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Eligibility & Application Requirements

The 2023 Tisch Summer Fellows program will operate from June 5 through August 11, 2023. The general application is open to all Tufts undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. 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, including different application timelines.

Program Eligibility

The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to enrolled Tufts undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. Certain 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. 

  • Students who wish to apply for the 2023 program must have been enrolled during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. 
  • 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 Daniela Pozos Nicolau 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 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. 

2023 General TSF Application Process and Timeline

TSF application opens & 2023 positions posted December 12, 2022
Application submission deadline January 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET
Applicants notified of decision status February 17, 2023
Finalist Interviews February 15 – March 24, 2023





The 2023 fellowship application and position descriptions are now open! Applications are submitted via Tufts Civic Impact. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Complete applications include:

  •  Application form including thoughtful, concise replies to two essay questions
  • Current, professional resume
  • 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 form 
    • Applicants are responsible for sharing the link with a recommender. Complete details are found in the application.

Application review: January 27, 2023 – February 17, 2023

  • Each application is reviewed after the January 27 submission deadline a committee made up of individuals from across Tufts.
  • 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 17, 2023.

Finalist interviews: February 17, 2023 – March 24, 2023

  • Applicants who will move forward to interview for Tisch Summer Fellows will be contacted between February 14 and February 24 for interviews to take place through March 24.
  • Zoom interviews will be scheduled for students who are abroad or otherwise require a virtual modality.
  • 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 on or around March 31, 2023.
  • Finalists will be considered a member of the 2023 cohort of Tisch Summer Fellows upon signing and submitting a memorandum of understanding by the requested deadline. 

Program Orientation

Confirmed Tisch Summer Fellows 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, or 617-627-3535.

TSF 2023 Application

The application period for TSF 2023 opens on December 12.