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YANA-Dwight Hall
Summer Fellowship 

The YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship, started in 2017, is designed to reduce the barriers for financially constrained Yale students interested in pursuing careers in the common good.


Each summer YANA provides financial stipends and other support to under-resourced Yale undergraduate or recently graduated students pursuing social impact work. These students demonstrate a commitment to addressing social injustices using their personal expertise, Yale education, and lived experience. Dwight Hall manages the application process and works closely with the Fellows throughout the summer.

To date, YANA has supported 24 fellowships for students working in organizations tackling challenges such as refugee and immigrant services, access to healthcare, education equity, public housing, and social justice.


Why this Fellowship?

Summer internships can be crucial in launching an undergraduate on the social impact career path. Often, summer internships in these fields are unpaid, limited to expensive or remote locations, or lack the mentorship infrastructure needed to make a student’s passion a viable career track.

Many Yale students are unable to participate in such unfunded, public sector or social impact summer internships due to lack of funding and other financial burdens, like the requirement to contribute to their financial aid package during the summer. Even with existing support offered through the University, Yale Clubs, alumni, and others, funding constraints continue. Dozens of Yale undergraduate students turn down worthy internships or projects each year for lack of adequate funding.

These Fellows highly value the experience and rate it positively for complementing their formal Yale education and influencing their long-term career trajectory.

How You Can Help

YANA does intensive fundraising for this fellowship at the beginning of the year. We also accept restricted contributions year-round for this scholarship. If you’re interested in sponsoring a student, contact Lisa Rieger.

FIVE of SIX Fellowships Funded!

Thanks to your generosity, we are currently able to fund five of the six YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowships requested. Please help us meet the summer funding needs of Yale students pursuing social impact careers.

Your gift of any size makes a difference!

Please donate today.


Celebrating Service: Five Years of the YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship

Join Yale Alumni Service Initiatives, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), and Dwight Hall at Yale in celebrating five years of successful partnership expanding opportunities for Yale students to create social change. This panel honors the work of 2019 YANA-Dwight Hall Summer Fellows.