Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation: Greater Boston Area Community Service Fellowship

Our original Fellowship Program focuses on providing funding for students to work in the greater Boston area. Students have worked in organizations such as:

  • Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • LivableStreets Alliance
  • MA Executive Office of Health & Human Services
  • Refugee Artisans of Worcester
  • Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab, MASS Design Group

…. and many more.

Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship

Beginning in 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.

Recent examples include:

  • National Housing Conference
  • The Pratt Center for Community Development
  • The Urban Institute

Doebele Community Service Fellowship

The Doebele Fellowship was conceived in 2010 on the occasion of the Loeb Fellowship’s 4oth Anniversary. A Loeb alumni fund raising effort generated funds for an endowment in honor of founding curator William Doebele. Each year a current GSD student will receive 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 Canary Project
  • Destination Design School of Agricultural Estates (DDSAE)
  • Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab, MASS Design Group

Harvard Club of New York Community Service Fellowship

Funding is available to support GSD students to work in a nonprofit or public sector setting in New York. Funding has been awarded to support 10-week summer internships with organizations including:

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • The Design Trust for Public Space

Harvard Real Estate Alumni Board

Established to support summer 2020 community service fellowships, this fund focuses on the built environment. Broadly speaking, the built environment encompasses real estate (i.e. buildings and land) and infrastructure (roads and public transportation). The community service fellowship may include positions in development, equity, policy, planning and design.

Recent examples include:

  • The Lotus Campaign in Charlotte, NC
  • The Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Program of MassDevelopment in Boston, MA

The James M. & Cathleen D. Stone Foundation

Established in 2020, funding is to support summer internships for Harvard GSD students working on projects situated in or around the Boston Harbor.

This year’s recipients will be working at:

  • Save the Harbor / Save the Bay
  • Boston Harbor Now in MA

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.  Students have worked in organizations such as:

  • MASS Design Group
  • Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative

Wendy Evans Joseph MArch ’81 Community Service Fund

Established in 2018, this community service fund provides stipends for students doing internships in the not-for-profit or public sector throughout the United States. Preference is given to projects that hold the potential for enduring impact in under-served or economically disadvantaged communities. Students have worked in organizations such as:

  • Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab/MASS Design
  • Horizons for Homeless Children