Internships & Other High Impact Experiences

Internship Funding

Southwestern supports students’ investment of time in life-changing high-impact experiences, including internships, by offering funding support so that limited funds are not an obstacle. 

Generous philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and friends gives students the opportunity to complete a high impact intellectual experience during the fall, spring, and summer semesters during their time at Southwestern, regardless of financial barriers. Students have the opportunity to apply for funding to help offset the costs of unpaid and low-paying internships through a rigorous application process managed by the Center for Career & Professional Development.

The Opportunity

Students may receive up to a maximum of $5,000 during the summer and $1,500 during the fall or spring. Most students will receive a lower amount based on a variety of factors, such as length of the internship.

The Application Process

Students can apply for funding for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Applications open three times per year, one for each term. Completed applications submitted by the deadline are evaluated by a committee of staff members from across campus who then allocate funding. 

The Application

The application, distributed electronically only to those students who have attended an information session, consists of five essay prompts that need to be answered thoroughly. The selection committee can only evaluate information that it has, so be detailed in your responses and tailor them toward the prompts.

Information Sessions

In order to receive an application for funding, students must attend an information session. Information sessions are held at least once a week during the fall and spring semesters. The information session lasts 30-45 minutes and covers the nuts and bolts of the funded internship program, tips on writing a successful application, as well as information about academic internships.

A student is required to only attend one information session during their time at Southwestern. Once students have attended an information session, they will receive the application each subsequent semester. The current semester’s information session dates, times, and registration links can be found in the Events link to the left.