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Student Board of Directors

2020 Student Board of Directors | St. Louis Fed

2020 Student Board of Directors

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ student board of directors program offers high school seniors a dynamic way to learn about our nation’s central bank. Participants gain a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve’s role in the U.S. economy, participate in online and in-person learning experiences, and engage with employees from various areas of the Bank. St. Louis area students are selected based on the quality of their essays and letters of recommendation. After successful completion of the year-long program, students may apply for summer internships at the St. Louis Fed.


The application period opens in the beginning of January and runs for about six weeks.

The application process is currently closed.

Members of the St. Louis Fed’s student board of directors program come from diverse backgrounds and serve as ambassadors between St. Louis area high schools and the Federal Reserve. During their year on the board, members meet every month from August through May at the St. Louis Fed, Broadway and Locust Street.

At these meetings, students discuss issues related to economics and personal finance; participate in discussions with St. Louis Fed leaders on topics ranging from professional development to career planning and progression; and prepare a presentation about the Federal Reserve to be delivered to peers at their respective high schools.

Some details on applying for student board membership have changed, so please review the requirements carefully.

Please note that each school may provide letters of recommendation for no more than two students, and that recommendations from community members must be supplied by someone not affiliated with the applicant’s school.

Children of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis employees are not eligible for the program.


We have a limited number of seats on the board. Only one student per school will be accepted. Students who are selected will be notified via a personal phone call in early May.

Members must:

  • Serve from late July/early August 2020 through May 2021.
  • Attend all meetings and prepare for and participate fully in all discussions and projects.
  • Complete online learning modules from the St. Louis Fed’s Econ Lowdown Online Learning series to prepare for discussions and interactive activities.
  • Maintain a standard of behavior befitting a representative of the nation’s central bank.

Meetings are from 7:30 to 9 a.m., with two exceptions. In August, a luncheon meeting will be scheduled. A parent/guardian or family member is required to attend. In May, the meeting will be a recognition dinner for board members’ work. Teachers who recommended the students, and students’ parents and/or guardians, will be invited to the dinner.

For more information contact:
Alan Ernst,