An exceptional group of 13 graduate and undergraduate students will build their skills while contributing to local communities and addressing social issues as Tisch Summer Fellows in New York City. In addition to receiving individual supervision at each placement, each student will also be supported by a Tisch Summer Fellows Graduate Assistant who will serve as a resource and lead reflections.

Graduate Assistant: Alya Koraitem, F17

Alya is a rising second-year Fletcher student with a concentration in International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution.

Sarah Bahn, A17; Maya Pace, A18 – Foundation Center

Since 1956, Foundation Center’s mission has been to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. Through data, analysis, and training, the organization connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

Leann Beard, A18; Ethan Geismar, A19 – Fiver Children’s Foundation

The Fiver Children’s Foundation is a comprehensive youth development organization that makes a 10-year commitment to children from underserved communities throughout New York City and central New York. Through character-building summer and year-round out-of-school time programs, Fiver empowers children to make ethical and healthy decisions, to become engaged citizens, and to succeed in school, careers, and life.

Evan Cook, A19 – Cities of Service

Cities of Service supports mayors and city chief executives to activate impact volunteering initiatives – city-led, citizen-powered programs that target specific needs and achieve measurable outcomes. Our coalition is comprised of more than 200 cities in the US and UK, representing more than 50 million people in 43 states, and more than 10 million in the UK

Jaissa Feliz, G17 – Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

The Tisch Summer Fellowship will be in the Executive Chamber of Governor Cuomo’s office, which handles the executive administration of government operations for the State of New York.

Antonia George, A17 – Rosie’s Theater Kids

RTKids is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. It includes an academic wing called Arts Plus.

Sasha Hulkower, A19 – New York Community Learning Schools Initiative

The NYCCLSI is a not-for-profit organization created in 2012 by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Partnership for New York City, the New York City Council, and Trinity Wall Street. NYCCLSI facilitates partnerships between schools, non-profits, businesses, and government to integrate vital services into public school buildings, improve student achievement and meet the health, safety and social service needs of students and communities.

Saki Kitadai, A17 – New York Academy of Medicine

An independent organization since 1847, the New York Academy of Medicine advances solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities worldwide.    

Nina Leifer, A18; Alexandra Mueller, A18 – GO Project

The GO Project shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social, and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life.

Binh Nguyen, A19 – Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

For 130 years, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been a place of hope and opportunity for New York City’s most disadvantaged youth. Madison’s mission is to save and enhance the lives of New York City boys and girls who, by reason of economic or social factors, are most in need of its services.

Rebecca Sinai, A16 – The Municipal Art Society of New York

Over more than 120 years of history, MAS has worked to inspire, educate, and empower New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of their city. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages intentional planning and urban development, and fosters complete neighborhoods across the five boroughs.