Carleton students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship. Many 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 Aid.)
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.
If your itinerary includes international travel, please inform yourself of the country situation, including information about the pandemic and alerts issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, and plan accordingly. If your internship requires that you travel internationally (excluding to your home country) using Carleton funds, you will be covered by our insurance policy with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI); please see the OCS website for details about the policy.
The funding application deadlines are 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. 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.
Non-summer Internship Funding
The Career Center also supports students whose internships take place outside of summer. 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).
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 the 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.
Students should apply for funding at least two weeks before the internship starts. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis and will be evaluated on the basis of merit and financial need. 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.