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We are no longer accepting applications for the Internship Plus Scholarship this academic year. We hope to reopen applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Internship Plus Scholarship provides financial support to DePaul University students participating in an unpaid internship. Students selected to receive the scholarship are awarded up to $2,500 in financial assistance. To be considered for the Internship Plus Scholarship, students must complete and submit an application through Scholarship Connect. We will review all applications once the application window has closed, making our determinations before the term starts. We cannot accept late applications.
The Career Center, in collaboration with Office of Financial Aid, has set specific eligibility qualifications for the Internship Plus Scholarship. Specifically, in order to be eligible to access and submit an application, students must be:
1. A current undergraduate student.
2. At least sophomore standing.
3. Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours (full-time status) for the quarter for which they apply. For summer awards, students must be enrolled full-time during Autumn Quarter.
4. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0.
If you feel that you meet these requirements but are unable to access the Internship Plus Scholarship application, reach out to email@example.com.
While we wish we could support every student, our funds are limited. In order to make sure that the funds are distributed equitably and have a meaningful impact on the students awarded, we've developed additional application requirements. The Career Center developed these requirements based on both the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Position Statement on Internships and the DePaul student experience. Only applications that meet the requirements below will be considered for funding.
1. Students need to have secured an unpaid internship at the time of submitting their application.
2. The internship needs to run for the duration of the academic quarter for which the student applies for funding.
3. Students need to be working a minimum of eight hours per week for the duration of the quarter.
4. Students must demonstrate a clear understanding of how their internship is supporting their professional growth and learning.
5. Students must demonstrate a clear financial need.
6. Students cannot be receiving any other scholarships, awards, or funding for this unpaid internship opportunity.
7. Students cannot have received previous funds through the Internship Plus Scholarship.
If you are uncertain about your internship’s ability to meet these requirements, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the application and what you will need to provide, see the next section below.
The Internship Plus Scholarship application is accessed, completed, and submitted through Scholarship Connect. While you can save an application in progress, do note that we will not review any drafted applications, only those fully completed and submitted. We will notify all students with a ‘draft’ application a week prior to the application closing.
In addition to several essay questions, the application asks students to provide the following information for your unpaid internship:
· Company/organization name, address, and website
· Direct supervisor name, job title, email address, and phone number
· Your official internship title, the start and end dates, and hours per week
The essay questions provide the review committee with insights into the experience, the learning and professional development, as well as students’ need and rational for funding. We do not want the questions to act as a barrier, but, rather, an opportunity for students to demonstrate how they see this internship contributing to their professional development and how the funding will help support them in that journey.
We encourage students to begin the application as early as possible to provide time for planning and revising. Students can also make use of the Writing Center to brainstorm and receive feedback on the essay question responses.
These are some of the most important pieces of your application. Your reflective and professional response is encouraged. Be sure to provide details and examples.
As of September 2020, students that have received Internship Plus funding in the past will not be eligible to receive funding again
Students should have an offer for an unpaid internship by the time they apply, but can still apply if they haven't fully accepted the offer. Please note that applicants with fully confirmed internships will be prioritized over those with internships still being developed.
The Career Center will communicate our decisions and then enter the award amount into Scholarship Connect. The Office of Financial Aid processes awards every Monday, and once they do, the award will show up on your account as a scholarship. For questions about the process or specifics for your account, contact email@example.com.
Because there are limited funds, the Career Center, in collaboration with Office of Financial Aid, has set specific eligibility requirements for the Internship Plus Scholarship. Specifically, in order to be eligible to apply, students must:
If you feel that you meet these requirements but are unable to acess the Internship Plus Scholarship application, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application will include questions regarding your unpaid internship opportunity – or the internship you are considering. You will be asked to include detailed information of your internship from the start and end dates, your anticipated responsibilities, and how many hours you will be working at your internship. There are 5 essay questions that will ask you to discuss how you have prepared for this internship, what you hope to do and learn at your internship, and how this experience will aid towards your personal, academic, and career goals.
Lastly, the application includes a series of questions related to your finances and budget. Specifically, you will be asked to share a detailed description of how you intend to use the award. We will also ask for you to include a breakdown of costs associated with working at your unpaid internship. Award amounts vary from $500-$2500 based on the budget you provide.
All awards are treated as financial aid, issued as scholarships to the student's tuition account. Please speak with Student Accounts to confirm what impact this will have on your tuition account and how money will be disbursed if there are no current tuition charges.
The application will include questions regarding your unpaid internship opportunity – or the internship you are considering. You will be asked to include detailed information of your internship from the start and end dates, your anticipated responsibilities, and how many hours you will be working at your internship.
There are 5 essay questions that will ask you to discuss how you have prepared for this internship, what you hope to do and learn at your internship, and how this experience will aid towards your personal, academic, and career goals.
At the conclusion of your internship, award recipients must submit a blog post reflecting on their experience (prompts to be provided by the Career Center) and provide 2-3 photos of themselves “in-action” at their summer internship. These blog posts and photos will be used by The Career Center for marketing of Internship Plus.