St. Lawrence University Internship Fellowship Program

SUMMER 2016 Internship Fellowship Award

Deadline: April 8, 2016

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 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 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. 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 Pardee Internship Fellowship, the Michael W. and Pamela Van Hoven Clark Career Planning Fund, the St. Lawrence University Alumni Council, Daniel L. Brindisi '89 and Cynthia K. Brindisi P19, Doug Brown '63, The Stanley Macdonald '65 Journalism Fund, Richard Carlson '69, The Walker Family Internship Fellowship, Mona Eliassen Taliaferro and David Taliaferro P'15 Internship Fellowship, Arpey Family Internship Fellowship 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 undergraduate 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. Unpaid internship will be given first priority in consideration for funding (with the exception of minor compensation valued at less than $50/week, such as lunches or bus passes.) and underpaid internships will be considered secondary in the selection process.
  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 $4000. 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 domestic travel and a maximum of $1000 towards international 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. Applications will only be considered in advance of the application deadline if the internship location requires proof of funding in advance of an internship offer. The only organization, at this time, that meets these qualifications is The World Bank.
  9. Priority will be given to the highest quality proposals with an emphasis on proposals that mesh with the applicant's long term career objectives.
  10. The Internship Fellowship fund may not be used to cover tuition expenses and/or program fees with internship organizations or other academic institutions. The funds are distributed directly to the student in order to cover day-to-day living expenses throughout the internship experience.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Application Requirements:

  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.  Please do not need to submit written letters of recommendation, only a reference page with contact information for your SLU references.
    • 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. Please do not repeat your budget information that is entered into the application form, but rather use this opportunity to explain any extenuating circumstances that is relevant to your financial need.
    • Feel free to include any additional supporting documents.
  3. The following should be sent by e-mail, mail, or fax to Career Services at
    • 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 by April 8th, 2016.

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