APPLICATION PROCESS

  • We are now accepting applications for the Arts as Civic Engagement and Beuerlein Fellows Program through March 5, 2021.
  • The application for the Civic Scholars Program and Goldman Fellows Program is now closed.

WELCOME

Thank you for your interest in applying to one or more of the Gephardt Institute’s Signature Programs. 

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement supports student learning, engagement and leadership in civic life.  We offer four cohort-based signature programs to choose from that provide experiential education and civic leadership development, & internship opportunities. Our signature programs provide powerful experiences that can help you explore how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills.   

The Gephardt Institute seeks a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, and schools who have varied knowledge and experience levels in civic engagement, including community-engaged learning and research; community organizing and activism; social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility; direct service; philanthropy; and policy and governance. 

To learn more about these programs, review the brief synopsis below, or follow these links to more in-depth information on our website.

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS

  • Civic Scholars Program: As a Civic Scholar you will develop skills that will prepare you for future civic leadership.  Civic Scholars is a two-year academic program that includes intensive coursework, leadership training, mentorship, and a summer award of $5,000 to support a substantial civic project or internship. Seventeen (17) rising juniors will be selected for our next cohort.  (For rising juniors only)
  • Goldman Fellows Program: 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 secure substantive, unpaid internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region. Goldman Fellows receive $5,000 summer stipends for their community-based internships. Ten (10) fellows will be selected for our next cohort.  (For rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  • Arts as Civic Engagement Program:  Apply to be a resident at a St. Louis arts organization and become fully immersed in arts-based community engagement. Four (4) fellows will be selected for our next cohort. Accepted students will receive a $5,000 summer stipend. (For rising juniors and seniors).
  • Beuerlein Fellows Program: As a Beuerlein Fellow, you will engage critical work that intersects with civic engagement, research, neuroscience, and equity and inclusion at the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Beuerlein Fellows will receive a $5,000 summer stipend. Three (3) fellows will be selected for our first cohort. (For rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Though not required, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions to be held via Zoom. If you are unable to attend an info session, recordings will be available on our website.

Gephardt Institute Signature Programs Info Session

During this session, attendees are provided with information and an overview of each of the Gephardt Institute’s Signature Civic & Community Engagement programs; Civic Scholars, Goldman Fellows, Arts as Civic Engagement, and Beuerlein Fellows Programs.

Program Specific Information Sessions

These information sessions are an ideal opportunity to learn more about a specific program and meet the Gephardt Institute staff who lead each program:

Virtual Drop-In Hours

Current program participants & alumni will be available during drop-in hours to answer questions about the program and can give feedback on application drafts.

RESOURCES

In addition to information sessions and drop-in hours, applicants are encouraged to take advantage of WashU resources for application support. 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  

Application Process and Program Details

Civic Scholars Program Process and Details

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s Civic Scholars Program recognizes undergraduate students who exemplify potential for civic leadership. Seventeen (17) rising juniors will be selected for the two-year program based on their enduring commitment to civic and community engagement. The program includes intensive coursework, leadership training, and mentorship to prepare Scholars for a life dedicated to civic and community engagement, and an academic summer award of $5,000 to support a substantial civic project or internship. The Gephardt Institute seeks a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, and schools who have varied knowledge and experience levels in civic engagement, including community engaged learning and research; community organizing and activism; social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility; direct service; philanthropy; and policy and governance. 

Through this program, Scholars will: 

  • Engage in substantive academic instruction, 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 will also mentor the incoming cohort each year. 
  • Participate in an annual retreat designed to fortify their cohort and introduce them to the variety of civic leadership pathways. 
  • Give public presentations to share their civic interests and civic 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 summer award to be used the summer between junior and senior years for a substantial civic project of their choice, developed in consultation with their mentors and instructors. Scholars will design a Civic Summer project that could include endeavors such as an unpaid nonprofit internship, a self-directed project, international service experience, or community-engaged research. 

Application Submission

To submit a complete Civic Scholars Program application, please ensure the following has been completed: 

  1. Submit your application, responses to essay questions and upload your resume. We advise that you work on your application 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. Your resume should highlight significant civic and community engagement experience. Please include all Washington University affiliations, including student organizations, scholarship programs, work/internship commitments, etc.  
  2. One recommendation letter. Recommenders should submit letters directly as an email attachment to civicscholars@wustl.edu. Applicants requesting a letter of recommendation from a high school contact must also provide the names and contact information of 1-2 WashU staff or faculty who can speak to your qualifications for the Civic Scholars Program. That information can also be sent to civicscholars@wustl.edu.  
  3. Application, resume and recommendations must be received online by 11:59pm CST on Friday, February 19, 2021. Any applications received after the February 19 deadline will be automatically disqualified. Please plan ahead. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email receipt, confirming that we have received your application. 

For questions about the Civic Scholars application process, please contact Genesis Steele, Coordinator for Civic Engagement Programs, at civicscholars@wustl.edu. The Civic Scholars Selection Committee will invite select applicants for an interview on either Friday, March 5th or Saturday, March 6th. Please hold these dates. Candidates who are unable to participate in the interviews will not be consideredFinal decisions will be announced via email by March 12, 2021. 

Goldman Fellows Program Details and Process

The Goldman Fellows Program supports Washington University undergraduate students secure substantive, unpaid summer internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region.  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. The 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

Accepted Fellows receive $5,000 before the beginning of the summer (Please note that the stipends are subject to income tax)Fellows who work a minimum of 300 hours at their internship are eligible for full awards. Though rare, half fellows may be awarded to a fellow who works a minimum of 150 hours at their internship.  

Fellows must commit to participating in the following program components (subject to change). Due to the uncertainty surrounding public health and safety guidelines, the program may proceed with entirely remote engagement. Once the university’s  guidance for summer programming is clear, we will communicate what fellows can expect. Learn more about these events at an information session or on the Goldman Fellows webpage: www.gephardtinstitute.wustl.edu/goldman.

Program Timeline:

March 4th & March 5th30 minute in-person interview (by invitation)
March – JulyGoldman Fellows Seminars*
AprilGoldman Fellows Alumni Gathering
June – OctoberGoldman Fellows Immersion Trips**
JuneGoldman Fellows Retreat
NovemberGoldman Fellows Reunion Dinner
*March 27th, April 10th and April 17th Goldman Fellows Seminars are mandatory. Dates and times are subject to change. 
**Immersion Trips & Seminars are scheduled on Wednesdays & Saturdays

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

Consideration Requirements

  • The internship must include substantive responsibilities and be oriented toward issues of social justice or community development. 
  • Interns must complete at least 300 hours of time with the nonprofit or community organization in order to be considered for a full award, and at least 150 hours to receive a half award. 
  • International students with a work visa: we welcome your applications. Please contact Stefani Weeden-Smith, weeden-smith.s@wustl.edu or Martha Turner, mlturner@wustl.edu, from the Office of International Students and Scholars to discuss the process to obtain work eligibility for the summer. 

Application Submission

  1. Submit this application, essay question responses, and resume with this application.  We advise that you work on your application 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. Your resume should highlight significant civic and community engagement experience. Please include all Washington University affiliations, including student organizations, scholarship programs, work/internship commitments, etc.  
  2. Email a letter of recommendation from someone who can comment on your character and leadership as it relates to your civic/community engagement experience. This could be faculty, staff, supervisor or past supervisor. Recommenders should submit letters directly as an email attachment to goldmanfellows@wustl.edu.  
  3. Application, resume, and recommendations must be received online by 11:59pm CST on Friday, February 19th, 2021.  Any application submitted after 11:59pm or later will not be considered and automatically disqualified.  Please plan ahead.  Interviews will take place Thursday, March, 4th and Friday, March 5th. Decisions will be announced Friday March 12th. 
Arts As Civic Engagement Program Process and Details

Applications for Arts as Civic Engagement Program will open on February 1, 2021.

The Gephardt Institute is seeking students who are motivated full-time Washington University rising juniors and seniors interested in the intersections of civic engagement and the performing arts, visual arts, literature, or music. We encourage a broad range of applicants from all backgrounds, perspectives, and schools who have varied knowledge and experience levels in civic engagement and the arts. 

The Civic and Community Arts Residency  will begin in May 2021 with students participating in orientation and trainings. After spring semester concludes, students will work 30 to 40 hours a week as embedded staff members at partner arts and community based organizations. They will participate in the planning of a civic and community arts engaged performance, production, project, or exhibition, created for and with community partnership through August 2021. 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. Each student fellow will be matched with an organization and project and receives a $5000 stipend. 

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 students receive $5,000 before the beginning of the summer (Please note the stipends are subject to income tax.).  In order to participate in this program, students must be in town from May 11 through the end of August 2021. 

Application Submission

  1. Submit your application, responses to essay questions, and resume using the form below. We advise that you work on your application within a Word document first. Copy and paste your responses from the Word document into the online form to avoid any potential technical issues. Your resume should highlight community service and civic engagement experiences and/or arts participation. 
  2. Provide two references who can comment on your character and leadership as it relates to your civic and community engagement experiences and/or arts participation. This could be a faculty member, staff member, supervisor, or past supervisor.  Recommenders should send their lettersdirectly as an email attachment to Roseann Weiss, Lead Educator for Art as Civic Engagement, at roseannweiss@wustl.edu
  3. Application, resume and recommendations must be received online by 5:00pm CST on Friday, March 5, 2021. Please plan ahead. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email receipt confirming that we have received your application. For questions about the application process, please contact Roseann Weiss at roseannweiss@wustl.edu
Beuerlein Fellows Program Process and Details

Applications for the Beuerlein Fellows Program will open on February 1, 2021.

The Gephardt Institute is seeking students who have completed their first year and interested in the intersections of civic engagement, research, neuroscience, and equity and inclusion. 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 Beuerlein Fellows Program will begin in April 2021 with students participating in orientation and comprehensive trainings at 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 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 2021. In September, students will work up to 10 hours a week to wrap up projects and plan their capstone project. Each fellow working with the Alzheimer’s Association will receive a $5000 stipend.

Goals for Beuerlein 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

Accepted students receive $5,000 before the beginning of the summer. (Please note the stipends are subject to income tax.) In order to participate in this program, students must be enrolled as students for Fall 2021.

Application Process

  1. Submit your application, responses to essay questions, and resume using the form below. We advise that you work on your application within a Word document first. Copy and paste your responses from the Word document into the online form to avoid any potential technical issues. Your resume should highlight community service and civic engagement experiences.
  2. Provide two references who can comment on your character and leadership as it relates to your civic engagement experiences and/or research, neuroscience and social science. This could be a faculty member, staff member, supervisor, or past supervisor.  Recommenders should submit this form directly as an email attachment to Stefani Weeden-Smith, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, at weeden-smith_s@wustl.edu.
  3. Application, resume and recommendations must be received online by 5:00pm CST on Friday, March 5. Please plan ahead. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email receipt confirming that we have received your application.

For questions about the application process, please contact Stefani Weeden-Smith at weeden-smith_s@wustl.edu.

Gephardt Institute staff will invite select applicants for an interview. Final decisions will be announced by April 2, 2021.


Common Application

This application is used for all Gephardt Institute Signature Programs. If you are ready to apply, please complete the following form.

Please note: upon selection of the program(s) you are applying to in the form below, you will receive additional prompts and essay questions to complete.

In addition to completing the essay questions in the application, please save a copy of your essay responses in a document and email the copy to Genesis Steele, Coordinator for Civic Engagement Programs: genesissteele@wustl.edu

2021 Signature Program Common Application Form

Personal Information

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Additional Contact Information

Your recommender’s contact information is only required if they date from your high school experience, e.g. a high school teacher, coach or mentor.

Academic Information

*There is not a minimum GPA requirement to be considered for a program, however, given that there are academic programs, we ask for your GPA as one (not the only) indicator of your ability to meet the academic expectations of the course. As standard practice, the Gephardt Institute will also submit names of finalists for student conduct checks. If you wish to provide more context about either your GPA or conduct, we encourage you to come speak with a professional staff member to provide more information.

Common Application Essay Questions

Please respond to each of the following questions, with maximum of 400 words for each response. We recommend drafting your responses in a different application first to avoid losing any unsaved work. Reminder: In addition to completing the essay questions here, and the additional questions prompted by your program selection, please save a copy of your essay responses in a document and email the copy to Genesis Steele, Coordinator for Civic Engagement Programs: genesissteele@wustl.edu
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Program Application Selection

Arts as Civic Engagement Program Essay Questions

Beuerlein Fellows Program Essay Questions

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