Semester in the City is a 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 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.


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 for participating students. Fellows will share a three or four bedroom, furnished apartment with other Fellows (four to five Fellows per apartment). Apartments feature both single bedroom and shared (up to two Fellows per room) bedroom options, as well as a shared kitchen, bathroom and living room area.

Housing costs are similar to or below typical on-campus housing costs at partner colleges. Housing options include a single bedroom, as well as limited shared bedrooms, in a four bedroom apartment. Pricing includes wifi and utilities. Housing costs can vary, but typically run between $3200-$4200 per semester.

Fellows must live in Boston to participate in our program. Fellows may opt out of our apartments to live with friends or family in Boston, as long as they are within the MBTA service area.


  • A monthly CharlieCard (MBTA transportation pass, subway, tram and bus system)

  • A living stipend of $600/semester

  • Dinner is included during every Wednesday night class, as well as breakfast and lunch during every Friday class

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