Internship Funding

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. 

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. 

Reflections from Funded Interns

The tremendous generosity of our donors makes financial support for internships possible. Our funded interns reflect on their experiences, thank their donors, and offer advice to future interns in their final reflection essays. The essays are organized alphabetically by the individual funds created by our donors.

The advice students offer is powerful. Students were able to explore, take risks, push beyond their comfort zones, and develop meaningful relationships. From their essays, you can feel the impact these experiences have had on the students’ futures.

You can search through more records of where other Carleton students have interned in the Student Internship Database.