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Career Center Internship Fund

Thank you to our Internship Fund Supporters!

Support the Internship Fund

"It is your donation that pushes the next generation of Florida State University students onward to achieve their goals. The world needs compassionate, generous, and supportive people like you, thank you again." - Sophomore Recipient, Media Communication Studies

 

Internship Fund Application

Fall 2021 Funding Application Cycle: June 15 - July 15, 2021

FSU’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 calls on the university community to expand “experiential, cross-cultural, and collaborative learning” and “ensure that every student has the opportunity for at least one significant experience” in experiential learning. The Florida State University Career Center understands how important an internship (or any form of experiential learning) experience can be to a student’s career decision-making process while building practical experience beyond the classroom.

The Career Center embraced this initiative and launched the Internship Fund in Fall 2017 to help reduce financial barriers to students pursuing experiential learning opportunities that support their career aspirations. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the Internship Fund (I.F.) provides financial support to students pursuing experiential learning opportunities. Since its inception, the Internship Fund has provided funding for experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of disciplines participating in experiential learning opportunities in-person or virtually, nationally and internationally.

The Internship Fund aims to reduce financial barriers and support students in pursuit of a wide variety of experiential opportunities, providing access to opportunities in order to gain new skills and experience the world of work.

Any single-semester paid or unpaid career-related formalized experiential learning opportunity can be considered for funding including, but not limited to:

research fellowship
sustained creative work field work
sustained scholarly work practicum
intensive international experience service learning
internship student teaching
apprenticeship significant volunteer work
co-op (cooperative education) developmental leadership program
clinical  

 

Internship Fund Information Sessions

These information sessions will cover the Internship Fund application process, review tips on submitting a compelling application, and answer general questions:

  • Thursday, June 17 at 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 30 at 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, July 6 at 3:30 PM

Information Sessions are not a prerequisite to submitting an application but are highly encouraged. 

 

Student Eligibility

You are only eligible to receive funding from The Internship Fund for an internship/experiential learning opportunity you have already secured for next semester or if you are a finalist in the selection process.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, you must: 

  • be currently enrolled, full-time degree-seeking (undergraduate or graduate) student:
    • Alumni or students in their final semester at FSU are not eligible for post-graduation internship/experiential learning opportunity funding
    • Transient and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for internship/experiential learning opportunity funding
    • Students studying at FSU through an F-1 Visa must comply with FSU guidelines for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as outlined by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
  • be in good academic standing with the university
  • have no active student conduct sanctions
  • meet Experiential Learning requirements set by the University 
  • be pursuing a degree at either the Tallahassee, FL or Panama City, FL campus
  • *if participating in an international experience and selected for funding, you will have to fulfill all FSU requirements for Participating in an International Experience 

Student Funding Application

Application for funding must be submitted online through FS4U: All Opportunities All applications for funding must be submitted the semester prior to beginning your internship/experiential learning opportunity. 

Fall 2021 Application Cycle: 

  • Application opens: June 15
  • Application closes: July 15
  • Notifications will be made via email to all applicants by August 18, 2021

Funding Levels: You may select from one of the funding levels available: $250, $500 and $1,000 USD.

To complete your funding application, you will be required to submit the following information via the online application:

  • Copy of the formal offer letter (or official offer email) from the internship/experiential learning opportunity employer or proof indicating that you are a finalist in the selection process
  • Details regarding your secured internship/experiential learning opportunity that must be included in the offer letter*:
    • Company name
    • Internship/Experiential Learning Opportunity job title
    • Geographic location (city, state, country)
    • Start and end date
    • Contact information of the hiring employer:
      • Full contact name
      • Work phone number
      • Work email

              * If any of these details are not included, please submit them with the offer letter on a separate page, but in the same file.

  • Short response funding application questions, which include the following 3 questions:

1. Share with the funding selection committee how this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity aligns with your current post-graduation plans. Be sure to address the following items (word limit: up to 500 words):

      a. Why did you apply for this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity?
      b. How will this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity impact your educational experience at Florida State University?
     c. What are three learning goals or objectives you have for this internship/experiential learning opportunity?      

 2.  Share with the committee the reason for your funding selection and how you will use the funds? (word limit: up to 500 words)

     Some of the items that you can include for funding include transportation (airfare, metro passes, bus rides), professional clothing, loss wages, and housing. Be sure to address the following:

  1.  How would this funding impact your ability to engage in this internship/experiential learning opportunity? Include a breakdown of your budget
  2. How would you utilize the funding during the semester?

 3.   Is there anything else you would like the funding selection committee to know?

Applicant Breakdown

DEMOGRAPHICS & ACADEMIC PROFILES OF APPLICANTS
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020- 2021

Donor Appreciation

Since first awarding scholarships supporting Spring 2018 opportunities, The Career Center has awarded $56,100 in funding to 116 unique student recipients. However, this is only a fraction of the expressed student need as we have received applications from 591 students requesting a total of $983,284.76 in financial support:

Expanding the reach of The Internship Fund relies on the generosity of individual donors to “Support The Internship Fund”.  Our ever-present goal, in order to fully meet our student body’s financial need when engaging in experiential learning opportunities, is to endow The Internship Fund. Funding recipients are grateful for the support they receive from our donors:

A thanks to those who fund the future

“I am pursuing geriatric physical therapy upon graduation and your generous donation is allowing me to buy a new bike so I have a reliable form of transportation to continue volunteering and observing at a physical therapy center."
-Major: Family & Child Sciences

“As a first generation college student, this scholarship means so much to me. Unfortunately my parents are not able to provide assistance and the only way that I can manage classes and expenses is by working throughout the school year. I look forward to growing as an intern and one day give back to younger students who are also in need."
-Major: Industrial Engineering

“It is with the upmost gratitude that I write this to formally express my thanks for being selected as a recipient of the Internship Fund Scholarship. As an active member on and off campus this award truly expresses and reflects the efforts I have got through in order to strive for excellence and be an important Florida State Seminole.”
-Major: Management Information Systems & Retail Management

“This scholarship means the world to me. Receiving this scholarship motivates me on my undergraduate journey and allows me to get my foot in the door of an otherwise very competitive industry. By taking part in the in this program due to COVID-19, I will get mentors within the industry and learn from some the top media professionals.”
-Major: International Affairs

“I am more confident than ever that I will be able to do this virtual internship. This experience is going to be a major stepping stone for my growth in the field of social media, and for my portfolio, that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, so being supported by you through the Internship Fund means the world to me!”
-Major: Media/Communication Studies

"I am really thankful to everyone who decided to support people like me who are wishing to gain experience during college in the field they want to work after they graduate, but are held back because of many financial issues. This fund really helps me in relieving the burden."
-Major: Computer Science

"By awarding me the Internship Fund, you have lightened my financial burden which will allow me to focus more on the most important aspect of an internship, experience. Also, your generosity has inspired me to give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me."
-Major: Mechanical Engineering
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are you going to offer Information Sessions regarding the Career Center’s Internship Fund?

Yes, we will be offering Information Sessions.  These information sessions will cover the Internship Fund Application process, review tips on submitting a compelling application, and answering questions. Next Information Sessions are scheduled: 

What do I need to include in my internship/experiential learning opportunity funding application?

  • Offer letter (or official email) from your internship/experiential learning opportunity employer:

A critical part of your internship/experiential learning opportunity funding application is your official offer letter (or email) of confirmation on the organization's letterhead or an official email (should not come from a free email client such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).If you choose the email option, please attach a PDF of the entire email, including all headings and signatures. This letter/email should be from the organization with whom you propose to intern in the summer.

  • Short answer responses

The funding selection committee wants to hear your story about how this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity aligns with your current post-graduation plans and/or long-term career goals as well as how this opportunity compliments your academic studies at FSU (see Student Funding Application section for a list of the questions). 

 

I am a finalist for an internship/experiential learning opportunity. However, the employer will not make a decision until after your application deadline for funding expires. Is there any way I can still apply?

  • If the hiring employer can indicate to you in writing that you are a finalist for the internship/experiential learning opportunity, you are welcome to submit that as a part of your application in place of the employer's offer letter.

          However, if selected, you will not receive funding until you submit a formal offer letter verifying selection for the internship/experiential learning opportunity and the Internship Fund staff completes verification.

Can I receive funding for other experiential learning opportunities, or are only internships considered?

  • The Career Center Internship Fund supports student engagement in a student’s “right fit” experiential learning opportunity, and we understand that might not come in the form of an internship!

Any single-semester paid or unpaid career-related formalized experiential learning opportunity can be considered for funding including, but not limited to:

research fellowship
sustained creative work field work
sustained scholarly work practicum
intensive international experience service learning
internship student teaching
apprenticeship significant volunteer work
co-op (cooperative education) developmental leadership program
clinical  

Do I have to be a certain major to obtain internship funding?

Students in ALL majors are eligible to receive funding, including exploratory majors.

What is the commitment from a student selected to receive funding?

  • Students selected for awards from the Career Center Internship Fund are required to participate in the following:

       Experiential Recognition Program (ERP) Enrollment – 

All student recipients of funding from the Internship Fund will be required to enroll in one of the Career Center’s Experience Recognition Program (ERP). The only exemption to this requirement is receiving academic credit for your experience. 

  1. #NolesAtWork –

All student recipients of funding from the Internship Fund will be required to submit a photo of themselves in action at their internship/experiential learning opportunity to feature on Career Center Social Media as a part of the #NolesAtWork campaign to encourage other students to engage in experiential learning.

  1. Seminole Success Story –

                    All student recipients of funding from the Internship Fund will be interviewed and featured on the Career Center website as a Seminole Success Story. Students will provide a detailed account of their experiences to inspire additional FSU students to pursue and engage in experiential learning opportunities.

If I have an unpaid internship/experiential learning opportunity, am I guaranteed funding?

Unpaid internships/experiential learning opportunities are not automatically guaranteed funding.  

The selection committee will review how effectively your application meets the following criteria: 

Internship Fund Criteria:

1)    Quality and completeness of application measured by:

  • Complete application and description of the internship
  • Clearly defined learning objectives (3 minimum) including a potential plan on how to achieve them

2)    Budget Justification

  • Ability to describe why funding is important
  • Accurate and realistic presentation of the budget

3)    Post-graduation or Career impact statement

  • Ability to explain how the internship/experience is relevant to academic interests and pursuits
  • Connection between learning goals and expected impact of this internship in post-graduation plans

The internship I was offered is paid, but not as much as I need. Can I get internship funding to supplement the internship pay?

Yes, you will need to detail on your application very specifically the gap between your projected earnings and the actual costs of engaging in the internship experience.

How many students are awarded internship funding each year?

It depends on many factors, including the amount of funding available that particular year and the number of students applying for funding.

Are graduate students eligible for funding?

All class years are eligible to receive internship funds. However, graduate students cannot apply for funding from the Career Center’s Internship Fund to cover tuition costs for thesis or dissertation hours.

Career Center Graduate Assistants and Career Advisors can apply and if awarded the funds they cannot be used towards their Career Center assistantship.

Which class years have the best chance of being awarded funding?

All class years are eligible. The funding selection committee will make the decision based on how effectively your application meets the following criteria: 

1)    Quality and completeness of application measured by:

  • Complete application and description of internship/experiential learning opportunity
  • Clear learning objectives (3 minimum) including their potential plan on how to achieve them

2)    Budget Justification

  • Ability to describe why funding is important
  • Accurate and realistic presentation of the budget

3)    Post-graduation or Career impact statement

  • Ability to explain how internship/experiential learning opportunity is relevant to academic interests and pursuits

Connection between learning goals and expected impact of this internship/experiential learning opportunity in post-graduation plans

My internship sponsor requires that I get academic credit for my internship/experiential learning opportunity with them. How do I handle this?

Immediately contact your Academic Advisor to discuss eligibility for earning academic credit for an internship.  Not all majors at FSU grant academic credit for internships.  Those that do often have an application process or specific requirements your internship/experiential learning opportunity will need to fit.

If selected for funding, would I receive the amount requested?

It depends on many factors, including the amount of funding available that particular year and the number of students applying for funding.  Depending on the funding level selected students may be funded at a lower funding level that the requested one. 

Are there any other FSU funding sources available to students?

FS4U - Finding Scholarships For You, is a centralized portal that allow FSU students to view available scholarships for which they may be eligible, apply for scholarships, view and accept scholarship offers and submit thank you letters or other post-acceptance requirements. Students may access the system at https://fsu.academicworks.com. Detailed instructions to assist you with logging in for the first time and becoming familiar with the system and its features can be found here.

This is a list of some additional funding sources outside of the Career Center’s Internship Fund that are available to Florida State students: 

Center for Leadership & Social Change’s, The Moellership Program - https://thecenter.fsu.edu/service/moellership-program
Alumni Association, the Alumni Ambassadors Award: http://alumni.fsu.edu/support/ambassadors-scholarship

 

We also recommend researching funding opportunities through both your Academic College (example: College of Arts & Sciences) and Academic Department (example: Department of Psychology) -

 

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