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Cultivating Changemakers for a Brighter Future


Are you a current undergraduate student passionate about creating meaningful social change? The LEAD STL Summer Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for young leaders to engage with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations right here in St. Louis. Our eight-week program is designed to help you plant roots in our vibrant community, keeping your talents in the region while driving improvement within participating organizations.

Who is Eligible?
Students moving into their senior year in high school, as well as, students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program are eligible to participate.

Program Highlights
Duration: Eight-weeks beginning in June.
Commitment: Part-time (minimum 20 hours/week) or full-time (up to 40 hours/week) options available.
Compensation: Paid internships to value your contributions and time.
Participate in a Rich Learning Experience
Beyond the daily internship roles, interns will join summer cohort activities that deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion, leadership, and contemporary social issues. Reflect upon your growth and enhance your leadership skills through structured activities and workshops.


Host Organizations
Our esteemed partners have included Centene, Cultural Leadership, Diversity Awareness Partnership, Jewish Community Relations Council, Nestle Purina PetCare, NineNetwork, Anti Defamation League, and University City Schools, among others. These organizations are deeply committed to nurturing young talent and fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Interested in hosting one of LEAD STL's vetted interns? Email


How It Works
The selection process aims to match students with organizations based on mutual goals and interests. Throughout the eight weeks, interns are trained and supervised by host organizations, ensuring a supportive environment that allows for real-world application of Leadership Program skills. As a capstone, interns will organize and lead a courageous conversation to help their host organization fulfill its mission.


Added Bonuses
LEAD STL amplifies the internship experience through professional development opportunities, which include an orientation session, networking events, leadership skill-building workshops, and a concluding session where interns share their learning outcomes.


Don't miss this incredible chance to be part of a transformative summer experience that promises not just professional growth but also an opportunity to make a lasting impact on your community. Join us in developing leaders and changemakers for a brighter, more equitable future. Applications open November 2023!

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