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Public Service Fellowships

Public Service Fellowships

About the Fellowship Program

The Maguire Center, with financial assistance from the Irby Family Foundation, awards summer fellowships to SMU students who wish to devote time to public service or research in the field of ethics.

Over the past 20 years, we have awarded summer fellowship stipends totaling $382,000 to 171 SMU students for public service and research in ethics. We have supported volunteers in more than 150 agencies across 18 states, 25 countries, and 5 continents.

  • For a complete listing of past fellowship placements, click here.
  • For more information about past Fellowships, the 2011 class of public service interns was profiled in the Fall 2011 Maguire Center Newsletter, and SMU Vision published this story[pdf] about the 2008 program.


Lives: Touch Others, Change Yours

SMU Public Service Fellows have volunteered in a vast number of diverse internship placements.  Through such opportunities, students gain concrete information about others' needs, as well as differing perspectives on how to resolve them. In the process, they draw on their university education and personal talent, honing skills as leaders and gaining both humility and self-confidence. They also gain experience, which illuminates concepts taught in the classroom, and that enables them to engage in public service where financial circumstances might not otherwise allow.

Please visit the Internship Guidelines page to learn more about the Public Service Fellowship program, and to apply.

        2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

                Pictured above: Maguire Center benefactor Cary Maguire with the 2015 Public Service Fellows.

2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

Undergraduate Students

Shelby Hill, Class of 2018

Project: Volunteering at the Oak Cliff Family YMCA coaching youth sports teams and participating in the education enrichment programs.

Jessica Jancose, Class of 2018

Project: Volunteering in Cartago, Costa Rica on a project offered by UBELONG at a government-supported community center for the elderly.

Parker Miller, Class of 2017

Project: Volunteering at Texas Health Presbyterian and a sister organization, the Texas Surgery Institute acting as a liason between doctors, nurses, and patients.

Dan Mulammoottil, Class of 2016 (December)

Project: Volunteering in Dehli, India through IVHQ to work in health clinics and shadow region doctors.

Claire Wilt, Class of 2017

Project: Interning at Bryan's House, a non-profit organization that cares for children affected by HIV/AIDS in West Dallas.


Graduate Students

Roy Atwood, Third Year, Master of Divinity

Project: Leading the summer education program for elementary children at Family Gateway’s Annette G. Strauss Center, a transitional housing facility in Dallas.

Stephany Coleman, Third Year, Simmons Counseling Program

Project: Volunteering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (North Texas Chapter) to create a community outreach strategy.

Mary Leah Friedline, Second Year, Ph.D. Religious Studies

Project: Volunteering with Dallas Area Interfaith as a summer intern organizer.