This fellowship is a paid summer internship program that will allow you to work in nonprofit youth development organizations in Boston, MA.

About the Fellowship

Music and Youth Fellows are selected by Colgate University Career Services to participate in a direct-service experience including youth development activities and music instruction (introductory level) while simultaneously learning about the operations and management of a nonprofit organization.

Students awarded a fellowship will receive a stipend of $5,000 to complete a 10-week, 40 hours per week experience (June through mid-August). Fellows will be responsible for securing their own summer housing.

The Music and Youth Fellowship application for summer 2021 will open in January 2021.


  • Music and Youth Fellowships will run 10 weeks, from June to mid-August. The internship is a full-time, pre-professional commitment of 40 hours per week, Monday–Friday. Some organizations may require Saturday hours; however, this will be specified in advance.
  • No vacations, absences, delayed start dates or early departures are permitted, except where agreed upon by Colgate Career Services and the sponsoring organization, or in exceptional circumstances. Changes in scheduled that affect the total time a fellow works may result in a reduced stipend.

Fellows will spend approximately eight weeks in a teaching and youth development capacity, and two weeks on a project to gain exposure to the operations and management of a nonprofit organization. Projects may include development, event planning, programming, strategic planning, research, community development, social media and marketing. Individual sites may opt to continue project-based work for 8–10 hours per week throughout the summer.

Your job description, which will identify the individual fellowship site’s needs and expectations for your internship, will be available during the Music and Youth orientation sessions prior to the start of your internship.

Fellows must read the Clubhouse Owner’s Manual prior to the start of the fellowship.

Music and Youth Fellows will participate in a mid-summer luncheon to share their experiences with Gary Eichhorn ’75 and Joan Eichhorn P’05.

At the end of the summer, Music and Youth Fellows will complete a web-based questionnaire including:

  • A 200 word blog post summarizing your summer experience
  • Thank you note to the alumni benefactors who fund Music and Youth
  • An action photo from your summer experience

During the academic year following the summer experience, Music and Youth Fellows will participate in an opportunity to share their experience with other students.

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.


“This summer, I used my talents as a musician to help inspire creativity in the young minds at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club and by helping students familiarize themselves with various instruments, I helped them find their passion which is a priceless experience. As for my professional future, this summer helped me realize that although I may want to pursue a career in business, I will need to have an aspect of music in my everyday life and I will possibly try to pursue a career in the music industry.” 

— Brian Regan ’19


“It was very fulfilling to see kids who were initially shy or scared to sing eventually get to a point where they were excited about coming in and even wanted to perform in the talent show. My boss was extremely encouraging and believed in my capability of helping students, which naturally helped my confidence in helping students grow each time they came into to work with me. This experience was extremely rewarding for many reasons. First, it is truly an amazing feeling to see how you can change a child’s day, their interest, or how they view music based on their experience with you. Second, as someone who is interested in educational policy and being an advocate for music within schooling, seeing the impact of music on the children lets me know it is something worth fighting for.” 

— Marissa Braswell ’20

“The purpose of this program is not just to provide access to music, but to inspire the kids and help them explore a field where they could develop a new passion. Through this experience, I developed leadership and teamwork skills as I had to guide the group of kids while working together with the other staff. I also improved problem-solving and critical thinking skills through handling sometimes difficult and challenging situations as many kids either came to me with problems or were acting out most likely due to circumstances impacting them outside of camp.” 

— Michelle Dols ’19


“I was able to make music almost every day and share some of my passion and knowledge with a younger generation…  I was lucky to have been working with so many immigrant and first generation children as well.  It was uplifting to see the respect that the kids had for different cultures, whether they were Bajan, Haitian, Jamaican, Dominican or Mexican.  Of course, music is an integral part of most cultures, so often times the direction we were going was based on such nuances. Those brief moments where the kids and I were able to connect based on our mutual interests in music and our appreciation for other cultures (specifically through music) were very rewarding… Working in such an environment only furthered my appreciation and love for different cultures and the beautiful art they bring.” 

— Thomas Hynes ’20

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.