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Colby College supports students’ professional development by providing funds to enable students to accept internships and conduct research around the world and have some of their expenses, such as travel and housing, reimbursed. As a result, many students have been able to travel and complete internships that they would not otherwise be able to accept.
The college appreciates the generosity of donors who have created the endowed funds that make this possible. In a typical year, over $100,000 is generated in income from these funds to support student internships.
Students may apply for funding through various on-campus offices. Each office manages its own program and application process. All recipients of funding should expect to write a report at the conclusion of their internship. Below is information on the Career Center managed funds. For a list of other on-campus funding options, please click here.
The Career Center coordinates the committee review process for several endowed funds. Most of the funding dollars are allocated for students who have a current year financial aid award; however, the committee awards a limited amount to students who are not on financial aid. Many of these funds support travel and living expenses required for international internships. The dollar amount of the awards varies based on students’ needs as outlined in their requests. The Career Center funding is awarded for internships during Jan Plan and summer.
The Career Center coordinates the application process for a variety of endowed funding sources that are available to provide students with financial assistance related to internships. You will find detailed information about applying for the funds in the application instructions linked below and information about current funding opportunities in the Endowed Funds tab on this page.
Here is the information on what you need and how to apply. Applicants are required to submit the following materials:
- Internship Award Application Form
- Internship Proposal
- Faculty Recommendation Form
- Budget Proposal
- Current Resume
- Required Paperwork for Abroad Internships, as applicable (located in the Internships Abroad tab)
INTERNSHIP FUNDING RECIPIENTS: Your Endowed Internship Fund Report is due to firstname.lastname@example.org within two weeks after your internship is complete.
- Applications for Summer 2017 can be started by clicking on this link. Please contact email@example.com with any issues.
- Read the instructions carefully! Make sure you have the necessary elements prepared to submit. You can come back later to start if you are not ready. You CANNOT stop once you start, otherwise you’ll lose your information!
- Part of the application requires a FACULTY REFERENCE FORM (send this to your faculty reference, they will complete and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by 11:59pm
Please make sure you are aware of these important policies and considerations before applying:
- Funding does not serve as compensation for an internship. Rather, it is intended to cover supplemental costs that students may incur when working in an internship, e.g., lodging, travel expenses, commuting costs, and meals.
- Applicants do NOT need to have a confirmed internship to apply. Based on the application deadlines, students are often still waiting to hear back regarding their summer plans at the time applications are due. Funding applications can still be submitted without a secured internship, but should be completed with information for one specific opportunity, based on what is most likely to take place. The committee will make a decision based on the initial application.
- If you are awarded funding, it will be provisional on receipt of a letter from the organization confirming the internship. If your plans change and you end up pursuing a different opportunity, you will need to resubmit the application with any updated internship information.
- Funding recipients are required to register their internship with Colby. This page will explain more.
- After your internship experience has ended, all applicants must complete an Endowed Internship Fund Report, which will be emailed to you, in addition to any academic projects required by faculty sponsors for Jan Plan credit, academic credit or transcript notation.
- If you are planning to do a January or summer internship/independent study outside of the United States, please be mindful that Colby will not sponsor your efforts (i.e. grant Jan Plan credit, transcript notation, academic credit, or fellowship money) if the experience is located in a country that the U.S. government has issued a travel warning or recognizes as being a “dangerous place.” Please visit the U. S. State Department’s Website for a list of these countries.
There are a number of different funding opportunities available for unpaid internships. Each of the endowed funds has different eligibility requirements, listed below. Please read the description for each fund carefully to see which might best suit your application.
- The Linda K. Cotter Internship Fund
- The David Strage ’82 International Internship
- The Medalie Family Entrepreneur Internship Fund
- Fund for Student Research and Internship in the Physical Sciences
- John Roderick Fund Grants for Internships in Asia
- Leslie Dougherty Biddle ’89 and George Biddle Fund for International Service Learning, Internships, and Research
- Dr. Frank J. Malinoski ’76 and Judith A. Malinoski Fund for International Service Learning, Internships, and Research
- Christine Petersen ’85 Fund for International Service Learning, Internships, and Research
- Thomas Tietenberg Environmental Studies Internship Fund
- Environmental Studies January and Summer Internship Stipends
- Walker Student Fellowships
- The Hsu Endowed Internship Fund
- Catherine and Tom Tinsley Fund for International Internships and Research
- David Descoteaux Internship Fund
- The Fields Fund for Internships in Japan
- The Springhorn Family Endowed Research and Internship Fund
- Koester Internship Fund
- Goldman Sachs Student Internship Fund
- Cohen Family Student Internship Fund
- Smith Fund
THE LINDA K. COTTER INTERNSHIP FUND
The Linda K. Cotter Internship Award Fund was created to honor Mrs. Cotter for her many years of dedication and hard work in establishing the Internship program at Colby College. The award encourages students to get career-related experience by assisting with the expenses incurred in doing unpaid internships. Preference is given to unpaid internships at non-profit, humanitarian, scientific research (non-profit), or government (state, local, federal) organizations. Internships at for-profit organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Awards are need based and applicants must have a current year financial aid application at Colby. January awards range from $500-$1,000. Summer awards range from $500-$2,500. Competition for January awards is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors; summer awards are open to students completing their first, sophomore, and junior years.
THE DAVID STRAGE ’82 INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP
This award provides a stipend of $1,000 to defray the travel and/or living expenses of one Colby student each year pursuing an international internship. In memory of David Strage ’82, his family and members of the class of 1982 hope that this award will contribute to the enhancement of an international experience which integrates Colby’s liberal educational mission with career awareness.
This is a competitive, merit-based award. Only one award will be given per year. The award is open to all majors. Internships may be completed in any professional career area and must be carried out in an international location. Priority will be given to applicants without previous international experience.
THE MEDALIE FAMILY ENTREPRENEUR INTERNSHIP FUND
This fund was established by Seth Medalie ’82 and provides a stipend of $1,000 to defray the travel and/or living expenses of one Colby student each year pursuing an unpaid internship with an entrepreneur.
This is a competitive, merit-based award. Only one award will be given per year. The award is open to all majors. Internships may be completed in any professional career area but must be with a small, entrepreneurial organization or an individual.
FUND FOR STUDENT RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIP IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES
An anonymous donor has recently awarded Colby College a four-year grant to offer funding to two or three students for the completion of summer or Jan Plan internships. This grant will assist students who pursue off-campus internship opportunities in physical and computing sciences. In particular, the awards will support students who undertake unpaid internships in disciplines such as engineering, geochemistry, and environmental engineering. The awards will provide support for a student by replacing summer wages that are lost if a student accepts an unpaid internship. This ensures that the most qualified students, without regard to economic need, are able to take advantage of these important learning opportunities, which can provide real world experience for students who are trying to determine future career paths and courses of study.
These awards are open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. After completing the internship, recipients must submit final reports on their experiences to the Dean of Faculty’s Office.
JOHN RODERICK FUND GRANTS FOR INTERNSHIPS IN ASIA
The John Roderick Fund provides financial support to students who desire to enhance their Colby education through international research or internships in Asia. First preference will be given to students interested in Japan, who also have an interest in journalism, with secondary preference given to students interested in conducting research or participating in internships in China, and tertiary preference for students interested in the countries of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia (in that order). The Roderick Fund was established in honor of Colby alumnus John Roderick ’36 by Roderick’s step-son Yoshihiro Takishita and friends of John Roderick. One award of a maximum of $4,000 will be granted each year.
This award is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. Students in any major are eligible to apply and previous experience in Asia is not a requisite. However, students undertaking internships in contexts in which English is not the working language will be required to demonstrate competency in the appropriate language. Awards will not be made to students pursuing internships in their home countries.
LESLIE DOUGHERTY BIDDLE ’89 AND GEORGE BIDDLE FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH
The Leslie Dougherty Biddle ’89 and George Biddle Fund for International Service Learning, Internships and Research, as the name implies, supports students’ participation in international service learning courses (Jan Plan or otherwise), international internships—preferably with non-profit organizations, or in international research.
This award is open to all students, and students in any major are eligible to apply.
DR. FRANK J. MALINOSKI ’76 AND JUDITH A. MALINOSKI FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH
The Malinoski Fund supports financial aid students’ participation in internship or research opportunities that foster global awareness and appreciation for the world.
This award is open to students in all class years, and students in any major are eligible to apply.
CHRISTINE PETERSEN ’85 FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH
This Fund supports financial aid students’ participation in international civic engagement opportunities (Jan Plan or otherwise), in international internships—preferably with non-profit organization, or in international research.
This award is open to all students, and students in any major are eligible to apply.
This award is open to Environmental Studies majors and on a case by case basis for minors.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES JANUARY AND SUMMER INTERNSHIP STIPENDS
The Environmental Studies program is able to fund several environmental internship stipends annually. Applications should be submitted to Lia Morris at email@example.com. For detailed information click here.
- The Walker Overseas Programs for Language Learning or Community Immersion Fellowship This language and culture fellowship, intended primarily for sophomores, is designed to enhance language learning and cultural immersion and works well for Field Experience/Internships during the January term.
- The Walker Senior Project Fellowship This fellowship will support field research for senior Latin American Studies majors working on independent projects on Latin America. The Walker student research fellowship is designed to provide students the opportunity to take their research interests outside the classroom. Normally it would be tied to a two-semester senior project. Current juniors may apply in the spring semester for summer funding before their senior year. Click here for detailed information.
THE HSU ENDOWED INTERNSHIP FUND
The purpose of this fund is to support students who wish to study abroad in China to provide a thorough engagement with Chinese culture, a deeper understanding of China, and a richer overall academic experience. With the goal of introducing more Colby students to China, priority will be given to students who are not or have not been residents of China. Some examples in which this fund could be used include internships with organizations in China, research opportunities in China with Colby faculty, and language acquisition programs during the January term or summer.
DAVID DESCOTEAUX INTERNSHIP FUND
The Descouteaux Internship fund is intended to provide financial support to student internships. Preference will be given to students pursuing New York-based internships and/or opportunities in the financial services sector.
THE SPRINGHORN FAMILY ENDOWED RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIP FUND
This endowed fund will support research and internship funding for Colby Students with a preference for experiences in entrepreneurship and innovation.
THE SMITH FUND
This fund is to support students pursuing the most competitive communications and government relations focused internships. Awards will grant 3-5 students annually between $4,000-$5,000 to pursue and internship in communications and politics.