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Cabell Brand Center Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Cabell Brand Center Scholarship Program is to help students with rising tuition costs and to encourage college students to seriously consider public service. The Cabell Brand Center offers college scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in taking courses and volunteering in programs – “To Promote the Common Good” – relevant to any of the three goals of the Cabell Brand Center:

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Internships

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.  Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development.

Fields of Study: Humanities, Law School, Social Sciences, Williams School
Opportunity Type: Summer, Work or Internship
Geographic Region: Domestic
Funding Option: Unpaid
Eligibility: First-Years, Juniors, Law Students, Non-US Citizens, Post-Grad, Seniors

Charles Koch Institute Fellow and Internship Programs

The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, they work to prepare professionals for careers that improve well-being by advancing free societies.  For more than two decades, Charles G. Koch has given professionals and students the opportunity to turn their passion for liberty into careers through professional education programs.  Several programs might be of interest to W&L students.  Programs are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.

Fields of Study: Humanities, Journalism, Social Sciences, Williams School
Opportunity Type: Summer, Work or Internship
Geographic Region: Domestic
Funding Option: Paid
Eligibility: First-Years, Juniors, Law Students, Non-US Citizens, Post-Grad, Seniors, Sophomores

Department of Commerce Internship for Postsecondary Students

The mission of the Department of Commerce (DOC) Internship Program is to engage and empower developing leaders with a passion for public service. The program will expose students to opportunities in the Federal Government and the potential to find passion in a career in public service. Interns will gain unique experience though their placement in one of several DOC offices.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in public policy, governmental affairs, public affairs, business and/or community engagement.

Fields of Study: Williams School
Opportunity Type: Summer, Work or Internship
Geographic Region: Domestic
Funding Option: Unpaid
Eligibility: First-Years, Juniors, Post-Grad, Seniors, Sophomores

Elrod Fellowship

The John and Mimi Elrod Fellowship provides opportunities for recent Washington and Lee University graduates to develop a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and to prepare for civic leadership. The competitive fellowship program connects young alumni with innovative public service organizations that address poverty and significant social issues in the fields of healthcare, law, education, economic development and housing. In turn, organizations that participate in the fellowship program gain access to a motivated and highly-qualified pool of applicants who are committed to exploring and serving the public sector for at least a year and sometimes two.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive funding for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Fields of Study: Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Journalism, Sciences and Math, Social Sciences, Williams School
Opportunity Type: Study, Tuition Scholarship
Geographic Region: Domestic
Funding Option: Paid
Eligibility: Juniors

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts at one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months. Scoville Fellows may focus on arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, and other international security issues. They attend policy talks, Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and small group events with experts in government and NGOs arranged by the fellowship, and receive active mentoring and networking from the board of directors and former fellows. Many Scoville Fellows have gone on to prominent positions in the field of peace and security with the Federal Government, domestic and international NGOs, academia, and media. The fellowship recruits from across the U.S. twice a year and provides a salary, benefits, travel expenses to DC for interviews and moving, in addition to a small stipend for attending conferences, policy courses, and foreign language classes.

New York City Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City.

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Williams School
Opportunity Type: Work or Internship
Geographic Region: Domestic
Funding Option: Paid
Eligibility: Non-US Citizens, Post-Grad, Seniors
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