Fall 2022 Accelerate Application

Accelerate is a free fall or spring semester program that equips local college students to be successful in a Memphis-area internship. Over the course of 6 professional development sessions, we introduce students to the dynamic community of local employers while helping students learn to navigate the workplace, build networks, and hone professional skills to plot their career.
COVID-19 Protocols
Building relationships is foundational to the New Memphis leadership program experience, and we know from virtual classes that this is best done when people are meeting together in-person, where spontaneous interactions happen and trusting friendships can be forged. Because of this, our staff has worked hard to bring our programs safely back to in-person experiences. If you have questions please email
  • We require all New Memphis program participants, staff and facilitators to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before the first day of class OR submit a negative COVID-19 test before every New Memphis class or event.
  • We require all participants to stay home if they are unwell (and alert your program lead, like you would for any absence) and to notify their program lead of any exposure to or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • New Memphis’ COVID protocols are based on guidance from the CDC for masking based on community levels of COVID. While Shelby County is experiencing low community levels of COVID, wearing masks at New Memphis programs and events is optional but strongly recommended.
  • New Memphis always follows any venue-specific rules when program participants are visiting off-site locations and will alert attendees in advance of those rules.

Contact Information

10 numbers only, no punctuation. Example: 9015557777
Personal Details
Demographic information helps New Memphis better understand who we are serving. If you prefer not to answer, please select that option. 

Full name (University of Mississippi not Ole Miss)

Graduation season and year

Programmatic Information

City, State
Statement of Purpose
Please provide your response to the following prompt in the text box below.  Your response should be 3-5 sentences in length. 

Please identify two professionals who know you well (i.e. professor, advisor, program lead, or mentor) and can speak to your caliber as a student leader. We may reach out to these individuals for more information about your candidacy. 

Reference 1
Reference 2
Commitment to Participation
Full participation of each member of the cohort is crucial to the Accelerate experience. As such, attendance is not optional, but mandatory. Please carefully consider the schedule below and confirm your availability. (Note: There may be slight variations in these dates, due to changes in facilitation.) Contact with any questions you have about sessions.
Sessions are offered Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm except where noted.

10/5/22    Leading From Within *4:00-6:30pm*
10/19/22    Applying Your Strengths
10/26/22    Understanding Your Goals
11/2/22    Nurturing Your Image
11/9/22    Connecting with Mentors
11/16/22    Harnessing Your Future 
11/30/22    Graduation 

Thank you for completing an application for the New Memphis Accelerate program.  You will also now receive communications about Launch, our collegiate event series.