You’ve got an unpaid internship at an organization you really want to work for, in an industry or field that you love – great! Time to start celebrating.
But then the reality of having an unpaid internship starts to sink in: how am I going to afford it? How am I going to pay for all those living costs – especially if it is neither in DC nor at home? How can I be sure to cover my costs if my unpaid internship is abroad?
Luckily, through the generous support from GW alumni and parents, the GW Career Services Advisory Council has established the Knowledge In Action Career Internship Fund.
The fund provides grants between $1,000 and $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students – including international F-1 and J-1 visa students – who have “necessarily unpaid” internships.
So what does “necessarily unpaid” mean? It means an internship is necessarily unpaid if the organization doesn’t have the financial resources to pay you. However, incidental support, such as a minimum housing stipend, travel costs, or meals doesn’t disqualify the internship from being necessarily unpaid. Unpaid internships at for-profit companies, for example Fortune 500 companies or media conglomerates, will not be considered. Click here to see if your internship meets the criteria.
But besides the internship, are YOU eligible? If you have a GPA of at least 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate), are in good disciplinary standing and are not in your final semester, then you are eligible for the grant.
For important information on eligibility, requirements, the application and evaluation processes, and online information sessions, go to http://go.gwu.edu/internfund.
To apply, sign into GWork and apply for Job ID #776160. (Before applying, please first review the requirements and other details at http://go.gwu.edu/internfund). A detailed budget plan, resume, unofficial GW transcript and a verification of internship (in English, if applicable) will all be required. No GWork profile? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
The deadline for all applications is April 15, 2013 at 11.59pm. Each application will be judged on a case-by-case basis according to the student’s financial need, how relevant the internship is to the applicant’s career and academic goals, use of the funds and the quality of the internship. All applicants will be notified of their status in early May 2013.