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Catholic Social Thought Fellows Program

Catholic Social Thought Fellows Program

The Catholic Social Thought Fellows program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to develop professionally, engage with dynamic speakers, enhance their communication skills, and contribute substantive research to the Initiative’s efforts. The fellows work to advance the Initiative's mission of sharing Catholic social thought and reaching community members, students, public policy professionals, and lay leaders.


The Catholic Social Thought Fellows program hires two to three undergraduate students from a range of academic and campus programs related to Catholic social thought. In addition to a common set of responsibilities, fellows are invited to pursue collaborative events and/or
tasks that reflect the intersection of their academic and professional interests with Catholic social thought.

Professional Development

Fellows act as ambassadors for Georgetown and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, particularly as it pertains to the Initiative’s Public Dialogues, Salt and Light Gatherings, and Latino Leader Gatherings. These dialogues give fellows access to leaders and experts and create opportunities to network with leading professionals in their field of interest. Fellows are also encouraged to organize or collaborate on a special event with a related campus organization and/or academic department as a means of extending the reach of the Initiative across Georgetown.

Public Engagement

Fellows act as communicators helping to share and extend the work of the Initiative on the Georgetown campus and throughout Washington, D.C. Fellows may have opportunities to report on Initiative activities; interview public policy professionals, journalists, and religious leaders; or write an article that illuminates the intersection of public life and Catholic social thought. This content may be featured on the Initiative website, Georgetown website, or in grant reports or annual reports. Initiative staff will review and provide editorial oversight for the fellows’ contributions.

Online Dialogue

Fellows also are contributors to the Initiative’s social media efforts and broader website as a means of engaging students, practitioners, and faculty in a meaningful discussion of public policy and Catholic social thought. Fellows are expected to author blog posts as well as comment on their peers’ contributions. In addition, the fellows support the Initiative’s social media accounts, particularly involving Initiative events.

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for the CST Fellows program. Please contact Anna Gordon ( for more information.


Casey Chong portrait

Casey Chong

Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

Student Fellow