Internship Funding

Internships provide students with valuable hands-on job experience that can open doors for a future career. However, for students with financial need, accepting internship offers is not always feasible as many are unpaid or do not pay enough to cover cost of living. The Fleishman Career Center recognizes this issue and is committed to removing barriers to internship participation by providing internship funding.

Eligibility

In order to apply for internship funding, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently matriculated
  • Have a SSN (Social Security Number) or ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number)
  • Have a FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) on file with the office of Financial Aid and Student Record that demonstrates financial need
  • Have already received an internship offer
  • Check each fund for additional requirements. Some funds have restrictions on majors, class years, and GPAs, but not all. Some funds require that the internship be unpaid, but not all.

Please note that this is a competitive application process and not all applicants will receive funding, even if they meet all eligibility criteria for that fund. Preference will be given to students who have not received funding before. 

Application Process

Each fund is unique and has a different application process, so please check the applications of each individual fund for specific details. However, most require the following:

  • Resume
  • Personal statement that includes information about the internship and how it will enhance the student’s career development
  • Internship Expense Budget Worksheet
  • Some funds require additional materials. Check each fund for a specific list of what is required.

Applications typically open mid-March and close around June. Funds are distributed on a rolling basis and are likely to run out before applications close, so it is advised that students complete the application as early as possible. Funding is awarded based on both the quality of the application and the level of need of the student. It is strongly recommended that students have their resume and other application materials reviewed by a Fleishman Career Center staff member for feedback to ensure their application is high quality.

Internship Funds

The Fleishman Career Center manages 6 internship funds. Review each fund to determine which would be the best fit for you:

  • Student Affairs Internship Fund

    Award amount: $1,000-$5,000
    Number of recipients: Multiple

    The Student Affairs Internship Fund helps defray the costs of completing an unpaid internship. Students of any major and class year (including graduate students) can apply for support from this fund.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024.

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  • Mallow Internship Endowment

    Award amount: $3,700
    Number of recipients: 1

    Established in 2020 by Michael Mallow ’88 and Audra Mallow, this internship fund has been established to support undergraduate or graduate students participating in internships in research, government or public interest. Students must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher) to apply. Preference will be given to students participating in an internship that provides a novel experience based on duties, geographical location or innovative environment.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024. Please note that this application will require two letters of reference in addition to a resume, personal statement and internship expense budget worksheet.

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  • Vogt Family Summer Internship

    Award amount: $5,000
    Number of recipients: 5

    Established in 2021 by the Vogt Family, this fund supports students at Binghamton University who would not be able to participate in a summer internship opportunity without funding. Preference is given to those in the Transformational Leaders Program and to those who would not be able to complete an unpaid internship without funding. This fund is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024.

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  • Carretta Internship for English Majors

    Award amount: $2,000
    Number of recipients: 1

    This internship was established to support undergraduate English majors within Harpur College of Arts and Sciences to help offset the costs associated with completing paid or unpaid summer internships.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024.learn more

  • Fleishman Career Success Initiative

    Award amount: $2,000-$5,000
    Number of recipients: Multiple

    Established in 2021, this fund was developed to support students that face substantial barriers of participating in summer internships. This fund is only available for a limited pre-determined student list.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024. Note that in addition to submitting a resume, cover letter and internship expenses budget worksheet, applicants must also participate in 2 professional development activities and complete 2 appointments with a Fleishman Career Center staff member.

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  • Boog Internship Fund

    Award amount: $15,000
    Number of recipients: The total award amount will be divided between 1-2 students.

    Established in 2018, this internship fund sponsors talented undergraduate students with at least a sophomore standing who are completing unpaid or paid summer internships. Through the Boog Internship Fund, eligible students may receive up to $15,000 to defray the additional costs associated with participating in an internship. Funding can be used for stipends, housing, tuition, and/or travel.

    Applications for summer 2024 are expected to open around March 11, 2024.

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Impact

During the summer of 2023, the Fleishman Career Center distributed $155,452 in internship funding to enable 48 students to complete meaningful, high-impact internship experiences. 

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Ashleigh Beblavy, a Student Affairs Internship Fund recipient, at her internship with The Broome-Tioga Workforce.

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Annamarie Chironis was able to intern at the Italian Council of National Research in Rome, Italy thanks to support from the Student Affairs Internship Fund.

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Accounting student Vivian Guan received support from the Fleishman Career Success Initiative, which enabled her to serve as a tax intern at Grant Thornton.

These funding opportunities are generously funded by friends and partners of Binghamton University and the Fleishman Career Center. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of Binghamton University students. If you are interested in making a contribution to the internship funds, please let us know through this form.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is considered an internship?

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an experience can be defined as an internship if it meets all of the following criteria:

    • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
    • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
    • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
    • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
    • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
    • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
  • Can I use the funding for research or creative work?
    These funding opportunities are not intended to support research and scholarly or creative work. For information on research resources, please visit the Undergraduate Research Center.
  • What other funding sources are there?

    For other funding opportunities also check out: Funding Opportunities and Internal and External Awards.

    Professional development experiences (such as conferences, trainings, grad school application fees, professional clothing, and more) are potentially eligible for reimbursement through the Professional Development Fund. The fund is currently closed and will reopen in October 2024.

  • I fit all the criteria for the fund. Am I guaranteed funding?
    The internship funds have finite funding, which means that we unfortunately cannot accept all applications. This is a competitive application and some applicants who fit all criteria will not be awarded funding. The Fleishman Career Center recognizes that this is difficult and continuously looks for additional sources of funding to be able to support as many students as possible.
  • What criteria does the selection committee look for?

    The selection committee will select applicants based on the following criteria:

    • Quality of the application
    • Level of need of the applicant
    • Value of the internship experience

    The committee will also prioritize applicants who have not received support through the internship funds before.
    Note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so those who submit an application earlier will have a better chance of receiving funding.

  • What can I do to increase my chances of my application being accepted?
    We strongly recommend meeting with a Fleishman Career Center staff member to have your resume and cover letter reviewed before you submit. Staff can provide feedback on your materials to ensure you are submitting a high-quality application. Schedule an appointment through hireBING or visit UU-133 during walk-in hours.