Internship Funding Application

Applying for summer internship funding requires a thorough understanding of the application process and a careful attention to detail.  If you have not first read the Internship Funding Overview, please do so.  It is your–the student’s–responsibility to ensure that your internship meets the minimum requirements for funding, that your application is complete (including all necessary signatures), and all documents are submitted.  Triple check your application before submitting.  Students are welcomed and encouraged to review their materials with a CLS adviser prior to submitting their application.

Application Opens: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Rosenfield Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • General Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Getting Started: Before digging into the specifics of the application, here are some tips for you to review and consider:

  1. If an F-1 student, read through the Curricular Practical Training for Internships resource from the OISA. You may also want to set up an appointment with OISA’s Karen Edwards or Brenda Strong for additional information and guidance.
  2. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is completed in its entirety and all required documents are uploaded to be considered for summer internship funding grants. NOTE: Incomplete applications (missing signatures, missing documents, etc.) will not be considered.
  3. Only submit application materials for one application period. Applications not funded by the Rosenfield Program will be re-considered during the General Application review process as long as all documents are submitted and complete.
  4. Internship funding selection committees review each submitted grant application using the Internship Funding Grant Application Evaluation Form focusing on four categories: internship knowledge and expectations; goals and skill development; internship preparation; and interview and application materials. Review your application documents for accuracy and to ensure they are error-free.
  5. Internship funding selection committees review each submitted grant application using the Internship Funding Grant Application Evaluation Form [Grinnell login required] focusing on four categories: internship knowledge and expectations; goals and skill development; internship preparation; and interview and application materials.
  6. Internship funding grants are competitive and awards are not guaranteed.
Required Application Documents [Grinnell login required]:
Internship Funding Applications are collected through Qualtrics.  In addition to providing general information about you and your internship, you will be asked to answer a series of short-answer questions about your internship, your goals, and how you’ve prepared for this experience. Additionally, you will be asked to upload the following documents (some of which you complete, others will need to be completed by your internship supervisor).  Please review and prepare these documents carefully.  
  • Supervisor Intern Memorandum of Understanding/Confirmation Form  This is an updated form; do not use forms from prior years.
    • This form needs to be completed and signed by internship supervisor, not by student.
    • Your supervisor will indicate the start date, end date, hours, and whether the internship is virtual/remote or in-person/on-site.
  • Intern Waiver– signed by student (an additional waiver will be required for in-person/on-site internships)
  • In-Person Waiver Only – signed by student (only for students participating in an in-person/on-site internship)
  • Budget Form – must complete for virtual/remote and in-person/on-site. Budgets are required to help the student anticipate, prepare for, and assess the expenses they will incur.
  • Résumé​​​​
  • Job Description – A job description from internship organization. In addition to the job responsibilities, it must indicate whether the internship is a virtual/remote or in-person/on-site experience. Self-created job descriptions will not be accepted.
  • Big Interview Virtual Interview– A requirement for funding application consideration. Must be completed at time of application submission. We STRONGLY suggest reviewing your interview with your CLS adviser prior to submission. Once logged in, you may use the code to access the Virtual Interview Assignment or click “start” on the Grinnell College – Summer 2023 Internship Funding Assignment box.
Internship Grant Funding Non-Compliance Notice:  All students will receive clear notification of requirements they must satisfy upon receipt of their summer internship grant, in addition to multiple reminders throughout the summer of these requirements from the CLS staff member serving as their summer adviser. One week before all requirements are due, the CLS summer adviser will send a final notice via email to students who have not completed/satisfied summer internship funding requirements stipulating their non-compliance, and reminding students of the requirements, consequences, and upcoming deadline. The day following the deadline, students who have failed to comply with summer internship funding requirements will receive notice via email from the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement & Internships indicating they are ineligible for CLS funding for 12 months. Depending on the student’s class year, the student may lose access to the following grants: professional attire, professional development, senior interview, summer internship, and CLS funded trips such as externships and treks. 
Apply Now       Note: Summer 2023 Internship Funding Application will be open February 1, 2023.


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