The Summer Fellowship

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Program Overview
The New Sector Summer Fellowship program is an intensive 11-week program for current and recent undergraduate students and graduate students who are committed to the social sector. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool and serve in a cohort of approximately 25 Fellows with organizations in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco Bay, and Twin Cities areas. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit and community organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact. We are seeking candidates to serve as: 

Summer Fellows - Rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, and recent college graduates.

Senior Summer Fellows - Master's degree candidates with at least two years of post-college work experience and at least one year of Master's degree study completed.

Program Dates and Locations
We offer two sessions in order to accommodate Fellows’ academic and travel schedules:

Session 1 - Fellows begin service with Kickoff Orientation on Monday, June 1, 2015 and complete the program on August 14, 2015.
Session 2 ­- Fellows begin service with Kickoff Orientiation on Monday, June 15, 2015 and complete the program on August 28, 2015. 

Program Activities
The Summer Fellowship experience includes the following structured opportunities, as well as additional community activities including network-building, service days, and extended learning opportunities.

Host Site Projects
Fellows serve full­time with nonprofit and community organizations, completing projects that aim to expand these organizations’ capacity to effectively achieve their missions and serve their constituents. Before the start of the Fellowship, New Sector works with each host site to develop a project scope that provides a meaningful, impactful, and challenging experience. The following are links to examples of project types that Fellows complete:

Performance Measurement
Sandra Mazlagic (2014 Senior Summer Fellow, Boston) Served at Courageous Sailing 

Program Outreach & Community Awareness
Sherry Huang (2014 Summer Fellow, San Francisco) Served at Tipping Point Community 

Volunteer Engagement
Margaret Belshe (2014 Summer Fellow, San Francisco) Served at Re­Volv 

Program Management and Operations
John Grundy (2014 Summer Fellow, Chicago) Served at Benevolent 

Program Development and Delivery
Keith Welch (2014 Summer Fellow, San Francisco) Served at Oakland Public Education Fund. 

Community Assessment
Kevin Huynh (2014 Summer Fellow, San Francisco) Served at Green Light Fund 

Fundraising (Summer Fellowship Only)
Tyler Timko (2014 Senior Summer Fellow, Chicago) Served at Chicago Public Education Fund 

You can read more about typical host site projects in this Project Guideline Overview, and check out the rest of our Fellows’ profiles here

Through their service term, Fellows engage in New Sector's Social Impact Leadership Curriculum, which is designed to provide the tools, skills based training and exposure to topics that are relevant to the social sector. The training includes:

Kickoff training: 2 days orientation with New Sector cohort before beginning service at host sites.

Full-day workshops: 5 full­day workshops provide focus on a variety of professional development and career sessions. 

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Mentorship: Each Fellow is matched one-on-one with a mentor, who can provide valuable input to support host site project success, personal and professional development, career planning, and more. Our mentors are skilled professionals who volunteer their time to support Fellows, and are often management consultants, business professionals, and nonprofit leaders. Consultants from the following firms, just to name a few, have volunteered to be Mentors in previous cohorts:

  • Accenture
  • Bain & Company
  • FSG
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • The Bridgespan Group, Deloitte
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Oliver Wyman

These mentors provide instruction and concrete feedback to support a Fellow’s project as well as sound advice for professional development.

Colleague and Staff Support

Summer Fellows: Fellows also meet bi­weekly with small­group Learning Teams of 4-­6 Fellows (led by Senior Summer Fellows) to collaborate, problem solve, and provide one another support as each Fellow completes his/her host site project.

Senior Summer Fellows: Senior Fellows facilitate a peer Learning Team of 4­-6 Fellows throughout the program, participate in discussion groups with other Senior Fellows, and facilitate case discussions and training activities for the entire Summer Fellow cohort.

New Sector Program Staff is also available to provide individual support to both Summer and Senior Summer Fellows as­needed throughout their programs. 

A stipend of $2,000 (for Summer Fellows) or $6,000 (for Senior Summer Fellows). 

Program Application Information

Important Application Dates

  • 10/15/2014 ­ Applications Open
  • 12/12/2014 ­ Round 1 Deadline
  • 2/27/2015 ­ Round 1 Offers
  • 3/6/2015 ­ Round 2 Deadline
  • 4/24/2015 ­ Round 2 Offers
  • Rolling Applications accepted after 3/6/2015 

Selection Process
Successful candidates will progress through four rounds during the selection process:

  1. Application Screening
  2. 30-45 minute Phone interview or Skype interview with a New Sector program alumna/us
  3. 45-60 minute Skype interview or in-person interview with New Sector staff
  4. Reference checks with at least two professional references

​*New Sector is not able to refund travel expenses for interviews and does not penalize candidates who interview by phone or Skype.

When candidates accept an offer to join the cohort, they must accept enrollment in the program as a whole, not with any one particular host site or project.  We begin the matching process (see below) after individuals accept a spot in the cohort.

Matching Process
After accepting our offer, New Sector will offer incoming Fellows interviews with potential host sites. After each ‘matching interview’ we will seek feedback from both the Fellow and the host site in order to identify the best possible match.  It is likely that each accepted Fellow will end up at one of his or her preferred host sites, but it is in no way guaranteed that even the most qualified applicant will end up at his or her first choice site.

- Summer Fellows must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate program or have graduated from one

- In addition, Senior Summer Fellows must:

  • Have 2+ years of post-undergraduate work experience
  • Have completed one year of Master's study by the start the program

- There is no "typical" Fellow; New Sector consciously seeks individuals of differing perspectives and backgrounds and with various career goals. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social impact
  • High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
  • Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
  • Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills
  • Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
  • Desire to proactively take on responsibility within New Sector, our host site partners, and your own personal/professional development

Completing the Application
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The application process will include submitting your resume, cover letter, and short writing samples (uploaded in Word or PDF formats).  For your writing sample, please answer each of the following questions in 300 words or fewer (you will include all three in a single document and upload that document):

1. Please tell us why you are committed to the social sector, and how the New Sector program would enhance that commitment.
2. Please tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
3. Please describe a meaningful day in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

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To whom should I address my cover letter?

Applicants to the Boston program should address cover letters to Zack Dagneau, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Lower Level, Boston, MA 02111.

Applicants to the San Francisco program should address cover letters to Justin Crum, 156 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

Applicants to the Chicago program should address cover letters to Jessica Paulsen, 73 West Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603.

Applicants to the Twin Cities program should address cover letters to Brian Garshelis, 800 Washington Avenue N., Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55401. 

Release of Information
To facilitate Fellow selection and matching, New Sector may share candidates' resumes with potential host sites and mentors If candidates have any questions or concerns about this, please contact

The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise Fellowship Program is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
New Sector Alliance actively seeks to build fellowship programs enrolling individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, representing a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, secular preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. Further, we encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program and can provide reasonable accommodations for those individuals upon request. For additional assistance please contact

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