"Leadership cannot be learned solely in a classroom. Leadership must be experienced, either by obervation or by one's own doing." - Jim Levesque, DLI Director

DLI believes in learning by doing, which is why it partners with local organizations to offer students opportunities to examine and expand their leadership capacity. 

DLI Fellowship Host Organizations (2021)
This unique, experiential learning opportunity is a 7-week summer internship focused on leadership in the professional world.

  1. Commonwealth Financial Network
  2. Xenomorph
  3. McKinsey & Company
  4. Cabot Corporation
  5. Eversource Energy
  6. New England Conservatory
  7. Junior Achievement
  8. Hale
  9. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  10. From the Top
  11. Community Servings
  12. Boston Planning & Development Agency
  13. Committee for Public Counsel - Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts
  14. U.S. Attorneys Office

Babson College
Babson College has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship for the past 22 years by U.S. News & World Report.  In 2014 Babson asked BLS to join their entrepreneurial leadership course, now titled the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovators and Changemakers Youth Initiative.  BLS students participate in 25 hours of hands-on entrepreneurial education focused on new venture creation.  Student teams pitch their business ideas against schools from around the globe.  BLS won 1st place in 2014, 2019, and 2021. 

Youth Cities
Youth CITIES seeds middle and high school students with the entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to be the impactful, entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.  Each year the DLI refers students to Youth Cities because they believe an entrepreneurial mindset is a life skill - not a business skill. Youth Cities believes no matter what career path students take, viewing life through an entrepreneurial lens will make them better equipped to discover and transform the way they work, live, and play.