Eugene Lang College Social Science Fellowship

  • This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to combine research, theory, and practice. It is available to current second-year, third-year, and fourth-year (BA/BFA only) students at Eugene Lang College with a strong academic record in the social sciences. The fellowship requires the ability to work independently over the summer and throughout the fall semester. It provides a rare chance for students to develop their research and writing skills through individual mentoring and feedback on their work.

    The fellowship has three components: 

    • A summer 2018 internship of at least 80 hours over four weeks, designed to connect students’ academic interests to organizations in related fields. See below for a current list of 2018 internship sites (please note that additional sites may be added).
    • Work with an NSSR PhD student throughout the fellowship to develop and conduct a research project related to the summer internship. 
    • A four-credit independent study course in fall 2018, during which students work with their research mentor to complete a research paper. 

    Students must also participate in a half-day orientation session in spring 2018 as well as various training sessions related to research methods. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend from The New School for the summer internship.

    To apply: Apply by submitting the application form no later than January 5, 2018. Applicants must submit their résumé with relevant experience, a cover letter, and a writing sample and must indicate at least two preferred internship sites. Students will be notified in February if they have been selected for an interview. 

    Summer 2017 fellows interned at the following sites. Check back in November for 2018 sites.

  • The Acumen Fund

    The Acumen Fund raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

    Center for Court Innovation

    The Center for Court Innovation seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system by designing and implementing operating programs, performing original research, and providing reformers around the world with the tools they need to launch new strategies. The center's projects include community-based violence prevention projects, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, court-based programs that seek to promote positive individual and family change, and many others. The center disseminates the lessons learned from innovative programs and performs original research evaluating innovative programs to determine what works (and what doesn't). For additional information, visit

    The fellow will assist the center’s operations team on a range of projects, including an early diversion project for 16- and 17-year-olds and a new project focused on replacing fines and fees with community-focused interventions for certain civil summonses. The fellow will be expected to complete a range of work, from policy analysis to project management, stakeholder outreach, and community engagement, all of which will be directly connected to implementing or improving active criminal justice reform projects in New York City.

    Fulcrum Analytics

    Founded in 1993, Fulcrum Analytics has stood at the forefront of data and analytics for more than 20 years. Fulcrum offers sophisticated solutions, groundbreaking technologies, and winning strategies that help companies achieve their targeted results. Fulcrum takes on the toughest data questions — ones that create big impact, uncover the hidden picture beneath mountains of data, and move businesses forward every day. The fellow will work as a member of the Fulcrum team on current client projects.

    Generation Citizen

    Generation Citizen works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education that provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. GC teaches teenagers how to take effective political action. Through an innovative in-class curriculum, students work with local leaders to fix local problems. Generation Citizen's fellow will be supporting GC's national director of Programming, who supports program quality and design, pilots, and evaluation across GC's six sites. Projects may involve helping organize a summer retreat for GC's new Student Leadership Board, supporting analysis of 2016-2017 program outcomes, and developing curricular and training resources for our 2017-2018 partners.

    Governor Cuomo's Office of Constituent Affairs

    Governor Cuomo’s Executive Chamber Internship Program offers an outstanding opportunity for motivated college students, recent college graduates, and graduate students to gain real government experience working closely with the Governor’s staff. This internship will be focused on the Governor's NYC-based Office of Constituent Affairs. Intern responsibilities will range from administrative work to substantive research. All interns should be ready to work hard, learn quickly, and cooperate with a diverse team serving the people of New York State.

    The Museum of the City of New York Future City Lab

    In November 2016, the Museum of the City of New York opened New York at Its Core, the first-ever museum show to comprehensively interpret and present the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world. The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. In addition to two galleries on the history of New York City, the exhibition includes the Future City Lab, which brings the focus to New York’s present and looks to the future. This cutting-edge interactive space invites museum visitors to explore five central challenges and opportunities that New York will face in coming generations: how the city will house its growing population; how it can continue to offer opportunity to new generations of arrivals in an increasingly competitive global era; how the city can retain and foster its defining diversity; how New Yorkers will get around in the 21st-century city; and how the city can prepare itself for rising waters in an age of climate change.

    Fellows will assist in the collection of data to be used to update the maps and charts in the gallery, will help find information relating to how the challenges addressed in the lab are being met in cities across the world, and may assist with gallery tours, all in addition to participating in the day-to-day operations of maintaining the exhibition and ensuring a positive visitor experience.

    About the Museum: The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, visit

    NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

    The New York City Central Labor Council (NYCCLC) is a nonprofit labor membership organization devoted to supporting, advancing, and advocating for the working people of New York City. The NYCCLC brings together 300 local unions from every trade, occupation, and public and private sector of the New York economy. It represents 1.3 million workers, including teachers, truck drivers, operating engineers, nurses, construction workers, electricians, firefighters, retail workers, janitors, train operators, bakers, and many more who are the backbone of today’s workforce. 
    The fellow will work on a range of projects including analysis of public investments in renewable energy, job creation projections around mandatory retrofitting of large buildings, and analysis of patterns of legislative and electoral voting habits, particularly how the New York City Council voted in committee hearings against Stated Meeting votes and what that reveals about partisanship and coalitions.  

    NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

    The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor on criminal justice policy and is the Mayor’s representative to the courts, district attorneys, defenders, and state criminal justice agencies, among others. The office designs, deploys, and evaluates citywide strategies to drive down crime, reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, and improve the system’s fairness. MOCJ works with law enforcement and city agencies, non-profits, foundations, and others to implement data-driven strategies that address current crime conditions, prevent offending, and build the strong neighborhoods that ensure enduring safety. To ensure effective results, the office draws on various disciplines, including behavioral economics to “nudge” conduct and machine learning to develop reliable predictive analytics. Examples of MOCJ’s work include Justice Reboot, making the system fairer and more efficient by safely driving down the jail population through reforms that include reducing case processing times in the courts and making the summons process easier and more transparent; the Mayor’s Action Plan on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, a set of interlocking public health and public safety strategies that aim to reduce the number of people with behavioral health needs cycling through the criminal justice system; the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, a comprehensive initiative to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in and around the 15 New York City Housing Authority developments that account for 20 percent of all violent crime in the city’s public housing; and the Mayor’s Citywide Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, a comprehensive, neighborhood-based strategy to prevent gun violence in 14 precincts that account for 51 percent of shootings in New York City.

    The fellow will work directly with MOCJ’s Chief of Staff. The fellow will assist the Chief of Staff in the evaluation of initiatives focusing on violent crime and gun violence.  The fellow will review academic and non-academic literature, draft reports, and assist with statistical analysis.  The fellow will also assist in the office work, building strong and safe neighborhoods.  The fellow will be part of the activities of this initiative, including neighborhood stat. In the last year, the City has been building out a neighborhood “compstat,” which includes regular meetings between police, city agencies, and residents to review data and track results. These meetings will ensure that the city is able to evaluate progress in real time and deliver results. As part of the lead-up, the city has been conducting resident surveys and engaging residents in Community Action Projects. The fellow will participate and support this work.

    NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

    The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities by recommending policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. Through policy, education, outreach, and advocacy, MOIA’s initiatives fulfill three primary objectives: (1) Enhance the economic, civil, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers; (2) Facilitate access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers; and (3) Advocate for the elimination of inequities facing immigrant New Yorkers, and add our voice to the fight for continued immigration reforms at the national level. One of the lead agencies for IDNYC, New York City’s successful municipal ID program, MOIA spearheads a number of programs that cut across a broad range of issues citywide, from citizenship and workers’ rights, to health equity and language access. The fellow will join a robust team of outreach and policy staff in a fast-paced work environment.

    This fellow will primarily work on initiatives intended to build the capacity and increase the ability of MOIA to carry out its programming. Based on the conditions and work flow at the time of the internship, a specific project will be assigned to the intern. The following areas will be in the scope of the internship, with one project elevated as the intern’s primary responsibility:  communications and public relations, external partnerships and representation, volunteer program, professional development program, organizational development.

    Participatory Budgeting Project

    The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money in order to deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. It works with elected officials, government agencies, and community groups in the United States and Canada to set up participatory budgeting (PB) processes that give local people real power over taxpayer money. Through its work with partners in more than 10 cities, it has engaged over 200,000 people in deciding how to spend $200 million. Learn more about PBP.

    The fellow will spend the majority of his or her time making the PBP's materials more effective by interviewing its staff and external stakeholders (including community members, city staff, teachers, elected officials, or others) to understand their needs and experience. By making the PBP's materials more legible, the fellow can make the organization — and by extension democratic processes — work better for communities.

    PIP's Rewards

    Leveraging the power of smart tech, games, and rewards, PIP's award-winning engagement platform turns behavior change into a fun, social experience that values and rewards improvement. With our app, employers can boost employee fitness or carpooling, universities can drive up student engagement in sustainability, and cities can nudge commuters toward better transit choices. Strong research and writing skills are needed, as the Lang fellow will be helping develop user-facing content across the platform.

    Private Firm, Sustainable & Responsible Investing

    The company’s Investment Department includes areas within Equity Research, Sustainability & Impact Investment Research, Fixed Income and Portfolio Analytics & Risk Management. Fellows will be assigned to specific areas based on their individual strengths, interests, and experience, as well as Department needs. They will have the opportunity to work on various assignments alongside Analysts and/or Portfolio Managers throughout the summer. Fellows will obtain knowledge and skills in different investment vehicles and asset classes, technical skills, including Excel and Bloomberg, corporate culture, and being part of a strong team. Please note that special consideration will be given to candidates who can commit eight weeks over the summer.