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 by offering 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.

Through the fellowship, 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 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 meetings with a supervisor, every Fellow has a mentor who offer support and guidance over the course of their Fellowship, and Fellows also join a valuable network of current and alumni Fellows, as well as leaders from host organizations.

Online Information Sessions with the FAO Schwarz Fellowship

The Fellowship hosts several information sessions throughout the year. Info sessions are a great way to get a sense of the Fellowship experience and application process.

The next online information session is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, from 11:00 to 11:45 am EST/NYC. Registration is required for this session. Visit FAO Schwarz Fellowship online to sign up.


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: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021