Washington University offers a variety of funded programs that support students interested in taking on internships or projects during the summer. In addition, students may spend their summer mentoring and teaching students on campus as part of the College Prep Program.
Career Center Stipends
Undergraduate students interested in exploring career options in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are encouraged to pursue a summer internship. To make unpaid internships financially viable, the Career Center provides a limited number of stipends to qualified students. Students can apply for a merit award (up to $1,000) or a need based award (up to $3,000). Internships must be unpaid and last a minimum of six weeks, full- or part-time.
The next application deadline is April 1, 2017. Questions? Contact the Career Center at 314.935.5930.
Civic Scholars Program
The Gephardt Institute's Civic Scholars Program is a two-year program that provides undergraduate students with skills and substance to foster lifelong civic engagement. The best candidates are Washington University undergraduates who exemplify potential for civic leadership. Civic Scholars receive two years of intensive leadership training and mentorship to prepare them for a life dedicated to civic engagement. Each Civic Scholar also receives a $5,000 scholarship to support a substantial civic or community-based project during the summer after junior year.
Nominations for the program close January 31; faculty, staff, peer, and self-nominations are accepted. Applications are available on the Gephardt Institute's website and due by 5p February 17, 2017. Questions? Contact LuAnn Oros at 314.935.5599 or email@example.com.
WashU's College Prep Program offers an intensive, on-campus learning experience to first-generation, college-bound high school students from the St. Louis region. Second-year College Prep participants take Design Thinking: An Approach to Problem Solving, co-taught by Alix Gerber, the Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence. The course provides an overview of approaches to design thinking.
Each summer, positions for teaching assistants will be available. TAs will work closely with groups of College Prep Program students as they learn the basics of design thinking, which is an experiential, visually oriented process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions to problems. Ideal candidates will be creative and enthusiastic about design and high school students. Students from design, architecture, art, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
Teaching assistants will work 12 hours/week, primarily on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, as well as some evenings and afternoons. The program runs from June 12-30, 2017. This position is a great paid supplement to a summer internship or summer course in St. Louis. To apply for summer 2017, submit a resumé and cover letter to Alix Gerber at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 28. Students are also encouraged to apply to be Program Assistants for the College Prep Program.
For more information about the College Prep Program, contact Liz Kramer at email@example.com.
Goldman Fellows Program
The Gephardt Institute's Goldman Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to spend a summer in St. Louis with other WashU students who care about the local community. The program supports undergraduates who secure unpaid summer internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region. Goldman Fellows receive $5,000 summer stipends for community-based internships in the St. Louis region.
Applications open in the spring semester and are due by 5p April 3, 2017. Questions? Contact Tim Dugan, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skandalaris Center Internship Program
The Skandalaris Center Internship Program offers undergraduate students in any school the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a real-world setting while connecting with St. Louis' community of startups and support organizations. A venture is considered to be in the startup phase if it has raised less than $1 million or employs fewer than 15 people. Students receive $5,000 stipends to participate in the ten-week program.
Summer Undergraduate Research Awards
The Office of Undergraduate Research offers Summer Undergraduate Research Awards, which provide funding for undergraduates pursuing research from all academic backgrounds. Students must seek nomination from a Washington University faculty mentor in their field of research.
The nomination packet will be available in late December/early January, with applications due March 1, 2017. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information. Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.