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Budgeting and Housing

This may be the first time you will be searching for your own housing and living on your own away from family and Grinnell. Whether you are getting paid by your internship organization, receiving a College stipend, or you are using your savings, you may be wondering how you will be able to effectively manage your finances to ensure that you can cover your expenses throughout your entire internship. Below are online resources to help you secure summer housing as well as some basic budgeting tips provided by the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG).

Academic Credit

No Grinnell College academic major or concentration requires an internship as a part of its coursework.  Most Grinnell students do not receive academic credit for their internships. Students who do pursue credit-bearing internships typically have specific reasons for doing so, including:
•    Academic credit is highly encouraged for a concentration (e.g. Global Development Studies or Technology Studies);
•    The student has an F-1 visa and is getting paid,  so therefore needs academic credit for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization;

Summer Funding

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.

Grinnellink

Grinnellink internships are specific opportunities with College alumni and friends and are open exclusively to Grinnell students. These opportunities are competitive and provide funding or wages to student participants. Internship sites change from year to year and may include opportunities in museum studies, art and design, environmental issues, healthcare, social services, biotechnology, financial equity analysis research, and legal services on constitutional issues, to name a few.

Students may only apply for one Grinnellink internship each summer.

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