Service Internships in International Development
Purpose: Carleton College gratefully acknowledges its establishment of The Initiative for Service Internships in International Development. The Initiative was established in 2003 with a gift from Stephen R. West '53 and his wife Phyllis M. West in honor of the members of the Class of 1953 at its Fiftieth Reunion. Read more about the internship in this Inside Carleton article.
This initiative awards grants to support internships for Carleton students who perform volunteer service through NGO's or already established programs in the areas of international community development, including credit and business cooperatives, public wellness and treatment, literacy and education, and other public services in developing countries. The internships will provide Carleton students with valuable experiences outside the classroom, which may motivate them to consider careers in international service.
Funding: The grants may cover expenses such as application fees, program fees, transportation to and from the site, lodging and meals during the internships for a total grant not to exceed $5,000. A stipend to cover partial lost wages from a summer job ($2,000 maximum) may be available for students on need-based financial aid. Together, internship costs plus lost summer wages cannot exceed the $5000 limit. Award amount will be at the discretion of the selection committee.
Please indicate if you are receiving any other funding for the internship and how much. The grant will be paid in two installments. Half will be paid at the beginning of the internship and the balance will be paid at completion of the Bring Back Session during the Fall term. A work evaluation of the student by the work supervisor will be required before the final payment is made.
Application Deadline: Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
- Grants are intended for students to fund internships during summer break. The internship duration must be a minimum of 8 (eight) weeks.
- Non-senior students in any discipline are eligible. Seniors are not eligible.
- All applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Recipients will not receive academic credit nor conduct research.
- International students are eligible but must see Luyen Phan, Associate Director of Intercultural and International Life, prior to applying to discuss visa requirements and/or restrictions.
- Recipients are required to attend a Health and Safety meeting following award notification. 2013 dates TBA.
Selection Criteria: Grants will be competitively awarded based on a review of all application materials. Award recipients will be determined by a selection committee of Carleton faculty and staff.
- Provide evidence of how a community will be impacted by the project
- Students are able to show sufficient self-knowledge to be successful in a developing country
- Consider cost-effectiveness and how funds are utilized to impact a community
Students must first apply (in the fall or winter term) to the organizations sponsoring the service internship. This process needs to start early since these programs can fill up, have long lead times, or an extensive application process.
Please apply through the Tunnel. Application information will appear in the Tunnel as a job, listed under Carleton Career Center as the employer and 2013 Initiative for Service Internships in International Development Application as the position title. **Remember, the required documents must be uploaded in the document area of your "Tunnel" account before you will be able to apply.
Application Checklist: (See link in the Related Documents section on the top right corner of this web page to download the 2012-2013 Funded Internship Common Application.)
- Internship Funding Application Form
- Personal Statement of no more than 2 pages
- Current Resume
- Budget Proposal Worksheet
- Unofficial Transcript
- Faculty Recommendation Form. (DOES NOT HAVE TO BE UPLOADED INTO THE TUNNEL). Hard copy of the form must be received in the Career Center by Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 5:00 pm.
- A copy of the Confirmation Letter of your internship from the organization
Note: It is your responsibility to ask a faculty member to fill out the recommendation form. Please give the recommender a copy of your application materials and provide them with 30 days notice. If the recommender is not able to meet the deadline, please ask someone else. It is your responsibility to see that the recommendation form is received by the deadline.
Contact: Brian Murphy at the Career Center at 507-222-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.