What is the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship? 

A two-year Fellowship program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the social sector. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to youth as well as initiating new projects and initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, Fellows receive experiences, training and mentorship to help launch them into successful careers as leaders in the field.

Click here to view the FAO Fellowship Informational Flyer.

How many Fellows are there?

There are currently nine Fellows, four 2016-18 Fellows and five 2017-19 Fellows.

How do I know if I should apply?

While each Fellowship position is tailored to meet the needs of the organization, ideal candidates are:
  • Future leaders in the education and youth development field.
  • Dynamic, driven, recent college graduates.
  • Seeking a challenging, multi-faceted position at a leading non-profit organization.
  • Able to contribute to and benefit from ongoing training and leadership development.
  • Interested in “on the ground” direct service work as well as “behind the scenes” capacity-building projects (both of which will have a profound impact on the host organization’s work).

The Fellowship is open to recent college graduates. For the 2018-2020 FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship cohort, graduates from the Class of 2017 and 2018 may apply.

Where do Fellows work?

All FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows are in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City. The 2017-19 Fellows’ host organizations are: Generation Citizen (Boston), Playworks (Boston and Philadelphia), Jumpstart (New York), and Museum of the City of New York (New York). The 2016-18 Fellows’ host organizations are: uAspire (Boston), Reading Partners (New York), and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Philadelphia).

What training will I receive?

Each Fellow benefits from having a mentor from the Foundation and participates in two training and reflection retreats a year. These training opportunities ensure that Fellows across several leading organizations can share experiences and expertise. In addition, all fellows benefit from discussions with leading youth development professionals and experts in organizational development, policy, and education.

What are the benefits of the Fellowship?

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows receive a salary, bonus and benefits of approximately $71,000 over the two-year Fellowship, consisting of: $29,000 salary for the first year, $30,000 salary for the second year, $1,000 bonus at the end of the Fellowship plus the value of health-care benefits (around $11,000). All host organizations will complete their recruitment by May 15, 2018. While each host organization may have a different target start date, all FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows will begin their service at some point during the summer of 2018 and before September 4, 2018.


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