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Brandl Scholars

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 $5,000 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.

Apply to be a Brandl Scholar:

Some of the 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 several will fund a public policy internship anywhere in the world.

Students are selected based on the following items:
1. Letter explaining student interest in the McCarthy Center, John Brandl Scholarship, and the type of internship that interests you. In addition discuss potential internship sites and how they relate to your professional development.

*Discuss your values and background and how they relate to what you'd like to do with the Brandl Scholarship and how all of this relates to your career interests. The letter should also connect your interests to John Brandl's life and legacy.
**Important note on site placement: One of the Brandl Scholars will be placed at 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.

2. Resume indicating relevant paid and unpaid work/volunteer experiences on and off campus, conferences or workshops attended, honors and awards, public talks or media involvement, and other skills such as languages and computer skills.

*We STRONGLY recommend that you have your resume reviewed by Career Services and/or professors before submission.

3. Current unofficial transcript from Banner or the Registrar's Office.

4. Brief policy memo.  Instructions: examine a significant public policy issue or problem at the local, state, national or international level. Present your proposal in the form of a prospectus addressed to a policy maker. The prospectus needs to define the problem, propose and defend proposed solutions, and identify major obstacles to the implementation of the solution. Provide quantitative and qualitative data to describe the policy issue and to support your recommendations. The policy proposal should be no more than 500 words.

*If you need additional instructions on how to write a policy memo please contact Professor Matt Lindstrom at [email protected].

5. Two recommendations - Send two references (one faculty, one non-faculty) using this brief online recommendation form. It would be best to send the link to this form to your two references weeks before it is due, as some professors are approached for recommendations from multiple students.

6. 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 protected]


 2016 Brandl Scholars: 

R.J. Alpers

I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Brandl Scholars program. As a result of receiving the Brandl Scholarship, I will be able to participate in the CSB/SJU Summer Study Program in Washington, D.C. This summer I will be working on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern for Congressman Tim Walz; I am thrilled to gain first-hand experience and be immersed in the legislative process. It has always been my goal to work on Capitol Hill and thanks to the Brandl Scholarship it is now a possibility. Through this internship, I hope to further my understanding of public office, policy, and deepen my analytical skills, allowing me to bring my summer experience back to my classrooms at CSB/SJU for my senior year. My goal after graduation is to attend law school; therefore, working for Congressman Walz this summer will be a defining event as I begin taking the first steps toward this goal. I am very grateful for the Brandl Scholar Program for affording me the opportunity to have this experience.



The John Brandl Scholarship has provided me the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. this summer. The internship will aid in shaping a future career in public health, particularly in a research position. I am interested in studying global health with an emphasis on the human rights of those living in poverty and health problems specific to poor populations. This spring semester I have been volunteering at the Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and the experiences I have gained here inspire me to pursue an internship with Better Medicare Alliance. I am incredibly thankful for the Brandl Scholarship, as I would not be able to pursue the same career opportunities without it.

Ian Durbin


Lucas Giese


This summer I will be working at Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 550 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. I aspire to work as a researcher for the organization, creating reports and content that contribute to the organization's mission while also honing my own skills. The international scope of the organization in Washington D.C. would complement experience I have already had abroad with an influential role in international politics and policy. The Brandl Scholarship has allowed me to explore an experience in Washington, D.C. and to continue to pursue a career in international politics. The Brandl Scholarship makes expanding the scope and reach of students' passion and interests possible.  


Last summer, I was fortunate to be a part of the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program, where I completed an internship with the League of Women Voters of the United States. This experience furthered my future goals to work in the non-profit sector, particularly in government affairs or with legislative work. Thanks to the John Brandl Scholarship, I am able to further these goals by completing another internship this summer in Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office. I am so grateful for this opportunity, because I certainly would not be able to have this internship experience without the many contributions from the John Brandl family. 

Anne Gleich


Sarah Haas



Last summer, I interned at the State Department in Washington DC where I gained an appreciate for the United State's foreign policy domestically. This summer, I intend to go abroad where I can see the impact of the United States in other countries on the Bosnia Summer Internship program through CSB/SJU Office of Education Abroad. I will be interning with the Mosiac Foundation. I am very appreciative of the Brandl Scholars program for allowing me to pursue my passions of international relations. 

Through the John Brandl Scholars program, I have been granted the ability to intern in Washington, D.C. this summer. I will be focusing on science policy in hopes of understanding the relationship between government and scientific organizations more fully. My focus is currently centered around environmental policy. I plan on channeling my enthusiasm for the field this summer as an intern. My internship at the American Heating and Refridgeration Insitute will providea  combination of research and policy-making that affects our day-to-day lives.


Nick Harbeck


Collin Joyce


Thanks to the John E. Brandl Scholarship, I will be able to devote my summer to an internship with the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Carter Center is a nonprofit public policy center founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to fight disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression around the world. In particular, I intend to spend my time as a conflict resolution intern. In this position, I will help to further the mission of the Conflict Resolution Program by helping to prevent, resolve, and end armed conflict. This is the same type of work I would like to do upon graduation in the spring of 2017. Without the Brandl Scholarship, I would not have the luxury to accept and unpaid internship. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that tis scholarship has allowed me to pursue.


I have been given the wonderful opportunity to intern for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C. this summer through the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program. Interning at NDRN will introduce me to the world of public policy, and I will assist in advocating for the enforcement of laws to protect people with disabilities. I am excited to witness the process in which NDRN works with the legislative and executive branches on legislation affecting disability in public policy. The Brandl Scholarship is allowing me the opportunity to apply my passion for disability rights to a possible career path during an exciting time in public policy with the upcoming presidential election. I am honored to represent myself as a CSB/SJU student and Brandl Scholar in Washington, D.C., and I am immensely grateful for the experiences I will have this summer, which would not have been possible without the generosity of the Whalen family on behalf of John E. Brandl.





Mary Korman




Isaac Lindstrom



I will be using the John Brandl Scholarship to take an active role in environmental policy or hands on environmental work. I will be working with Saint John's Outdoor University this summer. I believe this internship reflects directly on what the John Brandl Scholarship is all about, public policy, service, and leadership. I will be explaining the governmental policies to guests, while offering services and gaining leadership experience. I thank the McCarthy Center for providing this opportunity, as well as Dan and Katharine Whalen for their support of our institutions and the Center.

Thanks to the John Brandl Scholar Program I have the opportunity to pursue a goal directly derived from my life experiences, all culminating in a desire to serve others. From my past endeavors the way in which I found myself most effective in attaining this goal was the area of law. As I began to truly develop a passion for law, I decided I wanted my next opportunity to be centered on a sphere which has so greatly benefited me: civil rights. I will be a summer fellow with New Sector Alliance where I will develop skills critical to working in the non profit sphere and attending many different training sessions. I will then put these skills into daily use at one of their partner organizations, Neighborhood Development Center. The Brandl scholarship will allow me to devote all my time to gaining as much experience as possible without worrying about financial restrictions. It is crucial to my personal aspirations and identity as an African American to pursue a future of helping those who cannot help themselves, and without the Brandl Scholarship I can definitively say my opportunities to fulfill these desires would be vastly limited.


Zachary McFarland


Mia McVicker


The John Brandl Scholars Program has provided me an incredible opportunity to work and live in Washington, D.C. this summer as part of the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program. This summer, I look forward to interning with the American Federation of Teachers. By assisting in the research and lobbying of equitable policy initiatives, I hope to sharpen my understanding of education advocacy. This scholarship has offered me the chance of a lifetime to participate in the democratic process and I am deeply grateful to both the John Brandl Scholars Program and the Whalen family.


Thanks to the John Brandl Scholar Program, I will be able to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. through the CSB/SJU Summer Study Program. I will be interning in the United States Department of State, in the Foreign Press Center. I look forward to this opportunity to further my knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and work with journalists from all over the world. The goal of the FPC is to promote the depth, accuracy, and balance of foreign reporting from the U.S., by providing direct access to authoritative American information sources. This scholarship allows me to work in a very unique environment, at the intersection of public policy and news reporting on it. I am very grateful to the John E. Brandl Scholars Program and the Whalen family for having afforded me this amazing opportunity.



Madison Morris


Allison Ryan-Mosley


Thanks to the John Brandl Scholarship, I have the opportunity to intern at The Citizen's League of Minnesota. The Citizen's League upholds a similar mission to John Brandl; it seeks to create common ground between political parties in order to solve the major problems of Minnesota. I am currently pursing a political science major with a focus on international relations as well as minors in economics and Hispanic studies. I hope to use these complimentary backgrounds to eventually work in human rights advocacy and/or economic sustainability in impoverished areas around the world. With that said, I believe it is essential to first understand the complex dynamics of one's home state or country before reaching out to the international community. Thus, I feel strongly about working locally in The Citizen's League of Minnesota to utilize the beneficial and educational recourses in Minnesota, just as Brandl consistently emphasized during his career. 




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