Paying Your Way to Your Dream Internship

By Brooke Schultz
Senior Writer
Considering an internship but can’t afford it? There are many costs to consider when applying for internships, including food, transportation, and housing (if needed). Paying for these necessities does not need to be stressful.
The Career Development’s website offers a variety of different grants that students can apply for to help with the costs of their internship. There are grants available for every major and class level, and here are some highlights.

Hodson/Houghton Trust Grant
Hodson/Houghton Trust grants are available to students of any major, but the funds have to be dedicated to internship costs such as transportation to the internship, food, housing, and other expenses along those lines. The student’s internship can be for either academic or non-academic credit, but the student must secure their internship before applying for the grant.
The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Deadlines for the grant are: fall, Sept. 1, spring, Jan. 30, and summer, April 15.
For more information, please contact Associate Director of the Career Center, Vicky Sawyer (vsawyer2@washcoll.edu) or Assistant Dean of Academic Initiatives, Dr. Andrea Lange (alange2@washcoll.edu).

Comegys-Bight
Students from a variety of different academic backgrounds can apply. The Program requires students to have completed at least 12 credit hours in history, art history, American studies, English, political science, anthropology, or Black studies.
The Comegys Bight Fellowship Program will match students to the perfect internship for their interests in historical and cultural institutions. The program is offered through the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and selects 10 students annually to work at an internship. The internships are open to students of any class year, extending to graduating seniors.
After completing their internship, students are required to write a six to eight page paper on their experience and give a presentation on campus the next fall.
For more information, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/starr/comegys-bight/.

Goldstein Fund
The Goldstein Fund is available for political science and international studies majors, awarding students with a range from $250-$1,500 for “experiential learning activities” that correlate with public affairs.
Students are required to submit a one-page, single-spaced essay about their experiential learning activity and provide a letter or email of their acceptance into the learning activity. They must have a detailed budget for their projected expenses, and they can apply for up to $1,500. If students receive other funding, they must disclose that amount in their application. Students are also required to share their experience the following academic year.
For more information, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/wc/departments/goldstein-program/experiential-learning-grants.php.

Jacoby Endowment
For students interested in publishing, editing, or writing, the Jacoby Endowment grants two $1,000 awards each academic year. To apply, students are required to submit a one-page cover letter outlining how they would use the grant, what their interests in publishing, editing, or writing are, and explain how the grant will assist their long term goals.
Those who receive the grant must also submit a 250-word summary of their experience within three months of funding.
For more information, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/jacoby-endowment-grants.php.

Layton Summer Science Research
For students interested in collaborative faculty-student research during the academic year and the 10 summer research program, Layton Summer Science Research will fund supplies during the academic year. During the summer, funding includes a stipend that can be applied toward on-campus housing and research supplies.
For more information, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/academics/john-s-toll-fellows/.

Rebecca Corbin Loree Internship Fund
Declared business management or economics majors with an interest in financial services or business careers can apply for the Rebecca Corbin Loree Internship Fund.
Three students are awarded a maximum of $2,500 annually for internships that are in business or are in business-related sectors at firms approved by the Fund Review Panel.
Students must be rising juniors or seniors, show financial need, and are required to have at least a 3.0 GPA. Before applying, students must have secured the internship. The deadline is April 10.
For more information, reach out to Mr. Jim Alison (jallison2@washcoll.edu) or Dr. Andrea Lange (alange2@washcoll.edu).

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