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.


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 400 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.


Semester in the City offers Fellows an apartment housing option. Fellows will share a 4-bedroom furnished apartment with other Fellows. Units are three or four bedroom, one-and-a-half or two bathroom apartments that include a kitchen with a dishwasher, living and dining room area.

Housing costs are similar to or below typical on-campus housing costs at partner colleges. Fellows must live in the immediate Boston area 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.