Community Service Fellowship Program                                             

The main mission of the Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) is to expose students to new challenges and methods of working, and to encourage them to explore connections between the academic interests they pursue at School and the practitioner’s vocation to understand and address existing challenges faced by communities both locally (in the Boston area), nationally (elsewhere in the US) and internationally. The Program also provides summer funding to support students as they gain relevant work experience.

Through these programs, students can apply for summer employment or internships in agencies or other organizations that address issues in design and planning that serve the public interests of communities. These engagements are intended to increase and enhance the school's contact with, and relationship to, the outside world and to offer students an opportunity to explore new uses and applications for the skills they have acquired through studies at the GSD.

If selected as a Fellow, GSD students have the opportunity to work in 10 week paid summer internships with community organizations, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. GSD students may secure formal internship appointments, or may choose to develop their own projects and identify a fellowship site.

The four domestic U.S. Community Service Fellowships are:

  • Doebele Community Service Fellowship (funding to work in a nonprofit setting with a current or former Loeb Fellow anywhere in the U.S.)
  • Greater Boston Community Service Fellowship (funding to work in a nonprofit setting; preference given to the Greater Boston area)
  • Harvard Club of New York Community Service Fellowship Program (funding to work in a nonprofit setting in New York)
  • Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Community Service Fellowship (see description below; national in scope)

The JCHS Community Service Fellowship application is the correct application to use when students apply for Joint Center for Housing community service funding.  Applicants to the other three funding sources must use the domestic U.S. CSFP application.  Funding from all available sources will be determined by the CSFP Selection Committee.

New: Beginning in Summer 2015, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) will support community service fellowships for students obtaining internships or other volunteer opportunities with organizations whose work focuses on housing, the built environment, and/or community development.

GSD students from all concentrations are eligible to apply for funding to work in a nonprofit or public sector setting, in Massachusetts, or in other US cities and regions.  

The deadline for both the CSFP and JCHS Fellowships is closed for 2015.



All GSD students with appropriate work experience who will be returning to the GSD in the fall following the Fellowship are eligible to apply for funding.


Contact Meryl Golden, Director of Career Services, for more information on the Community Service Fellowship Programs.

Resources: Career Services: Community Service Fellowship: Summer Internships

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