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Internship Funding

Learn more about and apply for internship funding.

About Funding

Carleton students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship.  A number of generous Carls (alumni and parents) who have gone before you agree and they have contributed significant resources to provide you with diverse opportunities to learn and gain professional experience domestically and abroad.  These funds are competitively awarded each year.  Applications are evaluated on the basis of merit and financial need (as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services.) 

Students may not apply for funding for more than one internship (at different sites) to be done in the same time period. Internship funding is designed to support internship experiences at a single site that involves more than 240 hours of experience and lasts more than six weeks.  While students are able to pursue complementary internship experiences while they have a primary internship in place, we would urge students to be cautious about being overextended for the summer and focus on taking full advantage of the learning opportunities at a single site.

Students cannot use internships, fellowships, or scholarships to study or travel to countries where the United States does not have a favorable relationship or where travel by U.S. citizens is not advised, unless this is their country of origin.  See the U.S. State Department website for current information.

The funding deadline is in place to allow funded students ample time to prepare for their internship, including to establish learning goals and to research and reserve transport and housing accommodations.  Unfortunately, there is no flexibility on the deadline.  Students may apply for funding only after they have received an internship offer (and the future internship host completes the host agreement form for the application).  We recognize that some host organizations make decisions after the application deadline.  The Career Center is happy to work with students to explore alternative strategies to fund the expenses related to an unpaid internship.

About Non-summer Internship Funding

The Career Center is pleased to announce that we will be making limited funding available for students whose internships take place outside of summer. We will award up to $2,000 per student on a competitive basis to help students to defray the associated expenses of undertaking a low-paying or unpaid internship, such as travel to internship site, daily transport, and housing. Please note that students are not eligible for funding beyond expenses; no "savings goal" or lost summer wages will be awarded to non-summer applications. 

Applications will be approved on a rolling basis.  Students should apply for funding at least two weeks before the internship starts.  There is a limited amount of funding available, and once it is depleted, there will be no more funds available for non-summer internships.

As with summer funding determinations, applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit and financial need.  Eligibility is limited to students who undertake an internship during an official leave of absence (such as the required one-term leave of absence due to participating in a summer OCS program).  Funded students will be required to work with the Career Center to establish learning goals and participate in reflection activities during and after the internship.


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This page was last updated on 11 October 2019