FAO Schwarz Fellowship

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Two-year assignments with leading nonprofit organizations designed to empower the next generation of social impact leaders

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship trains recent college graduates for leadership roles in the world of social impact. The Fellowship offers a transformative 2-year experience that includes a paid position with a leading nonprofit, personalized mentoring, and extensive professional development experiences. Fellows will be based at organizations in Boston, Philadelphia or New York City. These organizations are all deeply valued in their communities and have a strong record of delivering consistent results and high-quality services. Host organizations vary from year to year — and all have a proven commitment to addressing critical issues of social inequity.
Throughout the fellowships, Fellows deepen their knowledge and understanding of relevant social issues, work directly with host communities, and lead strategic projects that strengthen the host organization’s capacity and impact. Each year, Fellows attend two four-day leadership retreats to learn about the social impact sector, develop critical skills and build relationships with— and learn from— current and alumni FAO Schwarz fellows. In addition to one-on-one weekly meetings with a supervisor, every Fellow has two mentors who offer support and guidance over the course of their Fellowship. Fellows also join a valuable network of current and alumni Fellows as well as leaders from host organizations.


Applicants must be college seniors at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

How to Apply

Prospective Fellows apply directly to the host organizations. Host organizations and positions are typically announced alongside the opening of applications in mid-November.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship chooses a select number of organizations to host Fellows each year, and these hosts are responsible for screening candidates, conducting interviews and ultimately selecting Fellows.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Public Service
Multiple Locations,
United States
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020