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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 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 sector
  • 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 area

Special note for international students: Students selected to receive ANY grant must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through the Tufts International Center.

Application Process & Deadlines

Students studying abroad may email a copy of their application to internships@ase.tufts.edu 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. See below for additional requirements for international internship funding.
  •  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 letters.

Components of a completed application (items 1 - 7):

4 hard copies of items 1 - 6:

  1. Student application form
  2. Typed answers to essay questions
  3. Resume (have it critqued before submitting!)
  4. Unofficial transcript
  5. Signed Learning Contract
  6. Separate page in addition to Learning Contract outlining learning goals and strategies for accomplishing them


        7.   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 funding

Instructions for those writing letters of recommendation:

  • Please write a letter commenting on the applicant's suitability for a funded internship and incorporating answers to the following questions:
  1. In what capacity and for how long have you known this student?
  2. What strengths do you believe this student will bring to his/her internship?
  3. Are there any additional comments about the applicant you could share?

Please submit letters by the appropriate deadline:

  • 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: internships@ase.tufts.edu; FAX to 617-627-3907; or MAIL to: Tufts Career Center, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.

International Internships

  • Must apply by the Round 1 deadline: March 13, 2015 -- for non-profit/public sector internships only
  • 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)

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 career development goals. The internship should allow the student to:

  • Engage in substantive and supervised work related to possible career interests
  • Contribute to the organization and/or society
  • Make connections between skills and knowledge developed and those required in a particular career
  • Advance in the direction of a possible career or future education
  • Confirm or adjust a tentative career plan

Applicant Requirements & Restrictions

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 ineligible)

Additional Information:

  • 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 Center
  • 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 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.

Requirements of Grant Recipients

Students who receive a grant must complete the following requirements:

  • 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
  • Poster
  • Attend fall poster session (unless studying abroad during fall semester following internship)
  • Possible additional requirements for international students receiving Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Allocation of Funding

  • 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
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