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Tisch Summer Fellows: 2020 Remote Internships

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our students and not take unnecessary risks, all Tisch Summer Fellowships in 2020 were remote. Through the internship tasks and assignments, students added capacity to their host organizations, gained a deeper understanding of civic life, networked with other Tufts students and alumni, and grew academically, personally, and professionally.


2020 Application Process

  • The application period will be open until June 8. 
  • New internships will be posted until June 3.
  • Students may apply to internships that begin 2 weeks or more after their submission. For example, if the internship is set to begin on May 18, the student’s application must be received on or before May 4.

Students submit applications via Tufts Civic Impact (application link will be available soon), providing basic details and uploading the following documents:

  • Current resume
  • Targeted cover letter addressed to the fellowship organization
  • Unofficial transcript (TUSM, Friedman, and Cummings students do not need to send in a transcript)

Applicants will also be asked to write a short essay (500-800 words) using the following prompt:

When selecting students for these fellowships, we seek to create experiences that balance benefits to the students as well as to the organizations. Out of all the summer internships available, within the Tisch Summer Fellows program and beyond, why are you passionate about this placement? Please consider the following:

•    What strengths, qualities and experiences do you bring to the role that has been described? Please include your approach and ability to do remote work.
•    What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Program Elements

  • Orientation: All fellows are required to participate in a mandatory virtual orientation session. Details will be shared with students once they are accepted into an internship. 
  • Internship: All positions will offer opportunities for substantive work contributing to the public good. Students set a mutually agreed upon schedule with a professional staff person at the organization who serves as the supervisor. All tasks and assignments will be completed remotely. 
  • Mentorship: Alumni volunteers through the Tisch Alumni Mentor Network (more below) will connect remotely with program participants throughout the summer.
  • Programming: Throughout the summer, we will offer virtual programming led by Tufts Alumni and other experts in various fields of work, with a focus on civic engagement. Some of these programs will be mandatory. Others will be optional, although attendance at all TSF events is highly encouraged.
  • Reflection: Fellows join a small group of peers to reflect on what they are learning during the internship. All students are also required to submit a short final reflection paper reflecting on their learning experience and their impact on the organization.
  • Sharing: Fellows may be asked to speak about their experience at end-of-summer programs or during post-summer events such as the TSF Fall Showcase, information sessions, Jumbo Days, etc. Fellows will also be required to submit photos and videos from their summer experience.


Thanks to generous alumni support, we provide a payment to all Tisch Summer Fellows.

Payments will be dispersed in two installments, with $500 provided upon completion of all program requirements. For 2020 Tisch Summer Fellows, all participants will receive $4,000. Although we had originally increased the 2020 payments to account for cost of living expenses in each city, we have adjusted the payments for several reasons. Since all internships will be remote, students will not be moving to accept these placements. Additionally, in recognition of the increased student need for paid opportunities, we are offering more student placements within the available budget. We have also adjusted the number of hours required and included the virtual events and trainings in the total hours.


The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to all Tufts undergraduates and graduate students. Some placements may only be open to specific groups of students and will be indicated accordingly in the position description. Fellows are selected based on application materials, professional demeanor throughout the application process, recommendation letter, and a final interview with internship staff at the placement site. In addition:

  • Graduating students may apply. If offered a fellowship, students mut be fully committed to accepting
  • If you are an undocumented or DACA student who wishes to apply, please contact Dean Mack regarding the Tisch Summer Fellows opportunities
  • Exchange students are, unfortunately, not eligible to apply for TSF
  • International students must consult their international advisors to determine work eligibility for participation in Tisch Summer Fellows

For more information, please contact Jenna Logue, Tisch Summer Fellows Program Administrator,

Apply for a TSF Remote Internship

The application period is now closed. Please contact with any questions.