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.

More than 850 Yale University undergraduate, graduate and professional school students have contributed nearly 360,000 hours of community service to New Haven nonprofit and public sector agencies as President’s Public Service Fellows since 1994.

Fellowship Selection and Application

In the past, Fellows have been selected from a competitive applicant pool of more than 150 students, and in 2020 the Fellowship offered placements to 30 qualified applicants.

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

Length of Placement, Fellowship Requirements and Compensation

For the summer of 2021, placements can be for any consecutive period of eight to eleven weeks between June 1 and August 13, 2021. Summer pay ranges from $5,850 to $9,000 based on experience, degree pending, and weeks worked.

In addition to daily work, supervised by the placement organization, Fellows must attend weekly PPSF meetings throughout the term of their Fellowship, and are required to complete weekly and final reports describing their summer work.

Over the years, Fellows have worked with many diverse agencies with projects spanning the areas of Community Services, Business, and Youth Development. Previous Fellowship sites number over 125 organizations and city departments. A few of those sites have included:

  • All Our Kin
  • Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation
  • City of New Haven, City Plan Department
  • Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
  • Junta for Progressive Action
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • New Haven Promise
  • New Haven Reads
  • Urban Resources Initiative