• Career Center Internship fund

Internship Fund

The Florida State University Career Center understands how important an internship (or any form of experiential learning) experience can be to your career decision-making process and building practical experience beyond the classroom.

Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the FSU Career Center Internship Fund affords you the opportunity to obtain financial support to pursue enriching experiences that could otherwise be financially challenging.

By reducing financial barriers, the Internship Fund can support you in pursuit of a wide variety of experiential opportunities, paid or unpaid, enabling you to explore your career interests, explore an industry, gain new skills and experience the world of work.

Any single-semester paid or unpaid career-related formalized experiential learning opportunity can be considered for funding including, but not limited to:

research fellowship
sustained creative work field work
sustained scholarly work practicum
intensive international experience service learning
internship student teaching
apprenticeship significant volunteer work
co-op (cooperative education) developmental leadership program
clinical  

Student Eligibility

You are only eligible to receive funding from the Career Center Internship Fund for an internship/experiential learning opportunity you have already secured for next semester.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled, full-time degree-seeking (undergraduate or graduate) student:
    • Alumni or students in their final semester at FSU are not eligible for post-graduation internship/experiential learning opportunity funding
    • Transient and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for internship/experiential learning opportunity funding
    • Students studying at FSU through a F-1 Visa must comply with FSU guidelines for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as outlined by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
  • In good academic standing with the university
  • Have no active student conduct sanctions

Pursuing degree at either the Tallahassee, FL or Panama City, FL campus

Student Funding Application

Application for funding must be submitted through the online Career Center Internship Fund Application.

All applications for funding must be submitted the semester prior to beginning your internship/experiential learning opportunity. Application submission deadlines -

  • To receive funding for the Spring 2018 semester: November 12, 2017
  • To receive funding for the Summer 2018 semester: March 18, 2018

To complete your funding application, you will be required to submit the following information via the online application:

  • Resume
  • Uploaded copy of the formal offer letter (or official offer email) from the internship/experiential learning opportunity employer
  • Details regarding your secured internship/experiential learning opportunity including:
    • Company name
    • Internship/Experiential Learning Opportunity job title
    • Geographic location (city, state, country)
    • Start date
    • End date
    • Contact information of the hiring employer:
      • Full contact name
      • Work phone number
      • Work email
  • Short response funding application questions, which include the following 3 questions:
  1. Share with the funding selection committee how this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity aligns with your current post-graduation plans and/or long-term career goals.  Be sure to address the following items:
    • Why did you apply for this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity?
    • How will this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity impact your educational experience at Florida State University?
    • What are three learning goals or objectives you have for this internship/experiential learning opportunity?
    • How do you think this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity will challenge or confirm your post-graduation plans and/or long-term career goals?
  1. How much funding are you requesting from the Career Center Internship Fund? Why?
    Be sure to address the following items taking into consideration both one-time fees (airfare, visa, passport, immunizations, supplies, professional clothing costs, etc.) or recurring costs for the duration of the semester (bus/subway fare, housing, food, etc.).:
    • How would this funding impact your ability to engage in this internship/experiential learning opportunity?
    • How would you utilize the funding during the semester?
    • What costs will you be covering during your internship/experiential learning opportunity?

     

  1. Is there anything else you would like the funding selection committee to know?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do I need to include in my internship/experiential learning opportunity funding application?

  • Your resume:

We highly recommend visiting the Career Center for a resume critique prior to submitting. No appointment is necessary, simply drop-in to the Career Center during Career Advising hours.

  • Offer letter (or official email) from your internship/experiential learning opportunity employer:

A critical part of your internship/experiential learning opportunity funding application is your official offer letter (or email) of confirmation on the organization's letterhead or an official email (should not come from a free email client such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).

If you choose the email option, please attach a pdf of the actual entire email, including all headings and signatures. This letter/email should be from the organization with whom you propose to intern in the summer.

  • Short answer responses

The selection committee wants to hear your story about how this specific internship/experiential learning opportunity aligns with your current post-graduation plans and/or long-term career goals as well as how this opportunity compliments your academic studies at FSU (see Student Funding Application section for a list of the questions). 

You are welcome to visit the Career Center for feedback on your Career Center Internship Fund application prior to submitting your application!

No appointment is necessary, simply drop-in to the Career Center during Career Advising hours.

I am a finalist for an internship/experiential learning opportunity. However, the employer will not make a decision until after your application deadline for funding expires. Is there any way I can still apply?

·   If the hiring employer can indicate to you in writing that you are a finalist for the internship/experiential learning opportunity, you are welcome to submit that as a part of your application in place of the employer's offer letter.

However, if selected, you will not receive funding until you submit a formal offer letter verifying selection for the internship/experiential learning opportunity.

Can I receive funding for other experiential learning opportunities, or are only internships considered?

·   The Career Center Internship Fund supports student engagement in a student’s “right fit” experiential learning opportunity, and we understand that might not come in the form of an internship!

Any single-semester paid or unpaid career-related formalized experiential learning opportunity can be considered for funding including, but not limited to:

research fellowship
sustained creative work field work
sustained scholarly work practicum
intensive international experience service learning
internship student teaching
apprenticeship significant volunteer work
co-op (cooperative education) developmental leadership program
clinical  

Do I have to be a certain major to obtain internship funding?

Students in ALL majors are eligible to receive funding, including exploratory majors.

What is the commitment from a student selected to receive funding?

  • Students selected for awards from the Career Center Internship Fund are required to participate in the following: 
    1. Pre-departure Internship Success Workshop –

All student recipients of funding from the Career Center Internship Fund will be required to attend a pre-departure "Internship Success" workshop.This professional development workshop will allow you to consider the important skills and tips needed to succeed in your internship/experiential learning opportunity including how to initiate projects and responsibilities, work on a team, communicate with your supervisor and network.

  1. Experiential Recognition Program Enrollment – 

All student recipients of funding from the Career Center Internship Fund will be required to enroll in one of the Career Center’s Experiential Recognition Programs, ECP or ERP.

  1. #NolesAtWork –

All student recipients of funding from the Career Center Internship Fund will be required to submit a photo of themselves in action at their internship/experiential learning opportunity to feature on Career Center Social Media as a part of the #NolesAtWork campaign to encourage other students to engage in experiential learning.

  1. Seminole Success Story –

All student recipients of funding from the Career Center Internship Fund will be interviewed and featured on the Career Center website as a Seminole Success Story. Students will provide a detailed account of their summer experiences to inspire additional FSU students to pursue and engage in experiential learning opportunities.

If I have an unpaid internship/experiential learning opportunity, am I guaranteed funding?

Unpaid internships/experiential learning opportunities are not automatically guaranteed funding.  The selection committee places more value on the level and quality of the projects that you will be performing in your internship/experiential learning opportunity.

The internship I was offered is paid, but not as much as I need. Can I get internship funding to supplement the internship pay?

Yes, you will need to detail on your application very specifically the gap between your projected earnings and the actual costs of engaging in the internship experience.

How many students are awarded internship funding each year?

It depends on many factors, including the amount of funding available that particular year and the number of students applying for funding.

Are graduate students eligible for funding?

All class years are eligible to receive internship funds. However, graduate students cannot apply for funding from the Career Center’s Internship Fund to cover tuition costs for thesis or dissertation hours.

Which class years have the best chance of being awarded funding?

All class years are eligible.  The selection committee places more value on the quality of the projects that you will be performing in your internship/experiential learning opportunity.

My internship sponsor requires that I get academic credit for my internship/experiential learning opportunity with them. How do I handle this?

Immediately contact your Academic Advisor to discuss eligibility for earning academic credit for an internship.  Not all majors at FSU grant academic credit for internships.  Those that do often have an application process or specific requirements your internship/experiential learning opportunity will need to fit.