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: Check back in the fall for the application deadline. 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 2018 internship sites:

  • Center for Court Innovation

    The Center for Court Innovation (CCI) 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 with a range of projects, including the implementation and expansion of alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programming such as pre-trial diversion, and projects supporting the Center's community justice centers. 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 2017-2018 program outcomes, and developing curricular and training resources for our 2018-2019 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 International Muslim Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment

    WISE is an international grassroots movement working to empower Muslim women through skills training so that they can confront both anti-Muslim and gender based violence. Our goal is to inspire a network of young Muslim women leaders to become catalysts for the advancement of their communities around the world. WISE creates safe spaces for open dialogue and provides young Muslim women with training in self-defense, social entrepreneurship, and political organizing. Since 2010, WISE has engaged thousands of women across the United States, Middle East, North Africa and Europe. As we move forward, we are working to engage even more stakeholders and create a sustainable model that will allow us to continue to empower and work with generations of Muslim women around the world.

    As a WISE summer intern the fellow will engage in community organizing and research projects that will further WISE’s understanding and reach into the community. Primarily, the fellow will conduct weekly visits with community organizations across the city to better understand the status and needs of young women across various organizations, while establishing partnerships. The fellow will also support curriculum development, general policy research and social media requests.

    The International Peace Institute

    The International Peace Institute (IPI) is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. To achieve its purpose, IPI employs a mix of policy research, strategic analysis, publishing, and convening. With staff from more than twenty countries and a broad range of academic fields, IPI has offices facing United Nations headquarters in New York and offices in Vienna and Manama.

    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 research on new and ongoing projects and proposals in New York and other global cities to address the challenges explored in the Lab. This research will consist of working with the Director of the Lab to identify interesting proposals, outreach to relevant agencies and organizations to solicit additional information, and online data collection. In addition, the work may involve assistance with updating the maps and charts in the gallery, and 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

    The Neighborhood Plaza Program

    The Neighborhood Plaza Program (NPP) provides horticulture, daily sanitation, and technical assistance services for fourteen public plazas, under contract to the Department of Transportation (DOT). Built by the city and managed by local groups, these plazas offer neighborhoods beautiful public spaces that feature moveable tables and chairs, umbrellas, and extensive plantings. Our staff works closely with each plaza partner to provide necessary tools to build and grow relationships with local businesses, host cultural events, and raise awareness for clean, green public spaces. In keeping with The Hort’s mission, NPP focuses on underserved communities and delivers workforce development training, horticultural care via the GreenTeam, and sanitation services through a partnership with the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE).

    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 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. Fluency in a second language in addition to English is preferred. 

    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 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 improving PBP's materials, tools, and toolkits. They might interview PBP staff, city staff, community members, teachers, elected officials, or others to understand their needs and experience. By making the PBP's materials more useful, 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.

    Sanctuary for Families

    Sanctuary for Families is the largest dedicated provider of holistic services to survivors of gender violence and their children in New York State. With more than 200 employees and located in all five boroughs of New York City, the organization provides shelter, trauma-informed counseling, legal services, and economic empowerment to more than 16,000 survivors each year. Most of their clients are women and children and most are immigrants. The Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services (the “Legal Center”), has 45 attorneys and provides representation and assistance to gender violence survivors in family law, criminal law, immigration law, housing law, public benefits law, and related matters. The New School interns will work within the Legal Center to assist the attorneys and support staff with research and case management as well as legislative and public policy advocacy on an array of gender violence-related issues.