Securing School Funding for Your Internship
Unpaid Internship Funding
Many universities have grants and scholarships especially for their students taking unpaid internships. These generally range from $500-$2500 and can offset a lot of your cost of living.
You should start searching for unpaid internship grants around the same time as you apply for internships, as these grants are usually highly competitive. They will often allow you to apply before securing the internship, but each program has specific guidelines and deadlines that you should adhere to.
The best way to find out if your university has grants for unpaid interns is to simply Google the name of your school and “unpaid internship grants”. The first few pages should link you to more information.
You should also speak to your school’s career services. There are often large, school sponsored grants as well as smaller, privately funded grants that may be harder to find. Career services should have information on all of them.
If you are within a specific school within your university, such as Arts and Sciences or Communications, you may want to check within your department to find funding. Ask your school advisor for this information if you were unable to find it through a simple Google search.
Part-time internships are available at HRC If you need a part-time job to help pay for your cost of living.
Examples of internship grants:
The Furman Advantage Program
Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) Internship Fund
George Washington University
Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund
Hendrix Odyssey Program
Department of Journalism Unpaid Internship Scholarship
Education in Action Program
Multiple Funding Opportunities
*Note that these specific grants are only for students studying at these universities.