Welcome to the Curtis Etherly, Jr. Scholars Internship 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 provides 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 includes a hybrid in-person and virtual office experience, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the field of advocacy, and other informative/educational programming. Scholars are compensated with a generous stipend and financial assistance.

2023 application is CLOSED

Please stay tuned for the application
next academic year!