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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 3, 2019 and August 9, 2019. 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.

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application, which consists of basic student information, a ranking of your top 1-3 placements (if applicable) and an essay about your experience and interest in the position. The essay question is listed below.

Students must also submit the following documents to with either TSF India, TSF DC, TSF NYC or TSF Boston in the email title.

  • Current resume
  • Tailored cover letter addressed to the fellowship organization
  • One letter of recommendation. The recommender does not need to be associated to Tufts University and cannot be a current student. Recommenders can send their letter to the applicant to submit or to with the applicant's name and the placement(s) you are applying to.
  • Unofficial transcript. TUSM, Friedman and Cummings students do not need to send in a transcript.

Essay Question for TSF Domestic Applications: 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 of the summer internships available, within the Tisch Summer Fellows program and beyond, why are you passionate about this placement? Please consider the following:

a) What strengths, qualities and experiences do you bring to the role that has been described?
b) What do you hope to gain from this experience?

(500-800 words)

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.


  • TSF 2019 placements are now live! Stay tuned, as new sites will be added.
  • Pentagon applications are due on January 14, 2019 at NOON.
  • General applications are due Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at NOON.
  • Application review will take place in late January through early February.
  • All applicants will be notified of next steps by mid-February.
  • First round interviews with Tisch College Staff will take place in February through March.
  • Second round interviews with placement supervisors will take place in March.
  • Finalists will be notified by the end of March.
  • Mandatory on-campus orientation will take place in Medford on a date in April 2019, to be determined. Orientations for Boston and Grafton campuses will also be scheduled.
  • Fellowships begin on June 3, 2019.

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.

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, including TSF India. All positions will offer opportunities for substantive work contributing to the public good.
  • Mentorship: A Tufts 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. Fellows may also benefit from the Tufts Alumni Mentor Network (more below).
  • Panels and Events: Fellows will be provided with many opportunities throughout their summer to meet Tufts Alumni and other experts in various fields of work, with a focus on civic engagement. Some of these events will be mandatory and supervisors will be advised of their timing in advance. Other events will be optional, although attendance at all TSF events is highly encouraged.
  • Reflection: Fellows will meet in small groups periodically to reflect on what they are learning and to connect with their peers. Tufts Alumni will facilitate these small group reflection meetings, allowing for students to make personal connections with professionals in their city. Each city's graduate student assistant will help convene these meetings, as well as arrange for periodic 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 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, each Fellow receives a stipend to support their Tisch Summer Fellowship. Stipends are calculated based on expected cost-of-living and other considerations. For 2019, the stipends for each city will be:

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

New for 2019: Tisch College is committed to making the Tisch Summer Fellows experience accessible to all students regardless of their socioeconomic status. For students accepted into the program who are on financial aid, additional funding for housing may be available to defray this cost. This will only apply to students who are not working in their home city. You will be able to indicate on the application whether you are interested in this additional assistance by checking the box indicating you are on financial aid and want to be considered for the additional funding. By checking this box,  you are giving Tisch College permission to contact the financial aid office for information about your level of need. Checking the box will then direct you to a section where you provide the dollar amount (between $100-$1,000) that you believe would be necessary for you to accept the fellowship. You will also need to provide an explanation about why the funding is needed, including the amount you have budgeted for housing. Please keep in mind that the total amount of funding we have to supplement the stipends is limited, but we will do our best to distribute it fairly. We ask that you be both realistic and judicious in your request. You will only be informed of the amount granted if you are offered the position.

Stipends will be provided in two installments, the first being prior to the start of your internship. The remaining $500 will be provided upon completion of all program requirements, including a final reflection paper, photo and video submissions, as well as attending all required events and reflection meetings throughout the fellowship program.


The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to all Tufts undergraduates and graduate students, though some placements may only be open to specific groups of students—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, unless you have been accepted to a graduate program). If offered a fellowship, students must be fully committed to accepting and will have a short window to confirm their acceptance.
  • Applicants studying abroad may apply and, if selected to move forward, schedule phone or Skype interviews with Tisch staff and the fellowship organization supervisor at the appropriate time during 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.
  • If you are an undocumented or DACA student who wishes to apply, please consult with Dean Mack regarding the Tisch Summer Fellows opportunities.
  • Exchange students are, unfortunately, not eligible to apply for TSF.

Tufts Alumni Mentor Network

Tisch Summer Fellows 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.

Tisch Summer Fellows 2019

The application period for 2019 is now open. There are separate applications for each city; they can be found on the page for each fellowship placement.

Applications are due at noon on January 22, 2019.