Internships & Summer Opportunities

2015 College Prep Program.

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.

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

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, which 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. 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 typically runs for three weeks in June. Students are also encouraged to apply to be Program Assistants for the College Prep Program. 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.