The Gephardt Institute supports student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life, all in one place. 

Ready to begin? Learn about our programs and resources that will enable you to make an impact in St. Louis and beyond. 

Not sure where to begin?  Our staff would love to talk with you about your interests, plans, and passions.  We offer resources for both undergraduate and graduate students and are happy to answer quick questions or engage in broader discussions.

Our Cohort Programs

Our programs provide powerful experiences that can help you explore how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills. These cohort-based programs provide experiential education and civic leadership development.

Civic Scholars

Develop skills that will prepare you for future civic leadership.  Civic Scholars is a two-year program that includes intensive coursework, leadership training, mentorship, and a substantial scholarship to support a civic project or internship. (For rising juniors)

Goldman Fellows

Participate in a unique summer cohort experience. The Goldman Fellows Program provides stipends and robust professional development experience for undergraduate students who secure unpaid internships in the St. Louis region.

Arts as Civic Engagement

Arts as Civic Engagement is a platform for students to immerse in arts-based community engagement. Resident fellows embed with a St. Louis area arts organization.

Dr. John C. Morris Fellows

formerly Beuerlein Fellows

We seek students interested in the intersections of civic engagement, research, neuroscience, and equity and inclusion through the lens of Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the St. Louis region.

Join The Team

The Gephardt Institute is supported by a team of undergraduate and graduate students focused on a range of programs serving campus and community partners.

Gephardt Institute Internship Program

We offer paid, part-time positions to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds.

Gephardt Institute Fellowship

Each year, the Gephardt Institute partners with the Brown School to award one Gephardt Fellow with full tuition.

Get Involved

WashU Votes volunteer opportunities and our Meet the Leader speaker sessions provide more ways to take action, learn, and get involved on campus and in the community.

Engage Democracy

Engage Democracy aims to educate the campus community about the processes and civic skills needed to participate in a thriving democracy.

Meet The Leader

Our Meet the Leader speaker series features a range of local and national leaders with a  commitment to civic and community engagement.


Do you have a project idea or service opportunity that you’d like to pursue? Learn about grants you can receive to advance a community-engaged initiative and student groups you can participate in as you explore interest areas.

Civic Engagement Fund

Receive funding and support for initiatives that cultivate community engagement. Opportunities range from $500 to $5,000.

Civic Change Guide

Moments of civic change can be hard to process. Follow the link below for our printable, nonpartisan guide to navigating major moments of transition in the civic landscape.

WashU Student Groups

Choose from more than 100 service, social justice, and political groups on campus for ongoing engagement throughout the year. 

Neighborhood Immersion Trips

We partner with Campus Y and Campus Life to bring you deeper into the city of St. Louis, with valuable community context.

Are you a Graduate or Pre-Professional Student?

We can connect your professional experiences, academics, and personal commitments with meaningful field work and community engagement.

Discover programs and funding opportunities here.