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FAO Schwarz Fellowship

Fellowship Description:
The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact. Our Fellows are highly motivated, passionate recent college graduates who are committed to social justice. They have proven academic excellence, demonstrated leadership in their college communities and are eager to immerse themselves in an experience that will challenge them, train them and empower them with the skills and network they need to jumpstart a successful nonprofit career.

Fellows work at leading nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. Each organization is deeply valued in their communities and has a strong record of delivering high-quality services that address critical issues of social inequity and producing consistent results. Working with their hosts, FAO Schwarz Fellows deepen their knowledge and understanding of relevant social issues, work directly with host communities, and lead strategic projects that strengthen the organization’s capacity and impact. The Fellowships also include professional development retreats, social experiences as a cohort and individualized mentoring.

Two-year Fellowship positions 2023-2025 are available at the following organizations:

   Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia)
   Jumpstart (Boston & New York City)
To apply for the Fellowship, candidates must be college seniors eligible to work for two years in the United States. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter directly to the host organization(s) explaining their interest in being part of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program as well as their interest in working at the host organization. These selective Fellowships are paid positions and include benefits. Visit our website for more information.

The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023 by 11:59 pm EST. Host organizations will select applicants for interviews and make their decisions by the end of April 2023.

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.

For more about what we are seeking, please see What We’re Looking For.  Please visit our website for more information about the new positions.  

To apply, visit our website where you’ll see detailed instructions. You will be asked to answer several short questions and to upload your resume and a cover letter by February 10, 2022 11:59 EST. You may apply to more than one host, but must submit a different application for each host you’re applying to.

In your letter, please describe your interest in working at the host organization of your choice, and your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: What interests you about the mission of this organization? 

Question 2: What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project discussed in the Fellowship description? 

Question 3: Why are you interested in being an FAO Schwarz Fellow? 

We will review each application carefully and select our Fellow by the end of April. Thanks for your interest.