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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Tisch Summer Fellows: Boston, New York, and D.C.

The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program in New York City, Greater Boston, and Washington, D.C., offers more than 100 stipended summer internship opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors. Fellows work for 35 hours per week for 10 weeks (or 350 total hours) between June and August. By summer’s end, Fellows will have added capacity to their host organizations, gained a deeper understanding of civic life, networked with other Tufts students and alumni, and grown academically, personally, and professionally.

You can see a list of Summer 2017 summer fellowship opportunities here.

Program Elements

The Tisch Summer Fellows Program includes the following components:

  • Orientation: All fellows are required to attend a mandatory, on-campus orientation in April. Exceptions will only be made for students studying abroad or for emergencies.
  • Internship: More than 100 fellowships are available, and students may apply for up to three specific placements. All positions will offer opportunities for substantive work contributing to the public good.
  • Mentorship: A graduate student in each city will offer support and mentorship. In addition, many placements are supervised by Tufts alumni who are eager to share their knowledge and experience. In Washington, D.C., fellows may also benefit from the Tufts Alumni Mentor Network (more below).
  • Reflection: Fellows will meet periodically to share what they are doing and reflect on what they are learning. Each city's graduate student assistant will help convene and facilitate these meetings, as well as periodic individual check-ins. All Fellows 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 each city's closing event. After their internship, Fellows prepare an electronic poster summarizing their experience, and may be asked to speak about their time in the program at post-summer events, information sessions, Jumbo Days, etc.

Program Locations

  • Work in state and local government or in community organizations focused on education, the environment, social justice, and more.
  • Fellowship placements in New York include multiple local and national nonprofits whose impact extends citywide and beyond.
  • Apply for internships in federal government—including the Pentagon—or at various nonprofits in the nation's capital with national and international reach.


Thanks to generous alumni support, each Fellow receives a stipend to support their Tisch Summer Fellowship. Stipends are calculated based on expected cost-of-living and other considerations, and may change for Summer 2018. This year, the available stipends for each city were:

  • TSF Greater Boston – $3,800
  • TSF Washington, D.C., – $4,000
  • TSF New York – $4,100


The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to all Tufts undergraduates and graduate students, though specific placements may only be open to undergraduates—and will be indicated as such. Fellows are selected based on their application materials, professional demeanor throughout the application process, recommendation letter, and a placement interview. Other eligibility details:

  • Graduating students may apply (with the exception of The Pentagon). If offered a fellowship, students must be fully committed to accepting.
  • Applicants studying abroad may apply and schedule phone or Skype interviews with Tisch staff and the fellowship organization supervisor at the appropriate time in the process.
  • Only U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens are eligible for Pentagon fellowships. If you are a naturalized or dual citizen interested in applying, please contact us as soon as possible to receive more information. Those selected for interviews will go through a rigorous and lengthy security clearance process. Applications for Pentagon positions have an earlier application deadline in order to accomodate this process.

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application, which consists of basic information and short essay questions about your experience and interests. You must also submit:

  • Current resume
  • Tailored cover letter addressed to the fellowship organization
  • Letter of recommendation. The recommender does not need to be associated to Tufts University.
  • Unofficial transcript.

Note: You must fill out a separate application for each placement (up to three) to which you are applying. This includes a separate cover letter with each application. However, you may use the same letter of recommendation or submit separate letters for each position if you believe different recommenders will highlight different skills and experience that are relevant to a specific position.

Tufts Alumni Mentor Network

Tisch Summer Fellows in Washington, D.C., can enjoy additional professional opportunities through the Tufts Alumni Mentor Network. Led by Tufts alumni, the network offers mentorship and career gudance specifically geared toward working in the nation's capital and organizes workshops, lectures, panels, and networking events that complement the activities available through TSF. Learn more and sign up to participate.

Information and Resources

For more information, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Tisch College Program Administrator, at To receive a notification when fellowship positions are available and the TSF application period opens, make sure you join our contact list.

If we don't offer a placement you are interested in, we recommend you explore Tufts Career Services, which provides information about many other summer internship opportunities. Log into Tufts Career Connect and check back often; new internships are posted daily.

Apply to Tisch Summer Fellows

Fill out this application for Tisch Summer Fellowships in Greater Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C.

The application period will open for Pentagon placements in late Fall 2017, and for all other fellowships in Spring 2018.