Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

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.

“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

We offer an all-inclusive six week program that provides housing, transportation, meals and a $3000 stipend.

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“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

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

previous Experiences and Speakers

“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. Working with an assigned mentor, Leadership Fellows will be spending some of their time at Mount Vernon working on their individual capstones, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.

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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) written essays and/or video statements (view questions)

    Two (2) letters of recommendation

    Current college transcript (applicants may use an unofficial transcript)