The John Brandl Scholars program celebrates St. John's alumnus John E. Brandl and his lifelong commitment to mentorship and scholarship in higher education, public policy and politics.
The endowment funds summer internships in public policy and leadership development activities such as conferences and trainings. These internships will range from local to international policy arenas, reflecting Dr. Brandl's diverse career and CSB/SJU's commitment to ethical leadership and the common good.
Brandl Scholars receive $4,000 summer stipends and are offered select invitations for McCarthy Center events and mini grants to cover travel or other expenses related to civic or scholarly engagement. Students will work full-time for 8-10 weeks depending on the needs of their internship site. Students may elect to earn credits but will have to pay for these and will be assessed on an individual basis. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
2014-2015 Brandl Scholars:
Tyler Brown, Political Science major from Sioux City, IA
As a result of receiving the Brandl Scholarship, I will be able to participate in the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program this year, in which I will be interning in the office of Congressman Erik Paulsen. I have wanted to work on Capitol Hill since the 8th grade, so this really is a dream come true. I am particularly excited to witness the legislative process firsthand. Interning for Congressman Paulsen's office is a phenomenal opportunity which is sure to deepen my understanding and appreciation for public service, and it would not have been possible for me without the immense generosity of Dan and Katharine Whalen.
Christopher Heitzig, Philosophy and Economics double-major from Brooklyn Park, MN
This summer I will intern for the Federal Communications Commission, the governmental agency that regulates American national and international communication. I will use statistical software and other quantitative techniques to analyze data on projects such as the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, ensuring efficient broadband distribution, and others. The Brandl Scholarship affords me the financial liberty to intern for the organization in which I was most interested, as well as the opportunity to continue a tradition of dignified candidates who have gone before me as Brandl Scholars. I see this experience as a stepping stone to realizing an important goal: attending economics graduate school. My internship this summer will give me the necessary experience, both professional and academic, to succeed in this future endeavor and others.
Benjamin Hutterer, Political Science major from Prior Lake, MN
The John Brandl Scholarship has given me the opportunity to participate in the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program where I will be interning for the office of Senator Al Franken. This will be a tremendous opportunity to witness legislative processes at a national scale and will benefit my career goals, academic studies, as well as my personal development. My current career objective is to ultimately work underneath a policymaker who leads the country in a pragmatic way that accounts for both the long and short-term interests of the country, and there could not be a more ideal internship opportunity than one within Capitol Hill. For this reason, I could not be more grateful for this incredible scholarship.
Erin Kelso, Political Science major from Henderson, MN
I believe in public policy as a tool that people can use to make a positive difference in both their local communities and around the world. This summer I will be interning at Jubilee USA Network, an inter-faith, non-profit organization dedicated to the cancellation of debt as a means of combating global poverty. As Jubilee's outreach associate, I will be working to communicate Jubilee's mission and vision with partner organizations in Washington, D.C.as well as communities of faith across the country. This is the kind of work I hope to do in the future, and I am very thankful for the Brandl Scholarship's help in taking the first step toward achieving my long term goals. Without the Brandl Scholarship, I would not be living and working in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Sophia Korman, Mathematics and Economics double-major from Clearwater, MN
I am honored to participate in the 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program and excited to utilize my creative and problem solving skills as an intern at Groundswell. This organization helps to unlock and harness their economic power in order to allow them to become involved in the clean energy sector. As the Social Innovation Fellow, I will be assisting in the design and implementation of various projects that will enable Groundswell to expand its scope across the east coast and advance its mission. I am extremely grateful to have been awarded a Brandl Scholarship to help me pursue my dreams. As an advocate for women pursuing STEM professions, I aspire to emulate the drive of so many influential women before me as a Brandl Scholar.
Justin Markon, Political Science major from Maple, WI
Next summer, I will use my John E. Brandl Scholarship to intern with the Citizens League in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. As a student of domestic politics, I am very interested in issues affecting people in my local area. I live in a rural setting and am committed to the people in my community. The Citizens League is an organization that is dedicated to the people of Minnesota and issues they face. By developing policy and leadership, the League takes a non-partisan approach to civic engagement in Minnesota. With the Brandl Scholarship, I will continue to pursue my own goal of civic engagement while involving others in the issues of our day. In addition, I hope to meet people who are involved in civics daily and make politics an important part of their lives. After this summer, I will finish out my senior at St. John's and begin searching for a career related to civic engagement. At this time, I would like to stay around Minnesota and continue to work on civic engagement. However, I may also take some time for intentional volunteering with an organization like AmeriCorps.
Victoria Adofoli, Peace Studies and Political Science double-major from Maplewood, MN
I will be interning at the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights (CCPCR), a non-profit organization founded in Cambodia and it helps victims of child sex slavery, child labor, trafficking, sexual abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation by establishing centers and programs for intervention, rehabilitation and reintegration. It also provides education and life skills that will give survivors the power and ability to sustain their own future and lives. This organization holds similar values for justice, respect, humanity, transparency, and accountability. I am excited to contribute all of the knowledge and skills I gained from CSB/SJU and outside experiences in order to serve this organization the best way that I can. I look forward on working with both sexes and teaching courses on gender consciousness, gender equality, personal security, bodily integrity, and providing counseling services, mentoring, and doing administrative tasks. Moreover, the Brandl Scholarship is supportive of my goals to make a positive change and impact in my community and world. It provides a space for me to share my passion for a more just and equal world and encourages me to pursue actions that would allow me to be the change that I want to see. In regards to future plans, I hope to create foundations and programs that helps victims of sex trafficking but also to involve myself with policy development concerning sexual violence and victim-centered services. I am committed to the plans of establishing alternative ways for women empowerment and helping victims of trafficking.
Diana Elhard, Peace Studies and Political Science double-major from St. Cloud, MN
My name is Diana Elhard. I am a double major in Peace Studies and Political Science. I plan to use the Brandl Scholarship towards an internship in Bosnia Herzegovina this coming summer. Hopefully, I will work with a political organization to focus on youth involvement. I am extremely grateful to have received the John E. Brandl scholarship. One of my life goals is to bring people together across religious, ethnic, cultural, or national divisions through political involvement. Bosnia-Herzegovina is the best place to begin learning and working to achieve this goal.
Kathrine Tillman, Political Science and German double-major from Shakopee, MN
This summer I will be working for the Center for Civic Initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The organization is working throughout the country to encourage transparency in the government along with increased civic engagement. Their mission is to increase the capacity of individuals or organizations to effectively deal with problems throughout the country. I am very much looking forward to spending my summer living and working in a foreign country where I will be able to fully experience a new culture and build on the concepts and theories I have been learning about in the classroom at CSB/SJU. I am excited for the chance to spend the summer working internationally as I hope to one day work representing US interests abroad. Without the Brandl scholarship, none of this would be possible.
Apply for a Brandl Scholarship
In 2014, a total of ten Brandl Scholarships will be awarded. Six Brandl Scholarships will be awarded to students in the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program, one will fund a student internship at the Citizens League in St. Paul, and three will fund a public policy internship anywhere in the world.
Students will be selected based on the following items:
- A cover letter explaining student interest and the policy area or topic upon which the student would hope to focus. In addition, the cover letter must state that students will not have any other employment if awarded this fellowship.
*Important note on site placement: One of the Brandl Scholars will be placed with the Citizens League in St. Paul, MN. The applicant should indicate if he or she has a strong interest to be placed with the Citizens League; if not the applicant should propose three other site locations of interest to them.
- Resume indicating relevant class or other training, relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences, conferences or workshops attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages or computer skills
- Current unofficial transcript
- Recent academic writing sample
- Finalists may be interviewed
Any questions and all application materials should be addressed to Stacy Penk, McCarthy Center Coordinator, Simons 136, SJU. Phone: (320)363-3266 or email: email@example.com.