Walsh Scholars Initiative

The mission of the Walsh Scholars Initiative is to provide exceptional SFS undergraduate students with the professional skillset and network of practitioners and scholars necessary to address the most pressing international challenges of our time.  In keeping with the school’s century-long tradition of preparing students for public service and global leadership, WSI enables students to complement their rigorous academic coursework with mentorship and professional experience in order to recognize their full potential as women and men for others. 

Internship Support

Through mentor consultations and institutional assistance, Walsh Scholars will receive support and guidance in obtaining an internship relevant to their specific academic interests and professional goals.  The students will also receive a stipend commensurate with funding in order to pursue a full-time summer internship in public service.


Mentorship and experiential learning are the core of this program, and Walsh Scholars can expect to attend monthly meetings, trainings, informal discussions, formal networking, and career sessions with professors and practitioners throughout the academic year.  Scholars will meet in small groups and individually with academic and practitioner mentors for guidance and career advice.


The Walsh Scholars will be a community of students, alumni, professors, and practitioners.  After finishing their summer internship as a Walsh Scholar, participating students will reflect on their experience together and serve as mentors to the next class of scholars. Interested scholars will also have the opportunity to apply to serve on the WSI Board of Advisors as an alumni representative.


Scholars will attend a one-day training boot camp focused on the development of professional skills, with an emphasis on writing, briefing, and conducting research.  Scholars will also attend training sessions and seminars throughout the year in order to acquire the skillset and knowledge necessary for a public service internship.


Scholars will have the opportunity to shadow a Georgetown alumnus working in public service in order to explore future career opportunities and connect with other Hoyas in the field.


For questions about the Walsh Scholars Initiative, please contact us at walshscholars@georgetown.edu.