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Tisch Summer Fellows

Since 2004, community-based and national nonprofits, government agencies, and philanthropic organizations have hosted Tufts students as Tisch Summer Fellows. Through the Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from across the university engage with critical social issues, add capacity to host sites, and advance the public good while developing their own professional skills and networks.

Program Elements

Application

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from across Tufts University are invited to submit an application for TSF. The 2022 program runs from June 6, 2022 through August 12, 2022. The 2022 application period is from December 13, 2021 – January 28, 2022.  

Review all eligibility requirements and application details

Fellowship Position

Participants spend 35 hours per week during the program period working with a partner organization on a specific, substantive project or series of projects that will markedly benefit the partner’s work while also offering the fellow experiential civic learning. Positions will address a broad scope of social issues and interest areas. Opportunities will be based in greater-Boston, New York City, Providence, RI, Portland, ME (TUSM only), and Washington, DC with the capacity for in-person work. Remote opportunities will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Students from the health sciences campuses may apply to opportunities designed specifically to match their specialized skills and professional interests. Visit the health sciences TSF landing page for complete details. 

Reflection

Fellows gather in small groups with a peer facilitator for intentional, structured reflection sessions. These conversations promote deeper learning as participants explore civic identity development, address systemic inequalities, and cultivate collaborative relationships and effective communication skills to promote social change. At the end of the program, fellows submit a short reflection assignment.

Events & Mentoring

Skill-building workshops, roundtable discussions, and social events are scheduled throughout the summer. Fellows may also engage in optional, one-on-one alumni mentoring. Through these in-person and virtual events, participants build relationships with their peers, Tufts alumni, and other civic leaders. 

Compensation

Thanks to the generosity of Tufts alumni and other supporters, each member of the TSF cohort receives a living allowance to ensure this opportunity is accessible to all Tufts students. The 2022 stipend will be $5,250 for the general cohort. Students participating in the TUSM and TUSDM programs will receive an adjusted amount based on program length.

A Note for International Students

TSF is open to eligible international students. If you are studying on a student visa, prior work authorization is required in order to intern in the United States. To learn more about your eligibility as an international student, contact your international advisor. 

Learn More

For more information, contact Jenna Logue, Tisch Summer Fellows Program Administrator, at jenna.logue@tufts.edu or 617-627-3535.

TSF 2022 Application

The application period for TSF 2022 has closed.