About The Program

Capital Fellows is an advanced leadership and discipleship program for recent college graduates. Through graduate courses, a paid internship, one-on-one mentoring and many leadership and community service opportunities, fellows develop and apply their gifts in real-world situations while learning to integrate a Christian worldview into all areas of life. Capital Fellows is a unique opportunity to live and work in Washington DC and to be an active member of a supportive community that seeks to serve the city with the love of Christ. It is also a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the workplace while deeply exploring God’s design for us as workers and contributors to human flourishing.


The Capital Fellows Program is Built Around Four Themes:

Vocation and Career

Recent graduates, even those that have worked for a year or two, often have questions about the meaning and purpose of their work. They wonder what God wants them to do with their lives and how they can serve Him in their professions. Capital Fellows is an opportunity to deeply explore these questions through study and hands-on work experience in a paid internship.

Leadership Development

Capital Fellows is, at its core, a leadership development program that helps fellows develop their leadership abilities and style. Through graduate coursework, discussion and hands-on service opportunities at McLean Presbyterian Church and community service partners in the Washington DC area, fellows learn to lead with a sense of purpose.

Intentional Service to Others

As Christians, we are called to serve Christ by serving others. Capital Fellows provides many opportunities to develop eyes for the needs of others and to show them the love of Christ. Fellows are actively involved in the McLean Presbyterian Church children and youth program as well as service initiatives in the Washington D.C. area.

Supportive Community

Capital Fellows work closely together to know the Lord, explore his calling in their lives and serve others. Each year, the fellows start as a group of strangers and finish as a group of close friends. Through retreats, weekly Roundtables, classes and shared projects, the fellows grow into a tight-knit community.

About The Internships

Paid internships in the Washington D.C. area are an integral part of the Capital Fellows program. The internships not only give the fellows an opportunity to launch their professional careers. They also provide the opportunity to apply what they are learning about faith and work, vocation, service and leadership in a real work setting. The internships are also an outstanding opportunity for fellows to start building professional networks and relationships in the nation’s capital.

Below are some examples of past internships:

Capitol Hill

  • Representative Brian Babin's Office

  • Representative John Carter's Office

  • Representative Randy Hultgren's Office

  • Representative Luke Messer's Office

  • Representative Bill Posey's Office

  • Senator Thom Tillis' Office

  • Senator Roger Wicker's Office

  • Historian of the House of Representatives



NOTE: Not every past internship is available in any given year.

About The Graduate Courses

The Capital Fellows Program includes four graduate level classes, guest lectures and group studies. The classes are provided through a special arrangement with Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington D.C. Credit received in the Capital Fellows Program can be applied to any RTS degree program on any RTS campus. In addition to the courses listed here, the Capital Fellows also participate in numerous lectures from industry and government leaders, retreats and conferences.

Kingdom Seminar:

Biblical Theology I & II

The Kingdom Seminar is a cover-to-cover overview of the Bible. Through lectures and discussion, it gives an understanding of God's Redemptive History. By exploring God's plan for us, the course is an opportunity to explore the impact of Biblical Theology on our personal callings in life - vocational, family, service and community. This is a two-semester course accredited through Reformed Theological Seminary.

Instructor: Dr. Bill Fullilove

Identity and Relationships

To effectively minister to and lead others - at work, home, church - we must understand ourselves. This course is an in-depth exploration of our identity in Christ - who we are and who God intends us to be. Among other things, it explores calling and vocation, relationships and the generational gaps that exist in society today. This is a one semester course accredited through Reformed Theological Seminary.


Instructor: Dr. Bill Clark


Vocation & Society

The Gospel challenges us to imagine and pursue a world transformed by love, service and grace-filled leadership. This course is an exploration of our call to serve and lead in society, at work and in the church. Students will develop a deep understanding of the biblical model of sacrificial and servant leadership. This is a one-semester course accredited through Reformed Theological Seminary.


Instructor: Dr. Irwyn Ince

Life and


Growing in faith, learning to follow Christ, and understanding our place in His Kingdom is a life-long endeavor for all Christians. This course is a unique opportunity to spend significant time with the pastors of McLean Presbyterian Church, growing in spiritual depth and maturity. “Grace changes everything” is the recurring theme of this course.


Instructors: David Stephenson and Rob Yancey

The Capital Fellows Program is a vocational and leadership development ministry of the Capital Presbyterian Family and McLean Presbyterian Church. McLean Presbyterian is a vibrant, growing church just inside the Washington D.C. beltway. Our growth has led us to launch a multi-site church that we call the Capital Presbyterian Family. We are one church, meeting in multiple locations. As a church, we exist to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples who make a difference through grace-filled worship, community, and missions. The Capital Fellows program is an extension of this mission that seeks to equip and inspire a new generation of leaders for the workplace, church, home and society.

As a member of the Capital Fellows program, you will be deeply connected with one of the Capital Presbyterian Family sites.

Capital Fellows Progrm at McLean Presbyterian Church Washington DC

About the Capital Presbyterian Family and McLean Presbyterian Church

McLean Presbyterian Church  |  1020 Balls Hill Road  |  McLean, Virginia 22101  |  Email: fellows@mcleanpres.org

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