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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Tisch Summer Fellows: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program offers substantive stipended internships that allow Tufts students to enhance their learning, acquire concrete skills, grow their networks, and explore career paths while working on important issues and building stronger communities. Tisch College is excited to partner with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to offer their students unique Tisch Summer Fellowships for veterinary students. Developed in collaboration with Cummings staff and faculty, these internship positions are designed to complement veterinary students' learning while allowing them to contribute to animal health or otherwise have a positive impact on the public's wellbeing.

The TSF program is funded in part by a generous gift from the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, established by Judy and Jamie Dimon, A78. In New York, specific placements are funded by individual donors.

Fellows will work approximately 35 hours/week for 10 weeks between June 4, 2018-August 10, 2018.

Available Fellowships

Support for Self-Designed Fellowships

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine students are also eligible to apply for funding from the Tisch Summer Fellows program for an internship that they secure on their own. The Cummings Self-Designed Tisch Summer Fellowship allows students to work on creative, self-designed projects that address challenging community issues with an organization of their choice. The student is responsible for finding a suitable fellowship site located in one of three TSF locations: Boston, New York City, or Washington D.C. Students must secure a 10-week, unpaid internship before the February 19 application deadline. The proposed internship site should allow the student to engage in substantive, supervised work that relates to possible career interests and allows the student to make a meaningful contribution to the organization and the community.

Students will need to provide an updated resume, confirmation of the internship offer, as well as detailed information about the organization and supervisor. Click here to fill out the application for a self-designed fellowship.

Note: Cummings students are also eligible to apply for other TSF positions that require general graduate-level study.

Program Elements

Tisch Summer Fellowships for Cummings School students include:

  • Substantive 10-week internship at a specific organization
  • Stipend of $3,800- $4,100 (depending on city)
  • On-campus orientation before the summer
  • Peer meetings for knowledge-sharing and reflection
  • Opportunities to meet and network with Tufts alumni in your city
  • Short final reflection paper
  • Opportunities to share your experience when you return to campus.

Application Process

To apply for TSF: Cummings School Fellowship, please complete the online application accessible at the top right of this page. General applications will be due on January 22 at Noon. Self-designed fellowship applications will be due on February 19 at Noon via the separate application on this page.

The application asks for basic information and prompts you to answer short essay questions about your interest in the position, the skills and experiences you would bring to the work, and what you hope to gain from the experience. In addition, you will be asked to submit the following documents to with your full name and the name of the organization in the subject line:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter
  • 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 - the applicant's name and the placement(s) you are applying to must be included in the email.

Essay Question: 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)

For more information, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Tisch College Program Administrator, at or Erin King, Cummings-Tisch Civic Life Coordinator, at

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