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Centre College Internship Funding Program

Centre College provides competitive financial support for students completing high-caliber unpaid or low-paid domestic or international internships during the CentreTerm and Summer. The Center for Career & Professional Development can help locate top-notch internships and can offer advice for students locating internships on their own. The goals of Centre’s internship funding program are:
• To support students who are building upon their academic and career-related pursuits with internships.
• To facilitate student participation in experiential career exploration.
• To expand the diversity of internship opportunities in which Centre students participate.
• To help students access an internship that would be difficult to pursue without funding support.
Currently, Centre College provides internship funding for the following types of internships:
General awards for internships in any career field
Specific awards for internships in: education, environmental studies, state government, federal government, healthcare and medical, dietetics, and nursing.

Deadlines to Apply:
CentreTerm 2018: November 15
Summer 2018: April 5

Quick Facts About Eligibility:
• The applicant must be currently enrolled at Centre College at the time the internship is being completed.
• In order to be eligible for all funding, the student must have obtained junior status at the time the internship is to occur.
• Students whose projects will be funded from another source are not normally eligible for Centre College funding.
• Students may not receive more than $5000 combined (internship salary/scholarship funding plus Centre internship funding) for their summer experience.

To apply:
Please review the Internship Funding Guide before submitting your application for more information about application and contract requirements. A completed proposal includes the following:
• A completed internship contract.
• A completed internship funding application.

For more information about eligibility and policies, the application process, program requirements, and available internship funds, please see our Internship Funding Guide and Internship Funding Timeline.

Internship Funding Guide

Internship Funding Timeline


External Funding Sources

Shepherd Consortium Internship Program
Description: An eight-week internship with an agency working in a disadvantaged community. Each student works with Internship Director and Consortium Director to determine an internship that fits his or her intellectual interests and/or a potential area of professional interest. The agencies represent many fields of interest, including education, healthcare, legal services, housing, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.
Eligibility: Students with a minimum of 2.5 GPA. Sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors). Students must have taken or intend to take a course related to poverty studies at Centre College. (Contact Dr. Rick Axtell for a list of available courses.)
Award: $816 food and commuter stipend; housing during internship; opening and closing conference travel, attendance and housing.
Deadline: January 15

EPSCoR Internship Program
Description: KY NSF EPSCoR provides financial support for Kentucky postsecondary undergraduate students to sponsor their internship experience with science and tech companies with an operating presence in Kentucky.
Eligibility: Student must be current undergraduate student enrolled in a Kentucky institution. The internship organization must be located in Kentucky.
Award: Up to $15/hour
Deadline: June 2017 (for summer 2018)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Description: The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Eligibility: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria: 1) The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship. 2)The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. 3) The applicant is studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. 4) The applicant is studying or interning abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.
Award: Up to $5000
Deadline: March 2015 (for summer)

The Kentucky Society of Washington, D.C. Henry Clay Scholarship
Description: The internships provide an outstanding opportunity for promising students from Kentucky colleges and universities to be placed in an office of a member of the Kentucky congressional delegation or an office of the executive branch for a six to eight week summer internship.
Eligibility: The program is open to students at Kentucky colleges or universities who will be rising juniors or seniors at the time of the internship. They must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in public service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Award: $4000
Deadline: January 31, 2013

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund
Description: The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund is awarded annually to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.
Eligibility: Only those applicants satisfying the following criteria will be considered: undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited US college or university; seeking support for an internship in public service, not general support; demonstrated public service activity — past, present and/or future; financial need will be taken into consideration.
Award: $2000
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Google Policy Fellowship
Description: The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.
Eligibility: Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply: demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy; excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise; first-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment.
Award: $7500
Deadline: February 3, 2013

The Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship
Description: Since 1990, AWSM has placed more than 100 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid internships with employers such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN and some of the country’s most respected daily newspapers.
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time female students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree during the current academic year. Previous winners are not eligible. Membership in AWSM is not required. However, applicants can join AWSM for just $15 in addition to their $20 application fee.
Award: Up to $1000 plus a paid internship
Deadline: Applications open on September 1, 2014 for summer 2015 experiences

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Scholarship Program
Description: CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit or government) this summer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The scholarships are intended to enable outstanding students with leadership potential to intern full-time and learn about ways to influence public policy in their local communities and the APA community. Recipients of the CAPAL scholarships are responsible for securing their own public service internships.
Eligibility: Demonstrated commitment to public service, including service to the APA community; Demonstrated leadership and potential for continued growth in leadership skills; Washington, DC internship relevant and consistent with overall public sector goals; Academic achievement; and Financial need.
Award: $3500
Deadline: March 15

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Description: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
Eligibility: U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident. Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America. Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class. Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office.
Award: The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program
Description: The Human Rights Center encourages residents of the Upper Midwest—including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others—to undertake practical experiences/internships in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization.
Eligibility: The internship must relate to the purposes of the Human Rights Center, to the applicant’s experience and training, and to the applicant’s future goals. Applicants must have adequate proficiency in the relevant languages.
Award: $1000-$4500
Deadline: Closed to undergrads for summer 2013

The Getty Foundation
Description: The Getty Foundation supports more than 100 internship positions at organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Students apply directly to the participating organizations. A list of all available positions will be posted on their website in late March 2013.
Eligibility: Students must: Be of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent; Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2013. Students graduating in Spring 2013 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.); Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
Award: $3500
Deadline: Applications open March 2013

Christianson Grant
Description: The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents; between the ages of 18 and 28; participating in a work, internship or volunteer program abroad; committed to a program duration of at least 6 months; willing to submit a written report upon completion of the program.
Award: $2500-$10,000
Deadline: March 15, July 15 and October 15