Jobs, Scholarships and Professional Development

Check out the Wake Forest Scholars Program’s Scholarships for Women resource page for information on scholarships offered for women.

PLEN Seminars

Spend your January term in Washington, DC learning about internships and post-grad careers, networking with distinguished women leaders, and connecting with like-minded college women from across the country!

January 7-11, 2019 – Women in Public Policy – 
Learn about how you can make a difference in your community through a career in public policy. Delve deeper into issues that you care about, explore new topics and opportunities, and learn how to launch your policy career directly from the women leading policy change on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

January 14-18, 2019 – Women in STEM Policy –
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear firsthand from women in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation’s STEM policies. Experience what it’s really like to work at the intersection of STEM and policy by discussing current issues, networking with women working on Capitol Hill, the National Institutes of Health, and a variety of organizations in the private and nonprofit sectors, and learning about careers, fellowships, and internships in DC.

PLEN seminars give students the chance to discuss current policy issues, visit institutions and organizations in DC, and launch their careers through intimate coaching sessions on networking, resume writing, and salary negotiation. During all seminars, students network with distinguished women at the top of their fields while building connections with their peers from across the country.

Scholarships for PLEN seminars are available and accepted on a rolling basis.  To learn more, go to For more information on the January seminars, visit or

From Lead for America:

With a national political climate plagued by gridlock and polarization, it is up to local communities to guide the American people toward a better future. Yet in order for grassroots transformation to occur, the country desperately needs more youth to choose a life of civic service.

A 2018 Human Capital Survey revealed that 84% of millennials consider it their duty to make the world a better place, yet each year millions of college graduates are funneled into a small handful of large cities doing work that often promotes individual self-advancement over contribution to community. Meanwhile, local institutions across the country are desperate for new leadership and ideas: in 2006 only 13% of all professional city, county, and town managers were under 40 years old and only 1% were 30 or younger. Today, 30-40% of local government employees are currently eligible for retirement.

Introducing Lead for America

We believe that a single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country.

Lead for America bridges the divide between local governments and aspiring young leaders by recruiting, training and placing talented and diverse college graduates in local government positions nationwide for a paid two-year fellowship. We look to the local because this is where we are raised, shaped, and cared for. We look to government because it creates the tools we can use to care for one another more strongly.

Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.

Lead for America’s inaugural year will place 40 Fellows in communities across North Carolina and 10 Hometown Fellows across the country.

For College Seniors

To receive more information about the Lead for America fellowship and whether it is right for you, fill out our Fellow Registration Form.

To Join the Movement

To learn more about how you can get involved in Lead for America outside of the fellowship, fill out our Supporter Form. If you are interested in applying to be on the LFA Student Advisory Board, fill out our LFA

Student Advisory Board Registration Form.

Faculty, Grad Students & Post-Docs:

Academic Coaching & Writing offers free webinars to support professional development: publishing dissertation research, writing your first journal article, building an academic brand, getting in sync with your tenure clock, overcoming imposter syndrome. Check them out and sign up today to reserve your space. AcademicCoachingAndWriting.Org

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

As part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the Women Center’s provides workshops to increase skills and capacity for our students, faculty, and staff to support women and promote gender equity. Here’s a glimpse of offerings from our ODI partner offices: 

Gatekeepers Workshops

In fall 2009, the Office of the Provost began to offer Gatekeepers Workshops in partnership with the Wake Forest Professional Development Center. A “gatekeeper” is any member of the Wake Forest community who represents the University through his or her interaction with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.

Open to all Wake Forest alumni, faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.  You must register to attend through the Professional Development Center, and attend session 1 to attend session 2.

Session 1: “Enhancing Our Community Through Inclusion”

Session 2: “Cross Cultural Conflict and Dialogue”

Session 3: “Contact Theory and Dialogue”

Session 4: “Unconscious Bias”

Safe Zone Training

The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone.

Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

Register for the program.

Check out current professional development opportunities for WFU faculty and staff at the PDC.