Funded Internships

Explore the possibilities with a CXD Funded Internship Grant.

The Funded Internship Program awards students $5,000 grants to pursue internship experiences that would otherwise not be paid. Grants are awarded for all career fields—from research to arts, nonprofit to government. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students are eligible to apply and may be awarded no more than one grant in their three years of eligibility.

CXD Funded Internships support entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, activists, and life-long learners. No matter what you are interested in experiencing next on your career journey, we want to support your growth by relieving the financial burden.

Here is just a fraction of things students can experience with CXD Funded Internships Grants:

Application Timeline

  1. Secure an internship.
  2. Apply. Check out this resource on Handshake for application instructions. Applications are due by noon on the Wednesday following spring break.
  3. Interviews. A committee will review your application and if more information is needed, will invite you for an interview.
  4. Decisions. Candidates will be notified of funding decisions within three weeks of the application deadline (Mid-late April).

What We Ask of Students Who Receive Grants

Mid-summer, students and their supervisors will receive an email reminding them to meet and review their Letter of Commitment. At the end of the internship, students must submit a poster project with pictures describing your summer experience. In September, students will participate in a Funded Internship Poster Exhibition to share their summer internship experience with the campus community.

What We Ask of Sponsoring Organizations

Sponsoring organizations must provide:

  • Commitment Letter. Letters can be sent electronically to the student to submit with their application. PDF is preferable. The letter should include the following:
    • That you are offering an internship to a student
    • Start and end dates for employment
    • Number of hours they are expected to work
    • Compensation (if any) that is provided by your organization
    • The learning opportunities for the student as well as their specific responsibilities
    • Supervisor's name, email, and phone number
  • Work hours that total a minimum of 350 hours and a maximum of 400 hours of work during the summer break. This can be full-time, 35 hours/week for 10 weeks, 22 hours/week for 16 weeks, or any combination in between. No internship may exceed 40 hours per week to comply with wage and hour laws.
  • A mid-summer check-in with the grant recipient to ensure progress toward learning goals.