In collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Joint Center for Housing Studies is offering Community Service Fellowships for GSD students. The mission of the GSD's Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) is to expose students to new challenges and methods of working, and to encourage them to explore connections between the academic interests they pursue at School and the practitioner’s vocation to understand and address existing challenges faced by communities both locally (in the Boston area), nationally (elsewhere in the US), and internationally. The Program also provides summer funding to support students as they gain relevant work experience. Read about the experience of previous recipients on the Community Service Fellowship blog.
Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship
The JCHS Community Service Fellowship for GSD students will support students obtaining internships or other volunteer opportunities with organizations whose work focuses on housing, the built environment, and/or community development.
GSD students from all concentrations are eligible to apply for funding to work in a nonprofit or public sector setting, in Massachusetts, or in other US cities and regions. Funding is available to support 10-week internships across a wide spectrum of possible entities, including but not limited to:
- Municipal or regional planning departments or offices
- Housing or Redevelopment Authorities
- Federal or state agencies (eg. HUD, DHCD)
- National non profit intermediaries (eg. LISC, Enterprise)
- Local community service organizations and/or community development corporations
- Research and advocacy organizations (eg. National Low Income Housing Coalition, CHAPA)
Applications deadline has passed for this year; please check back next year for 2018 applications.
The Summer 2017 Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellows are:
- Matt Genova (Master in Urban Planning) will assist with several projects around the implementation of nMotion, Nashville's, 25-year transportation plan.
- Miriam Keller (Master in Urban Planning) will assist the National Low Income Housing Coalition in Washington, DC on efforts to educate federal lawmakers about housing needs and efforts to analyze and shape policy proposals.
- Casey Peterson (Master in Urban Planning) will be working at the New York City Department of City Planning to shape and support outreach to communities in advance of citywide zoning proposals.
- Leah Pickett (Master in Urban Planning) will work at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development on issues related to land disposition and the development process for affordable housing.
- Claire Summers (Master in Urban Planning) will work in Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development on a variety projects, including research and identification of potential locations for non-profit development of affordable housing.
- Katherine Wolf (Master in Urban Planning) will work with the Boston Planning & Development Agency on recent initiatives in the Glover’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester.
- Jessica Yuan (Master in Architecture I) will work with Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development on several projects including updating research on housing typologies for affordable housing developments.