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Career Readiness and Experience Fund

The Career Readiness and Experience Fund (CREF), part of the Now We Must campaign, was created to support students' career and professional development.

How can funds be used?

Funds can be used for things like:

  • attending or participating in a professional conference or career networking event
  • joining a professional association
  • paying for graduate school exams (e.g. GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.)
  • unpaid internship or short-term project,
  • purchasing professional dress attire
  • aiding in the cost of travel for interviews
  • other professional development-related goals or activities

How much are the awards?

The fund awards as little as $50 and up to $2,500 per request based on need and specified use to students who demonstrate self-motivation towards their own professional and career development.

How can I apply for an award?

To apply for an award:

  1. Complete the CREF Application form.
  2. Submit a professionally-ready resume to Karyn McCoy in the Career Center at after you have completed the application.

What criteria are used to select the recipients?

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Did you provide significant detail about how you will use the award?
  2. How related is the request to your field of study or career-related goals?
  3. Did you submit a professionally-ready resume? 

How will I be notified about an award?

You will receive an email notification letting you know if your request was approved. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, so you should receive your notification no later than one month after your application was submitted.

Other funding opportunities and scholarships

Internship Plus

Need funding for your an unpaid internship? The Career Center's Internship Plus program accepts applications and awards funds on a quarterly basis. The Internship Plus program was established to support DePaul University students participating in unpaid internships that demonstrate financial need. This program awards up to $2500 in financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students working in a quarter-long unpaid internship.