The John and Mimi Elrod Fellowship places recent Washington and Lee undergraduates in paid positions with innovative public service organizations that address significant social issues such as healthcare, law, education, economic development and housing. In turn, non-profit and government organizations receive access to a pool of highly qualified and help them explore the public sector. The Elrod Fellowship is based on the model set by Princeton University’s Project 55 and other affiliates of The Alumni Network (TAN), an association of 22 alumni-based public interest programs that includes Dartmouth College, and Washington and Lee, Georgetown, Harvard, Bucknell and Stanford universities. Princeton’s Project 55 was created in 1989 by the university’s Class of 1955 and Project 55′s Public Interest Program (PIP) began in 1989 with eight, year-long fellows. Since its inception, the PIP has placed more than 1,000 individuals in non-profit organizations nationwide.
Application and Interviews:
Applicants must first complete a general application for Elrod Fellowship, giving preference to geographic location or type of work. Applicants are interviewed by alumni and program staff.
Host organizations cultivated by the fellowship receive up to three applications. Each applicant will be considered for employment with up to three agencies.
Recommendations are made for applicant matches with specific agencies. The fellowship alumni committee supports applicants in locating employment opportunities in targeted areas not already in cahoots with the fellowship program.
During Fellowship Year:
All prospective fellows who secure employment in Baltimore, Washington D.C., or Houston are designated as Elrod Fellows. Recent W&L graduates are matched with alumni mentors in the city where they are placed. These mentors serve as a resource for the fellow throughout the duration of the fellowship.
Fellows and alumni involved in the fellowship participate in a seminar series organized by local alumni from Washington and Lee and affiliate institutions to supplement their employment experience.