The New Sector Summer Fellowship program is an intensive 11-week program for current and recent undergraduate students and graduate students who are committed to the social sector. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool and serve in a cohort of 25 fellows with organizations in the Boston, San Francisco, Twin Cities, and Chicago areas. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit and community organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact. In addition to specialized training provided by New Sector and mentoring provided by organizations such as Bain and Company, Accenture, the Boston Consulting Group, and Oliver Wyman, the fellowship provides a living stipend of $2000 to undergraduates during their nonprofit placement.
Summer fellowships are open to rising juniors and seniors (and recent graduates) from any discipline. Several skills and aptitudes are important in the selection process, chief among them a demonstrated commitment to social impact, a high level of self-direction and motivation, critical leadership skills and instincts, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and excellent project management skills. The program also hopes that candidates will have proven records of setting and meeting goals and show a genuine interest in taking on responsibility within New Sector, with their host organizations, and in managing their own career development.
Over the years, the program has drawn excellent students from some of the nation's best colleges, universities, and graduate schools and continues to elicit admiration from its alumni/ae. There are many aspects to consider in the application process; candidates are advised to explore website information early and to follow up with New Sector with questions.