Funding for Unpaid Internships

Internship funding is separate from Career Development funding and includes different requirements and processes specific to unpaid internships. If you are looking for more information about funding for professional clothing, graduate or professional school exams/fees, etc., find out more on Career Development’s funding page

Grant Funding Levels

Grant funding is available for full-time summer internships that:

  • Are approved for academic course credit
  • Are unpaid by the employer
    • Supplemental funding is available for internships that are paid by the employer, when the pay rate is not sufficient to cover expenses at the specified level, or for internships that are only partially funded by other programs (i.e. Bonner Scholars, EPG, etc.)
  • Provide at least 300 total work hours within a period of 8-10 consecutive weeks – this could be 30 hrs/wk for 10 weeks, or 35 hrs/wk for 9 weeks, or 40 hrs/wk for 8 weeks, or another variation

The level of funding is determined by the type of internship and the city/area in which it is located.

The amounts for expenses are based on amounts previously awarded to students interning in these areas and should be sufficient to cover the typical costs of roundtrip travel, housing, commuting, meals, and personal expenses for 8-10 weeks. The student’s summer EFC (expected family contribution) will be deducted from the amount of the grant.

Funding for internships under existing affiliation agreements will be funded according to the agreement in place (i.e. Aspirnaut Internship Program, Shepherd Internship Program, etc.).

Students should prepare the Internship Budget and Funding Request Form and submit it via DocuSign prior to their final meeting with the Internship Office staff.  The total amount of the student’s estimated expenses should be less than or equal to the level of funding specified for the type of internship and geographic area.

Level 1: Special Circumstances
300+ total work hours over 8-10 weeks
in-person or remote internship,
Examples include when student is able to live at home, or when housing is provided and travel costs are minimal, such as camp internships

Grant for Expenses$2,000
Summer Savings*$1,000
Total Funding$3,000

Level 2: Low Cost
300+ total work hours over 8-10 weeks
in-person local area internship or a remote internship
Example cities include Berea, Richmond

Grant for Expenses$3,000
Summer Savings*$1,000
Total Funding$4,000

Level 3: Moderate Cost
300+ total work hours over 8-10 weeks
in-person internship
Example cities include Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, Asheville

Grant for Expenses$4,000
Summer Savings*$1,000
Total Funding$5,000

Level 4: Moderate-to-High Cost
300+ total work hours over 8-10 weeks
in-person internship
Example cities include Nashville, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Seattle

Grant for Expenses$5,000
Summer Savings*$1,000
Total Funding$6,000

Level 5: High Cost
300+ total work hours over 8-10 weeks
in-person internship
Example cities include New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles

Grant for Expenses$6,500
Summer Savings*$1,000
Total Funding$7,500

*Funds for summer savings are provided to continuing students in mid-August upon successful completion; successful completion assumes all internship program requirements are met and a grade of A, B, or C is awarded; amount may be adjusted based on variation of expected savings and/or available funds.