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Tisch Summer Fellows: 2021 Internships

Tisch College is excited to offer substantive summer internships in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors which will allow Tufts students to work on an issue they care about and advance the public good while expanding their skills and networks. Through the internship tasks and assignments, students add capacity to their host organizations, gain a deeper understanding of civic life, develop connections with other Tufts students and alumni, and grow academically, personally, and professionally. Stipends are offered to ensure these opportunities are accessible to all Tufts students.

The general application period for 2021 TSF is now closed.

About 2021 Fellowships and COVID-19: As of this moment, organizations can choose to host in-person internships for the summer of 2021. Student interns and organizations must abide by the COVID protocols and travel policies set by the state of the internship. Organizations are not required to host in-person internships and fully remote internships will be supported as well. Organizations must communicate clearly with students about their expectations regarding whether the internship is in-person, remote, or whether there is flexibility for the student to decide. Since the situation is continuously evolving, this guidance may be revised in the weeks to come. Organizations should be prepared to accommodate students remotely if coronavirus restrictions provided by Tufts University no longer allow for in-person work.

2021 Application Process and Timeline

  • The 2021 Tisch Summer Fellows student application period ran from December 14, 2020 through February 12, 2021.
  • New positions might be added through this period; check back often
  • Each applicant to the Tisch Summer Fellows program may submit applications for up to three (3) fellowship opportunities.
  • Read position descriptions carefully. They will include the intended applicants (ex. graduate, undergraduate, or both), the location of the organization, and any other qualifications applicants should possess. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • All complete applications will be reviewed after February 12.

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.

Application Details

A complete application includes:

  • Application form
  • Unofficial transcript (Cummings, Fletcher, Friedman, TUSM, and TUSDM students do not need to include a transcript)
  • A current resume
  • Unique cover letter, tailored for each individual position
  • Recommendation letter
    • The recommender does not need to be affiliated with Tufts and must not be a current student.
    • Applicants are responsible for sharing the link with a recommender. The link and more details are found in the application. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications will be reviewed starting February 12.

Professional Schools

The general application is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. Additionally, students from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Tufts University School of Medicine may apply to opportunities designed specifically to match their unique skills and professional interests. Follow the links below for specific application details and to explore fellowship opportunities for 2021: We are in the process of developing internships and partnerships which will be published on each page as they become available.

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. Internships take place primarily at organizations located in greater-Boston, New York City, Washington, DC, and Providence, RI. For 2021, it remains uncertain if positions will be remote or in-person. 
  • Mentorship: Optional individual mentoring with a volunteer alumni mentor.
  • Programming: Throughout the summer, TSF includes workshops and events led by Tufts Alumni and other experts in relevant fields, 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. 


Thanks to the generosity of Tufts alumni and other supporters, we are pleased to provide a stipend to all Tisch Summer Fellows.

In 2021, TSF participants will receive $4,500. This is distributed in two installments, with $4,000 at the outset of the program and $500 held until the end.


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 Jared Smith ( 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, or 617-627-3535.