The President’s Public Service Fellowship was established in 1994 to provide expanded opportunities for Yale students to work on behalf of economic development, human development, and neighborhood revitalization with public sector and nonprofit organizations in the City of New Haven.

Since 1994, the Fellowship has grown from 20 Yale students working full-time for eight weeks during the summer to 39 Fellows in the summer of 2013 working for up to eleven weeks at 36 different organizations. The placement possibilities for the summer of 2014 will feature exciting new projects.

The President’s Public Service Fellowship has built a strong reputation with organizations in New Haven, and has created a legacy of current Yale students and recent graduates who have a sophisticated view of community development and remain active in community building in New Haven and in other cities.

More than 600 Yale University undergraduate, graduate and professional students have contributed more than 210,000 hours of community service to New Haven nonprofit and public sector agencies as President’s Public Service Fellows since 1994.

Fellowship Selection and Application

In the past, Fellows have been selected from a competitive applicant pool of more than 150 students, and in 2014 the Fellowship expects to offer placements to 30 to 35 qualified applicants. Students not in their final year of study may apply for placements proposed by New Haven agencies.  Additional information can be found on our website:  Applications can be found at the end of the Undergraduate and Grad/Professional instruction pages.

Length of Placement, Fellowship Requirements and Stipend

For the summer of 2014, placements can be for any consecutive period of eight to eleven weeks between May 27 and August 8, 2014. Yale will pay a taxable stipend directly to students, ranging from $4,400 to $7,800, based on experience, degree pending, and weeks worked. In addition to their daily work, supervised by the agency, Fellows have a comprehensive orientation program at the beginning of the summer, meet together weekly, and must complete a final report describing their summer work.

Over the years, Fellows have worked with many diverse agencies with projects spanning the areas of Community Services, Business, and Youth Development. Previous Fellowship sites include:

  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven
  • Christian Community Action
  • CT Voices for Children
  • City of New Haven, Chief Administrator’s Office
  • City of New Haven, City Plan Department
  • City of New Haven, Development Administration
  • City of New Haven, Mayor’s Office
  • City of New Haven, Parks and Recreation
  • City of New Haven, Police
  • Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology
  • Eli Whitney Museum
  • Fair Haven Community Health Center
  • Footebridge
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Hill Health Center
  • Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
  • Junta for Progressive Action
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • New Haven Ecology Project
  • New Haven Home Recovery
  • New Haven Promise
  • New Haven Reads
  • ‘r Kids Family Center
  • Urban Resources Initiative
  • Yale Science Collaborative Hands On Learning and Research (SCHOLAR)