The Summer Internship Award Program is designed to increase the ability for students to participate in internship opportunities that are unpaid. The program will award undergraduate students with awards in the amount of $2,500. Internships may be on or off the DU campus.
- Internships must be unpaid and a minimum of 200 hours during the summer of 2019.
- Students must be undergraduates. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
- Currently enrolled at DU full-time and must maintain their undergraduate status through the summer by registering as a full-time student in the Fall Quarter of 2020.
- If the internship is outside of the U.S., the internship must be registered and approved through DU Passport.
- Students enrolled in a 3/2 or 4/1 graduate program are not eligible if they have started their graduate work.
- Students doing a research project with a University of Denver Professor or DU affiliated organization such as the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute are not eligible to apply. For more information regarding a grant program designed specifically for research at DU, please visit the PINS Program website at: http://www.du.edu/pins/
- Third-party programs are not eligible. Third-party programs are defined as fee based programs where students pay the program for an internship experience.
- Previous award recipients of the Summer Internship Award Program are not eligible to apply again.
- University College undergraduates are not eligible.
- It is recommended that students have already accepted and secured a summer internship by the application deadline.
- Students who have not secured an internship by the application deadline may still apply but must be in active pursuit of an internship opportunity. Receipt of the award money will be contingent upon finding a summer internship no later than May 15, 2019.
Taking this internship for academic credit is optional. Students who would like to get academic credit for their internship must meet all eligibility requirements established by their academic department. Students are responsible for finding a faculty advisor in their academic department and obtaining approval to receive academic credit for their internship prior to the start of their internship.
All applications must be submitted through Pioneer Careers Online by Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:30pm. No exceptions will be made. To apply please submit the items below. All items must be complete by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. A Selection Committee will review the applications and essays and will notify students via email to let them know whether or not they have been selected to receive the award.
Application Submission Requirements (see below for more detailed information)
- Resume to Pioneer Careers Online
- Short Essay to Pioneer Careers Online
- Student Information Form via Qualtrix
Please note your resume must be approved by reviewers in PCO. This process often takes time with a few back and forth edits to ensure your resume is in tip top shape. The amount of edits depends on the state of the resume. Please plan accordingly and submit your final draft resume to this post by the application deadline on April 19, 2019.
To prepare for your essay, please begin to consider a full description of your experience and what you hope to gain. Your essay will be evaluated on clarity of thought and expression, proper grammar and writing mechanics as well as addressing the content and skills listed below.
In a 2-page essay please address the following:
- Reasons you would like to participate in a summer internship, including what in your personal background prepares you for this particular internship. What types of personal growth and development do you anticipate gaining through this internship. How will you impact and demonstrate ethics in the workplace?
- Select two academic skills or abilities from the following list that you would like to develop through your internship and describe how you anticipate developing them.
- Critical thinking: evaluating available evidence in order to make a judgment about a complex issue.
- Written expression: presenting clearly articulated ideas in effective prose.
- Oral expression: presenting clearly articulated ideas in effective oral format.
- Problem-solving: analyzing unresolved issues or situations and applying knowledge and interpersonal, creative, and cognitive abilities to implement an appropriate resolution.
Student Information Form via Qualtrix
You must complete the Student Information Form via Qualtrix to be considered. Click here to get started.
Requirements of Award Recipients
Students who receive the grant will be required to:
- Sign an Internship Agreement for the Summer Internship Award Program.
- Arrange to meet with Stacey Stevens in Career & Professional Development to sign the Internship Agreement and to review additional instructions.
- Submit a signed letter from internship employer verifying the student’s unpaid status and the number of hours they will be expected to work (a minimum of 200 hours is required). This letter will be due by 4:30 pm May 15, 2019.
- Write a reflection paper upon completion of their internship and submit it by email to email@example.com by first Monday of fall quarter.