The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program offers substantive internships that allow Tufts students to gain real-world skills, grow their networks, and explore career paths while building stronger communities on a local, national, or international level. TSF fellowships are available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students.
Each TSF program is unique—placement opportunities vary for each program. Domestic programs in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and New York feature specific internship positions while, for the international program, students design their own project.
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 sponsored by generous individual donors.
|For a list of TSF placements for 2017, please see the links below!
Also, check out our new Tisch Summer Fellows program in India!
Email Maggie McMorrow, Tisch College Program Associate, Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu with questions about TSF!
Fellows work for 35 hours per week for 10 weeks, or 350 hours, between June 5–August 11, 2017. By summer’s end, Fellows will have added capacity to their host organizations, gained a deeper understanding of active citizenship, developed important mentoring relationships, and grown both professionally and personally
The Tisch Summer Fellows Program includes the following components:
Thanks to generous alumni support, each fellow receives a stipend to support their summer fellowship.
The Tisch Summer Fellows Program is open to all Tufts undergraduates and graduate students. Fellows are selected based on their application materials, professional communication, recommendation letter, and placement interview.
All fellows are required to attend a mandatory, on-campus orientation in April. Exceptions will only be made for students studying abroad or for health or family emergencies.
The Internship Placements
Details for each placement are online. You may apply for a total of three placements. Each placement has some connection with Tufts and all involve substantive work.
Periodic Reflection Meetings
Fellows will meet periodically to share what they are doing and reflect on what they are learning. A graduate student will help convene and facilitate these meetings. Your graduate student assistant will also schedule periodic individual check-ins.
The Tisch Alumni Mentor Network
Washington, D.C. Fellows participate in the Tisch Alumni Mentor Network (formerly known as CASE, Connecting Alumni and Student Experiences), a unique alumni mentorship program. Tapping into Tufts’ robust network of alumni in Washington, D.C., Fellows will network with local Tufts alumni to build their professional skills. Fellows will attend periodic educational, career, and networking events. Every Fellow is expected to play an active role in the Tisch Alumni Mentor Network. Learn more and sign up here.
All Fellows will be required to submit a final reflection paper summarizing your experience, reflecting on what you have learned and the ways in which you have contributed to your organization. Paper guidelines will be provided. Fellows may also be asked to present their experiences at closing events of the summer.
On return to Tufts, Fellows prepare an electronic poster summarizing their experience, and may be asked to share their Tisch Fellows Summer experience at a post-summer event, as well as information sessions and Jumbo Days.
The Pentagon: Please note that only U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens, and current students are eligible for Pentagon fellowships. If you are a naturalized or dual citizen interested in applying, please contact us as soon as possible to get 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 to allow for this lengthy process to occur.
Beginning the summer of 2017, Tisch College is pleased to partner with Tufts University’s graduate and professional schools to offer specific internship placements designed to compliment the skills and experience of the students enrolled in their programs. Although these students are eligible to apply for the general Tisch Summer Fellows Program, these new partnerships have been developed alongside the faculty and staff of each school to target key areas of interest for their students.
The application process will be modified to fit the needs of each school, their students, and the unique organizations we will be partnering with. See the pages below for more about each program and the positions available to students. Stay tuned for information on additional schools in the coming weeks!
In addition to these schools, Tisch College will support Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy students completing State Department internships this summer in Washington, D.C.
The 2017 application for the Tisch Summer Fellows: International program is now live and will be due March 9, 2017 at Noon.
The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) International program supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on creative, self-designed projects with an active citizenship theme. TSF provides financial support to help students bring their international initiatives to life. We recommend that TSF projects be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students, although individuals with very strong proposals are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted from official and unofficial Tufts groups or organizations.
Visit the TSF: International page for full program details, a link to the application page, and descriptions of past projects.
In addition, we have new international opportunities available in India! Unlike the rest of the TSF: International program, which supports self-designed projects, TSF: India Fellows will have the opportunity to work at a school in rural India founded by a Tufts alumnus. Students will benefit from a full-time social impact placement as well as programmatic elements, guided reflection sessions, and support from a dedicated staff member.
Read more about this unique opportunity and find all application information on the TSF: India page.
Tufts Career Services provides information about many summer internship opportunities. Check Tufts Career Connect often; new internships are posted daily. Log into Tufts Career Connect
If you have any questions about the Tisch Summer Fellows program, contact Maggie McMorrow at Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu. If you wish to receive information about future opportunities, join the Tisch College contact list.