For Applicants

The Elrod Fellowship program aims to bridge the gap between highly-qualified young alumni and innovative public service organizations, enabling fellows to acquire valuable professional skills and connections while working on significant public interest issues. Through an Elrod Fellowship, you can:

• Explore a career in the field of public interest
• Address significant needs and make a meaningful contribution to society
• Gain valuable professional skills and experiences
• Benefit from the support of a mentor who also attended Washington and Lee
• Take part in events that will enhance your professional experience

Elrod Fellows currently are placed in Baltimore, Houston and Washington, DC, cities with active Washington and Lee alumni chapters and fellow graduates who not only are committed to their communities but also to helping maximize the Elrod Fellowship experience for young, W&L alumni. The duration of the Elrod Fellowship is one year, sometimes two. 

Elrod Fellowships are not just about "jobs." The experience is intended to be an opportunity to continue the education begun at Washington and Lee by providing fellows with a mentor and educational gatherings. We seek to create a community among the Elrod Fellows, partner organizations, alumni mentors and other members of The Alumni Network (TAN).

Application Process

Current seniors and young alumni interested in the Elrod Fellowship apply to the program and then receive support from alumni and staff in their pursuit of paid positions.


Successfully landing your first job out of college takes a wealth of resources, but ones that are easily accessible at Washington and Lee. The Elrod Fellowship program is one piece of the puzzle for W&L students who are interested in working with public service organizations that address poverty and significant social issues. Those engaged in the program are strongly encouraged to explore many avenues for employment and not rely on the resources of the Elrod Fellowship program alone.