Don't turn down your unpaid internship yet
by Kate Moore '12
March 27, 2012
You’ve spent countless hours scouring the Internet for the perfect internship. You’ve written dozens of cover letters, networked, and interviewed and now, finally, you’ve applied to your dream internship. The only problem is that it’s unpaid, and you can’t afford to work for three months without some income. Is this the end of the road? Hardly! The Career Center offers several funding options for students in need, and thousands of dollars could be yours after a brief application process.
If you are looking at an unpaid or minimally paid internship, the Summer Internship Funding program could cover your cost-of-living expenses. Many of the funds and awards are targeted to specific career fields. For example, the Richard & Patsy Couper Grant goes to students interning in public libraries or museums. Other funds, such as the Class of 2006 Internship Fund, are open to students interning in any area. For more information on specific funds, click here. Even if you haven’t landed the internship yet and don’t know exactly what area you’ll be working in, you can still apply for funding. If your plan changes, all you have to do in send in an updated proposal.
The application process must be completed through HamNET by April 1. The selection committee will determine which fund(s) you are eligible for and may invite you to interview. Only one award is granted to each student, and funding typically ranges from $1,000 to $6,000, depending on your budget.
The best way to maximize your chances of receiving funding is to turn in a detailed and honest application. The selection committee considers a number of criteria when assessing candidates; there is no one factor that will give you an edge over the competition. Committee members appreciate applications that are candid and include all relevant information.
For more information about Summer Internship Funding, click here.
Download the information packet and get started on your application today!