CLS Grants & Funding

CLS Grants & Funding

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service coordinates several funding opportunities to help you engage in experiences that promote your professional and civic growth.

Current first-, second-, and third-year students may apply for funding to offset the costs of food, transportation, and housing for an 8- to 10-week, full-time unpaid or underpaid internship. The internship must be secured at the time of application.

Funding opportunities are competitive and look for clarity in presentation, support from the sponsoring organization, academic preparation, and a link to the applicant’s interests. They also call for well-defined responsibilities, originality, uniqueness of the internship opportunity, and a clear fit within the specific funding criteria.

Additional information about internship funding is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required).

Professional development grants are designed to support the professional preparation, growth, and development of current third- and fourth-year Grinnell students. Students may apply for professional development funding to offset expenses associated with: 

  • Acquiring business attire for an interview or related activities (e.g. attending a professional conference)
  • Attending a professional conference or related professional development program (e.g. registration fees, travel expenses)

Additional information about the professional development grants is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required). 

Interview grants are designed to facilitate student participation in interviews for full-time positions, post-graduate service opportunities, admission to graduate or professional schools, or related post-graduate endeavors (e.g. post-grad internships). To qualify for this grant, you must be: 

  • Graduating within the next 12 months
  • A member of at least one career community
  • Actively engaged with your career community

Additional information about interview grants is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required). 

Ragnar Thorisson ’11 Service and Social Innovation (SSI) Project Grants

The CLS offers funding to support collaborative service and social justice projects in and around the Grinnell community. When applying for funding, students are encouraged to think about the context in which they are doing service. Each project should not only address the symptoms of the challenge students are addressing, but also be conscious of the systemic issues that contribute to the challenge itself. 

Service and Social Innovation (SSI) Transportation Grant

This grant offers carpool funding and logistics for groups of at least two students in need of transportation to a volunteer site. The CLS works together with the College's Facilities Management Office to schedule carpool drivers and vehicles. 

Additional information about service and social innovation grants is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required). 

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