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.


During their Semester in the City, Fellows will intern with a nonprofit, social mission business or government agency four days a week, for 14 weeks. 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 networks. 

We work with students to place them in an internship aligned with their interests, be it criminal justice reformeducationgender equalityenvironmental sustainability, or beyond. While every placement will be a little different, each Fellow will have a dedicated mentor to help them thrive.

Check out where we've placed our Fellows.


Our foundational course, The Social Innovator's Toolbox, introduces students to different approaches to social change and social innovation. This weekly course is a chance for our Fellows to come together and learn how to make an impact. Through case studies and live discussions with leading change-makers — as well as the emerging academic literature on social innovation — we will illuminate different pathways to change.


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, culminating in a student-led research conference at the end of the semester.


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 for a single bedroom in a four bedroom apartment. Limited shared bedrooms are available for $2750 or $3500 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)
  • A living stipend of $40/week, amounting to $600/semester
  • Dinner is included every Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch every Friday

To learn more about housing and living in Boston, visit our housing page.