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 over $400,000 to 181 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.

Check out The Maguire Center Blog for Fellowship Spotlights from last summer!


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. The goal of the Fellowship is to enable students 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.


The 2018 Public Service Fellowship Application window is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2019 when the application window will re-open.


2018 Maguire Public Service Fellows


Undergraduate Students

Averie Bishop, Class of 2019
Self-Efficacy in the Philippines

Luke Collins, Class of 2019
Research at the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative

Tong Yuan Douville, Class of 2019
Pop-Up Medical Clinic for Seattle/King County

Mona El-Gharby, Class of 2021

Social Work for the International Rescue Committee in Dallas             
Rachel Mumaw, Class of 2019
HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Resource Center             
Grace Reon, Class of 2019
Educational Programming at For the Nations: Refugee Outreach

Graduate Students

Liz Thomas, 1st Year Ph.D. Student
Resource-building for immigrant families in Cache Valley, UT


2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

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