St. Lawrence University Internship Fellowship Program

SUMMER 2015 Internship Fellowship Award

Deadline: April 10, 2015

Established in 1997, the Internship Fellowship Award is designed to promote leadership and career development opportunities for undergraduate students. Awarded to a St. Lawrence University student who has secured an internship, including structured career development or research opportunities for the upcoming winter of summer break, this award is intended to help offset the cost of living and travel/transportation expenses incurred during the student's internship experience. Funds may also potentially cover income replacement if adequate need is demonstrated. Award is available for the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Please note: students withdrawing from SLU are not eligible for this fellowship award.

Initially created by a generous gift from Vivien Gardner Hannon '43, this fund has now grown to include several other donors including the Sol Feinstone Alumni Award Fund, the Michael W. and Pamela Van Hoven Clark Career Planning Fund, the St. Lawrence University Alumni Council, Doug Brown '63, Stanley Mcdonald '65, Richard Carlson '69, Thomas Walker '79, and other anonymous donors. A selection committee of professional staff will make the final decision on all awards.

Guidelines For Eligibility

  1. In order to qualify for an internship fellowship award you must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Be a matriculated student in good academic standing with St. Lawrence University
    • OR

    • Be a graduate in the internship cycle nearest your last semester of full time enrollment at St. Lawrence University
  2. There are no financial eligibility requirements to receive internship fellowship awards.
  3. The internship must be unpaid (with the exception of minor compensation valued at less than $50/week, such as lunches or bus passes.)
  4. The internship must be a minimum time commitment of 30 hours/wk and preference will be given to internships that last a minimum of 8 weeks.  (If your internship will be fewer than 8 weeks long you may still apply, but internships of greater length will have a better chance of receiving funding.)
  5. The maximum award for the summer break is $2500. Graduating seniors receive 80% of their award at the start of the summer, and all other class years receive 90% of their award. The final portion is distributed upon completion of the internship. International students should also be aware that they will have to pay a 14% tax on their award.  More information.
  6. The fund allows for a maximum of $500 towards any travel expenses incurred in the initial travel to your internship location. Travel expenses related to daily commuting can exceed the $500 limit.
  7. Funding priority will be given to first time applicants and there is a two-time funding limit so plan accordingly.
  8. Priority will be given to the highest quality proposals with an emphasis on proposals that mesh with the applicant's long term career objectives.
  9. If the committee discovers that any part of your proposal is fraudulent, it reserves the right to revoke all or some of your internship fellowship.
  10. Students are not eligible to apply for internship fellowships at the same internship site more than once. and they are not eligible if they have held the same internship position previously.
  11. Some awards within the Internship Fellowship program give preference to applicants whose internships meet certain criteria. Please read the descriptions below to learn if you or your internship might qualify for preference with one of the following awards:
  • Douglas M. Brown '63 Alumni Council Capital District Internship Award - Preference for internships in the Albany/Capital District area of NY, or to students from the Capital District
  • Richard Carlson '69 Career Services Internship Fund Award - Preference for internships in the fields of publications and journalism in the North Country
  • The Walker Family US/Canadian Internship Award - Preference for internships in Canada or relating to US/Canadian relations
  • Stan Macdonald '65 Journalism Award - Preference for internships in journalism in the North Country
  • Henry's Fork Foundation Award - given only to a student interning with the Henry's Fork Foundation in Ashton, ID.  Students can find the full internship description and application information by logging on to SAINTSLink.

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
  2. Upload the following documents to your online application form:
    • Resume.  Please provide a current, Career Services approved resume.
    • Reference Page with at least two SLU references who can speak to your qualifications, abilities, and career goals.
    • Essay #1.  Please provide an essay of no more than 600 words in which you discuss: your career and personal goals, how the internship relates to your future plans, what you hope to gain from this learning experience, and how this fellowship would be of value to you.
    • Essay #2.  Please provide an essay of no more than 600 words in which you discuss why this financial funding would be essential to completion of your internship, and explain any actions you will be taking to support yourself financially during your internship.
    • Feel free to include any additional supporting documents.
  3. The following should be sent by e-mail, mail, or fax to Career Services at careers@stlawu.edu:
    • Written Confirmation of your internship from the internship supervisor or host site. Confirmation MUST include the following information: internship start and end dates, the number of hours you will work per week, and compensation. (You may submit the proposal without confirmation, but no funds will be disbursed until confirmation is received.)
    • Housing Confirmation is required if you are applying for funding towards your housing expenses for the summer. This could include a lease agreement, student housing contract, or other written documentation deemed acceptable by the Career Services office. (You may submit your proposal without this confirmation, but no funds will be disbursed until confirmation is received.)
    • If your internship is with a for-profit company, the employer MUST also complete the required U.S. Department of Labor compliance form.

Please note that it is your responsibility to notify Career Services if this proposal changes in any way. Failure to do so will invalidate your proposal and could result in full repayment of any awards made.

Any additional documents you wish to submit must also be sent via e-mail to Career Services at careers@stlawu.edu by April 10th, 2015.

For more information about this award, please contact Career Services at x5906.