ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Social Innovation Fellows are college undergraduates placed with social sector organizations. Fellows receive intensive training and support prior to and throughout their Fellowships. See where we have placed our fellows here. Check out our internship guidebook here.
Fellows receive a full semester of graded credits for their participation in the program, Although Fellows are not paid, they do not incur costs beyond their normal tuition and room and board while receiving regular financial aid from their home institutions. CFSI is committed to ensuring that at least 60% of each cohort are Pell eligible, first generation college students, and/or students of color.
The Fellowship program is designed to primarily benefit the educational and career advancement of the Social Innovation Fellows, but we also believe that Fellows contribute meaningfully to their host organization’s ongoing work and special projects.
HOST ORGANIZATION PROVIDES:
The mentor should believe strongly in the importance of developing younger talent, and have capacity to provide meaningful supervision, mentorship and support. Mentors must submit a review that is considered as part of the grading process.
Professional WORK SPACE
Organizations must commit to providing professional infrastructure for assigned work (e.g. desk, computer, internet access).
Frontline & projecT work
The fellowship proposal should include a special project the Fellow will complete with 50% of their time (e.g. social media campaign, research report, event design, data analysis) and a combination of observation and the day-to-day work of your organization to comprise the other 50% of their time (e.g. tutoring, data collection, constituent organizing, event support).
A $700 Host Fee per Fellow provides a $600 living stipend and MBTA pass, helping to keep the program accessible to students from all backgrounds.
COLLEGE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION PROVIDES:
recruitment and matching
CFSI manages the recruitment, application, and enrollment process for a strong, diverse cohort of Fellows from over a dozen partner universities.
CFSI hosts a day-long orientation for first-time mentors plus workshops and networking events for all mentors. Workshops primarily focus on talent development, leadership and management, and coaching and supervision.
A dedicated staff member checks-in before, during, and after the 14-week placement to ensure a high quality experience for the host organization and the Fellow(s).
student training and support
Fellows participate in a week-long orientation and 10 hours of class weekly to build social change knowledge and professionalism and workplace skills, with a specific focus on problem-solving skills and habits.