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.

Tisch Summer Fellows 2017 domestic opportunities are now LIVE! Please visit the following pages for placements and additional information:

Greater Boston

New York City

Washington, D.C.

Application Page

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

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

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

  • Applications are now due on Wednesday, January 25th at NOON
  • Application review will begin 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
  • First round interviews will take place in mid to late-February
  • Finalists will interview with supervisors in early March
  • Final notifications will be communicated in March

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.

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 CASE Network
Washington, D.C. Fellows participate in 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 CASE 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 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: International

The 2017 application for the Tisch Summer Fellows: International program will be available in January. Please email Maggie McMorrow with any questions, and join the Tisch College contact list to receive updates about future opportunities.

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 and descriptions of past projects.

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.