Semester in the City is an internship program that gives college students the opportunity to spend a semester learning hands-on 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 for 30 hours per week. Fellows will gain 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.



Some aspects that make our program so unique include the fact that we match students with their internship based on a variety of factors such as their passions and interests, there is a dedicated mentor at the internship site, and students focus on a special project throughout the semester. We do the heavy lifting of finding students an internship placement, and put supports in place to make sure students and organization can thrive. This allows students to make meaningful contributions at, and immersive yourself into the culture of, their internship site.

I was able to take the skills that I learned in the classroom and apply it to my internship
— Catie, S '18
A Fellow in a classroom setting


You find out your internship match after you have enrolled in the program, prior to the start of your Semester in the City, typically about a month after the application deadline. You then have a call with your mentor to confirm it’s a strong match.  Once the program begins we have a super fun night where you get to meet your program mentor from your internship.

Although we cannot guarantee that you will be placed with a specific organization, we can confirm that you will learn a ton and work in an organization that aligns with your interests and continues to help guide you toward your professional goals. Students have had opportunities to work on a variety of different projects. We have had Fellows do everything from working on social media campaigns to working with youth to urban gardening. What is so unique about Semester in the City is how we really work with you throughout the application process to pair you with an internship you’ll love.

What are you passionate about? Matching graphic about your passions
Matching graphic about building skills
Match graphic about making meaningful and mutually beneficial matches
matching graphic about the organization and work that they do



Your mentor is your supervisor at your internship site, and our mentors are often the secret behind the successful students who go through our program. Their investment in Social Innovation Fellows helps create a supportive and awesome experience. All of our mentors go through a training so they are well prepared to take on Social Innovation Fellows when they arrive at the beginning of the semester.

My host organization was filled with wonderful and supportive staff. Everyone was always willing to help me

Want to learn more about the awesome host organizations we work with and the process for our partnership with them? Check out our host organization page here!


Does this all sound great but you are still looking for how this works for you? Connect with someone on your campus! We work with a variety of college partners to make it easy for you to participate in Semester in the City. Check out our campus calendar to see when we are coming to your campus, or the contact information for the people on your campus is below who you can work with so you can participate in this program, as well as our dedicated recruiters for that campus. Don’t see your campus here? Don’t worry, you can still participate! Connect with Katie Richardson here to learn more.