Application

The application for the Goldman Fellows Program is now closed. Follow the link below to review the application and program selection process.

The Goldman Fellows Program, funded by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to spend a summer in St. Louis with other WashU students who care about the St. Louis community. The program supports undergraduates who secure substantive, unpaid summer internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region. Goldman Fellows receive $5,000 summer stipends for their community-based internships.

Program Overview

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 components include the $5,000 stipend, a day-long retreat, and regular meetings to explore St. Louis and discuss learning from internships. Please note that Goldman Fellows cannot participate in campaigning as a part of their internship, and the stipend is subject to income tax, making final earnings less than $5,000.

Program Goals:

  • 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.

Outcomes for Fellows:

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

Goldman Fellow Cohorts

2021
  • Kemi Akinfenwa, class of 2024, is currently undecided in her major and is a Beyond Boundaries Program student. She would like to work with city representatives in St. Louis to further the development of low-income communities in St. Louis, as well as possibly work with the university and the WashU Commitment.
  • Max Carp, class of 2022, is majoring in political science and economics and minoring in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle East studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He would like to use his skills to aid in legal efforts to fight for social justice.
  • Spencer Chrein, class of 2023, is majoring in political science and minoring in anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interested in working with WashU to expand its educational, financial, and institutional outreach into the local communities and doing research for the university on how to best address the needs and priorities of St. Louis’ communities.
  • Blake Comeaux, class of 2023, is majoring in philosophy-law and policy in the College of Arts & Sciences and minoring in the business of social impact in the Olin Business School and legal studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interested in supporting St. Louis citizens in working for fair treatment through the legal system.
  • Eriel Confer, class of 2022, is majoring in psychology and international and area studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and minoring in speech and hearing sciences in the School of Medicine. She is interested in work involving speech and hearing sciences or audiology. She would also love to work with organizations pursuing health initiatives and programming or with organizations focusing on child health or disability advocacy.
  • Madison Dugar, class of 2023, is majoring in architecture and minoring in creative practice for social change in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Her main interests involve city planning, urban design, and sustainability, although she is also more broadly interested in community building and engagement. She is also interested in the arts, design education, and outreach.
  • Jaylen Hankins, class of 2023, is majoring in sociology and anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interested in strengthening Black communities within the St. Louis community. He also wants to focus on ways to better collaborate and address the needs of Black communities in the St. Louis region.
  • Priya Mathur, class of 2022, is majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interested in using her skills to address social determinants of health and to support the well-being of marginalized populations in St. Louis.
  • Christian Monzón, class of 2022, is majoring in Latin American studies and political science in the College of Arts & Sciences. He hopes to apply himself towards improving WashU as a citizen of St. Louis. Particularly, he is interested in how WashU can support and engage with immigrant communities in St. Louis.
  • Brandon Perez, class of 2024, is majoring in architecture and minoring in urban design and creative practice for social change in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. He is interested in exploring the intersection between design and community in St. Louis. He is specifically interested in architecture and its role in systems, with a focus on tackling systemic issues of inequality.
  • Paola Santiago, class of 2024, is majoring in computer science in the McKelvey School of Engineering and finance in the Olin Business School. She would like to focus on using her experience with web development and programming to support the immigrant community in St. Louis. She is interested in streamlining translation work and volunteer opportunities with organizations at WashU like the Student Interpreters Club.
  • Ale Uriostegui, class of 2023, is majoring in Latin American studies and Spanish and minoring in educational studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She hopes to learn from the diverse immigrant community through the immigrant services and programming at the International Institute of St. Louis.
  • Amaya Wallace, class of 2022, is majoring in sociology and African and African American studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interested in using her sociological and arts administrative skill set to work with Black organizations in the St. Louis area.
  • Ronelle Williams, class of 2023, is majoring in psychological and brain sciences and minoring in women, gender, and sexuality studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interested in using her skills to support older adults in Black communities or adults with developmental disabilities.
2020
  • Colleen Avila, class of 2023, is double majoring in studio art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and philosophy-neuroscience-psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with Invest STL.
  • Russell Beckham, class of 2021, is majoring in urban studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interning with the City of Pine Lawn and Beyond Housing.
  • Gaby Musickant, class of 2022, is majoring in anthropology: global health and the environment in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with Beyond Housing.
  • Ranen Miao, class of 2023, is majoring in sociology and political science in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interning with the St. Louis Community Foundation.
  • Thomas Moy, class of 2021, is majoring in international and area studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is interning with CG Immigration Law.
  • Maggie O’Connor, class of 2022, is majoring in political science and economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with United Way of Greater St. Louis.
  • Jenna Patel, class of 2021, is majoring in biology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with United Way of Greater St. Louis.
  • Asia Porter, class of 2022, is majoring in sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with ACLU Missouri.
  • Iris Postma, class of 2021, is majoring in women, gender, and sexuality studies and Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is interning with Operation Food Search.
  • Quinn Wai Wong, class of 2023, is majoring in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences and computer science in the McKelvey School of Engineering. He is interning with LaunchCode.
2019
  • Christian Baker is a rising senior majoring in religious studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. He interned with Harris-Stowe State University
  • Kayla Buttafuoco is a rising senior majoring in philosophy-neurosciences-psychology and anthropology: global health & the environment in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Places for People.
  • Tishiya Carey is a rising junior majoring in international and area studies: global cultural studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Minority Health St. Louis.
  • Sumil Nair is a rising senior double majoring in neuroscience and anthropology: global health and the environment in the College of Arts & Sciences. He interned with WePower.
  • Zoe Newton is a rising junior majoring in communication design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. She interned with Springboard to Learning and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.
  • Nia Plump is a rising junior majoring in African and African-American studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Jamaa Birth Village.
  • Malik Stewart is a rising senior majoring in political science in the College of Arts & Sciences. He interned with Kenneth Powell Law Firm.
  • Megha Uberoi is a rising senior majoring in anthropology: global health & the environment in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Power4STL.
  • Mary Kimbal Vereen is a rising junior double majoring in environmental policy and Spanish in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.
  • Carmen Vescia is a rising junior double majoring in anthropology and Latin American studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. She interned with Casa de Salud.
  • Hannah Wheaton is a rising senior double majoring in American culture studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and marketing in the Olin Business School. She interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri (ACLU).
2018
2017
2016
  • Chelsea Birchmier, engineering and women, gender, and sexuality studies, completed an internship with Places for People.
  • Rosalind Byrd, anthropology major, completed an internship with Williams and Associates, Inc.
  • Amy Chen, fine arts and political science major, completed an internship with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE).
  • Devin Daugherty, mathematics and secondary education major, completed an internship with the Wyman Research Center’s Inspire St. Louis program.
  • Jonah Klein-Barton, economics major, completed an internship with the Office of the Mayor of the City of St. Louis.
  • Zunaira Komal, psychology and women, gender, and sexuality studies major, completed an internship with Community Mediation Services.
  • Brian Leibowitz, economics major, completed an internship with Arch Grants.
  • Nicola Salzman, environmental policy, leadership, and strategic planning major, completed an internship with the St. Louis Public Schools’ I Go Green program.
  • Shewetha Sudhakar, biochemistry major, completed an internship with Casa de Salud.
  • Annalise Wagner, environmental policy and philosophy major, completed an internship with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
2015
  • Hannah Davison, international and area studies (global cultural studies track) major and Korean minor, completed an internship with the International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis.
  • Jenna Epstein, international and area studies (development track) and French major, completed an internship with the St. Louis Mosaic Project (affiliated with the World Trade Center of St. Louis).
  • Anisha Glanton, women, gender, and sexuality studies major, completed an internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.
  • Amanda Harris, anthropology: global health and the environment major, completed an internship with Health Literacy Missouri.
  • William Krueger, American culture studies major and writing minor, completed an internship with the Office of the Mayor of the City of St. Louis.
  • Jaydee Lee, education and women, gender and sexuality studies major, completed an internship with Bread and Roses.
  • Adi Radhakrishnan, philosophy-neuroscience-psychology major, completed an internship with the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Alexis Sprague, marketing and psychology major, completed an internship with Susan G. Komen.
  • Nina Stoller, American culture studies (public policy concentration) major and mathematics minor, completed an internship with the Forum for Youth Investment.
  • Jessica Sun, fine art major, completed an internship an internship with Operation Food Search.
  • Nathan Vogt, electrical engineering major, completed an internship with LaunchCode.
2014
  • Lauren Chase, a freshman majoring in American culture studies, interned with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE).
  • Daniel Giuffra, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology major, completed an internship with Tobacco Free Missouri.
  • Robin Harvey, environment biology major, completed an internship with the Office of the Mayor, Department of Sustainability.
  • Celia Hensey, environmental biology major, completed an internship with the Open Space Council.
  • Rachel Hoffman, African and African American studies and anthropology major, completed an internship with Health Literacy Missouri.
  • Abisola Jegede, American culture studies major, completed an internship with the Diversity Awareness Partnership.
  • Marissa Klein, psychology major and biology and children’s studies minor, completed an internship with with the Queen of Peace Center.
  • Amy Krause, biology and anthropology: global health and the environment major, completed an internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.
  • Ian Lever, economics, strategy and Arabic major, completed an internship with Arch Grants.
  • Seth Newman, anthropology major, completed an internship with Lewis Place Historical Preservation.
  • Adriana Sisley, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology major, completed an internship with Rape and Violence End Now (RAVEN).
  • Jack West, economic, international and area studies major, completed an internship with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
2013

Click here to download the reflections from 2013 Goldman Fellows.

  • Ashley Jones, urban studies major and children’s studies minor, completed an internship with the Salvation Army.
  • Ryan Lichtarge, anthropology major and public health minor, completed an internship with the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Rose McCarty, urban studies and psychology major, completed an internship with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
  • Brendan McIntyre, environmental earth sciences and anthropology major, completed an internship with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE).
  • James Meresman, political science and history major and writing minor, completed an internship with Parents as Teachers.
  • David Munroe, accounting major, completed an internship with St. Louis Artworks.
  • Sarah Plovnick, comparative arts and music major and education studies minor, completed an internship with the Wyman Center and Orchestrating Diversity.
  • Lori Schlatter, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology major, completed an internship with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
  • Alaina Smith, women gender & sexuality studies and anthropology major, completed an internship with Rape and Violence End Now (RAVEN).
  • Joan Steffen, anthropology major and French and women gender & sexuality studies minor, completed an internship with the Birth and Wellness Center.
2012

Click here to download the reflections from 2012 Goldman Fellows.

  • Anna Applebaum, French and interdisciplinary project in the humanities major, completed an internship with the Wyman Center.
  • Meera Basu, anthropology and biology major, completed an internship with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
  • Marcus Brown, urban studies major, completed an internship with the Kirkland Economic Development Corp LLC.
  • Olivia Cosentino, Spanish and Latin American studies major, completed an internship with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
  • Ryan Geczi, finance and economics and strategy major, completed an internship with Mission: St. Louis.
  • Noah Hart, anthropology major, completed an internship with AmericaSCORES.
  • Sally Rausch, international area studies major, completed an internship with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and Gateway Greening.
  • Lyda Rossi, anthropology major, completed an internship with the International Institute of St. Louis.
  • Alissa Stavig, anthropology and physics major, completed an internship with Beyond Housing.
  • Jennifer Tucker, Spanish and biology major, completed an internship with the Contraceptive CHOICE Project.
2011

Click here to download the reflections from 2011 Goldman Fellows.

  • Rachel Binstock, anthropology major, completed an internship with Patrick Henry Charter Green School.
  • Daniella Gafen, architecture major with minors in Jewish studies and writing, completed an internship with Landmarks Association.
  • Shweta Joshi, international and area studies and economics major, completed an internship with South Side Day Nursery.
  • Kristin Maurer, anthropology and Chinese major with a minor in public health, completed an internship with St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
  • Lexy Millett, anthropology and economics major with a minor in public health, completed an internship with Nurses for Newborns Foundation.
  • Julian Nicks, mathematics and finance major with a minor in psychology, completed an internship with Shearwater Education Foundation.
  • Trae Robison, Spanish and Latin American studies with a minor in biology, completed an internship with the International Institute of St. Louis.
  • Bram Sable-Smith, international and area studies major with minors in writing and anthropology, completed an internship with The Acts Partnership.
  • Blair Sackett, urban studies and African & African-American studies major, completed an internship with the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma.
  • Olivia Young, educational studies and finance major, completed an internship with South City Preparatory Academy.
2010

Jordan Aibel, a junior majoring in Political Science, has accepted an internship with Shearwater Education Foundation.

Kimberly Bolch, a junior majoring in English and International Studies, has accepted an internship with FOCUS St. Louis.

Kimberly Daily, a junior majoring in Political Science and African & African American Studies, has accepted an internship with the City Lights Urban Leadership Program.

Candace Girod, a junior majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology, has accepted an internship with Lydia’s House and RAVEN Non-Violence Education.

Benjamin Jendras, a junior majoring in Film & Media Studies and History, has accepted an internship with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Alissa Millenson, a junior majoring in Anthropology, has accepted an internship with Belas Artes Multicultural Center and Art Gallery.

Ellen Marie Miller, a junior majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology, has accepted an internship with Dutchtown South Community Corporation.

Brendan Morin, a freshman majoring in Biochemistry, has accepted an internship with the American Red Cross.

Karin Underwood, a junior majoring in Biology, has accepted an internship with Trailnet.

2009

Adeetee Bhide, a sophomore majoring in Biology and Neuroscience, has accepted an internship with University City Children’s Center in St. Louis, MO.

Alice Davis, a junior majoring in Architecture and Anthropology, has accepted an internship with the Landmarks Association in St. Louis, MO.

Jonathan Deng, a sophomore majoring in Finance and International Business, has accepted an internship with the Center for Citizenship Leadership in St. Louis, MO.

Mary Friedman, a junior majoring in Biology and Psychology, has accepted internships with ConnectCare and the SPOT in St. Louis, MO.

Claire Glasspiegel, a junior majoring in International Studies and Psychology, has accepted an internship with the public broadcast station KETC/Channel 9 in St. Louis, MO.

Veronica Harwin, a junior majoring in Political Science, has accepted an internship with College Bound in St. Louis, MO.

Olivia Jahn, a sophomore majoring in Finance and Healthcare Management, has accepted an internship with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in St. Louis, MO.

Nicholas Karr, a junior majoring in Finance and International Business, has accepted an internship with Refuge of Nations in St. Louis, MO.

Chase Sackett, a junior majoring in Classics, Economics, and Writing, has accepted an internship with Congressman Russ Carnahan’s Congressional Scholars Program in St. Louis, MO.

Lauren Weiss, a junior majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has accepted an internship with Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, MO.

2008

Rawan Al-Lozi, a junior majoring in Anthropology, completed a community-based internship with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in St. Louis, MO.

Emily Boardman, a junior majoring in Anthropology, completed a community-based internship with the St. Louis Crime Victim Advocacy Center in St. Louis, MO.

Jonathon Gilbert Bremer, a junior studying English Literature, completed a community-based internship with the Jewish Federation’s St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Center) in St. Louis, MO.

Aubrey Joy Danielle Edwards, a junior majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, completed a community-based internship with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery in St. Louis, MO.

Kathryn Ford, a sophomore majoring in Studio Art and French Language, completed a community-based internship with the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP) and the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis, MO.

Megan Haughey, a junior majoring in African Studies and International Studies, completed a community-based internship with African Refugee and Immigrant Services in St. Louis, MO.

Rebecca Hufstader, a sophomore majoring in English, completed a community-based internship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis, MO.

Melissa Legge, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies, completed community-based internships with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and GreenUp! in St. Louis, MO.

Joseph Lei, a sophomore majoring in Economics and Spanish, completed a community-based internship with Web Innovations and Technology Services in St. Louis, MO.

Emily Reisman, a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies, completed a community-based internship with Gateway Greening in St. Louis, MO.

William Shim, a freshman with a yet undecided major, completed a community-based internship with City Faces in St. Louis, MO.


Have a Question about the Goldman Fellows Program?

Contact Nichole Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator, at: nnmurphy@wustl.edu