Unpaid internship this Spring? The Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund can help!


Well done on getting that internship at the perfect organization, or in your dream industry! That’s great news – we’re very proud of you!

But is your internship unpaid? Do you think you will have trouble supporting yourself as you undertake your internship – whether it is in DC, elsewhere in the US or overseas?

If so, applying for a grant through the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) could be for you! If you are interested, then we have two information sessions coming up: The first is on October 28 at 6-7pm, the second is on October 29 at 12noon-1pm – both will be in Marvin Center 538 (Colonial Crossroads). RSVP for either of these sessions in the Info Sessions calendar in GWork.

What is KACIF? Through the generous support of GW alumni and parents, 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.

For important information on eligibility, requirements, the application and evaluation processes, and online information sessions, go to http://go.gwu.edu/internfund.

The application process opens November 1 in GWork and the deadline for submission is November 12. 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.  A detailed budget plan, resume, unofficial GW transcript and a verification of internship (in English, if applicable) will all be required. Applicants will be notified of their status mid-December.

Good luck!

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