Semester in the City is our program where we connect college students, known as Social Innovation Fellows, to meaningful internships with social impact organizations, while working with their colleges to ensure they receive a full-semester worth of credit. Fellows receive intensive training and support prior to and throughout their fellowships.

A crucial part of making Semester in the City such a successful program are the wonderful host organizations we partner with. Host sites are the
social impact organizations nonprofits, government agencies, or social mission businesses that take-in a fellow for the semester.

Semester in the City is unique for many reasons, but one that makes it stand out from the average internship is the time our fellows are able to commit: they are at their internship for 30 hours per week for a full semester. By being able to intern at their organization almost full-time, students are able to fully immerse themselves into their work environment, enabling them to be able to better support capacity building at their organization. We aim to create a holistic experience where students are encouraged to use what they are learning at their internships and apply it to classes they take with us on social innovation, and vice versa.

We are always looking to work with great social sector organizations that can provide our fellows a place to thrive and help support the next generation of change makers. Interested to know where we have placed our fellows? Learn more about our internship placements here.

The fellows’ contributions are invaluable and they are very willing to become part of our communities
— Anonymous, spring '19


Recruitment and Matching

CFSI manages the recruitment, application, and enrollment process for a strong and diverse cohort of fellows from over a dozen partner universities. Intent to be a good fit for your organization and their interests. Learn about our matching here.

Support Liaison

A CFSI staff member meets with your staff before, during, and after the 14-week placement to ensure a high-quality experience for the host organization and the fellow.

Building Capacity

Fellows are at your site 30-hours per week for 14-weeks, which gives you the opportunity to have someone to start or help on long-term projects. They can help strengthen and expand the reach of your organization.

Talent Pipeline

By hosting an intern you are helping grow the talent pipeline and grooming the next generation of social sector leaders and innovators. In addition, you are raising your own organizational awareness with students and faculty in the New England area.

Management Experience & Professional Development

Whether you are looking to manage someone for the first time or have a lot of management experience, working with an intern can help increase and hone your managerial skills. Uniquely curated management experience and CFSI staff are there to support you when issues arise. CFSI hosts a day-long orientation for first-time mentors as well as a networking event for mentors.