remote Summer Community Service Fellowships


Summer 2021 Summer Fellowship

Four fellowships awarded this summer to the following students:

Ella Bradford, '24

Josh Josephy-Zack, '24

Julia Hyneck, '24

Tolu Adeniji, '22


Program Description

The Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut (HCSC) will offer up to five (5) remote fellowships of $5,000.00 each for 10 weeks of full-time work to current Harvard undergraduates and graduating seniors in our territorial area in Connecticut who wish to pursue public service projects during the summer. Housing and living arrangements are the responsibilities of the recipient, as are any costs incurred over and above the stipend.
Public Service

Public Service is defined as work that

•helps people meet their needs for food, shelter, and health;
•improves education and employment opportunities;
•educates people about their legal and/or civil rights;
•protects the environment or wildlife; and/or
•supports social issues affecting the general welfare

The proposed community service organization must be non-profit and non-partisan.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors returning to Harvard in the Fall and graduating seniors are eligible.  Applicants should demonstrate interest in and commitment to public service.  Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Selection Criteria, Priority, and Preference

Applications will be selected in the following order of priority:
1.  Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service within our Club's territorial area;
2. Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service for an organization located anywhere within the State of Connecticut;
3.  Students who reside in our Club's territorial area who will perform their community service outside the State of Connecticut, including at Harvard or internationally;
4.  Students who reside in the State of Connecticut who will perform their community service within our Club's territorial area; and
5.  Students who reside in the State of Connecticut who will perform their community service within the State of Connecticut.
6.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary above, any application to perform service for the State of Connecticut or for any agency, department, entitiy or employee thereof shall not be awarded unless and until all of the five (5) foregoing priorities have been considered and a fellowship vacancy still remains.
7.  Applications filed on or before the application deadline will be given priority

Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut's territorial area includes these cities and towns:
   •All of New London County;
   •All of New Haven County;
   •All of Middlesex County;
   •Fairfield County: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Huntington, New Fairfield, Newtown, Monroe, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Sherman, Stratford, Trumbull;
   •Hartford County: Bloomfield, Southington, Marlborough;
   •Litchfield County: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, New Milford, Roxbury, Torrington, Washington, Washington Depot, Watertown, Woodbury;
   •Windham County: Moosup, Plainfield.
1.  Applicants who reside in our Club's territorial area as defined above;
2.  Applicants who do not reside in our Club's territorial area but who were admitted through our Club's Schools and Scholarships Committee;
3.  Applicants who are applying for the HCSC summer community service fellowship for the first time;
4.  Applicants will also be selected by the HCSC on the basis of the quality, clarity, feasibility, and impact of their proposals for summer community service.

***Students also have the flexibility of locating an organization with which to work in the HCSC's territorial area.

***Preference is given to internships located in Connecticut, but the Club will consider internships elsewhere.


Approved Host Organizations

The Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut has partnered with the following "host organizations" who will consider offering remote fellowship positions to student applicants for the Summer of 2021.


50 Orange Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Contact: Lisa Dent, Executive Director

Phone: 203-772-2709

**The following openings are available for this summer: 

City-Wide Open Studios Placement; Annual Summer Apprenticeship Program Placement; Exhibition Assistant Organizer; Curriculum Developer Placement 

Artspace is a visionary and dynamic non-profit organization championing emerging artists and building new audiences for contemporary art.  Our exhibition and commissioning programs (in the gallery, out of doors, and city-wide) encourage experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse, while fostering appreciation for the vital role that artists play in improving our community.  The Summer Fellow joins a small, hardworking team (the Gallery Director, the Communications Coordinator, and the Executive Director) as a full partner and will assume a high level of responsibility in helping to develop Artspace's programming, assist day-to-day operations, and shape our engagement  with the community.  Specific projects can be tailored around the Fellow's interests. 


Common Ground - Sustainable Farm Apprentice or Farm & Nature Summer Camp Teacher
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Contact: Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs, Common Ground
Phone: 203-389-4333 ext. 1213

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Contact: David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach
Phone: 860-434-5542 x 115


Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership, Inc.

31 Jefferson Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Contact: Rachel Kline Brown, Director of Development

Phone: 203-773-0770

LEAP  provides free after school and summer enrichment to New Haven kids who otherwise might not be ablet o afford them.  The Fellow will have the option to assist in various departments at LEAP, including Development, Finance, and Programming, depending on the Fellow's interests and organizational needs.  In addition, there would be space to tailor the Fellowship to include working directly with the children or teenagers who participate in our summer programs.  Last year, the Fellow worked primarily in the Development Department, designing marketing materials, analyzing data from the donor database, and helping to create LEAP's overarching communications and digital media plan.  The Fellow supplemented this work with acting as a teaching assistant for LEAP's computer coding class for children.  The Fellow will work with LEAP staff to design a position that best suits the Fellow's interests and skills.

New Haven Reads
45 Bristol Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Hayley Herrington, Education Director 
Phone: 203-752-1923

New Haven Reads, founded to "share the joy and power of reading", increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.  In addition to various administrative tasks and creative projects, the Harvard Summer Fellow will develop relationships with our community's students through the provision of literacy tutoring and the implementation of a summer enrichment club.  He or she will also support the growth of the book bank by sorting and shelving incoming book donations as well as preparing outgoing book orders to social service agencies, homeless shelters, teachers, and other community programs.

Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program
Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard University
1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138 
Matias Ramos -

PBHA’s Summer Urban Program, or SUP, is a network of 10 summer camps at 11 different sites across Boston and Cambridge each summer. SUP is staffed by 130 college students and 90 local high schoolers, and each summer welcomes more than 800 young people ages six to 13.  Our Summer Urban Program youth come from low-income communities in the Dorchester, Roxbury, South End, South Boston, Mission Hill, Chinatown, and Cambridge areas. In addition, we have recent immigrant youth between the ages of 13 and 19 from the greater Boston area in our Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Program, and Native American youth from across Boston attend our Native American Youth Enrichment Program.

Each Senior Counselor at the Summer Urban Program works with groups of children ages 6-13 for seven weeks during the summer (RYSE works with high school students), implementing a self­-designed curriculum. In the programs, Senior Counselors work with Junior Counselors, who are teenagers hired from the particular community in which the program is located. Senior Counselors are expected to keep in close contact with parents and community members as well as join the rest of the staff on a variety of retreats and trainings throughout the summer.
More info is available at   Applicants should apply through PBHA by filling out this form:
(Priority deadline passed but we are accepting applications and lots of positions are yet to be assigned).  Applicants should also follow instructions for applying through CARAT/all included in these materials.
St. Vincent's Parish Nurse Program
2837 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT  06606
Contact:  Marilyn Faber

St. Vincent’s is the only Catholic Hospital in Fairfield County. The St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program started in 1992 and covers churches throughout Fairfield County. Currently there are 80 churches and 225 unpaid professional nurses in the program. The Health Improvement Alliance is a partnership between both Bridgeport Hospitals, the local health departments, the FQHCs, the Hope Dispensary free pharmacy and many other partners in the Greater Bridgeport area. The HIA group works on the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and specific Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP). The Healthy Lifestyles Task Force is one of four task forces with HIA. and developed the Know Your Numbers (KYN) campaign in the Greater Bridgeport Region. The KYN health screenings in food pantries began in 2014 tracking A1c, blood pressure, BMI, and waist circumference. We also worked with one pantry to offer the AHA/Aramark Healthy for Life Program. The following are some potential projects for the summer internship:

·        Implementation of a virtual Healthy for Life Program in real time that could be recorded. Possibly recording other Healthy for Life health lessons for future use.

·        Input the February 2020 data into excel and work to update the current report cards for the ten food pantries we work with for KYN. This involves updating an existing power point template.

·        Assisting with roll out of a stress reduction tool kit for people in the underserved communities. This toolkit would be sent to food pantries, churches, and senior centers.

·        Assist with a virtual educational program on Food as Medicine. This campaign may include collecting appropriate handouts and ideas of how to choose healthy foods that are available in food pantries.

·        Organize social media presence to promote parish nursing in CT.

·        Assist in the development of a New Employee Recognition Program. This would involve working with Mission Services Committee to develop a (revised) recognition program to highlight St. Vincent’s unique position as only Catholic hospital within Hartford Healthcare.

o   Ways to capture those elements in action:

§  Spirituality/Holistic care (caring for mind, body, spirit)

§  Reverence (deep respect)

§  Hope & Joy (spiritual strength)

o   Create revised framework, including new name, frequency, nominations process and nomination form

o   Develop communication plan that leverages all communication vehicles and channels

·        Develop a Health Equity Research Database by working with Community Outreach and Parish Nurse to create a library of reference material on Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health from reputable sources

·        Create a Calendar of Events for Mission Services/Pastoral Care that captures all religious observances as well as events led by the departments

·        Assist with COVID-19 related projects as needed.

·        We are in a state of constant flux and need to remain nimble and responsive as the pandemic demands. Projects can vary from involvement in our weekly Farm Stand to coordinating donation drives for community members in need, to assistance with our Food Distributions. Attendance and minutes-taking during virtual meetings may be needed, mostly related to health equity and community collaboratives.

 The internship will be full time (36-40 hours per week) and take place over 10 weeks. All assigned work will be tailored to a virtual environment.


Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Tyler Yeargain, J.D., Associate Director
Phone: 203-432-5115

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy seeks interns for Summer 2021. The Center has a diverse workload, with projects focusing in sustainable finance, international sustainability, trade and the environment, sustainability metrics, and connecting the latest environmental research with policymakers around the world. While the Center’s summer research needs cannot yet be ascertained, past summer interns have been fully integrated onto existing research assistant teams, and have participated in high-level policy research efforts; the writing, organizing, and editing of articles and books; and outreach efforts to news outlets and policymakers directly.

Candidates from with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences are welcome to apply. Particularly successful interns and research assistants have had strong writing and editing skills; experience in campaigns, government, or NGOs and think tanks; and a background in policymaking, even if not directly in the energy, environment, and sustainability arena.





The APPLICANT must submit the following materials:


Indicate significant activities, achievements, and work experience which demonstrates your interests, especially concerns about public service activity. Include any career goals you might have at this point. Please do not exceed one page.



Copy of transcript.


In 500 words or less describe the public service project you propose to conduct. Your proposal should identify the organization with which you would work, the name(s) of any key contact person or personnel,and estimate your weekly time commitment. Your proposal should also indicate how your initiative would benefit the community.


In order to respond to the "Brief Description of Your Proposal" part of the application, you will need to reach out to the internship host at the site and discuss your and the host's intentions for the internship.



To confirm the viability and feasibility of your project, you must include a letter of support from the organization identified in your proposal which confirms and supports your work with the organization. This letter may be addressed to you or the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut. It is not a letter of recommendation and is therefore not considered a confidential document.


Your internship supervisor/host must submit a letter of sponsorship before your application may be accepted my our club.  Please have the host reach out to Dan Beebe,, for what is sought in the letter of sponsorship.


COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE EMAILED TO both email addresses below (Beebe and Johnson) AND SUBMITTED ON THE CARAT SYSTEM (see instructions below:)

Here, you can log-in to CARAT on the Harvard system and search for the fellowship:

Any questions, contact Dan Beebe and/or Alysha Johnson (see below):

Dan Beebe AB ’04, Chairman, HCSC Summer Community Service Fellowship Committee at or 860-608-4812


Alysha Johnson at the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Phillips Brooks House at 617-496-5788 or