Domestic Community Service Fellowships

Funding sources for internships in the U.S.

Explore the Six Domestic fellowship programs of the CSFP.

If selected as a Fellow, students have the opportunity to work in 10-week paid summer internships with community organizations, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. GSD students may secure formal internship appointments or may choose to develop their own projects and identify a fellowship site. Please see the detailed descriptions below for particular requirements for each fellowship.

The fellowship applications open in January to the second week of March.


Greater Boston Area Community Service Fellowship

Our original Fellowship Program focuses on providing funding for students to work in the greater Boston area. It has now expanded to a national scope. Students have worked in organizations such as:

·         Boston Harbor Now, Boston, MA

·         Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama

·         Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

·         IDEO. Org, San Francisco, CA

Wendy Evans Joseph MArch 81 Community Service Fund

Established in 2018, our latest community service fellowship addition will provide stipends for students doing internships in the not-for-profit or public sector throughout the United States. Preference will be given to projects that hold the potential for enduring impact in underserved or economically disadvantaged communities.

·         Eric Moed is the first student to be selected for funding through the Wendy Evans Joseph MArch I Community Service Fund. He will be working as an intern at Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston.

Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship




Since Summer 2015, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) supports additional community service fellowships for students obtaining internships or other volunteer opportunities with organizations whose work focuses on housing, the built environment, and/or community development.

GSD students from all concentrations are eligible to apply for funding to work in a nonprofit or public sector setting, in Massachusetts, or in other US cities and regions. Funding is available to support 10 week internships across a wide spectrum of possible entities, including but not limited to:

  • Municipal or regional planning departments or offices
  • Housing or Redevelopment Authorities
  • Federal or state agencies (e.g. HUD, DHCD)
  • National non-profit intermediaries (e.g. LISC, Enterprise)Local community service organizations and/or community development corporations
  • Research and advocacy organizations (e.g. National Low Income Housing Coalition, CHAPA)

Recent examples include:

·         Youth Build Boston Designery Program, Roxbury, MA

·         Emerald Network Initiative of Livable Streets, Boston, MA

·         Garden School Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Doebele Community Service Fellowship


The Doebele Fellowship was conceived in 2010 on the occasion of the Loeb Fellowship’s 40th Anniversary. Loeb alumni raised funds to create an endowment in honor of founding curator William Doebele. Each year current GSD student(s) receives a stipend to bring design and planning skills to a non-profit or government organization during a summer internship.

Funding is available for 10-week paid summer internships across the U.S.  Working in community service, nonprofit settings (often with former Loeb Fellows) students have worked in organizations such as:

·         The Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

·         Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley, Woonsocket, RI

·         Sweetwater Foundation, Chicago, IL

Harvard Club of New York Fellowship

The Harvard Club of New York Foundation provides funding for Graduate School of Design students to perform community service in New York. Ten week summer internships with nonprofit and government organizations directly benefit the people of New York City. GSD students have worked in organizations such as:

·         The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY

·         Hester Street Collaborative, New York, NY

·         New York City Housing Preservation and Development, New York, NY

Lawrence and Marla Curtis Fund for Public Service

Lawrence (MAUD ’83) and Marla Curtis are advocates for equality and social justice. They have dedicated their lives to the creation of affordable housing for working families, and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. In 2018, they established the Lawrence and Marla Curtis Fund for Public Service to benefit students who also have a passion for enhancing the overall quality of life for the citizens of Massachusetts.

The Fund will provide stipends to students not yet in their final year of study for a summer internship with a not-for-profit or public sector organization in Massachusetts. The internships are focused on topics such as affordable housing, historic preservation, neighborhood development, housing policy, and economic vitality in Massachusetts.  The funding will become available during our next CSFP application cycle for summer 2019.