The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement was founded to uplift Washington University’s commitment to the civic mission of higher education.

Interested in joining the team? Explore our jobs and internships.

Established in 2005, the Gephardt Institute was envisioned as an “action tank” for engaged citizenship. More than 15 years later, the Gephardt Institute has become Washington University’s standard-bearer for civic engagement.

Our work is led by a dedicated team of professional staff members, and WashU students in internship and fellowship positions that support Institute priorities in student engagement, research and evaluation, community partnerships, and more.

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is located at Stix House on the Danforth Campus.

Our Commitment to Equity

“At Washington University, we welcome difference on our campus in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, neurodiversity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, political views, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. This is central to our mission as we continue to prepare values-oriented, compassionate individuals to be productive leaders in a global and rapidly changing society. These are not just ideals; they are competitive advantages and a central part of our relentless pursuit of excellence.”

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – to foster respect for and welcome all people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to these values, and to the Gephardt Institute’s core values of Inquiry, Empathy, Collaboration, Integrity, Equity, and Action.

Learn more about the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

Open Career Opportunities

Essential to every aspect of the university’s mission, Washington University employees enrich students’ learning experiences, discover and build knowledge, advance health, save lives, and support excellence in all that we do.

Voter Engagement Coordinator

The Voter Engagement Coordinator will serve as the primary leader and manager for all Gephardt Institute initiatives associated with 2022 election cycle programming, with a focus on engaging students. This position is open to all candidates (both alumni and non-alumni). Current Washington University students graduating in December 2021 are encouraged to apply.

This is a time-limited position (October 2021 through December 2022) and at this time is scheduled to be in-person but may change based upon business needs.

View the position description.

To ensure equity in our hiring process, we invite prospective candidates to email questions about the role to Shannon Burke-Kranzberg, Associate Director and Chief of Staff, at: 
shannon.burke-kranzberg@wustl.edu.

All inquiries received will be answered in a Q&A section below within 5 business days. We also invite interested candidates to request 15-minute Zoom meetings with Theresa Kouo, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, at Theresa.kouo@wustl.edu to seek additional information about the role. These sessions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute any sort of official screening or interview for the positionInformational meetings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis during the first several weeks following the position posting.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will be at the forefront of the Gephardt Institute’s brand and will focus on bridging the Institute’s mission, vision, and values with our audience through engaging visual and written storytelling and event support.

View the position description.

To ensure equity in our hiring process, we invite prospective candidates to email questions about the role to Shannon Burke-Kranzberg, Associate Director and Chief of Staff, at: 
shannon.burke-kranzberg@wustl.edu.

All inquiries received will be answered in the Q&A section below within 5 business days. We also invite interested candidates to request 15-minute Zoom meetings with Shannon to seek additional information about the role. These sessions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute any sort of official screening or interview for the position. Informational meetings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis during the first several weeks following the position posting.

Open Internship Opportunities

The Gephardt Institute employs a range of student staff including undergraduate coordinators, graduate assistants, and master’s research fellows who fulfill essential roles and benefit from substantive professional and personal development. Learn more about our internship program and explore open positions:

Engage Democracy
Assistant

This undergraduate student internship will support our Engage Democracy Initiative with a specific focus on the promotion and administration of our Common Ground Grants.

View the position description.

Marketing and
Communications Assistant

This undergraduate or graduate student internship will create content and coordinate with staff in support of fundraising and stewardship efforts at the Gephardt Institute.

View the position description.


About The Institute

Our Mission & Vision

The Gephardt Institute fosters a vibrant culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that advance the collective good.

Our Values

The following values guide the Gephardt Institute as an organization and serve as a shared compass for civic and community engagement at Washington University. Although each value can function independently, they are intentionally organized as a continuous cycle that starts with inquiry and empathy before ultimately arriving at action—mirroring the process of engagement.

InquiryWe believe that humility, intellectual curiosity, and reasoning form the foundation of informed and responsible civic engagement.
EmpathyWe believe that seeking and considering multiple perspectives transforms how individuals and communities engage with one another.
CollaborationWe believe that partnerships are most impactful when rooted in shared goals and decision-making.
IntegrityWe believe that upholding ethical behavior, respecting others, and honoring commitments are cornerstones of trusting and reciprocal partnerships.
EquityWe believe that effective civic engagement fosters access, opportunity, and dignity for all, and addresses structural and power imbalances.
ActionWe believe that effective civic engagement is an active process requiring courage, dedication, and participation.

Meet Our Team

In addition to infusing civic and community engagement throughout WashU, we also enjoy exploring the many incredible culinary destinations and parks in the area.

Strategic Plan

Learn more about the Gephardt Institute including our history, our programs and priorities, and our vision for the future in our Strategic Plan, released in March 2021.