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Eligibility & Application Requirements

The 2022 Tisch Summer Fellows program will operate from June 6 through August 12, 2022. The general application is open to all Tufts undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. In order to center place-based partnerships and build long term community relationships, we do not accept student requests to consider placements with organizations that have not gone through the required proposal and review process. If you would like to suggest a potential program partner, contact Jenna Logue to learn more about the review process.

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

Program Eligibility

The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to all Tufts undergraduate and graduate students. Some fellowship positions are open only to graduate students or only to undergraduates and will be identified 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 the hiring team at the partner organization. 

  • Graduating students may apply. If offered a fellowship, students must be fully committed to accepting the position and spend the full duration of the program with the partner organization. 
  • If you are an undocumented or DACA student who wishes to apply, please contact Jared Smith (Jared_M.Smith@tufts.edu) regarding Tisch Summer Fellows opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Exchange students are not eligible to apply for TSF.

2022 General TSF Application Process and Timeline

Information sessions run in December 2021 and January 2022. Fellowship position descriptions will be posted via Tufts Civic Impact on December 13, 2021 when applications open. All applications are reviewed by a committee of staff from across the university after the submission deadline of January 28, 2022. Not all applicants will receive an interview as this is an extremely competitive program. 

Application Period: December 13, 2021 – January 28, 2022

  • Position descriptions will include the intended applicants (ex. graduate, undergraduate, or both), the location of the organization, and any specific qualifications applicants should possess.
  • Each applicant may submit materials for up to three (3) fellowship opportunities.
  • Applicants may indicate interest in serving as a reflection group facilitator. For more details about the role, review the position description
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are submitted via Tufts Civic Impact. Complete applications have:

  • Application form including thoughtful, concise replies to two essay questions
  • A current, professional resume. We recommend that applicants consult a resume guide, like this one created by the Tufts Career Center. Also consider having a member of the Career Center team review the document prior to submission.
  • Unique cover letters tailored for each individual position
  • Unofficial transcript (Cummings, Fletcher, Friedman, TUSM, and TUSDM students do not need to include a transcript)
  • Recommendation letter 
    • The recommender must not be a current student and does not need to be affiliated with Tufts.
    • Applicants are responsible for sharing the link with a recommender. The link and more details are found in the application.

Application Review: January 28, 2022 – February 14, 2022

  • Each application is reviewed by a committee made up of individuals from across Tufts. 
  • All applications are reviewed after the January 28 submission deadline. 
  • Top applicants move forward for an interview based on the degree to which they: 
    • Demonstrate a clear idea of how program elements have the potential to provide opportunities for civic learning and career development.
    • Articulate a deep understanding of civic engagement.
    • Submit a well-organized and easy to follow resume with thoughtful, concise descriptions of each project or job listed; includes relevant experience for positions with specific requirements or preferences.
    • Write a cover letter that demonstrates a clear understanding of the organization’s mission and the position description with a clear interest in the work of the organization.
    • Attend to grammar, spelling, and the overall presentation of application materials.
  • Applicants who will not move forward to an interview will be notified on or before February 14, 2022.

Student Interviews: February 14, 2022 – March 18, 2022

  • Applicants who are selected to move forward to the interview process will either interview directly with the hiring team at a partner organization or with the TSF team first. This will be determined by the size of the applicant pool for each individual position. 
  • We recommend candidates prepare for an interview by reviewing helpful tips and suggestions such as those offered by the Tufts Career Center
  • Not all candidates who interview will receive an offer to participate in Tisch Summer Fellows. The final hiring decisions are made by our program partners. 
  • Hiring decisions will be communicated no later than March 31, 2022.
  • Final candidates will be considered a member of the 2022 cohort of Tisch Summer Fellows upon signing and submitting a memorandum of understanding by the published deadline. 

Program Orientation

Students will participate in a mandatory orientation at the end of the spring semester, prior to the start of Tisch Summer Fellows. 

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