Career Services | Internship Funding

Centre College offers several funding options for selected internships during the CentreTerm or the summer. These internships can either be academic-credit or non-credit internships. All awards are taxable.

Internship Funding Resources

  • Centre Internship Plus
  • Parents' Committee Internship Fund
  • Centre Education Fellowship
  • External Funding Sources

  • Centre Internship Plus
    Eligibility: The applicant must be currently enrolled at Centre College and must be a junior or senior at the time the internship is being completed (i.e., a student is not eligible for funding the summer after graduation). Students may apply for funding for summer or CentreTerm internships. For high-quality internships.
    Award: Up to $2000 (summer) or $750 (CentreTerm)
    Deadline: November 15 (CentreTerm); April 14 (summer)

    Parents' Committee Internship Fund
    Eligibility: The applicant must be currently enrolled at Centre College and must be a junior or senior at the time the internship is being completed (i.e., a student is not eligible for funding the summer after graduation). For the highest-quality internships that may also require a higher level of funding.
    Award: Up to $4000 (summer)
    Deadline: April 14

    Centre Education Fellowship
    Eligibility: The applicant must be currently enrolled at Centre College at the time the internship is being completed (i.e., a student is not eligible for funding the summer after graduation). For summer, all first years, sophomores, and juniors planning to complete an education-related internship, project or research project are encouraged to apply. For CentreTerm, all juniors and seniors planning to complete an education-related for-credit internship are encouraged to apply.
    Award: Up to $5000 (summer) or $2000 (CentreTerm)
    Deadline: November 15 (CentreTerm); April 2 (summer)

Centre Internship Plus and Parents' Committtee Internship Fund


How does Centre Internship Plus (CIP) and the Parents' Committee Internship Fund (PCIF) work?
  • CIP and PCIF are ways for students to earn extra financial support for extraordinary internship experiences. Career Services can help locate top-notch internships and can offer advice for students locating internships on their own.
  • Once a student finds such an internship opportunity, the first step is to fill out the internship contract in the usual manner (as outlined above). Be sure to get the proper signatures in the order specified. The internship contract is required even for non-credit internships and should be submitted to Career Services along with the rest of the funding proposal.
  • The second step is to apply for CIP and PCIF. The student should complete a proposal, which a committee will review on a competitive basis. Neatness will be considered, and funding is limited.
  • If the internship is to be for credit, the student will locate a faculty mentor and will complete an internship contract. The appropriate approvals must be obtained (see the internship contract for the signatures required for approval). If not for credit, the appropriate internship contract is still required, but the Associate Dean of the College will not need to approve the contract, and a faculty mentor will not be necessary.
  • Regardless of whether the internship is for credit or not, it must conform to Centre College internship policies (found in these materials).
  • If accepted, Centre College will grant up to $750 toward a CentreTerm internship and up to $2,000 toward a summer internship (for CIP) or up to $4,000 toward a summer internship (PCIF) minus taxes. (Students may not receive more than $5000 combined--internship salary plus CIP/PCIF award--for their summer experiences.)

Are there any fees?
  • If the student wants to receive academic credit for a summer internship, the cost will be the standard cost per credit hour that is in effect at that time (reduced to $350 for one credit hour, full tuition if you wish to receive 3 credit hours).
  • If the student does not wish to receive academic credit, there are no fees to be paid.
  • For a CentreTerm internship, the tuition is already included in the student's tuition and fees.

What should the proposal include?
  • An application cover sheet.
  • A completed contract. (Click here for an academic-credit contract; click here for a non-credit contract.)
  • A resume. (It is recommended that you have your resume critiqued in Career Services before submission.)
  • A statement explaining the relevance of the proposed internship to the career interest of the student and a description of the steps the student has taken to explore this career field as a potential future career (e.g., career research, shadowing, networking, summer jobs, relevant activities, etc.).
  • An expense budget. The budget MUST include the following:
    1) Accurate figures for food, housing, travel, etc.
    • Meal expenses cannot exceed more than $50 per week.
    • Mileage should be calculated at .45¢/mile.
    2) Estimated figures for materials needed for your project. You may budget up to a maximum of $1000 for materials, and you must include a detailed list.
    3) Income from other sources (salary, Bonner award, Shepherd Consortium, external scholarships, etc.)
    4) If including a stipend for yourself beyond your budgetary needs, it must not exceed $1500.
    **For samples, click here.

How will the proposal be evaluated?
  • The proposal will be evaluated on the quality of the materials submitted, including neatness.
  • It will also be evaluated on the level of connection of the internship to the career exploration the student has completed.
  • The expected quality of the experience will be a major factor in the evaluation of the proposal. The committee will consider such things as the uniqueness of the experience, expected responsibilities, sense of adventure, costs associated with relocation/experience, and geographic location.
  • The quality of the academic component and/or required readings will be considered in all decisions.
  • Students whose projects will be funded from another grant source (such as the National Endowment for the Humanities or the National Science Foundation) are not normally eligible for funding from Centre Internship Plus.
  • Internships in the immediate geographic area are not usually considered to be in need of financial support.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled at Centre College at the time the internship is being completed (i.e., a student is not eligible for funding the summer after graduation).
  • In order to be eligible for CIP or PCIF funding, the student must have obtained Junior status at the time the internship is to occur.
  • Incomplete proposals will be accepted only in circumstances approved by Career Services. Final awards will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the final proposal.
  • Late proposals will be considered only after on-time proposals are reviewed (and only with the approval of Career Services).
  • Proposals turned in after the Centre Internship Plus committee meets will not normally be considered.

What are the deadlines to apply?
  • The deadline to submit a proposal for a CentreTerm internship is November 15, 2013.
  • The deadline to submit a proposal for a summer internship is April 14, 2014.

After completion of the internship, what is required?
  • All interns will prepare a presentation attended by an evaluating committee and to which the campus community will be invited. The committee will schedule the event early in the term following the completion of the internship (spring term for CentreTerm internships, fall term for summer internships).
  • A two-page reflection paper that discusses your project, what you learned, and what you contributed to the organization you worked with. If possible, this paper should include at least one digital photograph representing your time on the project.
  • The student intern will complete a written evaluation of the internship sponsor.
  • The on-site supervisor will complete a written evaluation of the student intern.
  • During CentreTerm, CIP recipients who have completed all requirements will receive their checks at the final presentation. During the summer, PCIF recipients will receive 80% of their award by June 1 and the remaining 20% after completing all requirements at the end of the summer. Summer CIP recipients who have completed all requirements will receive the entirety of their award at the final presentation.

Centre Education Fellowship


How does the Centre Education Fellowship Work?
ANY student of all majors and minors interested in getting involved in an internship, project or research related to the field of education (private or public; primary or secondary) and who has a minimum GPA of 2.8 is eligible to apply for the Centre Education Fellows program. Experiences can extend beyond the classroom and may include summer and after-school program development, student enrichment programs, curriculum development, research proposals, education policy, and more.

Preference is given to students whose projects emphasize underserved populations, such as inner cities or Appalachia; Title I/at-risk schools; cities/counties surrounding Centre College; Kentucky; or international collaboration that has the ability to influence and inform local/U.S. education. Preference is also given to students who have researched a community need and are proposing a project to fill that need.

Summer: Students can apply for up to $5000 per summer per student. (Group proposals will be accepted.) All rising sophomores, juniors and seniors planning to complete an education-related internship, project or research project are encouraged to apply. Awards are intended to help offset costs you will accrue, but you may be able to budget up to $1500 for a stipend beyond travel, cost of living and supplies. (The stipend and any budget items not prepaid by the student or Internship Coordinator are subject to federal and state taxes.) (Students may not receive more than $5000 combined--internship salary plus Centre award--for their summer experiences.)

CentreTerm: Students can apply for up to $2000 per CentreTerm per student. All juniors and seniors planning to complete an education-related internship are encouraged to apply. Students MUST receive academic credit for their internship experience during this term. Awards are intended to help offset costs you will accrue, but you may be able to budget a small amount for a stipend beyond travel, cost of living, and supplies. (The stipend and any budget items not prepaid by the student or Internship Coordinator are subject to federal and state taxes.)

How Do I Apply?
To apply, students must submit one copy of the following documents to Career Services by November 15 (CentreTerm) or April 2nd (summer).

If you are participating in an internship:
If you are proposing an individual/group* project:
*Group proposals will be accepted. Each student will need to complete a separate internship contract (if applicable), Statement of Responsibility, essay, resume and expense budge. The narrative and letter from the Lead Researcher (if applicable) can be shared. Please submit group projects as one proposal.

If you are participating in an individual/group research project:
For ALL proposals, your essay MUST address the following two components (not more than two pages typed).
  • A statement explaining the relevance of the proposed internship to the career interest of the student.
  • A description of the steps the student has taken to explore this career field as a potential future career for the student. (i.e. career research, coursework, shadowing, networking, summer jobs, relevant activities, etc.)
  • The connection to the education aspect of your project must be made explicitly in your essay.

For projects and research, your narrative MUST address the following:
  • A detailed explanation of your proposed project/research and with which community organization(s) you are working.
  • How your proposed project/research will benefit the community in which you areworking and how it can be sustained after you are finished with the project/research. Please also explain how you established the community's need.
  • Is this a group project with other Centre students? If so, explain who is involved and which components of the project will be assigned to each group member.

The budget MUST include the following:
1) Accurate figures for food, housing, travel, etc.
  • Meal expenses cannot exceed more than $50 per week.
  • Mileage should be calculated at .45¢/mile.
2) Estimated figures for materials needed for your project. You may budget up to a maximum of $1000 for materials, and you must include a detailed list.
3) Income from other sources (salary, Bonner award, Shepherd Consortium, external scholarships, etc.)
4) If including a stipend for yourself beyond your budgetary needs, it must not exceed $1500.
**For samples, click here.

What are the requirements after I complete my internship/project/research?

  • A 15-minute presentation to interested parties when you return to campus.
  • A two-page reflection paper that discusses your project, what you learned, and what you contributed to the organization you worked with. If possible, this paper should include at least one digital photograph representing your time on the project.
  • An evaluation of your project and organization as well as a description of what the next steps of the project could be (if left unfinished).

If you have questions about stipends or the stipend application process, please contact your career counselor.

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