• Career Center Internship fund

Internship Fund

Thank you to our Internship Fund Supporters!

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.

Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the FSU Career Center’s Internship Fund (IF) provides financial support to students pursuing experiential learning opportunities

The Career Center’s 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.

Internship Fund Information Sessions

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

Tuesday, June 19 | 10 a.m. | Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006

Wednesday, June 27 | 3:30 p.m. | Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006

Monday, July 2 | 1 p.m. | Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006

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  

Student Eligibility

You are only eligible to receive funding from The Career Center's Internship Fund for an internship/experiential learning opportunity you have already secured for next semester.

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 a F-1 Visa must comply with FSU guidelines for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as outlined by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
  • In good academic standing with the university
  • Have no active student conduct sanctions

Pursuing degree at either the Tallahassee, FL or Panama City, FL campus

Student Funding Application

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

Fall 2018 Application cycle

  • We will start receiving applications starting June 18th, 2018 until July 13th, 2018 at 11:59 PM
  • Notifications will be emailed to applicants by August 3rd, 2018 

Spring 2019 Application cycle

  • We will start receiving applications starting October 1st, 2018 until October 18th, 2018 at 11:59 PM
  • Notifications will be emailed to applicants by November 9th, 2018 

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

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

  • Updated Resume
  • Copy of the formal offer letter (or official offer email) from the internship/experiential learning opportunity employer
  • Details regarding your secured internship/experiential learning opportunity including:
    • Company name
    • Internship/Experiential Learning Opportunity job title
    • Geographic location (city, state, country)
    • Start date
    • End date
    • Contact information of the hiring employer:
      • Full contact name
      • Work phone number
      • Work email
  • 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 1000 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 of your funding selection and how you will use the funds?

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

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: 

  • Tuesday, June 19th at 10:00 AM in the Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006
  • Wednesday, June 27th at 3:30 PM in the Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006
  • Monday, July 2nd at 1:00 PM in the Dunlap Success Center, Room 1006

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

  • Your resume:

           We highly recommend visiting the Career Center for a resume critique prior to submitting.  No appointment is necessary, simply drop-in to the Career Center during Career Advising hours. Resumes will only be                 used in a tie-breaker situation by the funding selection committee.

Resumes will only be used in a tie-breaker situation by the funding selection committee.

  • 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 actual 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.

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 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). 

  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 internship
  • 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 budget

3)    Post-graduation or Career impact statement

  • Ability to explain how internship 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 or experience.  

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 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?

This is a list of some additional funding sources outside of the Career Center’s Internship Fund that are available to Florida State Students:
The Office of Financial Aid lists several scholarships- https://financialaid.fsu.edu/types-aid/scholarships
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
Seminole Clubs Scholarship: DC Noles Summer Housing Scholarship: http://alumni.fsu.edu/community/seminole-clubs/scholarships  

Funding through Academic Colleges (example: College of Arts & Sciences) and Academic Department (example: Department of Psychology)

 

 

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