Alumni of Cultural Leadership’s high school or middle school programs, 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, schools, and corporations. Internships focus on issues and programs relating to social justice, or 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 will work a minimum of 20 hours per week (part-time), and up to 40 hours per week (full-time). Cohort activities will take place during weekday hours, and include an orientation session, as well as a mid-summer, and a graduation session where interns report on their learning.


Internship hosts will include nonprofit organizations focused on social justice issues, and corporations with an interest in promoting diversity and inclusion. 2017 sites include: Centene, Cultural Leadership, Diversity Awareness Partnership, Jewish Community Relations Council, Nestle Purina PetCare, and University City Schools.


To develop the next generation of leaders in diversity and inclusion and social justice for corporate and nonprofit organizations in St. Louis, and beyond.

Applications for the College Internships

To apply, complete this form.

  • February 15, 2018 - application deadline
  • March 15, 2018 - internship offers
  • April 2 - deadline to accept placement
  • June 4 to July 27 - 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 provided when it is available. 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

Quotes from the 2017 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, 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, Cultural Leadership Class 11

Additional Comments from the 2017 Interns

"I developed professional skills pertinent to my career goals."
"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 learn to:

  • 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.
  • Advocate and sell themselves.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional setting.
  • Use MS Office applications and materials to complete projects.
  • Facilitation skills and confidence speaking in corporate/classroom spaces about diversity topics.
  • Get outside of their comfort zone to get tasks done.


Training the next generation of African American, Jewish, and Ally leaders in corporations, schools, and nonprofits.