City of Boston Summer Fellowship

Initiative on Cities Student Fellowship – Boston

The Boston IOC Fellowship awards one Boston University graduate student the opportunity to spend the summer working with the City of Boston, within the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. This summer fellowship provides a BU student with the opportunity to explore an interest in public service and civic innovation, and have a positive impact on your surrounding community.

The Office of New Urban Mechanics is Boston’s civic innovation team, responsible for promoting participatory urbanism, along with smarter city infrastructure and innovative service delivery. They are the catalyst and clearing house for civic innovation projects involving the City of Boston and their partners, from residents and community groups to universities, companies and other government agencies.

The IOC Boston Fellow will be awarded a stipend for an eight week summer fellowship, which will run from mid-June through mid-August, 2018.


  1. Applicants must be in good standing with Boston University. They must be enrolled as a full or part-time student with Boston University, or be graduating with the Class of 2018.
  2. This award is open only to graduate students.
  3. There is no specific skill set required. Passion for public service and local government is a must.

Responsibilities/Terms of Award:

  • Fellow will work a minimum of 35 hours per week for the entire eight weeks.
  • Fellow will participate in a roundtable discussion held at the BU IOC in Fall 2018 to share his or her experience working in city government
  • Fellow must complete a 2,000 word report by August 31, 2018 highlighting the project(s) he or she worked on over the course of the summer. This report should emphasize the Fellow’s core focus for the summer, their project’s impact as well as lessons learned. You are encouraged to incorporate interactive elements, including video and photography.
  • Fellow will receive all but $500 of their stipend at the beginning of the summer. The final $500 to be awarded upon completion of your report.
  • Fellow will be paid a total of $6,400 for the summer, $800 per week.

Application: Applications for 2018 are now closed. Please check back in Winter 2018 for next year’s application.

  1. Current resume or CV
  2. Unofficial copy of your academic transcript
  3. Brief essay (no more than 500 words) identifying a problem or need you believe exists in Boston and a proposed remedy or set of remedies that would address the need. Be sure to clearly identify what issue this program addresses, how it will impact residents and how you would implement it.
  4. Two references, including at least one academic reference. Please provide name, title, organization, phone number and email address.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been awarded the Fellowship.