WHAT IS SEMESTER IN THE CITY?
Semester in the City is a program that gives college students the opportunity to spend a semester doing hands-on learning through well-supported internships in the social sector. Participating students join us as Social Innovation Fellows, and participate in a transformative 15-week program that allows them to address current social issues while developing essential skills and networks that prepare them for life and work after graduation.
Social Innovation Fellows will intern four days a week with a leading social sector organization, working under a dedicated mentor. In addition, Fellows will participate in a social change theory seminar, The Social Innovator's Tool Box, and engage in reflection sessions and workshops on Fridays. Participating students will earn full credit from their home college with no additional tuition costs.
SOCIAL INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP
SOCIAL SECTOR PLACEMENT
Fellows will intern with a nonprofit, social mission business or government agency four days a week, for 14 weeks. Every placement will be a little different, but in each case the student will have a dedicated mentor. Fellows will gain 420 hours of work-based experience, allowing them to learn more about themselves and their passions while also building their skills and their networks. Learn more about our internship placements here.
SOCIAL INNOVATOR'S TOOL BOX
One evening a week, Fellows will be enrolled in a foundation course, the Social Innovator's Tool Box, which will introduce students to different approaches to social change and social innovation. They will learn social science methodologies for data collection and analysis, and will be exposed to experts in a variety of issue areas. This course will use case studies and discussions with leading change-makers — as well as the emerging academic literature on social innovation — to illuminate different pathways to change.
WORKSHOPS FOR SKILL-BUILDING AND REFLECTION
For 14 Fridays — as well as an orientation at the beginning of the semester and a student-led research conference at the end — Fellows will participate in skill-building and reflective workshops designed to accelerate self-awareness, problem-solving ability, and larger societal issues. As part of the Friday workshops, Fellows will engage in team-based community research projects and will meet with leading social innovators from diverse fields and backgrounds.
Fellows will live together in Boston apartments. Each apartment building will have a Community Adviser* who will organize community activities and occasional field trips for Fellows. A Resident Director will be on call 24/7 and is responsible for oversight and management of the residences.
A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO
Fellows who participates in Semester in the City for a semester or more will develop their own digital portfolio that showcases their best work — the final draft of a policy memo, a PowerPoint presentation sharing research data and theories informed by the data, and short videos of student presentations. Fellows can link to their digital portfolios from their resume and potential employers will be able see real work product.
Internship: Monday - Thursday, 9-5*
Social Innovator's Tool Box: Wednesday, 4-7
Workshops: Friday, 9-5
*Internships release at 3pm on Wednesdays to accommodate Social Innovator's Tool Box course
The program seeks to eliminate additional costs to allow participation by students of all economic backgrounds. If cost ever becomes a barrier to your participation in Semester in the City, please reach out to our Recruitment Manager, Katie Floyd to discuss your options.
Tuition and Fees
Fellows will stay enrolled as a full-time students at their university. Regular tuition and financial aid will apply, and they will pay the same or less in fees. Regular tuition does not include room and board.
HOUSING AND AMENITIES
Semester in the City offers Fellows an apartment housing option. Fellows will share a 4-bedroom furnished apartment with other Fellows (4 Fellows per apartment). Each student can have their own bedroom and will share a kitchen, bathroom and living room area.
Housing costs $4,000 per semester. Fellows must live in Boston to participate in our program. Fellows can opt to live with friends or family if they are within the MBTA service area.
A monthly CharlieCard (MBTA transportation pass, subway, tram and bus system) is provided, as well as a living stipend of $40/week, amounting to $600/semester. Dinner is included every Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch every Friday.
MEALS AND DINING
Fellows will have a kitchen in their apartments and are expected to purchase and cook their own food. Semester in the City will also provide 3 meals per week during the semester.
Assuming 3 meals per day for 14 weeks, the cost for meals for the semester will run anywhere from $800-$1,600 per student (based on USDA data; this does NOT include eating in restaurants).
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