SMR– CBPL Community and Project Based Learning Scholarship -- Undergraduate

The Community and Project Based Learning internship scholarship is awarded to part-time or full-time students in in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. There are multiple scholarships per quarter. Summer scholarships may be applied in a variety of ways and commitment of funds will be determined upon communication with awardees. During the summer, this scholarship is not required to be credit-based. Students may opt to receive a stipend (a refund) or apply the funds fully, or partially, to credit-bearing class.

This scholarship is intended to support a 10 week, 10 hour/week department-sponsored internship with a domestic or international non-profit, non-governmental organization, or government entity. However, that timing can alter depending on circumstances. The internship, or a portion of the internship, must be project(s)-based and related to the student’s academic skills or interests, designed in collaboration with the internship site, for the benefit of the community or organization. The internship may contain other task-based components, but for this purpose, the student must focus upon the project-based nature of the work. This scholarship is competitive. Students must provide robust answers. Not all academic internships or clinical experiences are project-based and therefore, may not be considered for this award. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and enrolled as part-time or full-time in the quarter in which the internship takes place. Please refer to the website should you have any questions about how to define your project. Students who are completing an internship at DePaul University, with a DePaul University entity, are not eligible for this award.

Please note, the faculty name and email being provided is NOT for a reference letter. This should be the person who can speak to the academic nature of your internship. This faculty (or staff in MSW/MPH) member will be asked about assessment. They must be associated with DePaul. Some units have advisers that handle this, some have chairs/directors, some have faculty/staff point people and some allow faculty at-large to sponsor these academic endeavors. If you are uncertain, please speak with your department chair/director. Failure to obtain the correct point person may result in the dismissal of the application.

Financial need is not a requirement for this award.

Further information on eligibility and requirements are found at

By submitting an application for this award, you certify that you have read the information in its entirety and understand the guidelines.

If the student fails to complete the internship in a satisfactory manner as outlined by the department, the award will be rescinded and the student will owe the university that amount. For this reason, students must be certain they understand the requirements of the internship prior to accepting the scholarship.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Students are not eligible if they graduated during or prior to spring quarter. Students must still be active students in the summer and have yet to graduate. Please select "yes" to confirm you are an active student.
  2. You are required to read the description of project-based learning and eligible projects here ( before you begin your application. Have you done so?
  3. Please upload your unofficial transcript.
  4. Please upload a current resume. For help, please reference the DePaul Career Center
  5. During the summer, the CBPL is not required to be credit-bearing. Please confirm, via short answer, if you are taking a class or independent study for this internship, or if you intend to receive a stipend. If you intend to take a class or independent study, please include the class number.
  6. Are you receiving a scholarship for this internship already?
  7. Have you had an internship (with this organization or another organization) prior to now?
  8. Describe your host organizations (or intended host) and its mission.
  9. Describe the project(s) that you will undertake during your internship. Be specific as to what you will contribute or be responsible for, and clearly outline the deliverable or expected outcome of the project. Internships without clearly defined projects will not be funded. Should you have questions about what defines a project, please refer to the FAQs on the CBPL website You may also discuss this with your faculty advisor/sponsor
  10. Internship supervisor's name and email? If you do not have it at this time, please indicate that in your response.
  11. How does this internship relate to your academic interests, and what do you hope to learn that will enhance your education?
  12. How might this internship impact your plans for the future, including your career or vocational goals?
  13. Please provide the name of the DEPAUL faculty member, internship coordinator or academic sponsor who is familiar with this internship and your academic goals. During the summer, this is most likely the person overseeing the placement and assessment of the internship. If this is for a class, it is usually the faculty member teaching the class, but in some units that is not the case. If this is not for a class, this will be the person at DePaul that can certify the academic nature of this internship. This is NOT a recommendation letter. It is a certification of internship information.
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