The Washington University in St. Louis Career Center has announced the inaugural cohort of the Pershing Fellowship in Nonprofit Leadership, an innovative internship program that introduces rising juniors and seniors to career paths within the St. Louis nonprofit community.
In addition to internship opportunities at leading St. Louis nonprofit organizations, Pershing Fellows participate in a variety of cohort experiences such as leadership development, public speaking and communications training and lunch-and-learn sessions with St. Louis nonprofit and community leaders.
“The pillars of the Pershing Fellowship are leadership, citizenship and scholarship, qualities our fellows have already shown during their time at WashU,” said Tyler Gahrs, manager of strategy and impact at the Career Center. “Our fellows will have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in St. Louis while learning from some of the region’s top leaders.”
The Pershing Fellowship is one of a growing number of university summer stipend programs that fund internship experiences at St. Louis-based nonprofits, community organizations and startups. Others include the St. Louis Fellowship, hosted by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement; the St. Louis Entrepreneurial Fellowship, hosted by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship; the Pivot 314 Fellowship, hosted by the Office of the Provost; and the St. Louis Internship Program for Biomedical Engineers, hosted by the McKelvey School of Engineering.
Funding for the Pershing Fellowship was provided through a gift from the Pershing Charitable Trust, a longstanding supporter of the university. The Pershing Charitable Trust is a St. Louis-based charitable foundation that supports nonprofit organizations engaged in education, arts and culture and social services.
2023 Pershing Fellows
Ayana Alston, Community Innovation and Action Center
Natasha Chisholm, International Institute of St. Louis
Amariyon Green, Access Academies
Julia Kirpalani, St. Louis BWorks
Maddy Kish, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Lopez, Casa de Salud
Nicole Lucas, Invest STL (Neighborhood Organizations Map Project)
Gloria Nishimwe, SoulFisher Ministries
Mary Trivisonno, The Balsa Foundation
Wendy Wang, International Institute of St. Louis