President’s Public Service Fellowship

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 more than 30 Fellows working for up to eleven weeks during the summer in different organizations.

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.

Over 950 Yale University undergraduate, graduate and professional school students have contributed more than 400,000 hours of community service to New Haven nonprofit and public sector agencies as President’s Public Service Fellows since 1994.

Fellowship Selection and Application

Fellows are  selected from a competitive applicant pool.

Students not in their final year of study may apply for placements proposed by New Haven organizations.

Student applications and additional information can be found on the Information for Applicants page.

Length of Placement, Fellowship Requirements and Compensation

For the summer of 2024, placements can be for any consecutive period of eight to eleven weeks between May 28 and August 9, 2024. Summer pay ranges from $6,750 to $9,600 based on experience, degree pending, and weeks worked.

Over the years, Fellows have worked with many diverse organizations throughout New Haven including:

  • All Our Kin
  • Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op
  • City of New Haven City Plan Department
  • City of New Haven Office of Climate and Sustainability
  • CitySeed
  • Common Ground
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • DataHaven
  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art
  • Fair Haven Community Health Care
  • Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
  • LEAP
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • New Haven Promise
  • New Haven Reads
  • SalivaDirect
  • Squash Haven
  • Urban Resources Initiative