We all know that internships are a fantastic way to gain valuable hands-on experience, but it's hard to commit to an unpaid summer internship when you know you need to make money too. But what if that internship is the experience that's going to open the doors for your future job? What do you do?
The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development recognizes this issue and administers the Student Affairs Internship Fund to sponsor talented undergraduate and graduate students so they have financial support while completing unpaid summer internships. Through the Internship Fund, you may receive $500 to $5,000 to defray the cost of pursuing an unpaid internship!
Who Is Eligible?
Currently matriculated Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students who have been offered an unpaid full- or part-time internship (cannot intern for a family member) for summer 2018 may apply. You must be completing the internship before you graduate, and you need to meet all of the following criteria:
- US citizen
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Current Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Students with financial need will have priority.
Preference will be given to students who may not otherwise be able to complete an unpaid internship due to financial constraints. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received support through the Internship Fund and those with financial need.
These funds are not intended to support undergraduate research and scholarly or creative work. For information on research resources visit the Undergraduate Research Center.
How to Apply
1. Complete and submit the online application form.
2. Apply to "2018 Student Affairs Internship Fund" in hireBING. You are required to upload:
*View the Fleishman Center's resources for resume help and have your resume reviewed in the Fleishman Center during walk-in hours.
A personal statement no more than two pages in length, describing the internship you have been offered and how it fits with your career plans, as well as information about why you need the funds.
3. Completed Google form filled out by your upcoming internship supervisor about the details of your internship.
4. Two recommendations completed though this Goolge form.
Information regarding the internship supervisor and recommendation form can be found on the application form.
The final deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Applications received after 11 p.m. EST on May 1 will not be considered. Final decisions will be communicated during the first week in May. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development staff will assist students in identifying internship opportunities and will review draft resumes during walk-in advising hours.
Academic credit may be available through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development's CDCI Program or a student's academic major department.
Please note: Some employers may require students to take the internship for credit.
How the Student Affairs Internship Fund Works
1. We contact your supervisor the week you start your internship and they verify that you started.
2. We then start to process your first check (the total amount you get is cut in half).
3. After a couple weeks, you receive half of the amount we offered.
4. Toward the end of your internship, we ask you to send us a thank you note for fund sponsors and a picture of you at your internship.
5. Once we have that and verification from your supervisor that you have just about finished your internship, we start processing your second check.
6. You get the second check a couple weeks after that.
Please contact the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Affairs Internship Fund is generously funded by Binghamton University Dining Services and private donors. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of Binghamton University students..