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Office of School and Community Partnerships
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship


TC departments, centers, programs and individual faculty are encouraged to apply to sponsor an internship for one or more Zankel Fellows. Internship proposals are reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Dean's Office, Office of School and Community Partnerships, Office of Development and TC faculty. The Zankel Fellowship Committee also determines the number of fellows for each internship. Every effort is made to fairly and equitably represent TC's ten academic departments in the allocation of internships.

Faculty members who wish to sponsor one or more Zankel Fellows during the 2016-2017 academic year will be able to apply to sponsor fellows in early 2016. Full time faculty are eligible to apply and preference is given to tenure-track or tenured faculty. If you would like to receive a copy of the application form or have any questions about the application process and selection criteria, please contact

Zankel Fellows must engage Fellows in at least five hours a week of direct service with disadvantaged inner city youth. Each Fellow must be overseen by a TC sponsor. Interns may provide more than five hours a week in service and/or planning, with an average total commitment expected to be approximately ten hours a week during the fall and spring semesters. The internship may include a research component, as long as the primary service requirements of the fellowship are met.

The sponsor serves as liaison with the schools or agencies where students provide service and with the Office of School and Community Partnerships (OSCP), which manages the program. The internship sponsor mentors his/her Fellow, provides updates and reports as requested by the OSCP, and troubleshoots internship issues as needed

It is a requirement of the Fellowship that students and faculty working directly with children complete any fingerprinting and/or background checks that are mandated by the Department of Education and/or Department of Health policy. The OSCP is able to assist Sponsors and students with the fingerprinting process.