Dozens of internships are funded each year through the Sandy Maisel Internship and Research Grants made possible through the generous gift of a group of alumni seeking to honor Professor Maisel. This support allows Colby students to build on their classroom experience with hands-on opportunities throughout the United States and abroad. This award is intended to encourage students to explore internship opportunities related to public affairs; it may also be used to support research in public affairs such as a senior thesis.


Internship funding is available to continuing, full-time Colby students and will provide (on average) $3,000 toward student expenses. Applicants may make the case for an additional $2,000 of lost work compensation. Please carefully describe your circumstances. What is an internship? Click Here. These are intended to fund otherwise unfunded internships. Consistent with the Colby Internship Policy (found on DavisConnects website), before funds may be disbursed your internship must be approved to receive transcript notation.

Students applying for research grant funding should provide a fully developed proposal to include a thesis statement, literature review and plan for fieldwork; it must indicate your faculty advisor.

Sandy Maisel Student Fellows

Thanks to a generous gift of a group of alumni seeking to honor Professor Maisel, students receiving internship grants will be named Sandy Maisel Student Fellows for the academic year in which their work is completed and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant. Sandy Maisel Student Fellows are expected to attend Goldfarb Center events throughout the year on a regular basis.


Applications for Summer Funding 2020 will be live on this DavisConnects webpage on February 27, 2020. Students will submit a general application (please visit DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions an application materials) in addition to the following questions by March 12, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST. Award notifications will go out by March 20, 2020.

  1. Please share how your coursework, papers and extra-curricular activities or jobs have related to public affairs. Feel free to elaborate on how work in public affairs fits into your future plans.
  2. If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record.
  3. Are you applying for funding from any source other than through Goldfarb Sandy Maisel grants? If so, indicate the source and how much are you requesting.

There will be a second application round for students as follows:

Application Opens:  April 9, 2020, at 12:00 AM EST

Application Closes: April 16, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST

Award Notifications: April 22, 2020


No deadline extensions will be granted for either round. Applications will be evaluated by the Goldfarb Center’s Grants Review Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Goldfarb Center Director.

Note: Recipients are required to submit to the Goldfarb Center Assistant Director a brief report following completion of the internship summarizing the experience. A detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date) must be submitted. Failure to do so will preclude future grants from the Center.

For further information: please consult DavisConnects’ internship FAQ and funding details.

For questions about the grant process, contact Scott Lamer at

For all other questions, contact Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Sherry Berard at