Semester in the City

Program Information

Semester in the City is a fully-credited, semester-long, experiential learning program that is built around a meaningful internship at a leading social mission business, nonprofit, or government agency in the city of Boston.  SiTC internships are combined with intensive mentoring, reflection, and skill-building courses and seminars.  Students gain the skills and experiences employers are looking for, while discovering their passion, connecting real-world and classroom learning, and building their confidence.

Participating students join the program as Social Innovation Fellows, and participate in a transformative 15-week program that allows them to address current social issues while developing essential skills and networks that prepare them for life and work after graduation.During their Semester in the City, Fellows will intern with a nonprofit, social mission business or government agency four days a week, for 14 weeks. Fellows will gain 420 hours of work-based experience, allowing them to learn more about themselves and their passions while also building their skills and networks.  

Students are placed in internships aligned with their interests, be it criminal justice reform, education, gender equality, environmental sustainability, or beyond. While every placement will be a little different, each Fellow will have a dedicated mentor to help them thrive.

Semester in the City is hosting an Open House on October 12, 2018. We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to meet current students and staff, experience the curriculum, hear from alumni, and more. Visit the Open House page for more information and sign up instructions. 

Costs and Housing

Students involved in the Semester in the City program are registered at Lasell and are billed all the costs of the program through Lasell. Costs include tuition, room, board, and fees. Semester in the City offers Fellows an apartment housing option. Fellows will share a 4-bedroom furnished apartment with other Fellows (4 Fellows per apartment). Each student can have their own bedroom and will share a kitchen, bathroom and living room area.

Though students are housed in Semester in the City apartments, all costs are billed by and payable to Lasell by the billing due date. Students receiving financial assistance from Lasell will continue to receive their aid while in Washington. 

Eligibility and Application Procedures

Students are required to have and to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

Interested students should complete the Semester in the City Application by the October 31, 2018 deadline and submit the Lasell Domestic Study Abroad Application by November 1, 2018. 

Aacdemic Policies

  1. Students particiating in this program will earn 16 credits upon successful completion.
  2. The grades that a student earns in the program will transfer back to Lasell as grades.
  3. If a student wants to count the internship, the seminar or an elective towards a required course in their major at Lasell, they must get the Program Director's approval prior to beginning the internship experience.