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. 

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. Generous philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and friends of the university gives students the opportunity to complete a high impact intellectual experience during the fall, spring, and summer while enrolled at Southwestern. 

The Opportunity

Students may receive up to a maximum of $5,000 during the summer and $1,500 during the fall or spring. Amounts vary based on a number of factors, such as internship length or number of hours worked per week.

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 students who attend an information session, consists of five essay prompts.  Students are strongly encouraged to give detailed responses tailored to each prompt.

Information Sessions

In order to access the funding application, 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.

While at Southwestern, a student wishing to apply for funding is required to attend only one information session. In subsequent semesters, if applying for internship funding, the student will then have access to the application. The current semester’s information session dates, times, and registration links can be found in the Events link to the left.

Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:30 - 1:30pm in PRC 147

Tuesday, October 22nd from 4 - 5pm in PRC 147

Thursday, October 31st from 9 - 10am in PRC 147

Monday, November 11th from 12:30 - 1:30pm in PRC 147

Wednesday, November 20th from 12:30 - 1:30pm in PRC 147