Paganucci Fellows Program

The Paganucci Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Dartmouth undergraduates to take part in a global experiential learning program being offered by the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business. In general, the program supports Tuck’s efforts to study complex social issues and the ways in which businesses can create positive social and financial value: in effect, the "double bottom line." It is targeted at students with an interest in social entrepreneurship, an aptitude for working collaboratively as part of a consulting-like team, and an appetite for making a difference in the world.


Five Dartmouth students will be selected to become Paganucci Fellows, a prestigious position that provides a summer internship working closely with a project manager and direction from Tuck faculty. Fellows will identify, collect, and synthesize information and resources to study a selected issue from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The emphasis will be on understanding how solutions that require cooperation and collaboration between the business sector, governments, and nongovernmental organizations can be formulated and implemented.

The subject matter for 2017 will be reflective of recent projects from past summers. Previously, fellows have engaged in projects such as:

Each fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 for the eight weeks during the summer.


Applications are being accepted until Sunday, April 2. Applications should include the following items:

  • Cover letter specifying why you are interested in the program
  • Résumé and list of relevant coursework with grades received
  • Name of a faculty member who can be contacted as a reference
  • Essay on a topic related to economic development or social entrepreneurship (500-1,000 words; optional but highly recommended)

When applying, please send all materials in one email with attachments as PDF or WORD documents, with your name on all documents and in the title of the attached files.

Subject line: Paganucci Fellows application
Submit to:

Note that final candidates will be interviewed in early April and offers will be made on a rolling basis throughout April. If you will be off campus spring term, please make note of your plans in your cover letter.


Q: Is the program open to all Dartmouth students?

To apply for the program, Dartmouth students must be in active status and in good academic and disciplinary standing. We will not be able to consider any student required to be on campus for their sophomore summer, except for international students and varsity athletes who are already exempted from that program.

Q: Can a student be taking classes while a fellow?

No, as it will prevent full participation in the program.

Q: Is the summer internship a full-time opportunity?

Yes, fellows typically work together Monday-Friday but the times and days may vary.

Q: How long is the program?

The program runs for eight (8) weeks and will begin mid-June.

Q: Is housing provided?

No, fellows must secure their own housing for the summer.

Q: When will you be conducting interviews?

Interviews will be conducted in early April. If we need to interview an applicant who will be off campus during the spring term, we will set up a phone interview.

Q: When will offers be made?

We will make offers on a rolling basis in mid-April.

Q: What is the stipend?

Each fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer of 2017.

Q: Are there any opportunities connected to the Paganucci Fellows Program beyond the summer?

We expect that there will be ongoing opportunities for fellows to continue their work in some capacity.

Q: May I contact one of the fellows from last summer to ask about the program?

Certainly, feel free to email Kelly ChenRobert Crawford, Steffen Eriksen, Kelly Moore, or Alexa Sonnenfeld. Information about last year's topic and fellows can be found below.


2016 Paganucci FellowsThe client for 2016 was Positive Tracks, a U.S.-based nonprofit that encourages youth engagement with philanthropy through athletics. Positive Tracks' most recent initiative, the U23 Challenge Program, allows youth to organize an athletic fundraiser of their own design for a charity of their designation by providing support, resources, and fund-matching for the event.

The Paganucci Fellows were tasked with developing a strategy to effectively scale the U23 Challenge program as well as integrate a digital platform to deliver a sports-based philanthropy curriculum and a set of toolkit resources for youth challenge organizers. The Fellows conducted a field research trip to South Africa to consider the shape of a U23 Challenge program in an international and developing context, along with furthering domestic research on nonprofit strategies for youth development and digital curriculum delivery.

In addition to the social enterprise consulting project, the Paganucci Fellows participated in a series of professional and personal development activities as part of an integrated leadership framework and experiential learning program.

The program supports Tuck’s efforts to study complex social issues and the ways in which businesses can create positive social and financial value.