The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is an intensive, transformative two-year experience designed for recent college graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge of social equity, pursue careers in social impact, and lead the change.
FAO Schwarz Fellows work at high-impact nonprofit organizations in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. These organizations are all deeply valued in their communities and have a strong record of delivering consistent results and high-quality services. Host organizations vary from year to year—and all have a proven commitment to addressing critical issues of social inequity.
Fellows deepen their knowledge and understanding of relevant social issues, work directly with host communities, and lead strategic projects that strengthen the host organization’s capacity and impact.
The FAO Schwarz Fellowship is committed to investing in the professional development of our Fellows through a structured program of retreats, professional trainings, and mentoring. Fellows attend two four-day leadership retreats each year to learn about the social impact sector, develop critical skills and build relationships with—and learn from—current and alumni FAO Schwarz Fellows. In addition to one-on-one weekly meetings with a supervisor, every Fellow has two mentors who offer support and guidance over the course of their Fellowship. Fellows also join a valuable network of current and alumni Fellows as well as leaders from host organizations.
Fellows who start their Fellowship during the summer of 2024 will receive total compensation of approximately $90,000 plus benefits over the two-year Fellowship.
$42,000 in year one (includes $2,000 start of Fellowship bonus)
$48,000 in year two (includes $3,000 end of Fellowship bonus)
Health insurance coverage (100%—approximate value $12,000/year)*
Monthly subway pass (approximate value $1,200/year)
Professional development & leadership training
*Fellows are responsible for co-pays and expenses not covered by insurance.
Application Deadline: February 5th