Summer Internship Plus Program

The Internship Plu$ program was established to support DePaul University undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships that demonstrate financial need. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students working in a quarter-long unpaid internship. All awards are issued as scholarships to the student’s tuition account. They are treated as financial aid. Please speak with Student Accounts to confirm what impact this will have on your tuition account and how money will be disbursed if there are no current tuition charges.

In order to be eligible for this award, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Must be a current full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled full-time during the Fall 2019 quarter.
  2. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0.
  3. You will be working in an unpaid internship for a minimum of 100 hours over the course of the 10-week Summer Term,
  4. You are not receiving any other scholarships/award for this unpaid internship opportunity
  5. You demonstrate an understanding of your internship role and organization and have articulated the value of this internship experience within your application.
  6. You demonstrate financial need and can provide a breakdown of costs associated with working a summer unpaid internship.

Students can still apply if they haven’t committed to an unpaid internship yet. Please note that applicants with fully confirmed internships will be prioritized over those with internships still being developed. Summer internships must be obtained by June 10th, prior to the Summer Term beginning, to allow time to begin the internship within the dates of the award quarter.

To apply for this scholarship, you must answer the following questions completely in short-essay format. A large part of our assessment will focus on how this internship will impact your professional and career development and what you hope to learn in your internship in relation to your major or field of interest, career exploration, and/or skill development. Your responses must be well thought out with little to no grammatical or spelling errors.

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, which means that awards are made until funds are exhausted or the end of the application period.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the UIP Team in the DePaul Career Center:
(312) 362-8437

Supplemental Questions
  1. Anticipated Date of Graduation
  2. Select the option that describes your internship status:
  3. Please provide the following details of your internship:
    • Address of the company/organization:
    • Direct supervisor's email:
    • Direct supervisor's name:
    • Direct supervisor's phone number:
    • Name of the internship organization/company:
    • Official internship title:
    • Website for the company/organization:
  4. If you have not accepted an unpaid internship, please answer the following:
    • In which industry, function and location are you looking to secure your internship?
    • List any target employers or internship sponsors:
    • Please explain your status in the internship search process:
  5. Have you had an internship (with this organization or another organization) prior to now?
  6. Will you be receiving academic credit for your internship?
  7. If you are registering for academic credit for this internship, what course and how many credits?
  8. Internship Schedule and Hours
    • Expected end date of internship
    • Expected start date of internship
    • How many hours per week will you be interning?
    • How many weeks will you be interning?
  9. Essay Questions
    • Approximately how many hours per week will you be devoting to this internship?
    • How have you prepared yourself academically and/or professionally to succeed in your internship? Describe past and current professional, volunteer, personal and academic experiences/coursework, including the skills and knowledge you have gained and how these will be useful and relevant in your internship.
    • In your own words, explain in detail what you plan to do in your internship. Include roles, responsibilities, specific skills you will learn, structure of internship and any professional development opportunities.
    • What other information would you like to share with the award committee?
    • What professional and personal goals do you have for this internship, and how will completing this internship help you achieve those goals?
  10. Financial/Budget Information
    • Have you received funding from Internship Plu$ in the past?
    • Please list any additional internship funding/scholarships/awards you have received and/or applied to through DePaul (i.e. LAS’ Community and Project-Based Learning Scholarship).
    • What is your financial need for this award? Give a DETAILED description of how you will use the Internship Plu$ award and include a breakdown of costs associated with the internship. Award amounts vary from $500-$2500 based on the budget you provide.
  11. Statements of Agreement
    • At the conclusion of my internship, I agree to submit a reflection on my experience (question prompts provided by the Career Center) and provide two photos of myself “in-action” at my internship. These responses and images may be used for marketing purposes and donor solicitation.
    • By submitting this application I am confirming that I am participating in an unpaid internship this upcoming quarter. I understand that if I receive an Internship Plus scholarship that it will be used to help offset internship, tuition, and/or living expenses directly related to my internship. If there are any changes to my internship, I will notify DePaul’s Career Center immediately. I certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
    • I certify that I will be enrolled full time as an undergraduate student at DePaul during my internship.
  12. Information Release
    • I understand that my financial aid information will be accessed through DePaul’s Financial Aid Office as part of this application process
    • I understand that the Career Center will connect with my internship supervisor to confirm employment.
    • I understand that the Career Center will contact the registrar to confirm my enrollment in the following quarter and to verify my GPA.
    • I understand that the Career Center will perform a student conduct check with the Dean of Students Office regarding my disciplinary record at DePaul University and that this information will be used in determining my eligibility for Internship Plu$;
  13. How did you hear about the Internship Plus funding opportunity?
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