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Tufts Career Center Summer Internship Grants

Please read all information carefully and consult the FAQ section before contacting the Career Center.

General Information

Through generous donations from individual alumni and Tufts University, the Tufts Career Center is able to provide funds for up to 45 internships for summer 2014.

$3,500 Internship Grants are available in the following areas:

  • 25 Non-profit/Public Sector Internship Grants: For undergraduate students only
  • 10 Tufts Diversity Internship Grants: For undergraduate students; must have demonstrated financial need; must be U.S. citizen; internships can be in the non-profit or for-profit sectors
  • 6 Shabazi Fund for International Student Grants: For undergraduate international students on F or J visas; internships must be in the for-profit sector; students selected to receive Shabazi funding must apply for Curricular Practical Training through the International Center
  • 2-3 Entrepreneurial Leadership Internships: For undergraduate and graduate students interning in start-ups (for-profit or non-profit)
  • 2 Innovation in Science & Technology Grant: For undergraduate students interning in green technology or other innovative science and technology field (for-profit or non-profit)

Total application packet (4 hard copies):

  • Application form, typed answers to essay questions, resume and unofficial transcript
  • Learning contract detailing 2-3 internship goals and strategies for accomplishing them, signed by student AND supervisor
  • Recommendation forms/letters, at least one from a Tufts staff or faculty member (2 letters total); professional references only, no recommendations from fellow students

FOUR hard copies of completed application must be submitted by 5:00pm, Friday, March 28, 2014 to the Career Center, Suite 740 - Dowling Hall. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please email Donna Esposito or call the Career Center (617.627.3299) if you are studying abroad.


All applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with the University (check University policy)
  • Be full time matriculated students at Tufts University during the summer internship and the following fall semester either at Tufts or studying abroad (graduating seniors are ineligible)
  • Secure an internship in the US and be able to perform all 350 hours in the US. These grants will only apply to internships located within the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska. Internships offered at international U.S. government sites are not eligible.  
  • Secure an internship by the March 28, 2014 application deadline

Additional Information for all students:

  • Internships must be unpaid*, full time, totaling at least 350 hours (*Partial funding may be considered in cases where the internship organization is providing compensation of up to $1500. In this case, the amount would be subracted from the $3500 grant.)
  • Failure to complete all 350 hours will affect compensation for this internship. Please note: Student must contact the Career Center immediately in this case. Failure to complete the internship will result in Tufts withholding the second installment, or reimbursement on a pro-rated basis of the grant to Tufts University. The amount owed back to Tufts will be added to the student's account.
  • Students will be enrolled in Transcript Notation through the Career Center
  • Students can receive Career Center Internship Grant funding only once.

Additional information for international students:

Interational students are eligible for all grant categories except the 10 Tufts Diversity Internship Grants. International students must apply for CPT through the International Center for ANY grants (not only the Shabazi Grants). 

Criteria for Selection

The application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written. The proposal should demonstrate a clear relationship between a studentís planned internship and future goals. The internship should allow the student to:

  • make intellectual and practical connections between skills and knowledge developed through education and those required in a particular career
  • advance in the direction of a career or future education
  • confirm or adjust a tentative career plan
  • acquire experience and skills required by employers in the studentís chosen career field
  • engage in substantive and supervised work related to future interests
  • contribute to the organization and/or society

Requirements of Grant Recipients

Selected students are required to submit the following:

  • Three reports (1-2 pages each) at the beginning, middle and end of internship
  • 1 page Informational Interview report
  • Tufts Internship Profile (TIP) Book submission
  • Final evaluation from Supervisor
  • Poster and attendance at fall poster session (unless studying abroad during fall semester following internship)
  • International students: Additional paper may be required to fulfill CPT requirement

Allocation of Funding

  • Selected students are eligible to receive up to $3500
  • $2500 will be paid at the start of internship
  • $1000 will be paid upon completion of all requirements concluding with fall poster session


  • Internships shall not take place at Tufts University. No research projects or work under any department at the undergraduate or graduate campuses will be funded.
  • International internships are not funded through these grants. These grants will only apply to internships located within the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska, with all 350 hours completed in the U.S. Internships offered at international U.S. government sites are not eligible.
  • Virtual/independent and unsupervised internships will not be considered.
  • Host organization cannot be owned or run by a member of internís immediate family.
  • Internship must be done through one sponsor and must be supervised by someone at the site. Supervisor may not be a family member.
  • Funding cannot be granted for internships involved in direct proselytizing for religious work (i.e. conversion to a religion, sect, or denomination), or for work done on a political campaign.
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