summer opportunities

Make the most of your summer with innovation opportunities through CITY and our partners. 


Fellowships / Accelerators


Tsai CITY SUmmer fellowship

An 8-week intensive summer bootcamp to incubate new companies and nonprofits. Teams can go from sketch to launch by summer’s end. Approximately 10 teams will be chosen in a highly competitive process. The fellowship includes $15,000 for the team, along with a rigorous sequence of workshops, sprints, mentorship, coaching, and pitch opportunities.

Fellowship Dates: June 4-July 27, 2018

Applications are now closed.


inclusive architecture fellowships

Joel Sanders, Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, is seeking two Inclusive Design Fellows to assist with research and design for a publication and website that documents Stalled!, a design-research project dedicated to the creation of inclusive public restrooms that meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, religions and disabilities.

Research Fellowship
He/she/they will work closely with Professor Sanders to conduct research and images searches for a chapter describing the historical, social, and political context of national debates about public restrooms. Skills & Requirements:

  • Strong academic research and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with image research and obtaining copyrights a plus.

Design Fellowship
The ideal candidate is a well-rounded designer skilled in design and representation, with a passion for applying these skills to timely social justice issues. He/she/they will work closely with Principal Joel Sanders to refine design prototypes and create diagrams, drawings, and renderings that will be posted on an open-source Stalled! website and exhibited at various venues in USA and Europe in the summer/fall 2018. Skills & Requirements:

  • Strong architectural design and representation skills.
  • Familiarity in 2D and 3D software (AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Rhinoceros) required.
  • Familiarity with animation (After Effects), 360 rendering (VRay) and web development a plus.
  • 1-3 years’ professional experience a plus.

Digital Development Fellowships

(Positions are now closed)

Tsai CITY is looking for a talented and passionate team of developers that can design and build digital products that support different purpose-driven projects in CITY’s programs. A core pipeline of digital products to be developed throughout 2018 include CITY’s wiki page, in synergy with the engine for the Open Innovation Lab, and digital products for the different student startups that are part of CITY’s accelerator. Development of innovative digital products for Yale’s innovation environment is encouraged. The team will be formed by software engineers, graphic and front-end designers, blockchain and mixed reality developers, and audiovisual artists.

Tsai CITY’s Blockchain developer and fellow will work as part of the Open Innovation Lab and be a key member of CITY’s Digital Dev Squad. Core tasks include developing and deploying blockchain technologies for different projects in the OpenLab (e.g. blockchain for p2p energy, open innovation), and be a coordinator for the Yale Blockchain Initiative. As a fellow, he or she will also be encouraged to work on creative and disruptive projects they propose. The Blockchain Fellow will report to CITY’s Open Innovation Fellow and is required to have experience in deploying smart contracts in platform environments such as Ethereum and/or Hyperledger fabric, and have solid skills in managing open source software. Knowledge of solidity language is encouraged. Passion to further their own blockchain skills and contribute to dissemination of blockchain knowledge in the Yale-wide community is a key requirement. Passion for sustainability applications is encouraged.

Time commitment: No less than 5 hours a week, and no more than 10. Availability for spring and fall 2018 semesters is required, and summer 2018 availability for a fellowship program is highly encouraged.

Graphic Design & Visual Architecture
Tsai CITY’s graphic and visual artist will be a key member of the Digital Dev Squad. Mature experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as UX/UI is required. Experience in both branding/marketing campaigns as well as artistic projects is required. A skill in either front-end development (e.g html, js, css), or Unity development for AR/VR is highly encouraged. Other encouraged skills: AfterEffects, Xd, FinalCut/PremierPro. We seek passionate students that want to be part of a creative team and work on purpose-driven projects with high social and environmental impact. CITY’s graphic designer and visual architect will report to the Open Innovation Fellow but will be encouraged to be self-driven as part of the Digital Dev Squad.

Time commitment: No less than 5 hours a week, and no more than 10. Availability for spring and fall 2018 semesters is required. Summer 2018 availability for a fellowship program is encouraged.

Software Development
Tsai CITY’s software developer will be a key member of the Digital Dev Squad. Experience in developing mobile and web applications is required. A specific focus on either front-end or back-end software architecture is required. Experience coordinating and managing an end-to-end digital product development timeline is highly encouraged. We seek passionate students that want to be part of a creative team and work on purpose-driven projects with high social and environmental impact. Understanding and catering for the digital needs of entrepreneurial initiatives is required. CITY’s software developer will report to the Open Innovation Fellow but will be encouraged to be self-driven as part of the Digital Dev Squad.

Time commitment: No less than 5 hours a week, and no more than 10. Availability for spring and fall 2018 semesters is required. Summer 2018 availability for a fellowship program is encouraged.

Positions are now closed. For any other enquiry of the Digital Development Fellowships, contact Martin Wainstein ( 



Tsai CITY - YNHHS Clinical Redesign Fellowship

Clinical Redesign is about creating value for YNHHS patients and for the health system. The team consists of clinical and non-clinical staff that take a fresh look at how care is delivered and how it can be standardized and improved. The end result of the Clinical Redesign work is clinically excellent care delivered efficiently. The Clinical Redesign Team helps YNHHS staff “rethink” how to deliver care, then “realign” resources to better meet patients’ needs, and finally “redesign” the processes that are crucial to the successful, sustainable delivery of that care. The Clinical Redesign Fellow will be engaged as a member of a Clinical Redesign project team working on 90-day sprints. The fellow may not be an expert in the project topic they are working on, but is expected to ask questions of the subject matter experts and project manager to gain as much knowledge as possible. Moreover, the fellow may have had prior exposure to different aspects of healthcare, society, and business that the clinical redesign team has not. In that context, engagement and expression of views and ideas that can enhance how the team is thinking about these projects is welcomed. At the end of the different redesign cycles, the fellow will present their work and key learnings/takeaways to the core leadership team.

Term of up to one year. 

Applications are now closed.




Social Innovation internships

The Social Innovation Internships through Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, Dwight Hall at Yale and the Yale Club of New Haven are designed to connect entrepreneurial non-profits, social enterprises and social change agencies with qualified and enthusiastic Yale students for a summer internship experience centered around social innovation or intrapreneurship. Selected Yale Undergraduate students will receive support from Tsai CITY and Dwight Hall prior to the internship. They will be trained in fundamental entrepreneurship skills and social innovation methods. Social Innovation Interns will:

  • Be engaged with specific responsibilities full-time for at least 8 weeks over the summer 
  • Receive a stipend of $4,000 
  • Be assigned a mentor or an immediate supervisor who can advise and work closely with them
  • Have an immersive experience in the non-profit, startup and social entrepreneurial processes with specific tasks and projects
  • Leave the internship with a new skills and experiences to share with the Yale community upon return

Students can apply for internships at the following organizations:


Tsai CITY Summer Intern

Tsai CITY is hiring Summer Interns! Interns will:

  • Be the first point of contact in welcoming visitors and students to the CITY space
  • Answer general inquiries regarding CITY's mission, programming, and events
  • Assist with event logistics and setup and provide A/V support
  • Manage classroom and conference rooms
  • Actively promote CITY and its events/mission across campus and via social media and other forms of communications
  • Build community among the summer attendees and participants of Tsai CITY’s programming

There will be the opportunity to travel to other entrepreneurship & education centers and/or events outside of New Haven. We are seeking an intern with entrepreneurial & innovative spirit who is eager for the chance to learn side-by-side with Yale’s student entrepreneurs that are part of our highly competitive Summer Fellowship and other programming, and soak in all of Tsai CITY’s Summer workshops, guest lectures and events.

For more information, contact Abby Winslow (   


Community Initiatives Student Coordinator

The Community Initiatives Student Coordinator will work closely with Tsai CITY and Dwight Hall staff to develop best practices around connecting New Haven community members to Tsai CITY programming. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying possible guest speakers, mentors and coaches
  • Creating print and digital material as needed
  • Building a database of New Haven specific media outlets
  • Organizing and educating community members on the Placemaking Intensive
  • Supporting tech-enabled projects focused on community building

For more information about the position, email Ony Obiocha ( 


Other OpportunitieS


FIRST Global Robotics

FIRST Global is an international nonprofit organization that partners students (ages 15-18) with engineering mentors to spark interest in technical education and careers. The flagship FIRST Global program—the FIRST Global Challenge—invites a single team of approximately 10 students and their mentors to represent their nation in an Olympics-like competition that taps their developing skills, celebrates their technical achievements, and promotes international collaborations using a robotics competition platform.  This year’s FIRST Global Challenge will be held in Mexico City on August 15-18. In collaboration with CEID, Tsai CITY will be supporting a select number of Yale University students who will be serving as mentors and role models to 2018 FIRST Global Challenge robotics teams. 

Please contact Eveyln Haung ( or Sebastian Rivero ( to find out more about becoming a mentor.


Rough Draft Ventures: Summer Accelerator

The RDV+HubSpot Summer Accelerator program will illuminate the top student-founded startups across schools in the US focused on the SMB space. This 12-week accelerator will be located in Cambridge, MA at HubSpot's HQ. Throughout the summer, RDV and HubSpot will work with 4-5 student-founded teams to help build out their businesses. At the end of the summer, the teams will have a final demo day and a chance to pitch RDV for $25k in backing and the chance to pitch HubSpot for $25k in backing. To qualify, teams must be comprised of students who will have either graduated in Spring of 2018, or will be going back to school in Fall of 2018.

Applications are now closed. 




submit a proposal!

Are you working on a project—filming a documentary, launching a social movement, creating a new virtual art experience, or developing an innovative project in your field—and need support? Submit a proposal to Tsai CITY to apply for workspace, mentorship, and/or funding up to $15,000. Send an overview of your project (that addresses the question: How will your work create positive impact?), with goals and a timeline for the summer, along with a detailed budget of how you'd use the $15,000 to Cass Walker Harvey ( 

Applications are now closed.