UD Internship Grant
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 summer experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns.
The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 based on estimated need.
Career Development and Storytelling
In addition to receiving a grant for living and travel expenses accrued during the summer 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 undergraduate students who will be:
- Enrolled for at least fall semester of the following academic year for full-time status
- Pursuing a summer experience in a traditionally unpaid field or role
- Pursuing 5 or fewer credits in the summer
- Not receiving any money from the employer or other grants/awards from UD programs for the summer experience
- Pursuing an internship/experience that meets the required 250 hours of work between June-September and has a designated supervisor
- Priority for grant selection may be based on need as documented by UD Financial Services
As part of the application students will submit two required essays and complete an application questionnaire. The questionnaire contains demographic information, information about the summer experience, an estimated summer budget, and an updated resume*.
The essay questions are as follows:
Essay 1: Describe the organization and summer internship/experience that you have secured or hope to secure this summer. 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 summer 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 internship? How will this specific summer experience 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 summer 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 summer budget portion of the application, please use this spreadsheet to create what you believe your budget will be. Please include estimates for food, travel, housing, materials, and any other relevant expenses for your summer experience.
*Please upload resume in PDF or Microsoft Word format only.
The UD Internship Grant application will be available on April 8th, 2019.
The application is due by April 22, 2019 at noon.
Applications will be reviewed and awardees will be notified around May 3, 2019.
The estimated distribution of funds will be in the first week of June 2019 pending confirmation of internship placement of recipients.
At the time of application, students are not required to have a summer 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 June 1st will forfeit their grant. Please note that the summer experience is not required to be a formal “internship” but must be a summer experience with a designated supervisor/contact person with the opportunity to gain 250 hours of experience. Extended 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 summer. Students should be sure to note what other financial needs the funds will address with in the summer budget portion of the application.
To strengthen an application for the UD Internship Grant, applicants should consider the criteria that the selection committee will evaluate applications based on.
- 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.