Dwight Hall Summer Opportunities


Dwight Hall’s support for summer opportunities originated more than fifty years ago and the values are still true today; community self-determination, students at the core, and critical reflection. Luckily, our opportunities for providing summer opportunities have continued to evolve and comprise several different targeted audiences and funding streams. However, all Fellows will:

  • Be an undergraduate student of Yale University at the time of application (graduating seniors are welcome to apply)
  • Propose a project/internship in collaboration with a community supervisor/mentor
  • Receive financial support based on the number of weeks of the project/internship
  • Be expected to critically reflect before, during, and after your experience
  • Meaningfully contribute to your cohort of Summer Fellows


Dwight Hall Summer Fellows

Dwight Hall Summer Fellows began in 1968 and has supported more than 675 students in its history. Now the longest running program at Dwight Hall, DHSF purposefully challenges students to enact a socially good project over the course of the summer in partnership with a community supervisor/mentor. Purposefully, this program focuses on supporting students proposing projects based in New Haven, but occasionally funds students in other cities.

YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellows

Since 2017, Dwight Hall at Yale is proud to partner with the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance to expand summer opportunities. YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellows intentionally creates pathways to careers in public service for students that are traditionally underrepresented. This program does not focus on a geographic area, however, students must be eligible for financial aid from Yale University at the time of application and have used the Summer Experience Award.

Dwight Hall in DC

A pilot program for the summer of 2023, Dwight Hall in DC extends the geographic eligibility of Dwight Hall Summer Fellows to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Students will be connected to alumni in the area for in-person fellowship mentoring and support.

Muehrer Fund Fellowship

Because of a generous donation from a supporter of Dwight Hall, we are able to specifically recruit and select a Summer Fellow that is interested in a career in Community Mental Health. The students

Payment/Financial Support

In 2023, students are awarded $656.25 per week, up to a total of twelve weeks. Unlike other fellowship programs at Yale, Dwight Hall pays students through the Student Employment Office on a weekly basis and will expect students to submit a reflection (which acts as a submitted timesheet). In general, students typically propose summer activities that last for 8 weeks.


All Summer Opportunities share a common application, and a student will be considered for all programs/funding streams based on your demographic and project information. For more information please see the Guidance for Summer Applicants Link: https://dwighthall.org/guidanceforsummerapplicants/

The application is a Qualtrics form, which can be completed at this link: https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eM6SU1ArPxdx4bP

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