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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.
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.
Do you fully understand the New Memphis COVID Protocols?
Please email email@example.com to discuss any questions regarding our COVID-19 protocols.
Are you prepared to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of class 10/5/2022
Thank you for your interest in the program! Are you prepared to submit a negative COVID-19 test before every New Memphis class or event? Details will be provided with how to submit proof if you are accepted.
Thanks for your commitment to safety!
We will provide instructions for how to show proof of meeting COVID-19 protocols if accepted. P
Thank you for your interest in the program! For the safety of all, all program participants are required to be vaccinated or provide negative tests at this time. You may choose to still apply now for consideration in a future cohort.
College/University Email (.edu)
Cell Phone Number
10 numbers only, no punctuation. Example: 9015557777
Demographic information helps New Memphis better understand who we are serving. If you prefer not to answer, please select that option.
Prefer not to answer
Prefer not to answer
Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
University of Memphis
Christian Brothers University
Anticipated Graduation Year
Full name (University of Mississippi not Ole Miss)
Graduation season and year
Minor(s) if applicable
How did you hear about Accelerate?
Were you referred by or are affiliated with any of these organizations? (select all that apply)
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis
BRIDGES (Bridge Builder Alumni)
CBU Honors Program
CBU Student Entrepreneurs
Communities in Schools
ImagineU at Crews Center for Entrepreneurship
New Memphis Launch participant
REACH Memphis (alumni)
The Hooks Institute African American Male Initiative
UofM African American Male Academy
UofM Emerging Leaders
UofM First Scholars
UofM Student Leadership and Involvement
UofM TriO/SSP UofM
Please provide the name of the employer who referred you to Accelerate:
Please provide the name of the organization who referred you to Accelerate:
Please select all statements that apply to you:
I am a first-generation college student
I qualify for or currently receive need-based financial aid for school (i.e. Pell Grant)
I have never had an internship before
I have at least one internship experience on my resume
I plan on launching my career in Memphis
I moved to Memphis for college
What is your hometown?
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.
Describe the type of leader you are and the type of leader you want to be. What do you hope to gain from participating in the Accelerate program and how does it fit into your current career plans?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about sessions.
Sessions are offered
except where noted.
10/5/22 Leading From Within
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
Do you anticipate being able to fully commit to the Accelerate cohort?
Yes, I understand the importance of attendance and have no major conflicts with these dates
No, I am unsure if I'd be able to attend each of these sessions and need to discuss further
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