Internships & Summer Opportunities

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Washington University offers a variety of funded programs that support students interested in taking on internships or projects during the summer. 

CityStudioSTL Fellowships

The CityStudioSTL Fellowship provides funded opportunities for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design students to work with a local firm to address socially engaged challenges in St. Louis. Participating students will complete a 12-week civic or pro bono project in the St. Louis region at a host firm. Applications open in the early spring semester, and fellows are selected by late April. More information>> 

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.

There are typically two deadlines in the spring. 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. Read more about the 2019 Sam Fox School Civic Scholars here>>

Nominations for the program typically close early in the spring semester; faculty, staff, peer, and self-nominations are accepted. Applications are available on the Gephardt Institute's website and due in mid-February. Questions? Contact the Gephardt Institute at 

College Prep Program

Washington University's College Prep Program is a no-cost, three-year immersive learning experience that serves to successfully prepare first-generation college students for college life and beyond. Participation includes year-round academic and enrichment support, with the highlight being a Summer Academy experience that combines college preparation workshops, undergraduate coursework for credit, and activities centered on personal awareness and development. Graduates of the program leave ready to excel, both academically and socially, with CPP continuing to provide scholars with programming opportunities, college visits, and on-going individualized support.

Second-year College Prep participants take Design Thinking: An Approach to Problem Solving, which provides an overview of approaches to design thinking. Teaching Assistants work in partnership with the College Prep Program to teach program scholars the basics of design thinking—an experiential, visually oriented process of identifying, creating, and implementing solutions to problems. More information is available here>>

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 in the spring semester. Questions? Contact the Gephardt Institute at 

Arts as Civic Engagement 

The Gephardt Institute's Arts as Civic Engagment program is rooted in the deep traditions of the arts as a powerful means for social change. The program supports three Washington University students in a Residency at a regional arts organization. Participants receive a $5,000 stipend in lieu of summer earnings and work as embedded staff members at partner organizations. Read about the 2019 Residents here>>

Applications open in the spring semester and are due in the spring semester. Questions? Contact the Gephardt Institute at 

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.

Applications are available on the Skandalaris Center's website and are typically due in mid-February. Questions? Contact the Skandalaris Center.

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 in the spring semester. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information. Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.