects driven by the demands of host schools.

At the end of the summer, select Summer Leaders may be invited to participate in The Fellowship the following year.

Profile of a BES Summer Leader

The ideal Summer Leader will be…

  • aligned with the BES approach
  • seriously considering school leadership
  • a demonstrated leader with a track record of outstanding and measurable results
  • available to participate in orientation and subsequent project dates

Components of the Summer Leader Experience

A Summer Leader will benefit from:

Orientation: Leading a High-Performing Charter School
May 22-24
Three-day orientation led by BES Director of Leadership Development, Erika Haskins.

Four-Week Leadership Residency: Practical, Hands-On Exposure to a BES School (placement chosen by BES)
June Residency: June 4- June 29
July Residency: July 2- July 30
Intensive residency working on a project designed by school leadership and the BES Director of Leadership Development, of importance to the host school and of learning value to the Summer Leader

$5,000 internship stipend and May Orientation housing/travel are provided

Direct e-mail access to BES team

Formal work and presentation on a capstone project


The application process for the Summer Leaders Internship is similar to that for The Fellowship. The first step is to submit an online application and answer a series of questions designed to inform us about your leadership potential and your ideal school design. Select candidates will then be invited to submit a video interview, a process that involves answering questions via webcam, followed by a phone interview with our Director of Talent. The final step in the selection process will be a phone interview with a BES Director of Leadership Development.

The 2018 Summer Leaders Internship Application is open:





Upcoming Deadlines:

Monday, January 15, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.