UPDATE: The application period for the 2023 cycle of the St. Louis Fellowship Program is now closed. This includes Goldman Fellows, Arts as Civic Engagement, the WU Pride Alumni Network Fellow, and Dr. John C. Morris Fellows.

The St. Louis Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to spend a summer in St. Louis with other WashU students from across schools and majors who want to learn from and contribute to the St. Louis region beyond their classrooms.

The St. Louis Fellowship Program integrates and builds upon the success of the Gephardt Institute’s three signature fellowship programs—the Goldman Fellows Program, launched in 2008, the Arts as Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellows Program, established in 2018, and the Dr. John C. Morris Fellows Program, created in 2021.

Through this competitive 6-month fellowship program, undergraduate students spend a summer immersing themselves in St.Louis by working full-time nonprofit or civic internships, attending a variety of community events, and engaging in an experiential curriculum to understand St. Louis’ history, culture, politics, challenges, and opportunities. Each St. Louis Fellow receives professional development, structured supervision and mentoring, and a $6,000 stipend in lieu of summer earnings.

Program Timeline

Application: The 2023 application period will open on November 28, 2022 and close on January 22, 2023 at 9:00pm CST. Applications can be found here.

Interviews: Selected students will be interviewed by a selection committee in February 2023 and final decisions will be made by March 1, 2023.

Spring 2023: Beginning in March 2023, St. Louis Fellows will attend weekend trainings to prepare for their full-time internship over the summer. With the support of Gephardt Institute staff, fellows will also research and meet with community partner organizations in St. Louis whose missions align with their academic and professional interests in order to ultimately develop and sign a summer learning agreement with one organization.

Summer 2023: Fellows will attend an overnight retreat the weekend of June 2, 2023, and begin their full-time work with a community partner organization in June 2023. They will also start attending weekly seminars to support skill-building, professional development, self-awareness, and connections to St. Louis. Additionally, fellows will attend a variety of community events and participate in neighborhood trips across St. Louis to deepen their cohort bonds and to get to know the St. Louis community more deeply.

Fall 2023: Fellows who are interested in continuing their work with their community partner organization can apply for additional funding and receive additional support from the Gephardt Institute. This is optional for all fellows.

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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.

Have questions? Email Sarah Nash, Community Engagement Manager, at srnash@wustl.edu.