Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship

Why get involved
The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowships encourage a life-long commitment to public service by providing undergraduates with the opportunity to develop their civic leadership capacity through work in the non-profit and government sectors.

What to Expect
Application and selection processes occur during Spring Quarter, students work with program staff to develop internships, then complete their community-based work and participate in cohort activities during the summer months. Selected fellows receive a $5000 stipend for completing an internship of 200 hours (or more) between June and September.

The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship requires that students are enrolled in both Spring and Autumn Quarter 2024 OR Spring and Summer Quarter 2024 classes at the University of Washington. Students who complete coursework in Spring 2024 are not eligible for this fellowship.

Fellows are selected based on these criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service career paths; 

  • History of engagement with community-based organizations and/or government initiatives; 

  • Ability to articulate how a funded summer internship will contribute to student’s development as a public servant and civic leader; and

  • Orientation and capacity to collaboratively develop a plan for an intensive summer internship or project that balances benefit to the partnering organization with student learning. 

Additional consideration is given to students who:

  • Are actively involved in the NextGen Civic Leader Corps at the time of application,

  • Have demonstrated financial need, and

  • Are committing to internships/projects that would otherwise be unpaid experiences

Applications are open now and due at 6PM on Tuesday, April 23. All applicants will hear from our team regarding their application status by Wednesday, May 8; interviews are planned for May 13 and 14.

The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship requires applicants to submit 1) Short essay responses to three questions; 2) A recent resume; and 3) An unofficial transcript.

Please limit your responses to 500 words per essay prompt (or 1500 words total). Essay prompts are as follows:
  1. Tell us about prior work in and with communities. What have you learned about public service and civic leadership through this involvement?
  2. What ideas or goals do you have related to a career in public service? How will an intensive summer internship with a nonprofit or government organization and learning with the other students in the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship advance those goals?
  3. How do you hope to benefit from participating in the fellowship program? How can our team support your civic leadership development and professional goals?


General information sessions for the Jackson Munro Public Fellowship will be held:

  • Tuesday, April 16 3-4 PM (PAR 103)
  • Thursday, April 18 10-11 AM  (Virtual, email nextgenleader@uw.edu to RSVP and get the link) 
  • Monday, April 22 1-2 PM (MGH 171)

    Individualized support (remote or in person) is available by meeting with the NextGen Civic Leader Corps Coordinator, Dahn Bi Lee-Hong. Book time with Dahn Bi: Jackson Munro Fellowship Office Hours

In addition to active engagement in their project during summer 2024, Fellows must contribute to the overall learning of the cohort in these ways:

  • Complete a 200-hour internship with a non-profit or government organization between June and September. Some students may enter with a pre-existing relationship with their internship host, others will be supported in developing an internship during Spring Quarter for implementation during the summer months.
  • Attend monthly cohort gatherings. Dates and meeting modality will be determined by cohort availablity. 
  • Host a site visit with your organization and NextGen Program staff.
  • Prepare and present Fellowship reflections during Dawg Daze 2024 (September 18-27; exact date and time TBD).


These fellowships are made possible through the support of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and investment from the University of Washington Provost Office. These fellowships represent an investment in the next generation of public service leaders who embody the values of late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson; S. Sterling Munro, Jr., the former top aide to Senator Jackson and Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration; and Gene Munro, a lifelong advocate for public service and the wife of S. Sterling Munro Jr.