Join Our Team

CITY is inviting students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, community members and affiliates to lend us your ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm to help build a center that inspires all students, and builds meaningful opportunities to experiment, learn, and build solutions to real-world problems. Below are formal opportunities to join our team including student employment opportunities, and mentor, fellow and advisor roles


Student Employment Opportunities

Join the founding CITY team! We are looking for dynamic, innovative and resilient individuals who are committed to helping us build CITY. Positions are open to both undergrad and graduate students.

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. To apply, click the below link, then click "Advanced Search" and type "tsai."

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Leaders Innovation Lab Coordinator

The Leaders Innovation Lab is an interactive and dynamic roundtable aimed at students in leadership positions in student clubs or organizations. 10-15 students will be selected to participate in a six-week cohort program to understand and practice what it means to be an innovative leader. The Leaders Innovation Lab Coordinator will work closely with CITY staff to plan, lead and execute the program. Duties include:

  • Coordinating with guest speakers
  • Attending all sessions, and possibly co-leading one or more sessions depending on skills and interest
  • Working with participants to identify mentors and coaching
  • Coordinating logistics such as food, space, and schedules
  • Researching and collecting relevant resources to produce a “Leaders Innovation Guide”

Ideal candidates will be interested in transformational leadership, and learning what it means to be an innovative leader. They will be organized, motivated, and personable. 

Founder Lab Coordinator

The Founder Innovation Lab is an interactive and dynamic roundtable aimed at students who are founding businesses, non-profits or groups/movements. 10-15 students will be selected to participate in a six-week cohort program. The Founder Lab Coordinator will work closely with CITY staff to plan, lead and execute the program. Duties include:

  • Coordinating with guest speakers
  • Attending all sessions, and possible co-leading one or more depending on skills and interest
  • Working with participants to identify mentors and coaching
  • Coordinating logistics such as food, space, schedules
  • Researching and collecting relevant resources to produce a “Founders Innovation Guide”

Ideal candidates will have founded something – an organization, student group, movement, or other. They will be organized, motivated, and personable, and interested in supporting entrepreneurs and innovators.

Community Engagement Coordinator

CITY is committed to building a diverse ecosystem and community around innovation at Yale. During the academic year CITY will coordinate events to being diverse sets of people together from across the university and New Haven. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work with CITY staff to develop a robust strategy for engaging diverse populations, and coordinate fun and inspiring events across campus. Duties include:

  • Coordinating cross-campus themed speed networking events
  • Working with CITY staff to identify and implement an online community building platform
  • Working with partners to identify opportunities for events across campus

Ideal candidates will be motivated, energetic and excited about bring diverse people together. They will have event organizing experience, and be connected to different areas of campus. 

Yale Women Innovators Series Coordinator

Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Yale (WE@YALE) is a cross-campus community for women and non-binary femme innovators and entrepreneurs providing skill-building, story-telling and community. The Yale Women Innovator Series is a weekly event that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training. The Yale Women Innovator Series Coordinator will work with CITY staff and assist in the recruitment and execution of weekly events. Duties include:

  • Speaker recruitment and management
  • Attending and participating in all events
  • Work with WE@YALE members on other initiatives including a summit and coaching sessions
  • Collecting and analyzing metrics from events
  • Working to ensure a diverse participation from across Yale through outreach and partnerships

Ideal candidates will be passionate about increasing diversity in entrepreneurship, and supporting women/non-binary femme innovators and entrepreneurs. They will have experience working with diverse stakeholders, and have exceptional interpersonal skills. 


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Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative Student Coordinators (3 open positions)

The Yale Collaborative on Social Entrepreneurship is a network of ten centers and programs collaborating to support entrepreneurship at Yale to solve society’s critical challenges locally and globally. We purse a common goal: One Yale that fosters, supports and inspires an entrepreneurial spirit to address the world’s critical challenges, to positively affect millions of lives over the next decade. The Collaborative was founded in March 2016. Since this date 30+ students, staff and faculty have been working in groups across three strategic priorities: education, network development and venture/project creation. Our aim is to collaboratively increase resources and support for students to succeed in the world of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Details on who is a member of the collaborative can be found at

The Collaborative on Social Entrepreneurship Coordinators will work with CITY Mentor in Residence, Peter Boyd, and Program Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Cass Walker Harvey. Duties include:

  • Acting as the lead for a strategic working group (Education, Network Development or Venture/Project Creation) and coordinating meetings, priorities and action items
  • Taking initiative to implement action items
  • Working to increase collaborative efforts across campus to create a world-class system for social entrepreneurship
  • Attending cross campus collaborative meetings (every 6 weeks)

Ideal candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills, and be excited about using collaboration as a tool for change. Ideal candidates will be familiar with the existing ecosystem of entrepreneurial resources on Yale’s campus, or enthusiastic to learn!

Digital Media Intern

The digital media intern will support communications and marketing efforts at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. Duties include:

  • Identifying and executing strategies for engaging diverse student audiences via social media
  • Updating the website and email messaging lists as needed
  • Providing website tech support as needed
  • Designing flyers/posters as needed and posting on campus

Ideal candidates will be creative and self-motivated and have strong familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), comfort in uploading website content, interest in digital strategy and design, some basic tech skills and enthusiasm regarding innovation and entrepreneurship. Photo/video skills a plus!

Impact Measurement and Metrics Intern

The Impact Measurement and Metrics intern will work closely with CITY staff to design and implement key performance metrics and tracking. As CITY launches, it is crucial that we track and evaluate our programs and student engagement. Duties include:

  • Tracking data related to student engagement in programs/workshops and on social media
  • Influence software selection and assist in the management and upkeep of chosen data/software
  • Identify and document best practices, implementation procedures, and training materials regarding software use
  • Enable data-informed decision making and inter-office compatibility
  • Identifying best metrics and key performance indicators according to university priorities, donor requirements, and strategic plan
  • Designing evaluation surveys for workshops, events and programs
  • Analyzing data and make recommendations on how CITY can better engage certain populations from across the university

Ideal candidates would possess strong data management skills and be familiar with a wide variety of software solutions, preferably including client relationship management software. Experience in a start-up setting a plus!

Human-Centered Design Intern

The human-centered design intern would work in tandem with CITY staff on the initial design of the physical space as well as ad hoc or program-based design projects. This person will come up with creative ways to physically express and accomplish CITY’s mission of nurturing innovation at Yale.

  • Propose and take leadership of infrastructure design projects with CITY’s mission, programs, services and technology in mind
  • Provides support for and participates in the planning, documentation and design processes of physical space
  • Conducts research on local design, influence and inspiration
  • Leads and/or assists in the preparation of graphic presentations, ordering materials, and physical construction in the space

Ideal candidates would possess a pioneering approach to design and an engaging aesthetic. Must be hands on.


Mentors, Fellows and Advisors

CITY is building a network of mentors, fellows and advisors to join our team, support student initiatives and ideas, and create catalytic programming around core issues. See below for what each role entails. Interested? Contact Cass Walker Harvey,


CITY ADvisors

CITY advisors are experts in their field, with deep knowledge around topics such as strategy, marketing, finance, venture capital, non-profit strategy, fundraising, communications, design, global markets or domain expertise (environment, education, health, tech, media etc).

CITY advisors commit 1-2 hours a month to work with students on a case by case basis.


CITY mentors

CITY mentors are dedicated to commenting to a team or student participating in CITY's programs. These may be students starting businesses or non-profits in the Accelerator programs, or students working on becoming more effective leaders through our Lab programs. CITY mentors listen, coach, ask good questions and push students to think critically. CITY mentors must commit to 4-5 hours/month during core programming periods (Oct-Dec, Jan-March, May-July). We are looking for dynamic mentors with backgrounds in non-profit, for-profit, arts organizations, civic movements, tech, social entrepreneurship.


CITY Fellows

CITY Fellows are exceptional individuals and affiliates who align with our mission and values. They spend time with us to help build cutting-edge programming and resources. 

Fellowships are flexible in terms of location - if you want to hang out with us in New Haven for a week, a month or a semester, we will work with your schedule. Fellows will work on a range of activities including:

  • Mentorship
  • Building innovative programs around their area of expertise
  • Hosting events and dialogues
  • Actionable research