2022-2023 Non-Summer Internship Funding

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.

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. 

Student Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, juniors or seniors who are enrolled in courses for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Students on official leave of absence (such as the required one-term leave of absence due to participating in a summer OCS program). 
  • Students who have already received an internship offer (and the future internship host completed the host agreement form for the application).

Funding Application Components

Preview the application form, including the essay prompt. You will need to complete the following documents and submit them with your application.

  • Internship Host Agreement Form (Signed by internship supervisor)
  • Proposed Budget Form (resources)
  • Résumé (résumé tips)
  • Essay response (2 pages long, single-spaced; 1-inch margins)
    1. Please tell us about your internship organization and what you expect to be doing in your internship (including daily tasks and/or long-term projects).
    2. What motivated and/or inspired you to do this internship
    3. What skills do you hope to learn?
    4. How does this internship relate to your academic pursuits, interests, and/or post-Carleton plans?

Summer 2023 Internship Funding

The Career Center will be reviewing and processing funding applications on a rolling basis for 2023. Only students who have completed all of the funding application components will be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified of their decision within three weeks.

Summer Internship Funding Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, or juniors who will return to Carleton and enroll in courses for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Graduating seniors selected for the Social Justice Internships administered by the Chaplain’s Office are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Students who have already received an internship offer (and the future internship host completed the host agreement form for the application).

Funding Application Due Dates

Any applications submitted after the final due date may not be considered. All times listed are Central time zone.

  • January 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Internship Reflection & Career Readiness Program

If selected for funding, students will be enrolled in the internship reflection and career readiness program. The program requires participants to complete the following, including but not limited to;

  • establishing a learning plan with the Career Center before the internship;
  • contributing to a weekly guided reflection blog (at least 10 posts) during the internship; and,
  • writing a reflection essay, designing a reflection poster, and participating in a reflection poster session in the fall or winter (circumstances permitting).
  • Recipients of CCCE and Chaplain’s Office funding may be asked to participate in additional activities.
  • NOTE: Students who do not fulfill their participation obligations will be charged up to $500 in the term following the internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t get my application in on the last Sunday of the month?

Applications received after the last Sunday will be processed and reviewed in the following month’s cycle. Please note that the last day to apply for funding for summer 2023 internships is Sunday, June 4, 2023. Any applications submitted after that date will not be considered.

How much funding can I receive?

Students who have secured unpaid internships can receive up to $5,200 for the summer.

We will award up to $2,000 per student for non-summer internships occuring during an official leave of absence.

Please note that your budget will be reviewed and scrutinized for clarity and equity across applications.

When will the funds be deposited into my account?

Students who are awarded internship funds will see a deposit in the amount of the award within a few weeks.

When can research be considered an internship to be eligible for funding?

“Internship” is a broad term that can encompass experiential learning in a variety of settings, including laboratories, structured organizations, and studios. When a student is seeking out a research-related internship, they may be eligible for applying for internship funding if the following criteria are met:

  • The student must be seeking to gain new, research-related skills and experience and be able to articulate how the research experience will be relevant to their post-Carleton plans;
  • The student must be engaged in research with a Principal Investigator and/or research team who would provide regular and ongoing guidance, instruction, and feedback;
  • The research itself constitutes a systematic investigation calculated to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge; not institutional research nor an independent project intended for use only at and by Carleton employees and/or students;
  • The research is based entirely off-Carleton campus, such as in an educational, non-profit, or corporate setting unaffiliated with Carleton. 

At the present time, research done exclusively with Carleton faculty will not be eligible for Carleton internship funding. Although a faculty member may be involved with the research, the primary site supervisor/investigator at the host organization cannot be a Carleton faculty member. Carleton faculty are encouraged to apply for internal competitive funds to help support faculty-led research with students

Is housing available for internships?

Summer Internship Housing at Carleton: If you would like to live on campus during the summer as you intern, Residential Life does offer housing on campus to Carleton students in the summer for a fee. Check with Residential Life for application information. 

Internship Housing Beyond Carleton: Start by checking with friends and family nearby your internship site. Carleton alumni can also be a great resource to suggest options in cities where you do not have any connections. Check the alumni directory and search by Area/Club. Our colleagues at WilliamsBerkeley, and Lafayette have also put together some helpful information and links to other internship housing options.

For questions, please contact Luke Klefstad.