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)
Applicants should submit their materials via GSD's Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP).
The application process has two steps.
The application deadline for 2018 has passed.
Organizations interested in hosting GSD students this summer should contact Anne Creamer, GSD Career Services Coordinator at email@example.com.
The Summer 2018 Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellows are:
- Maura Barry-Garland, a Master in Urban Planning (MUP) student, who will be working on three affordable housing projects being carried out by the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation.
- Gloria Chang, a Master in Architecture and MDes student with a focus on risk and resilience, will be working at the U.S. Naval War College's Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program in Newport, Rhode Island.
- Francisco Colom, an MDes student with a focus on critical conservation, who will be working at the MASS Design Group, a non-profit in Boston that aims to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.
- Katie Gourley, a MUP student, who will be working at the Mayor's Internship Program in Philadelphia on Rebuild Philadelphia, a $500 million program to revitalize the city's neighborhood parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries.
- Christin Hu, a Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) student, who will be working as a designer at YouthBuild Boston, a non-profit that provides underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the building trades.
- Maria de la Luz Lobos Martinez, an MLA student, who will be working with the Livable Streets Alliance and the Southwest Boston CDC on the Emerald Necklace Initiative, which aims to enhance connectivity and walkability and improve access to the Neponset River in Boston's Hyde Park and Roslindale neighborhoods.
- Emma Phillips, a MUP student, who will help design a new urban garden for the Garden School Foundation, which offers garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms for underserved youth in Los Angeles.
- Gabriel Ramos, a MUP student, who will be working at the Africatown Preservation & Development Association, a Seattle-based non-profit that is developing strategies for documenting and preserving the African American presence in that city's Central District and surrounding communities.
- Juan Reynoso, a MUP student, who will be working on housing-related issues in the Office of California Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego).
- Chandra Rouse, a MUP student, who will be working as an Economic Development Intern with the South East Chicago Commission, a community-based organization focused on enhancing the quality of life in five of that city's neighborhoods.