Apply for funding opportunities for summer internships and launch your career

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Apply for financial assistance for a summer 2021 internship experience. Check Handshake for information about a funding award program designed to assist full-time undergraduate students at Syracuse University participating in external internship opportunities during the summer term.  The award can help cover the cost of credit for students when required by a company, and/or to provide support for living expenses associated with summer internships. The award for credit is only available for internships taken during the summer term, and the application is live through June 23, 2021. 

Qualifying internships must be away from the University and under the guidance of a professional who can help the student explore opportunities that link theory with practice in the field of the student’s career interest.

Internship funding options:

There are three internship funding options for students to choose from – students will be awarded one of the options below only once during the course of their undergraduate college career at Syracuse University:

Funding to pay for an unpaid internship credit (one credit, max) that is required by an employer during summer term

All students who wish to participate in an unpaid summer internship for which an employer requires credit will receive a one-time award to cover the cost of earning one credit during their college career. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to take advantage of this offer during the summer between their junior and senior years. 

Funding required for travel and living expenses due to financial hardship, for a paid internship

Awards may be used to pay for internship-related travel, accommodations, living expenses, and required materials, but may not, in most cases, be used to pay for salaries, tuition for Syracuse University required courses, or major equipment/technology that will become the possession of the applicant at the conclusion of the internship.  

Funding to pay for an unpaid internship credit (one credit, max) that is required by an employer during summer term, AND travel and living expenses due to financial hardship (see notes on what expenses qualify in items 1 and 2 above).

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Open to Sophomore & Junior standing students, all majors welcome.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours on-site at the internship.
  • Applicant Handshake profile must be 100% complete.
  • Students must complete the Internship Funding Award Qualtrics Survey associated with this posting, for consideration.

Credit-based internships require a faculty sponsor. Each awardee is required to obtain the support of a Syracuse University faculty member who agrees that the proposal complements the student’s academic program and who is willing to act as academic “sponsor” of the proposed internship. A sponsor must have knowledge and expertise in the subject area of the proposed internship.

Student must have already secured their internship opportunity and be able to provide information on the organization/company/non-profit, as well as their anticipated main contact throughout the experience.

Students will not be able to use financial aid towards multiple credits for internships.

Students who are awarded financial aid to cover the one credit hour required by the employer will be unable to enroll in additional academic courses for the entire summer term (Maymester, summer session 1, summer session 2, and combined). Students who receive funding cannot enroll in additional summer term courses, as their financial aid could impact their internship funding (or vice versa).

Living and travel stipend applications will be reviewed and awarded by Career Services and the Office of Financial Aid based on need.