Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Located just outside of Washington D.C., The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a competitive five-and-a-half week summer leadership program that offers a small, select group of rising college juniors unparalleled opportunities in the nation’s capital and on the famous estate of America’s first president. 

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. We invite rising third-year students from diverse academic disciplines to join us near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today's foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital; and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.


  • Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing
  • Proven leadership ability and involvement
  • All majors welcome
  • Demonstrated interest in a proposed capstone project
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Current U.S. Citizen


This six-week program provides a $3000 stipend in addition to covering transportation, room and board.  Learn more about the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program.


The online application is available here.


Applications are typically due in late January. Additional information and deadlines can be found on the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows website


Class Year

  • Sophomore


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM


  • English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Public Service
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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