Internships provide opportunities for liberal arts students to reflect on and refine their academic skills, explore careers, gain important professional skills, give to their communities, develop professional networks, and much more. The CHC recognizes the urgent need to provide students support to participate in internships that enhance and expand on their academic work. The CHC's Internship Funding Program (IFP) will provide competitive awards to help CHC students participate in non-credit-bearing internships.
Internship funding for students provided by the Internship Funding Program is made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends of the Clark Honors College, including Dr. Ronald C. Fraback.
Participation in an internship should enable the student to:
- Develop research or practical skills appropriate to their academic discipline/field or potential future career goals
- Clarify their values, interests, strengths, and skills
- Learn norms of workplace professionalism
- Articulate transferable, liberal arts, graduate school, and work-related skills
- Explore future academic or career paths
Students can apply for internship funding as soon as the application becomes available in Winter 2021 (in 2021-22, the application will be opened starting at the beginning of fall term). Although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, funding is on a first come, first-served basis. Applications received after Week 8 each term will be considered at the beginning of the following term. Funding will be awarded through a competitive process.
- Open to all current CHC students in good standing
- Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need as indicated by the FAFSA/ORSAA
- Students cannot receive IFP funding if they are receiving academic credit for the internship opportunity
- A CHC student may apply for up to $5,000 (lifetime maximum per student for this program), which can be used only for living expenses incurred for the internship
- Preference in the application process will be given to students who have not previously received any amount of funding through the IFP, and for students who haven’t received a CHC mentored research program award in the past six months
Students will apply for IFP funding using an online application form available on the CHC’s student Canvas site.
The application form requires the following information:
- Name and contact information for the internship experience (including name of supervisor)
- Paid or unpaid (if paid, include salary information)
- Confirmation that the student will not also be seeking academic credit for the internship
- List of tasks/activities that the student expects to carry out
- Start and end dates of the internship
- Location and modality of internship (virtual, in-person, or hybrid)
The form will also ask students to upload:
- A 250-word description of the internship and how it relates to your academic and/or career goals
- The offer letter, proof of acceptance, and/or contract that confirms the internship position has been offered to the student
- A budget (using the budget template provided on Canvas) describing the living expenses for the internship period (e.g. rent, utilities, food). (Note: Tax laws dictate that IFP funding cannot be used to fund travel to or from the internship, so travel expenses cannot be included as part of this budget.)
*Please note that all supplemental documents must be uploaded to the application form in a single PDF file.
- The student will be required to write a thank-you letter to the donor of their internship funding before internship funds will be disbursed.
- At the end of the internship experience, the student will be expected to complete a short survey/evaluation about their experience no later than four weeks after the conclusion of the internship.
- At the end of the internship experience, the student's internship supervisor will be expected to complete a brief evaluation of the student's work performance.
- Students who receive IFP funding may be asked to give a presentation about their experience to other students and/or be interviewed by CHC Communications for a story.
Internship Funding Program Disbursement Process
Internship funds will be paid directly to recipients in in two disbursements via direct deposit. The first half of the award amount will be disbursed at the beginning of the internship award period (after the student's donor thank-you letter has been received), and the second half of the award will be disbursed at the conclusion of the internship (contingent upon the student's completion of the final survey/evaluation, and upon the internship provider's completion of an evaluation of the student's work performance).
If the student hasn’t established direct deposit with the university, a paper check will be sent to their mailing address. Any student receiving funding must confirm they either have direct deposit set up or provide their current mailing address.