Rise Seeks Paid Interns for Rising Stars Program

Rise is seeking participants for its Rising Stars program.

Rising Stars is a program for exceptional university students or recent graduates interested in careers in community economic development in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Rise Community Development (Rise) provides education, supervision; professional developments plans and otherwise prepare the Rising Stars for placement in real-world environments. Ultimately, our goal is to develop an emerging group of community development practitioners, “Rising Stars,” who can be placed in positions at local community development non-profit organizations, bank community development corporations and/or public sector planning and community development offices. Each Rising Star selected for participation in this six-month career building program will receive a $5,000 stipend for the time they spend on program activities. The program schedule is to be announced but will be in sync with school semesters.


  • Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a graduate school program at a local university in 2016, be a fourth-year or equivalent undergraduate student in 2016, or must be a 2015 graduate of a local university with an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • We are particularly interested in applications from real estate, urban planning, architecture, law, business and/or social work program students.
  • Students must be willing to commit to 400 – 500 hours to program activities over the six month program time period.
  • Interested applicants must submit an applicant questionnaire by February 1, 2015, at 1 PM.

If your application is accepted you will be contacted by Rise for an interview.  All others will be notified by e-mail.

Please e-mail applications to Brian Hurd, Technical Assitance Project Manager, at [email protected] 

To download the Applicant Questionnaire, click here.