Welcome to your hub for the Gephardt Institute Cohort Programs application for Civic Scholars and the St. Louis summer fellowship programs.

Thank you for your interest in the Gephardt Institute Cohort Programs. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement supports student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life

Our cohort programs provide powerful experiences that support experiential education, civic leadership development, internship opportunities, and help you explore how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills.   

We encourage you to apply if you are interested in deepening your understanding of and experience with nonprofit missions, public policy, grassroots organizing, public health, the arts, and more, through the lens of civic and community engagement.

Applications and Recommendations will reopen in January of 2023. Student suggestions for cohort programming may be submitted at any time.

Start My Cohort Program Application

The application for our cohort programs is currently closed. Thank you for your interest in Gephardt Institute programs.

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. CT

Submit a Student Recommendation

This form is to be completed by the recommender. For Civic Scholars only: recommenders must be WashU faculty or staff.

Deadline to submit: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. CT


Cohort Program Overview

Civic Scholars ProgramSt. Louis summer fellowship programs
(Arts as Civic Engagement, Dr. John C. Morris Fellows (formerly Beuerlein fellows), Goldman Fellows)
Program FocusCivic Scholars is a cohort experience featuring an academic curriculum (6 credits), leadership training, mentorship, and a summer civic project completed between junior and senior year.These cohort programs connect students with St. Louis area civic, arts, and public health organizations for summer internships supported by immersive learning and experiences in the region.
Program EligibilityRising juniors.
(You must be enrolled as a junior in fall 2022).
Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (You must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in fall 2022).
Regional FocusCivic summer projects can be completed nationwide or internationallySt. Louis Metro Area
Program LengthCivic Scholars is a two-year program completed during junior and senior years.Our St. Louis summer fellowships are completed from spring 2022 through fall 2022.
Funding or Stipend$5,000 academic award $5,000 stipend

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are international students eligible for Civic Scholars or St. Louis summer fellowships programs?

Yes, international students are encouraged to apply for a Gephardt Institute Cohort Program. Upon being selected, additional follow-up will be required through OISS to complete the appropriate documentation.

I am applying to Civic Scholars. Do I need to have my Civic Summer Project pre-determined before applying?

No, and in fact, much of your junior year experience in Civic Scholars will be spent focused on preparing you for your Civic Summer.

I am applying to Goldman Fellows. Do I need to have my internship identified before applying?

No, and while it helps to have a particular issue area or professional focus that you’re passionate about exploring in your internship, the Goldman Fellows team will work with you to identify and find the best internship for you in your fellowship.

Is a summer internship paid?

Summer fellowships are secured as unpaid internships, but through our programs, you receive funding in the form of a $5,000 stipend to help offset cost-living costs and expenses.

I’m currently studying abroad. Can I apply for a cohort program?

Yes, and please contact our team if you have specific questions about the timing of the internship and completion of your study abroad.

What’s the difference between a recommendation and a nomination?

Recommendations are required as part of the application process for each summer fellowship or Civic Scholar applicant. You can include more than one recommendation, but only one is required to submit your application.

Nominations are a way to uplift students who should be considered for a program. Nominations are not required to be considered, but offer another way to connect potential applicants with the Gephardt Institute staff.

To learn more about these programs, dive deeper into our website. For questions about a cohort program or application process, please contact Lynda Duke, at dukel@wustl.edu.

Application Process

The application process is common across all cohort programs. To submit your application, please ensure the following has been completed: 

  1. Submit your completed online application, including your resume and essays responses, by the stated deadline. (The application period for 2022 concluded on February 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST)

    We advise that you work on your application essays in the form of a Word document first. Copy and paste your responses from the Word document into the online form to avoid any potential technical issues. Please include all Washington University affiliations, including student organizations, scholarship programs, and work/internship commitments on your resume. Additionally, your resume should highlight any significant civic and community engagement experience.
  2. Ensure your recommendation form responses are submitted online via this form by the stated application deadline. Applicants should solicit one recommendation as part of your application. You can include more than one recommendation, but only one is required to submit your application. View sample requestion email >>

    For Civic Scholars applicants, the recommender MUST be a WashU faculty or staff member.

    For St. Louis summer fellowship program applicants, the recommender can be anyone who can speak to your engagement in a community setting, with a strong preference for either a WashU faculty/staff member or someone who is familiar with your interests, work, and involvement in the past year.

Extended Program Details

Civic Scholars Program Process and Details

Program Overview

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s Civic Scholars Program recognizes undergraduate students who have a passion for civic leadership.  

Successful completion of this program will prepare you for future civic leadership.  This two-year academic program includes intensive coursework, leadership training, mentorship, and an academic award of $5,000 to support a substantial civic project or internship (please note: the stipends are subject to income tax).

The Gephardt Institute seeks a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, and schools.

Program Impact

Through this program, Scholars will: 

  • Engage in substantive academic course work, leadership development, skill building, and group discussion designed to support the development of their civic projects and civic vision. Courses throughout junior and senior years (2 hours, 2 credits each semester of junior year; 1 hour, 1 credit each semester of senior year) will include readings, guest speakers, excursions, and class discussion. 
  • Network with and be mentored by prominent civic leaders and the course instructors. Scholars in the senior year will also mentor the incoming junior-year cohort. 
  • Participate in an annual retreat designed to strengthen their cohort and introduce a variety of civic leadership pathways. 
  • Prepare and deliver public presentations to share their civic interests and related summer accomplishments. 
  • Immerse themselves in St. Louis and Washington D.C. during organized Fall Break trips, to learn about local neighborhoods, public policy, and civic efforts to engage citizens. 
  • Receive a $5,000 academic award to be used the summer between junior and senior years. This award supports a substantial civic project developed in consultation with their mentors and instructors. Scholars will design a Civic Summer project that could include an unpaid nonprofit internship, a self-directed project, international service experience, or community-engaged research. 

Accepted Scholars

Scholars will be expected to participate in furthering awareness about the Gephardt Institute across campus through outreach efforts, sharing their reflections, and speaking to classes about their experiences as a Civic Scholar. 

Program Selection Process

The Civic Scholars Selection Committee will invite select applicants for an interview on March 4 and March 5. Please hold these dates. 

Final decisions will be announced via email by March 24, 2022. We anticipate selecting 16 students for our Class of 2024 cohort. 

Arts as Civic Engagement Program Process and Details

Program Overview

The Gephardt Institute is seeking students who are motivated full-time Washington University rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in the intersections of civic engagement and the performing arts, visual arts, literature, or music.

As an Arts and Civic Engagement Resident Fellow, you will continue the deep tradition of harnessing the arts as a powerful means for social change through an internship with a St. Louis area arts organization. Accepted students will receive a $5,000 summer stipend before the beginning of the summer (please note: the stipends are subject to income tax).

The Civic and Community Arts Residency  will begin in May 2022 with students participating in orientation and training. After the spring semester concludes, students will work 30 to 40 hours a week as embedded staff members at partner arts and community-based organizations.

Through the internship, students participate in the planning of a civic and community arts engaged performance, production, project, or exhibition, created for and with community partners. In September, students will work up to 10 hours a week to wrap up projects and plan culminating events. This commitment also includes additional educational experiences, readings, and meetings.

Program Impact

Goals for Arts as Civic Engagement include: 

  • Develop the talent, passion, and civic leadership skills of Washington University students,  particularly those engaged in the arts.  
  • Stimulate dialogue, mentorship, and the capacity for action around innovative ideas for the intersection of civic engagement and the arts in all disciplines. 
  • Cultivate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement while strengthening networks between students, arts leaders, and civic leaders in St. Louis.  
  • Support students’ interest in utilizing art as a powerful tool for civic and community engagement and help clarify career paths.   

Accepted Fellows

Fellows will be expected to participate in furthering awareness about the Gephardt Institute across campus through outreach efforts, sharing their reflections, and speaking to classes about their experiences as a fellow. 

Program Selection Process

The Arts as Civic Engagement Selection Committee will invite select applicants for an interview on March 3, March 4, and March 5. Please hold these dates. 

Final decisions will be announced via email by March 22, 2022.

We anticipate selecting four fellows for our next cohort. 

Dr. John C. Morris Fellows Program Process and Details

Program Overview

As a Dr. John C. Morris Fellow (formerly Beuerlein Fellow), you will engage in critical work that intersects with civic engagement, research, neuroscience, and equity and inclusion at the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. John C. Morris Fellows will receive a $5,000 summer stipend (please note: stipends are subject to income tax).

We encourage a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, and schools who have varied knowledge and experience levels in civic engagement, neuroscience, anthropology, medicine, sociology, and social science.

The Dr. John C. Morris Fellows Program will begin in April 2022 with students participating in orientation and comprehensive trainings at the Alzheimer’s Association and will work up to 10 hours a week within one of the Association’s three pillars: Care and Support, Concern and Awareness, and Public Policy.

After the spring semester concludes, students will work 30 to 40 hours a week as a fellow at the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. They will participate in the implementation of an equity and access process to be presented to the organization in a capstone project by December 2022. In September, students will work up to 10 hours a week to wrap up projects and plan their capstone projects.

Program Impact

Goals for Dr. John C. Morris Fellows include:

  • Supports the development of an infrastructure for equity and access in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care through the three pillars of Care and Support, Concern and Awareness, and Public Policy at Greater St. Louis Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Stimulate dialogue, mentorship, and the capacity for action around innovation between the intersection of civic engagement and neuroscience.
  • Cultivate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement while strengthening networks between students, researchers, and civic leaders in St. Louis working in eradicating Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
  • Support the areas of  Care, Outreach, Education, and Policy in Alzheimer’s and other Dementia and help clarify career paths.

Accepted Fellows

Fellows will be expected to participate in furthering awareness about the Gephardt Institute across campus through outreach efforts, sharing their reflections, and speaking to classes about their experiences as a fellow. 

Program Selection Process

The Dr. John C. Morris Fellows Selection Committee will invite select applicants for an interview on March 3, March 4, and March 5. Please hold these dates. 

Final decisions will be announced via email by March 22, 2022.

We anticipate selecting three fellows for our next cohort. 

Goldman Fellows Program Process and Details

Program Overview

As a Goldman Fellow, you will develop as a civic leader, support positive community impact, and foster an identity as a St. Louis citizen. The program supports undergraduates through substantive, unpaid internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region. Goldman Fellows receive a $5,000 summer stipend for their community-based internships (please note: stipends are subject to income tax).

The Gephardt Institute seeks a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, schools, and career aspirations who have varied knowledge and experience levels in civic engagement. 

Program Impact

The Goldman Fellows Program aims to: 

  • Develop student leaders by identifying and honing professional skills, encouraging self-awareness, providing practical experiences that will support their academic endeavors, and guiding students toward preparedness for their careers.  
  • Support positive community impact by expanding community partner organizations’ capacity through listening; student intern preparation and coaching; and conversation and opportunity for ongoing collaboration. 
  • Foster student identities as St. Louis citizens through immersion in St. Louis; engagement and learning with local leaders; and reflection and dialogue with peers of diverse identities, backgrounds, and perspectives in a distinctive cohort experience. 

As a result of participation in the program, Goldman Fellows will gain:  

  1. Deeper awareness and appreciation for the value of diverse identities, experiences, ideas, and perspectives. 
  2. Professional skills and knowledge of best practices that will enhance their contributions to their internship organization and future professional communities. 
  3. Affinity for St. Louis as a citizen of the region, ability to recognize their role and capacity as civic agents within the community. 
  4. Clarity of career interests, goals, resources, and pathways, informed by the application of the Goldman Fellows’ experiences to their academic and professional pursuits. 

Accepted Fellows

Fellows will be expected to participate in furthering awareness about the Gephardt Institute across campus through outreach efforts, sharing their reflections, and speaking to classes about their experiences as a fellow. 

Program Selection Process

The Goldman Fellows Selection Committee will invite select applicants for an interview on March 3, March 4, and March 5. Please hold these dates. 

Final decisions will be announced via email by March 22, 2022.

We anticipate selecting ten fellows for our next cohort. 


Information Sessions and Drop-In Hours

We encourage attending one or more of the following information sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about our programs, preview the application process, ask questions, and connect with institute staff. 

All information sessions and drop-in hours will be hosted virtually. Recordings will be available after each session.

Cohort Program Information Sessions

These information sessions are an ideal opportunity to learn more about our St. Louis summer fellowship programs and Civic Scholars Program.

Click the date and time linked for an information session to join the Zoom.

ProgramInformation Session #1Information Session #2
All Cohort ProgramsView Recording
Civic ScholarsView RecordingFeb. 2 | 12-1 p.m.
Arts as Civic EngagementView RecordingFeb. 3 | 10-11 a.m.
Dr. John C. Morris FellowsView RecordingFeb. 4 | 2-3 p.m.
Goldman FellowsView RecordingFeb. 1 | 5-6 p.m.

Virtual Drop-In Hours

Virtual drop-in hours are available for applicants to learn more about all cohort programs. Current program participants and alumni will be available to answer questions about each program and can give feedback on application drafts.

Click the date and time linked for drop-in hours to join the Zoom.

Session Date and Time
Session #1 Feb. 14 | 4-6 p.m.
Session #2Feb. 16 | 4-6 p.m.
Session #3 Feb. 17 | 5-7 p.m.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

In addition to information sessions and drop-in hours, applicants are encouraged to take advantage of WashU resources to support your application. The following offices offer one-on-one appointments, available to all WashU students: 

Resume & Interview SupportEssay Writing
The Career Center
DUC 110
https://careercenter.wustl.edu
The Writing Center
Olin Library
https://writingcenter.wustl.edu