Pivot 314 Fellowship

A year-long program offering graduate students curated programming focused on professional development, strengthening leadership communication skills, and internship opportunities

Pivot 314 Internship Partners

Check out our list of internship partners!

see our list of internship partners



February 9:  Introduction to the Start-up Community in St. Louis

This will be an opportunity to learn about the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem, what it is like to intern for a startup, and to connect with ventures that are interested in hosting a PhD/grad student for the summer.

•    Andrew Glantz, Founder of GiftAMeal and previous PhD student host
•    Michael Woods, Founder of DreamBuilders4Equity and previous PhD student host
•    Janna Westbrook, Founder of ProviderPool
•    Jim Howard, CEO of Readout Health
•    Eric Failes, PhD alum who interned with GiftAMeal
•    Alexandra Swanson, English PhD who interned with GiftAMeal

March 17: Tapping into Your Own Leadership Skills

What does leadership mean to you? What do you want to be known for by others? Tapping into Your Leadership Skills will help you identify essential keys to grow yourself and then effectively grow others. Understanding who you are as a leader is critical to your long-term success.

By attending this workshop, you will:
- Learn a framework to help you understand who you are as a leader.
- Explore your personal and leadership vision.
- Identify what motivates and inspires you to take action.
- Create a plan for achieving your leadership goals.

April 21: Resilient Leadership

How do you respond to the unpredictable? What happens when obstacles emerge? Resilience is the ability to recover from challenging or difficult situations. As a leader, there will be times when you face obstacles, and especially during this past year, even the best plans had to be thrown out the window. Being agile and adapting became the norm.

Some believe that either you are resilient or not. Resiliency is a skill that can be developed a muscle that can be strengthened over time.

Join us for this insightful session, you will:
- Gain a clear understanding of what it means to live in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.
- Assess your resiliency muscle and learn eight common traits of highly-resilient people.
- Prepare a resilience leadership plan.

April 28: Leadership Coaching Information Session

Leadership coaches can help provide personal insight, develop confidence to share ideas and vision, identify strategies for improving relationships and solidy your personal brand. The Pivot 314 Fellowship offers each of its fellows a pacakge of three one-on-one leadership coaching sessions. Attend this information session to meet leadership coach Marcianne Gagliardi (Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School) to learn more about the tangible benefits that leadership coaching can have on leaders at all levels. 

May 6: Internship Orientation (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

Get ready for your industry internship. We’ll walk you through what it takes to be an intern in a startup or small business. Even if you’ve worked outside of academia before, this will be a good primer on startup life. We’ll cover expectations and tips to make the most out of your summer internship.


June 29: Internship Check-In (5pm - 6pm)

Halfway through the summer, we will meet to openly discuss the challenges and successes of the summer internships and help each other troubleshoot any issues and capitalize on potential opportunities.


July (date to be announced in late May): Dinner with the Dean

Please join Dean Maffly-Kipp for dinner and conversation about the Pivot 314 fellowship, internships and current graduate student issues.  Participants will receive an Uber Eats gift card to purchase dinner. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event.

September 1: Reflect and Reintegrate (4pm - 5:30pm)

At the completion of your internship, we are asking that our fellows submit a reflection on their experiences; this can be a video or one page essay. During this session we will reflect on soft skills gained, centered around teamwork, problem solving, work ethic, time management and responsibility. We will also discuss company cultures, structure and management styles. The second portion of this session will be a workshop around how to reintegrate experience into a professional profile. Prior to the workshop, all fellows should update their CV and LinkedIn profile with the internship position. We’ll use this session to share, refine and maximize impact. 

October 6:  Entrepreneurship with Doug Villhard (5pm - 6pm)