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Lead the Change

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship Program

An intensive, transformative two-year experience in the world of social impact

Applications for the
2023-2025 Fellowships are now open.

The Barnes Foundation


Engage underserved and under-resourced communities work and, in collaboration with Barnes staff, will take a leadership role in developing future programming.



Two Fellowships with opportunities to strengthen and expand Jumpstart’s direct service programming and engage in policy advocacy initiatives.

The Museum of Science


Focus on the Museum’s school programs and school partnerships and create new programming to engage teens with STEM careers and professionals.

The Whitney Museum


Lead educational programs for visitors, expand the Museum’s understanding and implementation of best accessibility practices, and create inclusive lesson plans.

Year Up


Mentor students in the Year Up program and focus on marketing operations and systems enablement in direct support of Year Up’s prospective student experience.

Year Up


Mentor students in the Year Up program and support long-term recruitment and retention strategies and alumni engagement
A former FAO Fellow and her colleague pose in a political building after advocating for early childhood education with Jumpstart.
A former fellow with The Food Trust in Philadelphia poses while at an event empowering students.
A former fellow poses with a young student in a classroom, who is holding up a piece of art she created.


Launch a social impact career.

FAO Schwarz Fellows are recent college graduates working in paid positions at leading nonprofit organizations. The Fellowships include direct service, strategic projects and professional development. They’re designed to jumpstart your career as a leader of social change.


Be part of a passionate cohort.

As an FAO Schwarz Fellow, you’ll join a cohort of talented leaders that includes a growing alumni network. Retreats and other events give you a chance to get to know other Fellows and explore a broad range of social issues.


Develop your leadership skills.

The Fellowship builds leadership skills, deepens your knowledge and includes opportunities for networking with social impact leaders. You’ll be challenged to explore difficult problems and reflect on their causes. 

Boston, Massachusetts Skyline at Back Bay district.
Aerial view of the New York skyline on a sunny afternoon.
Love Statue in Philadelphia, with scenic fountain against a cloudy sky.Philadelphia

The FAO Schwarz Fellowships are designed to develop leaders committed to creating social change.

Direct Service & Special Projects

By combining direct service and strategic projects, the Fellowship experience  deepens the Fellow’s knowledge of social challenges and builds skills and expertise.

Paid Positions in Three Cities

The Fellowships are paid two-year positions with benefits at leading nonprofit host organizations in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Mentoring & Professional Development

The program includes  professional development and leadership training through regular retreats, mentoring and special community experiences.

A Valuable Network for Life

The Fellowship cohort connects future leaders to an extensive network of alumni Fellows and other social innovation leaders.

Leaders matter more than ever.

At the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, we have always believed in the imagination, energy, and ability of each new generation to envision and create a better future and a better world.

How to Apply

Applications for the next cohort are now OPEN! To apply, learn more about the new Fellowship positions here. Applications are due by February 10, 2023 11:59 P.M. ET. 

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year institutions at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the Fellowship.

A group of Fellows posing together in Philadelphia.


Meet The Fellows

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship program has hosted over 65 Fellows since its founding in 2008.

Clara Monk
Ryan Telingator
Serena Salgado
Charlotte Blackman
Abi Mlo
Kira Azulay
Khari Graves, arms folded

What Fellows Are Saying

FAO Schwarz Fellows since 2008
Students from every part of the country and and over 40 colleges have been selected as Fellows since our founding.
Hired by their Fellowship Hosts
Many Fellows choose to stay on in leadership roles at their host organizations.
Currently pursuing graduate degrees
Others use the Fellowship as a launch pad for graduate or professional degree programs
Building Careers in Social Impact
Almost all our Fellows choose careers where they can continue to lead the change!

Fellowship Host Organizations

FAO Schwarz Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations known for their results and the quality of their programs. Current Fellows are working at the nonprofits included here.

New York City
New York City
Year Up
New York City
New York City
Museum of Science

From the Fellows' Blog

Two people sit at a table in conversation.

Tips for a Successful Interview

If you’re like most people, you find interviewing exciting but nerve-wracking. This is your chance to share who you are, your passions, motivations, and qualifications, so naturally, you want to get it right.

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Jesse looking through binoculars with a group of people.

Imagining a Wild City

Sitting on a cold, mossy jetty, I watch the bottomless, blue Atlantic spill over the distant curve of the horizon. A few brave Herring Gulls

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Are you the next FAO Schwarz Fellow?

Join us for our next online info session and hear directly from current Fellows who will help you learn more about the Fellowship and how to apply. You can also find us on social media at @faofellows. 
Fellows posing for a photographer

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