Graduate Student Internship Fellowship

Need a way to fund your summer internship? Looking to get experience outside of your department? Need financial help to fund an exciting opportunity? Apply for this year's Graduate Student Internship Fellowship!

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*** Application Opens January 7 ***

Stay tuned for information about the Graduate Student Internship Fellowship application of 2019!

About the Fellowship

Internships can unlock countless opportunities for graduate students to develop transferable skills that cannot be gained through their graduate studies but are nonetheless crucial to their career success.

The purpose of the Graduate Student Internship Fellowship is to assist graduate students with attaining experience related to career goals and professional development. The Graduate Student Internship Fellowship will be awarded to students who demonstrate how their Summer or Fall 2019 work experience will be impactful for their career trajectory and demonstrate financial need.

The Graduate Student Internship Fellowship is made possible for this year through GSA fees and is coordinated by Career Services and GSA. 

Award Distribution

There are four-five $2,000-2,500 fellowships that will be awarded based off the following criteria:

  • Potential for substantive career learning experience and valuable career experience
  • Financial need and impact of fellowship to ease need in order to engage in opportunity
  • Completion of application, submission of a resume, and met eligibility criteria

Eligibility Requirements

  • The work experience is meant to be an opportunity for students to learn job/career skills in a non-academic setting. This opportunity must be an internship/job that is not a part of academic requirement/expectation of program.
  • For students who are in programs where the internship/job is required or expected (e.g., CCSP psychology students, Bren Master’s students) to be eligible to apply, you need to do another internship beyond your program general requirements.
  • Priority will be given to students who have a work opportunity that lasts over 4 weeks or 160 hours minimum.
  • This funding opportunity is about professional development and is not open to students who are seeking an opportunity to solely advance their research and academic goals (e.g., this is not dissertation funding research).
  • The setting of the internship/job experience needs to be in a professional setting (e.g., non-profit, for profit setting). This is not open to students attending a training course.
  • Open to all graduate students who are enrolled through the quarter after their internship/job ends. Graduating students in Summer 2018 are not eligible.
  • Graduate students need to have secured or will have secured a work opportunity or internship in order for funds to be given. Students will be required to submit proof of internship/job. You do not have to have an internship secured in order to apply; you may apply to this fellowship while you are in the process of applying to internships.
  • Demonstrate financial need and impact of fellowship award. This fellowship was established to help make it feasible for students to complete non-paid or low paying opportunities. This is not open to students who are receiving a salary or hourly wage. 

Important Dates

  • Info Session: November 15, 12-1pm at the San Clemente Center (Pizza will be provided!)
  • Application opens: January 7th (1st day of Winter Quarter)
  • Application deadline: March 17
  • Interviews of Selected Applicants: April 2 & 3
  • Awardees Notified: May 1
  • Note: students will be awarded fellowship one week after their internship start-date and will be required to submit proof of their start date

Application Focus

  • A strong application is one where the applicant has explained how job opportunity/internship will benefit their career interests and future professional opportunities.
    • Talk about how your academic success has led to your interest in the current field
    • What career/job do you want after you graduate and how does this internship help you achieve that goal?
  • ​The following essay questions will be a part of the application:
    • ​Career and Professional Development Impact
      • ​Please write a statement (500 words max) which describes what career/job skills you expect to gain from participating in your owrk opportunity. Please address:
        • ​What are your larger career goals (after graduation) and how would this experience help you achieve your goal(s)?
        • What will you be doing during your job/internship? What will you be learning/accomplishing?
        • What skills/knowledge do you hope to gain that you wouldn’t get from your graduate program?
        • If applicable, how do your academic interests relate to this opportunity?
    • Demonstrate Financial Need
      • Please write a brief statement (200 words max) which describes financial need and how fellowship would be used to facilitate your ability to do the Summer/Fall 2019 internship job experience. Please address:
        • Describe financial need and how this funding would support you
        • If applicable, describe how this funding could alleviates other academic positions/jobs
        • If applicable, explain any additional funding you may be receiving for this internship/job


  • Selected applicants will proceed to the interview round
  • 20-25 minute interviews conducted the first week of Spring Quarter (April 2-April 3)


Can I apply if I am receiving some money for this job opportunity/internship from another funding source (e.g., another fellowship, funding from my department)?

Priority will be given to students who are demonstrate financial need. Students who are seeking non-paid or low paid opportunities will be given priority. If you have received other financial support that does not automatically disqualify you. In your statement, please describe how this fellowship funding will help you. However, this is not open to students who are receiving a salary or hourly wage.

Can I apply if I am doing a volunteer opportunity?

The aim of this fellowship is awarded to support students in experiences related to career goals and professional development. If the volunteer opportunity is career-focused then you can apply. If the volunteer experience is something you do to enhance your general well-being or because of an interest, then this fellowship opportunity isn’t for you, as the aim is to advance career/job skills.

What types of students are eligible?

  • International students- yes
  • P3 status- no
  • Post docs- no
  • Graduate students who are seeking an internship in Summer or Fall 2019, as long as they are enrolled the quarter after the internship is done. Graduating students who are seeking an internship after they have graduated are not eligible.

Can I use this to help with my dissertation?

This award is not to fund dissertation research. However, if your internship experience overlaps with some of your dissertation work that is okay as long as the internship is for you to gain experience working in a non-academic work setting.

When can I do my internship?

Your internship can occur May - December 2019.