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!

Greater Boston

New York City

Washington, D.C.

Also, check out our new Tisch Summer Fellows program in India!

Application Page

Email Maggie McMorrow, Tisch College Program Associate, with questions about TSF!

TSF Massachusetts/New York/Washington D.C. Timing

  • We are accepting applications for additional sites added and re-opened sites on a rolling basis.
  • General applications are now closed and application review began on Thursday, January 26th.
  • PENTAGON applications are now closed, as the Noon, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 deadline has passed.
  • Application review will take place in late-January to early February.
  • Next step notifications will be shared in mid-February.
  • First round interviews will take place in mid to late-February.
  • Pentagon finalists will interview the weekend of February 11-12.
  • Finalists for the general program will interview with supervisors in early March.
  • Final notifications will be communicated in mid-March. We aim to send out final notifications by Spring Break, although that timeline may be altered due to the amount of applications received.
  • On-campus TSF Orientation will take place sometime during the last week of classes or during Reading Period.

Read about past Tisch Summer Fellows here:

2016 Tisch Summer Fellows: Massachusetts | New York City | Washington, D.C. | International

2015 Tisch Summer Fellows: Massachusetts | New York City | Washington, D.C. | International

2014 Tisch Summer Fellows | 2013 Tisch Summer Fellows


TSF: Greater Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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

  • Please be sure to review the list of required materials on the Application Page before submitting.
  • Each student may apply to up to 3 placements total, across all cities.

Program Overview

The Tisch Summer Fellows Program includes the following components:

  • Orientation on campus prior to the summer
  • A substantive internship at a specific placement
  • Peer meetings for knowledge sharing and reflection
  • Opportunities to meet and network with Tufts Alumni in your city
  • A final reflection paper
  • Sharing your experience at the end of your fellowship back on campus
  • Mentorship and support from a Tufts graduate student based in each city
  • The Washington D.C. Program includes panels, events, networking, and mentorship through the Tufts Alumni CASE Network


Thanks to generous alumni support, each fellow receives a stipend to support their summer fellowship.

  • TSF Greater Boston Fellows are eligible for $3,800
  • TSF Washington, D.C., Fellows are eligible for $4,000
  • TSF New York Fellows are eligible for $4,100
  • TSF International groups are eligible for up to $4,000

Eligibility and Selection

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.

  • Graduating students may apply (with the exception of The Pentagon). If offered a Fellowship, individuals must be fully committed to accepting.
  • Applicants studying abroad may apply and schedule phone or Skype interviews with Tisch staff and the Fellowship supervisor at the appropriate time in the process.
  • Only U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens are eligible for Pentagon fellowships.
  • Exchange students are not eligible to apply for the Tisch Summer Fellows program.

Program Elements

April 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 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.

Final Reflections
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.

Future Engagement
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.

TSF for Graduate and Professional Schools

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!

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University School of Medicine

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.

TSF: International

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.

TSF: India

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.

Additional resources

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

For more information

If you have any questions about the Tisch Summer Fellows program, contact Maggie McMorrow at If you wish to receive information about future opportunities, join the Tisch College contact list.