Gephardt Student Internship Program

Gephardt Institute professional and student staff at the spring 2018 kick-off retreat

The student staff of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is one of the institute’s greatest assets. Working with a team of highly talented and civic-minded students increases our capacity for engagement of students, faculty, alumni, and partners to foster a robust university-wide civic culture and impact. The 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. Students typically work ten hours per week during the academic year, and some positions require a higher time commitment during summer break, spring break, and during peak program times.

Each student intern receives:

  • Paid internship experience for their contribution to the Gephardt Institute
  • Orientation related to the Gephardt Institute’s mission and focus on civic and community engagement and training for their role
  • Routine access to the coaching, mentorship, training, and support needed to reach their goals
  • A clear scope of work and accountability to a supervisor and/or team with the resources to succeed
  • Experience in a high functioning, collaborative, inclusive, and supportive professional environment

The institute is well-regarded for building an engaging and supportive staff community, with substantive opportunities for students to work in meaningful, impactful, and community-engaged work.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Join a team of professional staff from the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), and the Office of Sustainability to coordinate implementation of Engage STL, an immersive experience program for first year students that is part of Bear Beginnings 2019. The positions are for January 14, 2019 through August 31, 2019. Applications are due online by noon on Friday, November 30.

To apply, please complete our online staff application form and upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, share why you are interested in working as a paid Community Assistant for Engage STL in 2019, and any specific skills or experience that will make you stand out as an applicant.

For more information about the intern program, please email the Assistant Director for Student Engagement and Service, Cara Johnson, at

“It is more than just a job; it is the opportunity to be a part of an incredibly hard-working and supportive community where amazing things are accomplished each semester.”