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The Curtis Etherly, Jr. Scholars Program

Curtis Etherly, Jr. was a titan in the field of advocacy and exemplified what’s possible when young people who grew up here in Washington, DC are given opportunities to learn, grow, and lead. A native Washingtonian and proud graduate of Ballou High School in Southeast DC, Curtis went on to earn degrees from Yale and Georgetown Law School. Throughout his extraordinary career in local government and eventually at The Coca-Cola Company, Curtis always found ways to give back to the community that raised and nurtured him. With that in mind, WGRGF is proud to extend new opportunities to native DC students who demonstrate an eagerness to follow Curtis’ path, so that they too, can have a positive impact on the communities in which they were raised.

The Etherly Scholars annual internship program will provide students who graduated from a high school located within Washington, DC city limits and are currently enrolled in a 4-year college or university with exposure to the inner workings of Congress, corporate relations, public policy, and government affairs. This enriching summer internship will include (virtual) office experience, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the field of advocacy, and other informative/educational programming. The exact dates are TBD but expect the internship to run between late May and late July. Scholars will be compensated with a generous stipend and financial assistance.

To qualify for participation in the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. At least 18 years of age by the start of the Etherly Scholars program.
  2. A graduate of a high school located in Washington, DC.
  3. A current student of political science, public policy, public administration, and/or community engagement and in good academic standing at a 4-year college or university (transcript required).
  4. Submit a headshot photo and resume.
  5. Submit a short writing sample detailing how they plan to use their education and experience to better their community once they graduate.
  6. Additionally, each Scholar who is selected to participated will be asked to present a closing summary of their experience to include:
    1. What word or phrase best summarizes your internship experience?
    2. Name the three (3) most important thing(s) you learned?
    3. Did you work on any major projects throughout your internship that has changed the way you view policy, politics, or government in general?
    4. What advice can you now give your fellow classmates who are also interested in advocacy professions?
    5. What did you like about the program? What didn’t you like? What could improve this experience for future Etherly Scholars?

To apply, please complete the application here!