The Gephardt Institute’s Public Service Fellows Program prepares graduate students with a commitment to deepening their knowledge and skills for public service in local government. Three students from Washington University’s Brown School will be selected and placed in 10-month positions at St. Louis City Hall or city departments, where they will directly contribute to civic efforts and hone their professional skills. This unique civic leadership learning opportunity will cultivate a network of talented Washington University students to build their skills and knowledge of public service and regional issues. The program includes leadership training, mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, and field work to prepare fellows for careers in public service.

The Gephardt Institute seeks a broad range of applicants who have a particular interest in public service. The Public Service Fellows Program is best suited for those Brown School students pursuing an MSW concentration in Social & Economic Development with specializations in policy, management, or systems dynamics; or students pursuing MPH specializations in health policy analysis, urban design, or on the generalist MPH track.

Program Information:

Program Goals

Through the Public Service Fellows Program, fellows will:

  • Learn and engage in a supportive cohort structure to reflect and receive professional development opportunities that develop public service and public administration competencies including skills in advocacy, organizing, coalition building, citizen participation and policy analysis.
  • Network with and be mentored by civic and community leaders in the St. Louis region, including task supervision directly from city employees.
  • Immerse in and become oriented to the day-to-day work of the City and learn about the functions and structure of St. Louis City government and its influence on citizen participation in governance.
  • Support St. Louis civic efforts as well as develop and implement a self-directed project informed by needs, opportunities, and priorities of the City.
  • Complete 1,200 hours of the program over the course of the 10-month appointment beginning May 2019: 40 hours per week for 16 weeks in the summer, followed by 20 hours per week during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
  • (Depending on the program of study) Receive up to one foundation field education credit and the entirety of their concentration field credits. Or all of your MPH practicum credits.
  • Receive a significant stipend to support participation above and beyond the required field practicum credit hours, in lieu of summer and part-time earnings.

Eligibility

Traditional MSW 2-Year Program Advanced Standing MSW Program MPH Program Dual MSW/MPH Program
Be a first year MSW student Be a first year MSW student Be a first year MPH student Be a second year MSW/MPH student
Identify a foundation field placement and complete 2 of the 3 foundation field credits no later than May 10, 2019. Be enrolled in classes during the full program period. Be enrolled in classes during the full program period. Be enrolled in classes during the full program period.
Complete all foundation pre-requisite courses and be in good academic standing Commit to staying in St. Louis during summer 2019 and complete all expected hours for the entirety of the program, through April 2020. Commit to staying in St. Louis during summer 2019 and complete all expected hours for the entirety of the program, through April 2020. Commit to staying in St. Louis during summer 2019 and complete all expected hours for the entirety of the program, through April 2020.
Be enrolled in classes during the full program period.      
Commit to staying in St. Louis during summer 2019 and complete all expected hours for the entirety of the program, through April 2020.      

Information Session & Drop-In Hours

Though not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the information session and/or drop-in hours:

Information Session: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12-1pm, Goldfarb 132

Drop-In Hours in Goldfarb Commons (look for us with the Gephardt Institute Public Service Fellows table tent):

  • Monday, September 17, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 19, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Friday, September 28, 12:00-1:00pm

Application Process:

The application process is currently closed. Please check back for details in fall 2019.

If you have questions, contact Theresa Kouo, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement Education: theresa.kouo@wustl.edu