Segal Program

Brandeis Segal Fellow Application

Segal Fellows conversation with text about applying to be a Segal Fellow

*We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 Brandeis Segal Fellow Cohort. Applications for 2022 Fellows will be due in fall 2021.

For a sense of information from the fall 2020 application process, please review the Application Guidelines and Policies Packet and other materials below. Feel free to contact us ( with any questions.


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If you are interested in chatting with one of the Segal Fellows on campus, you can view a list of on-campus Segal Fellows in our overview.

If you are interested in having a Segal Staff Member or Fellow complete a short presentation in your class or to your club on campus to learn more about the Segal Program, please contact Program Director Susie Flug-Silva (

Selection Timeline for Fall 2020 (2021 Fellows)

  • August-October: Segal Fellow Application Presentations, Outreach, and Office Hours 
  • By October 1: Application is live 
  • October 22 (8-8:30pm EST): ICC InfoSession on Segal Fellowship and Application (registration online)
  • October 26 (12-12:30pm EST): Segal Fellow in Action Presentations (registration online)
  • November 1: Applications DUE by 11:59 pm EST
  • Late November: Round 1 Notifications Sent to Applicants about who is a Finalist
  • November 30-December 3: Interviews for Final Round Candidates
  • Mid-December: Final Selection Notifications 


Applicants must be current Brandeis University or Heller School for Social Policy and Management students. Undergraduates must be rising juniors and seniors from any academic program. Graduate students must be enrolled in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. To be eligible, applicants must be available the summer of 2021 and continuing their studies at the University in the fall.

Additionally, students in the Transitional Year Program entering their 4th year and dual MPP/MBA candidates are welcome to apply.

In order to be eligible for this Fellowship, we will be checking conduct records. The presence of a record will not automatically eliminate you from the process, but please be prepared to address any concerns in your application and/or interview.

Click here for more information about our Segal Fellows.

Citizen Leader Summer Internships

Once fellows are selected, the Segal Program will work with Segal Fellows to secure Citizen Leader summer internships in the U.S. Eight-week Citizen Leader summer internships must be at structured, supervised organizations that provide an opportunity to participate in meaningful work. Host organizations can be in any sector, including government, nonprofit or for-profit, that are committed to making a positive impact on society through their work. Examples of this include direct service, policy, advocacy and/or public-private partnerships. Segal Fellows can intern in any field, including health, youth development, scientific research, business, economic issues, the environment, technology, the arts, and education. The common link between our host organizations is a commitment to bettering society. Sites are usually located in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., with other cities available upon discussion. If circumstances continue that make in-person internships unsafe, then virtual internship opportunities will be given.

The Segal Program Staff coordinate with Citizen Leader internship sites to provide meaningful experiences to help Segal Fellows develop their Citizen Leadership skills and capacities. A full list of previous internship sites can be found under "Necessary Resources" below and includes all pertinent details about the Segal Citizen Leader Summer Internships and application process timeline. 

The Segal Program awards a $6,000 stipend to graduate students and $4,500 to Brandeis undergraduates. The purpose of the stipends is to defray the cost of living during the internship period. The Segal Program does not request a budget on how the stipend will be spent, however it is expected that it will be used for expenses such as travel, lodging, food, bills and any other needs during the summer. Stipends are supported by a fund established by the friends and family of Eli J. Segal.  All stipends will be provided directly from Brandeis University. The student is responsible for using the living stipend to book any travel or attain summer housing.

New Segal Fellows will be paired with individual Segal Buddies (peer mentors) to assist recipients during their internship experiences and with Citizen Leadership development. New fellows will be expected to communicate with Segal Buddies (and later Segal Coaches) per an agreement between the Segal Fellow and Segal Coach/Buddy. This may include, but is not limited to, in-person meetings, emails, and phone calls.

Click here for more information about our previous internship sites

Entrance into Segal Network

All recipients of this Citizen Leader internship opportunity also become lifelong Segal Fellows in the Segal Network, which supports its Segal Fellows by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth, networking and Citizen Leadership development.

The Segal Citizen Leadership Network includes 130 Segal Fellows, ranging in age from early twenties to mid-forties, who live in 17 states and 3 continents who support each other in their efforts to advance social justice. Segal Fellows come into the Program through Brandeis University, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps Alums and City Year. The Network also includes many of the Segal Founders who helped to create and sustain the Segal Program as well as others who have joined to contribute expertise and resources to support the development of the next generation of Citizen Leaders. Segal Fellows assume leadership roles within the Segal Program to help ensure the Program is continuously improving and being sustained for future generations of Segal Fellows.

Click here for more information about the Segal Network

Please send questions to Program Director Susanna Flug-Silva at or call at 781-736-3933.

Necessary Resources for Fall 2020