How to Get "Paid" for an Unpaid Internship

Many students wonder if they can afford to do an unpaid summer internship, especially when the internship takes place in a major metro area where they do not live. Through Hamilton's Summer Internship Funding (SIF) program, taking an unpaid internship may not be as difficult as you think. Through the generosity of Hamilton alumni, there are funds available for students doing an unpaid summer internship. Although a competitive process, 30+ students are awarded funding each summer. The following are just a few of the internships for which students received funding:


Philadelphia Zoo, University of Chicago Medical Center, Amnesty International, Harper Collins, Project Angel Food in LA, Arnold Advertising, King's County District Attorney, MADRE, Woods Hole, MOMA, WTEN-TV, Civil Liberties Union, Sotheby's, Minnesota Historical Society.


The application deadline for Summer 2011 is March 29, 2011. The application consists of writing a proposal answering several questions about your internship, your career interests and your financial need as well as submitting a copy of your resume and a budget. From the applicant pool, a number of students are selected to personally discuss their proposal through an interview.


More details about funding and the application process can be found on the Career Center web site on our Career-related Experience page.

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