UD Internship Grant

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UD Internship GRANT

 

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships.

The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.  

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Career Development and Storytelling


In exchange for receiving a grant for living and travel expenses accrued during the timeframe of an unpaid experience, students are required to participate in career development activities, such as resume review and written experience reflection. It is also required for grant recipients to participate in donor appreciation, storytelling practices, and assessment on the program and experience.  

Current UD full-time degree-seeking students who will be:

  • Enrolled full-time in the semester directly following their experience (students graduating are not eligible for a grant)
  • Pursuing an unpaid experience in a traditionally not for profit industry, an industry experiencing economic difficulties resulting in less resource for interns, or an experience requiring significant financial burden based on location, work and safety requirements, etc.
  • Pursuing an opportunity outside of the University of Delaware as there are other funding sources for research, study abroad, and other University-based opportunities
  • Pursuing 5 or fewer credits in the summer or winter term during their experience 
  • Pursuing an internship/experience with a supervisor or main point of contact to provide confirmation of application information and timeline for student opportunity
  • Pursuing an opportunity with an organization not related to any family business or role directly related or supervised by a direct relative

  • Requiring assistance in paying for their needs as part of participating in a professional experience. The grant may fund budget items directly related to the professional experience such as housing, food, travel, etc. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a separate paying position.

Priority for grant selection be based on:

  • Demonstrated financial need as documented by UD Financial Services or as explained in the optional essay in the application
  • Students not receiving compensation from the employer or other grants/awards from UD programs for the experience
  • Experiences that would not be able to occur without financial assistance
  • Students who have not previously received a grant (may be superseded by demonstrated financial need)
  • Students who have not had access to developmental and educational career experiences, or may have less time to acquire such an experience (time left at UD)

As part of the application students will submit two required essays and complete an application questionnaire. The questionnaire contains demographic information, information about the experience, an estimated budget, and an updated resume*.

The essay questions are as follows:

  • Essay 1: Describe the organization and internship/experience that you have secured or hope to secure. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this experience? (Think about specific skills, networking opportunities, industry experience, etc. Be as specific as possible – this should relate directly to the experience. Additionally, if you have applied to multiple opportunities, choose one to focus on for the main part of the essay.) Furthermore, how do you anticipate this experience impacting you or the UD community when you return to campus?

  • Essay 2: How have your academic studies and extra-curricular activities influenced your interest in pursuing this type of experience? How will this specific professional opportunity help you develop your overall academic and career goals/aspirations?

  • Optional Essay 3: If you have any additional or new financial information related to your  funding needs that is not reflected on your application or in your financial aid package/student records at the University of Delaware, please provide those details as “Essay 3”.

For the estimated budget portion of the application, you must make a copy of this spreadsheet to create what you believe your budget will be and attach it to your application as a downloaded file. Please include estimates for food, travel, housing, materials, and any other relevant expenses for your experience.

*Please upload resume in PDF or Microsoft Word format only.

Annual Timelines for the Internship Grant as of August 2020:

Experience Term

Application opening

Application deadline

Award notification*

Estimated fund distribution*

Summer

March 15th

April 25th at 11:59pm

May 14th

June 1st

Winter

November 1st 

November 29th at 11:59pm

December 11th

January 8th

*These dates are subject to change based on application processes and funding transfer delays. Funding is intended to assist with experience but may not be available before an experience is set to begin. If you will not be able to start your experience without funding, please be in contact immediately after award notification.

 

At the time of application, students are not required to have an internship/experience secured. If selected for an award, recipients who do not have an internship at the time of selection must meet with a Career Counselor to develop a search strategy. Awardees without a secured internship by July 6th for summer or January 6th for winter will forfeit their grant. Please note that the professional experience is not required to be a formal “internship” but must be an experience with a designated supervisor/site host. Job shadows and volunteer opportunities relevant to career fields will be considered.

  • Students are still eligible for the UD Internship Grant even if they will be staying with family or friends during the experience. Students should be sure to note what other financial needs the funds will address within the budget portion of the application.
  • Virtual experiences are an acceptable opportunity consideration, but still require a budget submitted as part of the application specifying what financial needs exist causing concern. Particular attention will be given to applications featuring virtual internships within an aspirational industry that will limit a student’s ability to work for hourly wage in a temporary position.
  • An experience offering housing as a form of compensation does not prohibit grant receipt but does impact the application. Please be sure to list any and all compensation, including housing, for consideration.

To strengthen an application for the UD Internship Grant, applicants should consider the criteria that the selection committee will evaluate applications based on.

  • Demonstrated financial need and budget that matches said need in being success in the position described.
  • The student can define multiple learning outcomes gained from the experience.
  • The student can draw clear connections between their studies and extra-curricular activities with the experience they have described.
  • The student can state how this specific internship will help them develop or achieve their career goals.
  • Adequacy of preparation and experience reflected in application materials (i.e., resume should be comparable to those that would be submitted to an employer in the respective industry of interest).
  • The student demonstrates willingness to apply their learning experiences to the betterment of the UD Internship Grant and the University of Delaware.

 

Additional tips for successful applications include:

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to discuss your application materials and internship search strategy. (Schedule appointment in Handshake.)

  • Have your resume reviewed during Drop-In Hours at the Career Center, 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday or use VMock to make your best impression.

  • Tell a cohesive story and demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective.

  • You do not have to know what your internship site will be when you apply, but make a compelling story about what type of role you’d like and why it would be impactful in your success.
  • Demonstrate financial need and utilize essays to describe what funds are required for your success.

Adam Helgeson
For More Information Contact:

ADAM HELGESON

Career Counselor, Career Center

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