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

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


Our programs provide powerful experiences that can help you explore how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills. Choose from cohort-based programs that provide experiential education and civic leadership development, customized experiences for first-year students, paid student internships, and high-quality K-12 & Youth Initiatives.  

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

Apply to be a resident at a St. Louis arts organization and become fully immersed in arts-based community engagement. (For rising seniors)

Engage Democracy

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

Internship Program

Apply for the Gephardt Student Internship Program. We offer paid, part-time positions to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds. Opportunities range from student outreach and civic engagement education to research and evaluation.

Engage STL

Join Engage STL, a 3-day immersive experience for first-year students. Participants will build relationships, visit neighborhoods, learn from community leaders and faculty, participate in excursions, and volunteer with local organizations. 

K-12 and Youth Initiatives

Connect with local schools and organizations working to enrich the lives of students through our K-12 & Youth Initiatives. Opportunities include tutoring with our Each One Teach One program, facilitating classroom field trips, and participating in student-led workshops.


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-led trips and 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.

Service Trips

Learn about the travel registration process and other requirements for student-led service trips (local, domestic, and international).

WashU Student Groups

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

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.

Are you looking for a University-Wide Initiative?

We offer several university-wide initiatives, including our regular campus Blood Drives and Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Awards.

Learn about opportunities for involvement here.