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Program Overview

The Center for Civic Leadership seeks to accomplish its mission through a blend of curricular and co-curricular activities devoted to both the theory and practice of leadership.

Leading Edge Workshop and LEAD 150: Leadership in Professional Contexts 

The Leading Edge Workshop prepares students to exceed expectations in experiences outside the university, and then to leverage those opportunities for future leadership.  During this 2-day workshop, students will learn how to make an impact in a professional setting, lead at any level in an organization, and apply strengths and build skills to increase leadership capacities.  Upon completion of the workshop, students who secure their own summer internships have the opportunity to enroll in LEAD 150, a 1-credit course. 
Visit the Leading Edge page for more details.


Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience 

Leadership Rice's Mentorship Experience is a prestigious summer internship program for Rice undergraduates who aspire to high-level leadership. The LRME is more than a typical summer internship. Before starting their internships, students attend training sessions that focus on leadership in professional contexts. For nine weeks over the course of the summer, students perform substantive work with recognized leaders in public, private, and non-profit organizations. Students also complete readings and written assignments that deepen their understanding of the personal and professional demands leaders face. Most significantly, each student is paired with a mentor who is responsible for overseeing the student's learning and personal development. Previous placements have been in Houston, New York City, Washington D.C., Paris, and Pune, India.

Visit the Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience page for more details.


Workshops and Events 

Leadership Rice facilitates student participation in lectures, conferences, and other events related to leadership development. We also offer various workshops on leadership with topics covering: values-driven leadership, relationship building and networking, risk-taking, overcoming failure, effective communication, teamwork, and authentic leadership.