Community and Project Based Learning Internship Scholarship

The Community and Project Based Learning internship scholarship is awarded to part-time or full-time students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. There are multiple scholarships per quarter. For the purpose of this scholarship, internships must be a part of a credit-bearing class. The student must indicate their internship class status in the opportunity specific questions.

Please note, this award is for both master’s level and undergraduate students. Students in a PhD cohort/track are not eligible to apply. Students performing their internship (paid or unpaid) on DePaul’s campus for a DePaul department, are not eligible to apply. Students may not apply for a scholarship to support an internship at their current place of employment. If a student is awarded a CBPL scholarship, they may apply one other time for another scholarship. Students may only receive this scholarship twice in their academic career. Preference will always be given to new applicants.

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. 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. This scholarship is competitive, and students must provide comprehensive and well written answers.

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 and certify that you are engaged in the internship for that quarter. In some units (MPH/MSW) this may be a staff placement coordinator. In most units, this will be the faculty member in charge of the class. 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. If you are applying for the summer and the internship is not associated with a class, you may opt to leave out the faculty name. Please note, in that field, that this is “not for credit summer internship.”

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 be required to return payment to the University. For this reason, students must be certain they understand the requirements of the internship prior to accepting the scholarship.

Varies -- see CBPL website
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Community- and Project-Based Learning
Supplemental Questions
  1. For the questions below, write in clear, concise prose. Your response should be well-organized and free of error. Be concrete. Go beyond general statements such as “I am completing this internship order to learn more about my field of study.” Explain in detail what you expect to do and learn as well as how this learning fits in your overall trajectory. Describe the pertinent details of your proposed internship and project. Do not assume that the selection committee is familiar with your area of study, internship site or project work. It is important that you explain how the specific project(s) of your internship is relevant to your past experiences and future goals. Tell us what comes next. Briefly explain how you intend to build on the knowledge and experience that you will gain. Applications are competitive and the expectation is that answers are robust. Please initial below to show that you read this and understand.
  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 latest Unofficial DePaul University Transcript for coursework verification. You can find your unofficial transcript through: Campus Connect ---> Academic Records --->View Unofficial Transcript.
  4. Please upload a current resume. For help, please reference the DePaul Career Center
  5. Are you receiving a scholarship for this internship already?
  6. Have you had an internship (with this organization or another organization) prior to now?
  7. During the academic year, the CBPL must be credit-bearing (class or independent study). Please identify the class and/or independent study under which this internship will be completed. You do not need to be registered at the time of application, but will not be awarded until registration is confirmed. During the summer, students may opt to register for an internship class or receive a stipend. If this is a summer class, please note the class number. Otherwise, indicate expectation of a stipend.
  8. In your own words, please 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 on this project, how you will apply your skills to the project, and the tangible 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 We encourage you to discuss this with your site supervisor and your faculty advisor/sponsor before applying.
  10. How does this internship relate to your academic interests and skills?
  11. How will the outcome of your project advance your academic and/or career goals?
  12. Internship supervisor's name and email? If you do not have it at this time, please indicate that in your response.
  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. 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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