Alumni of Cultural Leadership’s High School Leadership Program or Camp Cultural Leadership. Open to alumni who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed two semesters of coursework.



Eight (8) week, part-time and full-time, paid summer internships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. Internships focus on issues and programs relating to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Interns will participate in summer cohort activities to deepen their understanding of current issues and tools in the field of diversity and inclusion, and reflect upon their learning and leadership skills.



Internships begin in June and continue for 8 weeks. Interns work a minimum of 20 hours per week (part-time), and up to 40 hours per week (full-time). Cohort activities are scheduled on weekdays throughout the summer internship.



Internship hosts include nonprofit organizations and government agencies focused on social justice issues, and corporations with an interest in promoting diversity and inclusion. Past sites include: Centene, Cultural Leadership, Diversity Awareness Partnership, Jewish Community Relations Council, Nestle Purina PetCare, NineNetwork, Anti Defamation League, and University City Schools.



The interview process leads us to match organizations’ needs with alums’ interests and goals. Host organizations train, supervise, and support success during the 8-weeks by guiding interns to use their High School Leadership Program skills in the professional world. Interns will organize and lead a courageous conversation as they complete assignments designed to help an organization accomplish its mission. Cultural Leadership provides professional development opportunities that include an orientation, networking events, leadership skill building workshops, and a concluding session where interns report on their learning.

Applications for the Social Justice Internship Program

To apply, complete this form.

  • March 1, 2019 - Application Deadline
  • March 18, 2019 - Internship Offers
  • May 1, 2019 - Deadline to Accept Placement
  • June 3 to August 2 - Internship Start and End Dates

Note that there will be 3-5 additional intern cohort dates for leadership development activities. A complete calendar for the summer will be available after March 1. Applications are taken on a rolling basis. Applications submitted before the deadline are encouraged.




University City School Superintendent, Sharonica Harden-Brantley, and intern Mary Kate Mudd, Class 8 (Truman State)
Wade Rakes, VP Business Development, Centene, Alexis Gordon, Class 11 (Vanderbilt), and Alishea Johnson, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Centene
Lori Fiegel (center), Director of Strategy & Innovation for St. Louis County Government, meets with the 2018 social justice interns: Stephanie Briggs (Class 9), Brandon Ford (Class 11), Aly Zuhler (Class 10), Alexis Gordon (Class 11), Zoe Robinson (Class 11), Erin Grossman (Class 11), and Aaron Garriga (Class 9).












Quotes from the Interns

"Cultural Leadership gave me the comfortability to enter spaces outside of my comfort zone and to interact with people different from myself. Cultural Leadership prepared me [for my internship] by fostering the development of skills in how to be an effective ally, which were imperative in this internship placement.”
      -Mariah Doze, 2017 Intern at Jewish Community Relations Council, Cultural Leadership Class 11
Cultural Leadership taught me how to facilitate/teach about diversity topics, and also equipped me with “social justice language” that helps me communicate with others about the intersections of race, class, and gender.”
      -Brandon Ford, 2017 Intern at Diversity Awareness Partnership and 2018 Intern at Anti-Defamation League, Cultural Leadership Class 11

Additional Comments from the Interns

"I developed professional skills pertinent to my career goals."
"Social Justice is a lot more than attending rallies and making signs."
"The internship helped me identify allies for future endeavors and initiatives."
"During my internship I learned how diversity and social justice work operates in corporate and non-profit spaces."
"I was able to merge my personal, research-based skill set with my commitment to social equality an diversity."

Cultural Leadership College Summer Interns will:

  • Focus on workplace issues that relate to social justice, diversity and inclusion.
  • Be matched with a supervisor in a corporate or not-for-profit setting.
  • Support the efforts of their supervisors to promote organizational change.
  • Join a cohort of Cultural Leadership alums for orientation, networking, and development activities.
  • Connect with people who inspire.
  • Deepen their understanding of the issues that challenge business and social service agencies.
  • Expand their toolboxes with skills that can enrich the workforce.
  • Learn to advocate and sell themselves.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional setting.
  • Use MS Office applications and materials to complete projects.
  • Enhance their facilitation skills and develop confidence speaking in corporate/classroom spaces about diversity topics.
  • Get outside of their comfort zones to get tasks done.


Training the next generation of African American, Jewish,

and ally leaders in corporations, schools, and nonprofits.