Applications for this funding are closed.
University funding is available to support current first-years, sophomores and juniors who will be spending their summer participating in unpaid opportunities with nonprofits dedicated to social impact, civic engagement and/or public policy work. Undergraduate students currently on leave and returning on July 1 are also eligible for funding.
Applications can be submitted through Handshake beginning Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Applications will then be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30 (or until all opportunities are filled). Students can expect to hear back within a few days after submitting their applications. An application must be completed before the internship or project begins.
Students must receive and accept an offer to participate in a project/internship before they are eligible to apply for funding. Once an offer has been accepted, students must submit an application through Handshake consisting of:
- A description of the project/internship from the nonprofit organization
- A copy of a letter or email from the nonprofit organization stating the start and end dates of the project/internship and the average expected hours per week
- Responses to questions on application form
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
- Be a current first-year, sophomore or junior; or a first-year, sophomore or junior currently on leave who will be returning on July 1, 2021
- Have an unpaid internship or project with a nonprofit organization with a social impact, civic engagement and/or public policy mission
- Be working at least 10 hours per week for at least four weeks in the role
There may be restrictions on the types of opportunities international students are able to accept depending on their visa status. We advise all international students to consult with the Davis International Center before committing to an internship or project.
The Center for Career Development will not be reviewing or vetting internships/projects besides their eligibility for this funding. It is the responsibility of individual students to assess the internship/project’s logistics, the personnel involved, health and safety and other aspects of the opportunity.
The amount of funding is contingent upon the average weekly work schedule:
- For projects/internships that average 10-19 hours per week, the award will be $250 per week
- For projects/internships that average 20-29 hours per week, the award will be $400 per week
- For projects/internships that average 30+ hours per week, the award will be $600 per week
The maximum funding amount for a single project/internship is $6,000.
For current students, the funding will be paid in two installments. The first installment will be awarded through SAFE in early June for the total funding amount less $250. The second installment (the final $250) will be awarded through SAFE on August 20, 2021. Eligible students currently on leave will receive their first payment after their return on July 1, though their summer experience may begin sooner.
Students selected to receive funding must complete the following:
- Pre-internship forms - including a learning contract signed by your supervisor by the end of the first week of your internship/project
- Learning objectives must be approved by a Center for Career Development adviser prior to sharing with your supervisor
- A weekly reflection for the duration of the project/internship beginning June 1 or whenever your experience begins
- Mid-term and final evaluation forms completed by you and your supervisor
- A post-project reflection essay