Tufts Career Center Summer Internship Grants
Please read all information carefully and consult
FAQ section before contacting the Career Center.
Guidelines for Site Supervisors
Guidlines for Students (PDF version of information
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Through generous donations from
individual alumni and Tufts University, the Tufts Career Center is able to
provide funds for up to 52 internships for summer 2015.
$3,500 Internship Grants for
undergraduate students are available in the following areas:
- 25-30 Non-profit/Public
Sector Internship Grants: Internships
in this category can be U.S.-based or international
- 10 Tufts Diversity Internship
Grants: Must receive financial aid
from Tufts; must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident; internships can be in the
non-profit or for-profit sectors
- 4-6 Shabazi Fund
Grants for International Students: For undergraduate international
students on F or J visas; internships must be in the private/for-profit
- 3-4 Grants for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Internships: For internships with start-up
organizations in the non-profit or for-profit sectors
- 2 Innovation in Science & Technology
Grants: For internships in the green
tech field or another innovative technology
Special note for international students:
Students selected to receive ANY grant must apply
for Curricular Practical
Training (CPT) through the Tufts International Center.
Students studying abroad may email a
copy of their application to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the appropriate
deadline In lieu of submitting hard copies.
ROUND 1 DEADLINE: 5:00pm, Friday, March 13,
2015; Students will be notified by April 1.
- All funding
applications for internships abroad must be
submitted by the Round 1 deadline.
for additional requirements for international
- Students who have secured
U.S.-based internships early may submit
grant applications by the Round 1 deadline. Your
application will either be funded, not funded, or
deferred to Round 2.
- Submit FOUR hard copies of completed
application to the Career Center, Suite 740
- Dowling Hall, plus 2 recommendation letters.
ROUND 2 DEADLINE: 5:00pm, Monday, April 13,
2015; Students will be notified by May 1.
- Submit FOUR hard copies of
completed application to the Career Center,
Suite 740 - Dowling Hall, plus 2 recommendation
Components of a completed application
(items 1 - 7):
4 hard copies of items 1 - 6:
Student application form
Typed answers to essay
Resume (have it critqued
Signed Learning Contract
Separate page in addition to Learning Contract outlining learning goals and strategies for
Two recommendation letters must be
submitted to the Career Center by the appropriate
deadline (see below)
- At least one letter should be from a Tufts staff or faculty member;
professional references only; no recommendations from fellow students or
from the supervisor of the internship for which you are applying for grant
Instructions for those writing letters of
- Please write a letter commenting on the
applicant's suitability for a funded internship and
incorporating answers to the following questions:
- In what capacity and for how long have you known
- What strengths do you believe this student will
bring to his/her internship?
- Are there any additional comments about the
applicant you could share?
Please submit letters by the appropriate
- Round 1 applications: March 13, 2015
- Round 2 applications: April 13, 2015
Submit to Tufts Career Center via scan/email, fax or
mail. EMAIL to:
email@example.com; FAX to 617-627-3907; or
MAIL to: Tufts Career Center, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston
Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
- Must apply by the Round 1 deadline: March 13,
2015 -- for non-profit/public sector
- No funding will be granted for an internship if
there is a U.S. State Department Travel Warning in
place; Rare exceptions may occur on a case-by-case
basis in collaboration with the Tufts Office of
International Safety & Operations
- Initial funding decisions will be made by
the Career Center, with final approval contingent on
completion of Parent/Guardian signed waiver through
the Tufts Career Center & Registration with the
Tufts Travel Registry (online)
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 career development goals.
The internship should allow the student
- Engage in substantive and supervised work
related to possible career interests
- Contribute to the organization and/or
- Make connections between skills and
knowledge developed and
those required in a particular career
- Advance in the direction of a possible career or
- Confirm or adjust a tentative career plan
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 (graduating seniors are
- Internships must be unpaid*, full time, totaling at least 350 hours
(*Partial funding may be considered in cases where the internship
organization is compensating you up to $1500. In this case, the
Career Center will subtract the amount from the $3500 grant.)
- Students will be enrolled in Transcript Notation through the Career
- 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 of the grant on a pro-rated basis to Tufts University. The amount owed back to Tufts will be added
to the student's account.
- 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.
- Virtual/independent and unsupervised internships will not be
- Host organization cannot be owned or run by a member of internís
- 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.
Students who receive a grant must complete the
- Three reports (1-2 pages each) at the
beginning, middle and end of internship
- Informational Interview report
- Tufts Internship Profile (TIP) Book profile
- Final evaluation from Supervisor
- Attend fall poster session (unless
studying abroad during fall semester following internship)
- Possible additional requirements for international students receiving
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Selected students are eligible to receive
up to $3500; $2500 paid in early June
- $1000 will be paid upon completion of all
steps concluding with fall poster session