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Music and Youth Fellowship

This fellowship is a paid summer internship program that will allow you to work in nonprofit youth development organizations in the Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA, or Fort Worth, TX areas.

About the Fellowship

Music and Youth and a Colgate fellowship coordinator oversee the application and hiring process for the summer fellowship program. Those awarded a fellowship receive a stipend of $3,520 (8-week iteration) or $4,400 (10-week iteration), and are assigned to a specific music or studio clubhouse in a youth development organization (Boys and Girls Club, YMCA or community based organization) working 40 hours per week for their respective iternation. Internship schedules are determined  by Music and Youth and will be agreed upon by student and site supervisor.

Music and Youth Fellows are held responsible for securing their own summer housing accommodations.

Selection and Application

The Music and Youth Fellowship application for this season is now closed.
Follow the steps below to apply.
  • Complete the application before the deadline.
  • Participate in an initial interview and selection process at Colgate.
  • Music and Youth will also conduct interviews with fellowship candidates, including an evaluation of which clubhouse is the best fit for the candidate.
  • Those who receive an offer to participate in the fellowship are given two weeks to accept or decline the offer.
  • Attend required on-campus orientation sessions
  • Specific clubhouse placements will not be made until April, but you will be informed as to whether your placement will be in the city of Boston, elsewhere in the Greater Boston Area, Fort Worth, or Atlanta locations.
  • In April, you will go through an interview process with the staff at the identified music clubhouse/youth development organization to ensure the best fit between student/music clubhouse.
Interested students must have their resumes certified in THIS academic year to be eligible to apply.

About the Music and Youth Initiative

Gary Eichhorn ’75 and Joan Eichhorn P’05 founded the Music and Youth Initiative in 2004 with the mission of providing the benefits of a music education to underserved youth. Concerned that music programs in public schools had been dramatically curtailed, they wanted to provide a vibrant after-school music program for youth, ages 10-18, and to use music as a vehicle for developing self confidence and self esteem. Learn more about the nonprofit at Colgate's news blog.

Music and Youth currently sponsors a total of 14 clubhouses in Boston, MA, 2 clubhouses in Fort Worth, TX, and 1 clubhouse in Atlanta, GA.
Boston Club Houses
  • Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club - Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester - Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell - Lowell
  • Charlestown Studio Clubhouse - Charlestown
  • Everett Studio Clubhouse - Everett
  • Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club - Chelsea
  • Hyde Square Task Force - Jamaica Plain
  • Lawrence Music Clubhouse - Lawrence
  • Methuen Music Clubhouse - Methuen
  • Sociedad Latina - Roxbury
  • Waltham Studio Clubhouse - Waltham
  • West End House Boys & Girls Club - Allston
  • Yawkey Club of Roxbury - Roxbury
  • Edgerly Family South Boston Club - South Boston 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth TX: 

North Fort Worth Branch
2000 Ellis Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76164 

Eastside Branch
4651 Ramey Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76105

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta GA:

A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club
5360 Old Norcross Road
Norcross, Georgia 30071

What to expect as a fellow
  • The internship will run for 8 to 10 weeks.
  • No vacations, absences, delayed start dates or early departures are permitted, except where sanctioned by Colgate with the assent of the sponsoring organization, or in exceptional circumstances.
  • The internship is a full-time (40 hours per week, Monday-Friday), pre-professional commitment; no other outside employment or coursework is allowed, unless sanctioned by Music and Youth.
  • Some organizations may require Saturday hours; however this would be specified in advance.
  • In the case of internships that have a shorter workday, you are responsible for calculating the hours necessary to reach a 40-hour work week, and with your supervisor, for arranging additional work to cover this gap. This must be arranged prior to commencing the internship. The nature of the additional work could be:
    • A research project related to the work of the organization
    • Support work for special projects such as fundraising, event planning
Job description
Your job description will be available during the Music and Youth orientation sessions prior to the start of your internship. The job description will:
  • Identify the employer’s needs and expectations for your internship, both on a typical day and in terms of the larger mission of the organization.
  • State the goals and objectives of the position and/or project to be undertaken.
  • State duties and responsibilities, and define the time frame in which each is to be completed.
  • State your reporting line as an internship employee within the organization.
  • Provide you with an internship timeline
  • Attendance is mandatory at on-campus orientation sessions in April. If you are abroad, orientation sessions must be completed using Skype. Another (remote) group orientation session will be required in early June, just prior to the start of your internship.
  • You must agree to and sign the Music and Youth Risk and Responsibility form, in addition to the required Colgate paperwork.
  • You must read the Clubhouse Owner’s Manual prior to the start of your internship.
Additional requirements
  • Maintain and submit a journal of experiences.
  • Participate in an exit interview with Music and Youth; provide written feedback in the form of a survey or essay questions.
  • Complete a web-based questionnaire including (1) a brief summary/blog post (200 words) of my summer experience and (2) a thank you letter to the donors who fund Music and Youth.
  • Submit a final supervisor’s evaluation of your performance.
  • Take and share a photo of you in-action at your internship site.
  • Participate in the Summer Expo or alternative Career Services programming to share your experience with other students.
Suggested, but not required
  • Read And Still We Rise by Miles Corwin
  • Obtain -- with permission from your organization -- any work product you helped to generate, for your portfolio. This could include reports, CDs, videos, and press releases.
  • Visit the Music & Youth Tumblr page
Students are selected on a competitive basis based on their demonstrated commitment to community service, a desire to work with under-served youth in a musical capacity, and the potential to pursue such work after college.