Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

JUNE 4, 2017 - JULY 14, 2017

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital.

We offer an all-inclusive six week program that provides housing, transportation, meals and a $500 weekly stipend.

A Program Like No Other

    • Develop valuable leadership skills and tools

    • Advance an actionable cause with a capstone project

    • Build a professional network with assigned mentors and peers from across the nation

    • Connect with successful Washington, DC leaders and decision makers

    • Explore George Washington’s life story and remarkable leadership

    • Live and learn at the celebrated Mount Vernon Estate

“The chance to spend my summer at Mount Vernon working on a project of my choice and really getting the tools I needed to enhance my own leadership for the future could not have been a better opportunity.”

Emerson Wells Brown University ‘18
Program Overview

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program offers a dynamic and stimulating leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader. In that spirit, these leadership lessons are taught within a framework highlighting the inspirational leadership model of George Washington.

Each week students will meet with some of the nation’s top leaders, engage with the other Fellows on leadership styles and skills, and collaborate with their assigned mentor on their individual capstone projects.

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    2015 Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows meet with Senator Tim Kaine (VA)

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    Talking ‘Strengths” with Gallup CEO Jim Clifton

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    2016 Class hears from Lt. General Vincent Stewart, Director of The Defense Intelligence Agency

“The opportunity to be inspired by and learn from George Washington’s legacy cultivated a unique and rewarding experience. At Mount Vernon, I was encouraged to dream bigger, expect more from myself, and further develop my spirit of service.”

Chidinma Hannah Nnoromele Duke University ‘17

Sample Day


Morning Activity


Translating the Fellows Experience: Building Your Resume with Megan Dunn, Chief of Staff for the President of Mount Vernon


Discussion with Lisa Hook, President and CEO of Neustar, Inc




Mock Interviews & Capstone Work Time


Reflections on Professional Skills




Dinner with Anita McBride, Former Assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush

“My favorite part of the program has definitely been interacting with so many amazing leaders, peers, Mount Vernon staff members, and all the speakers we met. I learned something from everyone, it was a really great opportunity to network.”

Garrett Kalt Washington State University ‘18
Capstones & Mentors

A highlight of the Leadership Fellows experience is learning how to take a personal passion and turn it into a blueprint for action in the form of a Capstone Project. Leadership Fellows will be spending some of their time working on their individual capstones while at Mount Vernon, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.

Each Fellow is paired with a mentor in his or her chosen field as part of their capstone. Mentors help Fellows shape their projects, guide their research, and create a strategy for how they will implement their capstone in their home communities. Mentors are noted luminaries in a variety of fields who help introduce the Leadership Fellows to various professionals who can help them gain a deeper understanding of their area of interest.

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Alumni & News

Our Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows are an accomplished group of passionate and dedicated student leaders. Meet our alumni and see Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows in the news.

  • Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

    Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing

    Proven leadership ability and involvement

    All majors welcome

    Demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project

    Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher

    Current U.S. Citizen

  • Application requirements:


    Three (3) essays [See the Questions]

    Two (2) letters of recommendation

    Current college transcript (applicants may use an unofficial transcript)

Thank you for your interest in the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program. The class of 2017 has been selected. The application for Summer 2018 will be available starting in October.