Student Opportunities


Check out opportunities for policy learning and engagement below.

Apply for the Clark-Fox Policy Institute Graduate Policy Scholar Program



The Clark-Fox Policy Institute offers a year-long specialized learning opportunity for up to ten (10) students to cultivate skills that will prepare them for policy practice. Students with an interest in policy – whether its translating science to inform policy, community organizing, or advocating for policy issues – should consider this their “passport” to policy learning and engagement.

Graduate Policy Scholars will have the opportunity to supplement their robust curriculum with skill-building and networking experiences outside of the classroom. Scholars will serve as ambassadors of the Policy Institute and as student advisors to the leadership team. After completing certain “passport to policy” activities, Graduate Policy Scholars will earn a $250 stipend to be used toward professional development and training.

By participating in the program, Graduate Policy Scholars will:

  • Deepen their understanding of social change through policy
  • Consider proposed and existing policies through an equity lens
  • Develop skills in advocacy, political efficacy and electoral activism
  • Understand basic principles of social and economic justice and how they align with the social work and public health professions
  • Engage with policymakers, civic leaders, and change agents
  • Connect with alumni working in policy positions

Candidates must be students of the Brown School and should demonstrate:

  • Interest in social or public policy, community organizing, and/or advocacy;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; and
  • A commitment to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations on the local, state and national level.
Application Process
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Essay Response
    • Please respond to both of the following questions (no more than 500 words total for the entire essay)

      • Why are you interested in policy practice?
      • How do you define privilege and oppression?
      • Please include applicable personal/professional experiences.
Submit Application Materials To
No later than SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

DC Bound & Beyond application is due soon for Brown School students!

Attention Brown School students:

DC Bound and Beyond is a campus-wide community that meets in the DUC weekly. This year however, they will add a weekly meeting in the Brown School on Wednesdays at noon!

Graduating in 2018? Apply for DC Bound & Beyond – DC Bound & Beyond is a select group of students within the Washington University in St. Louis Government and Public Policy community who are committed to their policy or advocacy paths (widely defined). DC Bound & Beyond’s mission is to connect students with a demonstrated interest in the areas of government, policy, advocacy, diplomacy, international affairs, security, conflict studies, disaster relief, urban affairs, development, and much more to the best resources Washington University offers. It’s career exploration, job search, and professional development. Email with any questions you may have!

Considering a career in government and public policy? Email and request to be added to the Government and Public Policy Workgroup. Students can gain access to resources and weekly events that will assist in professional development and enhance employment prospects. This is a university wide workgroup that engages and educates students on policy related activities.