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Yawkey Community Service Fellowship

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The Yawkey Community Service Fellowship was created in 2016 and funds Yale College undergraduates in funded nonprofit positions in the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Boston area with a $5,000 stipend. These fellowships are supported by the Yawkey Foundation, which is committed to continuing the legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey by making significant and positive impacts on the quality of life for children, families, and the underserved in the areas which the Yawkeys called home: New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina.

The Yawkey Community Service Fellowship will support students proposing to work at a certified 501c3 nonprofit in the New England Area (CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT). The internship does not need to be secured before the Yawkey Community Service Fellowship application deadline.  Because most nonprofit internships are not determined until middle- to late- spring, applicants may not have a secured internship by the fellowship application deadline. The proposed internship must be strongly aligned with the Yawkey Foundation’s first five Areas of Giving (Health Care; Education; Human Services; Youth and Amateur Athletics; Arts and Culture). Students will be able to serve across New England, with preference going to fellowship proposals that served the most disadvantaged/underserved areas/communities. To get an idea of nonprofits that the Yawkey Foundation has supported in the past, please see the Yawkey Foundation’s 2018 Grants Report. Note: that the proposed fellowship does not need to be for one of the foundation’s grant recipients but instead this will give the applicant a better idea of their past funding.

In your Yawkey application, you will be able to detail up to three different internships that you are asking the committee to consider when evaluating your application. If you have multiple proposed internships, rank their preference in your description.


Quote: Save the Children’s Internship Program was exceedingly well done. From my orientation, to learning events on interview skills, personal branding, humanitarian response organization, and childhood nutrition, Save the Children was very supportive of my personal and professional development. I appreciated the learning events as they gave interns exposure to all areas of the organization and connected us with staff. Furthermore, Save the Children put together a list of individuals in the Fairfield and D.C. offices who specifically signed up to meet with interns one-on-one. This was a tremendous networking opportunity. I met with many directors who gave me career advice.

Caroline Tangoren, Continuous Improvement and Strategy Intern, Save the Children

Application Requirements

All current current Yale students (first years, sophomores, juniors and seniors) are eligible. Applications and details on the following application materials are listed in the Yale Students Grants Database.

Application Includes:
1.  Project Proposal

2.  Personal Statement 

3.  Resume

4.  Letter of Recommendation

Program Requirements

All participants are required to watch a Pre-departure online session prior to the start of their internship. At the completion of the fellowship, participants will be responsible for submitting reflection responses highlighting their summer experience. These responses will be collected in the OCS Summer Survey. There is also a reflection meeting with someone from the Yawkey Foundation in September.

Application Process

Applicants will apply through Yale Students Grants Database. Log into the database and search Yawkey to read the entire application process /requirements.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 4th at 1:00 pm EST.


Participants are responsible for meeting their own housing, food and transportation needs.