Currently enrolled full-time first-, second-, or third-year students in good academic standing may apply for College funding to offset the costs of an 8- to 10-week, full-time summer internship, provided you have your internship secured at the time of application. These funding opportunities are competitive and look for clarity in presentation, support from the sponsoring organization/agency/business, academic preparation, and a link to the applicant’s interest. They also call for well-defined responsibilities, originality, uniqueness of the internship opportunity, and how it fits within the specific funding criteria. Review the criteria of each individual funding opportunity to see if your internship would qualify.

Summer Funding Options

Andrew W. Loewi '71 Washington, DC Internship Fund Individual donors to the Loewi fund have joined to provide a Grinnell student with an opportunity to explore and experience governmental service through a Capitol Hill internship in Washington, DC, a place Mr. Loewi cared deeply about and where he solidified his value of public service and civic engagement.

Arts and Museum Administration Fund - Lesley Wright, Chair
Supports internships with established arts organizations, including theatre companies, museums, community art centers, and performance spaces offering internships in arts administration, publicity, event coordination, directing, arts education, collection care, and/or curatorial projects. Students are required to meet with the Chair before applying.

Brewster H. Woodburn '29 Physics Internship Fund
This fund supports a physics major pursuing an internship in the field of physics.

Careers in Education Professions Fund - Ashley Schaefer, Chair
Supports internships that offer education-related experiences, including internships in K-12 schools, non-profit organizations focused on education and children, institutions of higher education, and educational policy and research centers. Students must be members of the Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program and must meet with the Chair prior to applying.

Class of 1963 Internship Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
This endowed fund has been established by the Class of 1963 on the occasion of their 50th reunion in 2013. The purpose of this fund is to provide need-based support for internship opportunities for Grinnell College students. The award of this fund will be managed by the Open Grant committee.

Daniel '77 and Patricia '80 Finkelman Internship Fund This fund aims to increase understanding of the connection between business and the liberal arts by encouraging students to gain work experience in areas designed to promote basic business knowledge and managerial leadership skills. The main intent of this fund is to allow students to gain exposure to the private, for-profit business sector as summer interns. Only current second- or third-year students are eligible to apply

Environmental Studies Fund - David Campbell, Chair
Supports internships that offer students educational experiences in environmental studies, natural resource conservation, environmental policy, energy, food systems, environmental education, and other areas. Interns are expected to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on their experience for the Board of Directors of the external foundation that funds these internships. Consult the Environmental Studies website for a list of past internship locations. Students are required to meet with the Chair before applying.

Evangelical Christian Internship Fund This fund provides an opportunity for two (2) Grinnell College students to intern with Christian organizations. Applicants must possess good character and be in good academic standing.

Grinnellink Internship Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Supports internships that are directly affiliated with alumni and/or friends of the College (e.g. listed in Pioneerlink as a Grinnellink internship, an alumnus will be your internship supervisor, or an alumnus either works at or is affiliated with your internship organization)

James C. Randall '94 Memorial Internship Fund
This fund provides financial support for a summer internship by a Grinnell student of any major who wishes to undertake an internship in Spain or a Latin American country (preference will be given to applicants without prior in-country experience). Only current second- or third-year students are eligible to apply. Recipient must also have demonstrated financial need.

Noun Fund - Lakesia Johnson, Chair
Supports internships that focus on women and/or LGBTQ communities and offer students first-hand experience working for feminist, queer, and anti-racist organizations. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair to assess the fit of their internship to the Program prior to applying. Consult the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies website for a list of past internship locations.

Noyce/Intel Fund - Michael Guenther, Chair
Supports internships in applied technology (e.g., agriculture, transportation, computing, biotech) within a non-profit or governmental agency in the United States. Internships may focus on technology design, use, policy, or other issues. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair to assess the fit of their internship to the Program prior to applying.

Open Internship Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Supports internship opportunities that do not meet the criteria of any other Grant Program or Endowed internship funding.

Open Research Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Supports supervised off-campus, lab or field, career-related research experiences. Only research experiences that cannot be done with a Grinnell College faculty member will be considered.

Peace and Conflict Studies Fund - Simone Sidwell, Coordinator
Supports internships that deepen the student's understanding of the causes of violence and violations of human dignity and gives students direct experiences by applying creative strategies for conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation in international or interpersonal disputes. Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator before submitting their application. Participation in a campus poster session or presentation is required following completion of the internship.

Prairie Studies Fund - Jon Andelson, Chair
Supports internships that engage students in learning about either the natural or cultural aspects, past or present, of the prairie region of North America (especially the Upper Midwest) in arts and humanities, science, or social studies. Consult the Center for Prairie Studies website for a list of past internship locations.

Ramsey-Weeks Internship Fund
This fund supports a student of any major to pursue an internship at a for-profit organization.

Rioff Affordable Housing Internship Fund
This fund provides a student with an internship opportunity to explore and experience practical efforts to create, maintain, and/or promote affordable housing for populations in need, whether internationally or domestically. This internship experience must deepen the student's understanding of the causes of homelessness and substandard housing, and provide direct experience applying creative strategies to help solve these problems within the limits of the local situation to which the internship has brought them. Preference will be given to proposals that reflect student initiative and creativity.

Rosenfield Fund - Ed Cohn, Chair
Supports internships in the areas of public affairs, international relations, and/or human rights. The Committee interprets this mandate broadly, but it will be up to the student to articulate the connection of their internship to one or more of these program areas. Students are required to meet with the Chair before applying. The Committee conducts an interview and selection process for their internship grants. Students are required to deliver two public, on-campus presentations following their internship’s completion. Consult the Rosenfield website for a list of past internship locations.

Sterling Lord ’42 and Rebecca Lord Fund: Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Dr. Lord is a 1942 graduate of Grinnell where he majored in English. Founder of Sterling Lord Literistic early in his career, Dr. Lord has had a distinguished and exceptional career as a literary agent. In recognition of his lifetime of achievements, Dr. Lord received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Grinnell in 2014. The award of this fund will be managed by the Open Grant committee.

Sunnen Foundation Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Supports internships working nationally or internationally in the area of social services, particularly those that serve to empower women and men in family planning. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair to assess the fit of their internship to the Program prior to applying.

Tony Smith '01 Creativity Fund - Christie Mohlke, CLS Assistant Director of Career Development and Internships
Supports an internship that advances a student's academic studies and/or their ability to view any academic discipline from a creative framework.

Vocational Exploration and Religious Inquiry Fund - Deanna Shorb, Chair
Supports internships that engage the participant in projects and activities that will lead to greater discernment of the role that their religious and spiritual commitments will play influencing their vocational goals. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair to assess the fit of their internship to the Program prior to applying.

Wilson Internship Fund – Janet Davis, Chair and Wilson Program Director
Supports opportunities for students to observe, practice (when possible), and critically evaluate enterprise, innovation, and/or leadership in the for-profit, non-profit, or governmental sector. Students are required to meet with the Chair before applying. The Committee conducts an interview and selection process for their internship grants. Students are required to deliver a public, on-campus presentation following their internship’s completion. Consult the Wilson Program website for a list of past internship locations.

Writing Internship Fund - Janet Carl, Chair
Supports internships in organizations focusing on writing as a profession. Applicants should describe one or more specific pieces of writing they will produce during their proposed internship.

Application Process

If you have not done so already, please review the list of the summer funding options.  Read the each source’s mission statement and identify which description aligns best with your summer 2015 internship.

  • Meet with the funding source chair (their name is listed after the title of the funding source) if the source’s description encourages you to do so.
  • Steps to complete BEFORE filling out the application:
  1. Update your résumé and save it as a one-page PDF to upload into your online application.  You are highly encouraged to have your résumé reviewed at the CLS.
  2. Obtain an unofficial transcript from PioneerWeb.  Directions on how to do this are below:
  • Log into P-web, go to the “Courses Area and Academic Info” tab, under the Advising & Registration Support section in the Advising Tools area, click on “Self-Service Portal” link on the right-hand side of the page, click on the students box, enter in your Grinnell login information again, click on “Academic History and click the “Submit" button then save it as a PDF document to upload into your online application. If you are having difficulties with P-web, you may get a copy of your unofficial transcript from the Registrar's Office to scan and upload into your online application.
  1. Have your internship supervisor print, complete, sign and send the 2014-2015 Confirmation of Intern Acceptance Form back to you so you can scan it into a PDF document to upload into your online application.  This document must be signed by your internship supervisor and submitted with your online application.  You cannot submit your application without this document.  E-mail correspondence will NOT substitute as confirmation of acceptance from the internship site.
  2. Complete the Proposed Budget Form for Internship Funding, Summer 2015.  Review the Budget Planning Guidelines instructions here (insert link to the Proposed Budget Planning Guidelines) for guidance.  You need to save this form as a one-page PDF to upload into your online application.
  3. Identify two members of the faulty to complete a faculty recommendation form.  You will be asked to input their contact information (name, phone number, and e-mail address) in the online application.  NOTE: the system will send the recommender an e-mail with the recommendation form and instructions for how to upload the completed form into the student’s application.  You do NOT send the recommendation form directly to the faculty members.
  • Visit the Grinnell College Human Resources Career Page, Student Experiential Learning Programs.
  • Click the application that contains the title of the internship funding source that you wish to apply.
  • Complete the application by Monday, April 6, 2015 11:59 pm.  Please note: The faculty recommenders will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the recommendation form once you click the SUBMIT button in the online application. You need to ask your faculty members if they would be willing to complete the recommendation form  BEFORE you submit your application.

If you have any questions, please contact Christie Mohlke [Mohlke], 641-269-4940.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for internship funding?

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time as a First-year, Second-year, or Third-year Grinnell College student.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must have a current GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student during the fall 2015 semester either on campus or participating on an approved Grinnell College OCS program.
  • Students on leave from the College during the spring 2015 semester are ineligible to apply for internship funding.

Do I have to have a certain GPA to apply for internship funding? Eligibility for Internship funding requires a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students are required to be currently enrolled as a full-time student, pre-registered for classes, are in good academic standing, and are enrolled in classes for the semester following their internship experience.

May I apply for internship funding internship as a senior? No. You are not eligible for College funding for summer internships completed following graduation. Students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student for the following semester to be eligible to apply for summer funding.

May I apply for internship funding if I get a stipend/wages from my internship organization/agency? Yes, but priority will be given to students receiving no compensation. You will need to add any income on your Proposed Budget Form.

May I apply for Grant or Endowed funding if I have not secured my internship by the deadline? Unfortunately, no. You need to have your internship secured to apply because your internship supervisor needs to complete the Confirmation of Intern Acceptance form and you need to upload into your online application.  An e-mail notification is not sufficient.

How can I spend my summer funding stipend? Grant Programs and Endowed funding may be used for expenses directly related to a summer internship. For example - travel to and from the internship site, housing, daily transportation, and meals. Funding is NOT to be used for lost wages, future expenses, personal items, product purchases, program fees, etc. On-campus experiences are NOT eligible for Grant or Endowed funding.

When will I receive my summer funding stipend if selected? Stipends are automatically deposited into your banking account following successful completion of the acceptance paperwork and attendance of the internship orientation, typically the second or third week of May. Students often secure plane tickets in advance with a credit card to get a reasonably price and then reimburse themselves when the funding stipend is deposited.

What if my internship is in a country with a travel warning? Grinnell College will NOT release internship funding or approve requests for academic credit for internships in areas identified by the U.S. State Department as “unsafe for travel”. Please check the U.S. State Department's website for an updated list of countries with travel warnings.

What are the requirements I am responsible for during and after my internship if I awarded internship funding? You will need to attend a pre-departure orientation, actively blog (instructions will be provided), complete a final evaluation, with reflection components, collaborate with your internship supervisor on your mid and final evaluation and write a thank you message to any College affiliated individual who supported your internship either through arrangement, supervision, or financial donations, and have a thirty minute post-internship reflection session in fall 2016 with a CLS adviser.

How do I submit my internship funding application materials? You must apply through an online application by the appropriate deadline.  Visit http://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/cls/internships/funding?group=29216 for more information.  You will be asked to visit the HR College webpage to complete a funding application.  The application materials that you will be asked to submit are the following: résumé, unofficial transcript, confirmation of intern acceptance, proposed budget planning form, and two completed faculty recommendation forms.

Where can I get assistance with my application materials or to get my questions answered? The Center for Careers, Life, and Service oversee the internship funding process. You can set up an appointment with a CLS Adviser, visit the CLS during Quick Stops or CLS Express in Spencer Grill, or call 641-269-4940. 

Non-Grinnell Funding Opportunities


J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund
Provides summer awards for students doing public service internships.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Provides a stipend for science and engineering majors to research at a medical physics laboratory or work at a clinical facility.

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
Places students in internships at public policy and non-profit organizations; provides a stipend and covers housing/travel costs.

Getty Foundation Grants for Multicultural Undergraduate Internships in the Arts
Sponsors paid internships for multicultural residents of Los Angeles County at museums and arts organizations throughout LA County. 

CareerOneStop
This is a resource to identify various financial support to pursue unpaid internships in the US and internationally.