Brown in Tulsa Kaiser Fellowship Program

In partnership with the Swearer Center for Public Service and the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), the Brown in Tulsa program provides up to seven undergraduate Brown University students with an 8-week summer internship opportunity where they will explore and engage with issues that affect the region. 


The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) uses evidence-­based practices to tackle the most pressing community challenges in Tulsa, OK. Recognizing that community challenges are complex and require constant review and evaluation, GKFF works by leveraging a wide array of resources, both public and private, to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young children in Tulsa.

The Swearer Center has partnered with GKFF on a unique program that will enable student scholars who are passionate about communities and the challenges they face to gain practical experience working with nonprofit organizations in the region to build on community strengths, address challenges and have a meaningful impact. 

Students selected into the Brown in Tulsa program (Kaiser Fellows) will gain hands-on experience at carefully curated internships. Kaiser Fellows will work at non-profit organizations that focus on issues including:

  • Women's health; 
  • Poverty alleviation; 
  • Early childhood education; 
  • Civic enhancement; and 
  • Criminal justice / incarceration

We are seeking professional, energetic and capable students to play an integral role in local nonprofit agencies in Tulsa. The Brown in Tulsa Kaiser Fellowship is a unique opportunity for Brown students to learn from some of Tulsa’s most effective community organizations while gaining exposure to the intersection of policy, philanthropy and community engagement.

Specific tasks for the interns may include interacting with clients, research projects, preparing for and conducting site visits, administrative work, public speaking and preparing for and giving presentations. The Brown in Tulsa program satisfies the practicum requirement for students participating in the Engaged Scholarship Program

In addition to their internship, students participate in a cohort-based Fellowship program which will include an orientation, guest speakers, off-site visits and other special opportunities. Students will also complete a series of reflection assignments to ensure that they are applying concepts and transferring knowledge between the classroom and the workplace. At the conclusion of the internship, all interns will prepare and present insights from their summer experience to the GKFF team, Brown in Tulsa staff and agency partners.

Over the course of the eight-week internship, interns commit to working 30 to 35 hours per week. Some night and weekend work may be required. Interns must commit to working at their nonprofit agency between June 7 and August 3, 2018. Weekly schedules will be coordinated with the nonprofit agency where the intern is assigned in coordination with Brown in Tulsa and GKFF staff.

Students will receive a $4,000 stipend for their participation in the Brown in Tulsa program. In addition, eligible students may qualify for a $3,200 summer earnings waiver. Relocation assistance will not be provided. 


Second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors in all concentrations are eligible to apply. Students must be in good academic standing and available during the entire duration of the program. 

The application deadline is March 16, 2018. Students will be notified by March 22, 2018.

The dates of the program are: June 7, 2018 - August 3, 2018


The application deadline for the Summer 2018 session has passed.


For more information, please contact Jennifer Romano,, Academic Programs Consultant.

Please include “Brown in Tulsa” in the subject line.