Want to Work for a Few Years Before Grad School? Check Out These Programs

Many Tufts students are interested in gaining 1 – 3 years of experience before taking the next step in their career journey, whether that’s a graduate or professional degree program, another job, or something else.

With this in mind, I often talk with students about short-term skill-building opportunities for after Tufts — programs ranging in duration from 6 months – 2 years or more. They’re often called Fellowships, and sometimes Research Assistantships or a year of service. Whatever the title, what these programs have in common is that they allow one to gain valuable career-related skills in a defined period of time and through programs that have concrete sets of goals for participants.

Here’s a quick sample of programs that Tufts grads have completed. Keep reading for ways to find even more!

Program Name Quick Description Deadline(s)
Carnegie James C. Gaither Junior Fellows One-year fellowship in Washington, DC. Junior Fellows are matched with senior associates—academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world—to work on a variety of international affairs issues. January 15, 2022 *Note: Must first go through an internal Tufts nominating process. Make an appointment with Anne Moore from the Office of Scholar Development to learn more.
Scoville Peace Fellows 6 – 9-month fellowship in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. January 7, 2022 for Fall 2022 start
Emerson National Hunger Fellows 11-month fellowship in Washington, DC and at community-based organizations throughout the U.S. Fellows develop a deep understanding of national anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy. Early January for Fall 2022 start
Coro Fellowship 9-month fellowship in cities across the U.S. Fellows participate in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing. Mid January for Fall 2022 start
Capital Fellows Program 10 – 11-month fellowship in California. Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of CA state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects. February 2022 deadline
Soros Justice Fellowships 12 or 18-month fellowship in the U.S. Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. February 2022 deadline

Tufts Office of Scholar Development Scholarship & Fellowship Database

APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) Fellowships & Scholarships Listing

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By Susannah Krenn
Susannah Krenn Career Advisor / Multimedia & Communications Specialist Susannah Krenn