What is the FAO Schwarz Fellowship? 

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is a two-year Fellowship program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the social impact sector and to strengthen high quality non-profit organizations. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to youth as well as initiating new projects, research, or programs that may involve public policy, organizational replication or sustainability efforts, or other new initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, it is the Fellowship’s hope that the Fellows receive experiences, training, and mentorship that launch them on successful careers as leaders in the social impact sector.

Click here to view the FAO Fellowship Informational Flyer

How many Fellows are there?

There are typically 10-12 FAO Schwarz Fellows, half of whom are in the first year of their Fellowship and half of whom are in their second year of the Fellowship.

How do I know if I should apply?

While each Fellowship position is tailored to meet the needs of the organization, ideal candidates are:
  • 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).
  • Future leaders in the social impact sector.

The Fellowship is open to recent college graduates. 

Where do Fellows work?

All FAO Schwarz Fellows are in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City. The 2018-20 Fellows’ host organizations are: Breakthrough Greater Boston (Boston), uAspire (Boston), Reading Partners (New York City), Riverkeeper (Ossining, New York), and The Food Trust (Philadelphia). The 2017-19 Fellows’ host organizations are: Generation Citizen (Boston), Playworks (Boston and Philadelphia), Jumpstart (New York City), and Museum of the City of New York (New York City). 

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 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). 

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