Funding for Unpaid Summer Experience (FUSE)

The Summer 2017 F.U.S.E. (Funding for Unpaid Summer Experience) application process closed on April 14, 2017

With the help of generous donors, the Cohen Career Center and partner offices on Campus are able to offer several sources of funding for internship opportunities. Details about each fund are outlined below. Please direct any questions about the various funds to Sean Schofield, Assistant Director. The Summer 2018 FUSE Application Process will begin on March 16, 2018.

  
Available Funding Managed by the Cohen Career Center:
Steve Banker Fund for Real Estate Internships

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

 

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Steve Banker '78 has graciously provided funding for a student interested in Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Finance or a similar discipline. The award is $5,000. Read about the experiences of the 2013 recipient and the 2014 recipient.

To be eligible, applicants must be returning to the college after the completion of the internship, i.e. a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. May or August 2017 grads are not eligible.To apply for the funding, the student must secure an unpaid, full-time internship that is 40 hours/week, worked at one organization, over at least ten weeks. The internship can be a formal, pre-existing program or an opportunity the student negotiates with an employer. The minimum required hours must be completed between the dates of June 1-August 7, 2017 though an internship may continue beyond August 1st. An applicant cannot use multiple internship offers to meet the duration and hourly requirements. 

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Internship Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

 

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  1.  Strong interpersonal skills. This encompasses an ability to communicate, adapt and take an interest in people.
  2.  A knack for being able to convey detailed information in a concise organized manner
  3. Confidence/ willingness to cold call
  4. A serious level of attention to detail
  5. Experience creating/ modifying power point presentations
  6. An ability to draft a loan amortization spreadsheet in excel
  7. Strong research skills. Resourceful, innovative.
  8. A high energy level
  9. Basic accounting knowledge which can be transferred to real estate finance
  10. A passion to succeed along with an intuitive “feel’ for real estate
Olympia & Adam Trumbower Fund for International Development/Philanthropy Internships 

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

 

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Through the generous donations of alumni, Olympia Ochoco Trumbower '08 and Adam Trumbower '07, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, students who have acquired an unpaid internship with either a non-profit, international development organization or with a philanthropic organization can compete for $4,000.00 to help defray their expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must be returning to the college after the completion of the internship, i.e. a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. May or August 2017 grads are not eligible. To apply for the funding, the student will need to find an unpaid internship opportunity. The funding will be awarded based on the quality of the internship experience, as evidenced by the internship description and statement of intent, as well as financial need and the degree to which this internship will further the intern's career goals. 

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Internship Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

Cohen Career Center Internship Fund 

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

  

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The Cohen Career Center Internship Fund exists thanks to kind donations from the Parents & Family Council, the Vice President of Student Affairs, parents, and other donors. The fund awards $4,000 to undergraduate students pursuing necessarily unpaid internships. Internships deemed “necessarily unpaid” are offered by employers that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay wages to their interns and typically fall within the following sectors: non-profit, government, education, and non-governmental organizations. Opportunities at boutique, for-profit, media/communications, or entrepreneurially-oriented organizations may be considered if justification is provided regarding why the internship is unpaid.

To be eligible, applicants must be returning to the college after the completion of the internship, i.e. a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. May or August 2017 grads are not eligible.To apply for the funding, the student must secure an unpaid internship that is a minimum of 160 hours, worked at one organization, over at least four weeks. The minimum required hours must be completed between the dates of June 1-August 7, 2017 though an internship may continue beyond August 1st. An applicant cannot use multiple internship offers to meet the duration and hourly requirements.

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Internship Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

Available Funding Managed by William & Mary Campus Partners:
2017 Bertha Taylor Scholarship for Public Affairs Internships  

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

 

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Thanks to the generosity of Bertha Taylor and alumni of the College, the William & Mary Charles Center for Academic Excellence is able to award a number of scholarships to help support continuing undergraduate-level students undertaking summer internships related public affairs. The exact number of awards and the amount of each will vary from year to year.
To be eligible, applicants must be continuing undergraduate-level students who are undertaking unpaid or low-paying summer internships related to public affairs. To apply for the grant, the student will need to have an offer and proof of the unpaid or low-paid internship.

Upon completion of the internship, all recipients of Taylor funding must complete and submit an evaluation of the internship. In addition, all recipients must submit one 400-word reflective essay on their experiences, including a photograph and short biography of themselves. Essays may be considered for publication on the Charles Center website. A one minute video of the internship may be substituted for the essay if desired. All essays and videos should be sent to the Charles Center Public Relations Coordinator.

The applicant must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

2017 Lawrence and Jean Irwin Memorial Internship Scholarship 

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

 

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Thanks to a generous donation by Lawrence and Jean Irwin, the William & Mary Government Department is able to award a number of scholarships to help support continuing undergraduate-level students undertaking summer internships related politics, government, or public affairs. The exact number of awards and the amount of each will vary from year to year.

To be eligible, applicants must be continuing undergraduate-level students majoring in Government or Public Policy and undertaking non- or low-paying summer internships related to politics, government, or public affairs in general. To apply for the grant, the student will need to have an offer and proof of an unpaid or low-paid internship.

Upon completion of the internship, all recipients of Irwin funding must complete and submit an evaluation of the internship. In addition, all recipients must submit one 400-word reflective essay on their experiences, including a photograph and short biography of themselves. Essays may be considered for publication on the Charles Center website. A one minute video of the internship may be substituted for the essay if desired. All essays and videos should be sent to Professor Clay Clemens.

The applicant must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written. 

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

2017 Reves Center Summer Internship Scholarships 

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

  

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The Reves Center offers a number of scholarships for continuing students at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must be involved in full-time internships overseas or in domestic agencies/organizations that are international in focus.

To be eligible, applicants may not be graduating before December of the application year.

Upon completion of the internship, all recipients of Reves Center funding must complete and submit an evaluation of the internship. In addition, all recipients must submit one 400-word reflective essay on their experiences, including a photograph and short biography of themselves. Essays may be considered for publication on the Reves Center website and/or in the Reves Center’s magazine, World Minded. A one minute video of the internship may be substituted for the essay if desired. All essays and videos should be sent to Reves Center Communications. 

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Internship Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

2017 H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellowships 

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

  

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The H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellowships exists thanks to the generous donation by Timothy P. Dunn and his wife, Ellen R. Stofan. The Project funds up to 4 summer internships for William & Mary undergraduates. William and Mary undergraduates are encouraged to seek out low or unpaid civil liberties internship positions at organizations of their choice and apply for a Dunn Fellowship to fund their work. Dunn Fellowships are available for civil liberties internships of personal interest to the applicant, regardless of political affiliation or subject, so long as that organization seeks to preserve and protect civil liberties afforded Americans by the U.S. Constitution. Special consideration will be given to internships with organizations that address civil liberties afforded by the First Amendment. Most fellowships range from $2000 to $3000, depending on student need.

To be eligible, applicants may be from any field of study, but they must be continuing undergraduate students. The internships must last a minimum of five full-time weeks.

Post-fellowships have additional responsibilities. Upon completion of the internship, scholarship recipients must complete and submit an online evaluation of the internship. They will be expected to provide a one-page summary of their work and responsibilities with their civil liberties organization. This report will be submitted to Professor Chris Nemacheck no later than September 15 of the year in which the internship was completed.

To apply, access the online application by clicking the link on William and Mary’s H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellowships page. Create an account using your email.wm.edu address. In the Preliminary Questions section select Scholarships for Summer Internships as the program for which you are applying. If you already have an account/have applied for a Charles Center scholarship before, visit Scholarship Central’s FAQs page for instructions on how to start a new application. Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (resume, personal statement, letter from supervisor). Submit the application.

To apply for the fellowship, applicants must show in their application:

  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.
  • The internship entails more than clerical duties
  • The internship will last an equivalent of five full weeks
  • Whether the internship will be compensated, and, if so, the amount
  • Applicants must also give information about the internship (where it takes place, the dates of the internship, supervisor's name and contact information, etc.).

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

2017 J. Edward Grimsley Fellowship for Journalism  

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017, no later than 2:59 PM. Please note: no applications will be accepted after the deadline!

 

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Please note: This is *not* an internship; it is a source of funding for grants to be awarded to students who have already acquired an internship.

This fellowship was created to allow William and Mary undergraduate students to gain practical journalism experience during the summer. Mr. Grimsley graduated from the College in 1951 with a degree in Government. Now retired, he is the former editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch and has won numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association.
In 2017, the Charles Center will award one $3,000 Grimsley fellowship.

A student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

*Incomplete documents will NOT be considered.* Please check that you’ve submitted all 5 required documents to the posting.

To apply, a student must submit the following 5 documents. Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and all application materials should be well-written.

  • Statement of interest (no more than 800 words total) addressing the following points:
    • What is the connection between this internship and your career goals? How do you hope to benefit from the internship?
    • In what way would funding help better enable you to pursue an internship? If relevant, outline any costs you anticipate incurring as a result of the internship.
    • List any other sources of funding that you have applied for and/or received whether from either William & Mary or external sources. Please note the amount of the funding and when you anticipate hearing about whether you will receive it.
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Internship posting or position description
  • Budget (demonstrating the use of Internship Funds)
  • Proof of the internship opportunity, i.e. offer letter or email, written in English, which outlines employer’s contact information, confirms that the internship has been offered and accepted, lists the start and end dates for the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid. The employer also must complete this verification form regarding the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Application materials must be submitted via Tribe Careers. To apply, log onto your Tribe Careers account and find further instructions on the Tribe Careers homepage.

Additional Sources of Funding Offered by other Campus Offices:

The W&M Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship Grants

  
Policies for All Internship Funds
Student Eligibility


Our internship funding is available to undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time or part-time in any degree program. International students (F1/J1 visas) may apply, however, consider any effect the award would have on tax status -- please consult the Reves Center for more information. Awards are limited to one per student per year. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of application and remain in good standing throughout the internship. If the Spring 2017 cumulative GPA falls below 2.5, the funding award will be subject to review. Applicants need to be in good disciplinary status with the college as well and the selection process will involve a review of Dean of Student’s records.

Internship and Employer Eligibility  


The internship must meet the specific requirements for nature of the internship, duration, and total hours which are outlined in the descriptions above.  The minimum required hours must be completed between the dates of June 1-August 7, 2017, though an internship may continue beyond August 1st. An applicant cannot use multiple internship offers to meet the duration and hourly requirements.  Our funding cannot be applied retroactively toward any internship hours that were completed prior to May 2017.

Federal law requires payment of interns unless the internship satisfies criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor.  William & Mary cannot determine whether any internship satisfies the Department of Labor criteria. To help ensure that William & Mary students are provided with beneficial internships, William & Mary requires all employers participating in the program to certify that they have reviewed and will abide by the Department of Labor criteria established in the FLSA.  Employers must submit an online verification form which will route directly to Sean Schofield.

Special Considerations Required for International Internship Opportunities  


William & Mary's Travel Warning policy should be considered for any international interships. The College's policy establishes the circumstances under which student travel to countries subject to a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is permitted. Students hoping to intern abroad while receiving funding for an internship, should check the DOS Travel Warnings for the country they are interested in. If the country is under a DOS Travel Warning, please complete a petition which will be reviewed by the Reves Center. All petitions must be received by Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, at the Reves Center no later than April 15th.

Selection Criteria


The review committee will consider the following factors: academic standing, disciplinary status, financial need, nature of the internship, and the connection between the internship and the applicant's career interests.

Basis for Disqualification


The following criteria serve as automatic disqualification from the FUSE Funding Process:

  • Incomplete application at time of deadline or submission of materials after the deadline
  • Non-completion of the internship requirements
  • Virtual, independent, or unsupervised internships
  • Internships with the College of William & Mary. No research projects or work under any department at the undergraduate or graduate campuses will be funded.
  • Internship site is owned or managed by member of intern’s family
  • Inaccurate representation of internship or employer information
  • Honor code or academic or disciplinary conduct violations
  • Non-completion of post-internship commitments
  • Transferring or withdrawing from the college before, during, or after the internship is completed
Selection Committee 


Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of William & Mary Employees from the Cohen Career Center, Charles Center and Government Department.  The committee will meet in late April to make decisions about the awards.

Disbursement of Award 


Awards will be distributed prior to the experience. If an intern does not complete the full internship for any reason, they will be responsible for repaying the full award amount. Questions about funding can be directed to Sean Schofield.

Post-Internship Expectations 


Following the completion of the internship, the student must complete an evaluation reflecting on the internship’s impact on his/her academic and career goals. The internship supervisor must submit an evaluation of the intern’s performance including verification that the required hours were completed between June 1 and Aug 7, 2017. If the supervisor evaluation form is not returned at the conclusion of the experience, the internship is considered incomplete, and students will be expected to repay all funds awarded. If you have any questions about this, please contact Sean Schofield.

Inclusion in Publicity Materials & Donor Events 


Acceptance of an award by a student implies his/her agreement that the college may use the student’s name and likeness in materials related to the internship funds. Recipients may request an exemption from this by writing to Sean Schofield. Recipient agrees to be available as requested for activities such as thank you letters, information sessions, and donor-recognition events.

Additional Funding 


The internship funds managed by the Cohen Career Center are just a few ways the College of William and Mary provides financial support for internships. A student can investigate additional funding for internships and summer study opportunities via the Charles Center and  Office of Community Engagement, as well as, his/her academic department(s). The Cohen Career Center awards can be held concurrently with any other William and Mary merit awards, although these awards/sources should be mentioned in the section of the application that addresses costs of the internship and financial need.

Tax Implications

These awards will be considered as merit awards and could affect any need-based aid that students may be offered for the academic year. Students are responsible for consulting with Financial Aid to estimate the impact, if any, of an internship award on their financial aid package.  For domestic students, the award will be treated as taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes and the College of William and Mary will issue a Form 1099-Misc to US citizens and permanent residents and a corresponding copy to the IRS.  Students should consult their parents or a tax advisor for federal and state income tax filing questions. For more information on tax-related issues, please consult Financial Aid. For international students, depending on the individual circumstances for the award recipient, the College of William and Mary will be required to issue either a Form 1099-Misc or Form 1042-S. Payments to international students may be subject to 30% direct tax withholding. International students should contact the Reves Center to better determine their circumstances.


    
Help Support Internships

Internships benefit William and Mary students in many ways, yet the cost of an unpaid internship can make it prohibitive for a student to pursue these opportunities. The Cohen Career Center is grateful to the parents, alumni, and other donors who have made these funds possible. If you are interested in helping enable our students to pursue internships, please consider donating to our fund. We welcome contributions from alumni, parents, students, and friends. Donations to the Cohen Career Center Internship Fund can be made online. Select “Other” in the designations box and then type in “Cohen Career Center Internship Fund (3768)” in the comments box.  Your generous contribution will allow students to pursue meaningful and interesting opportunities that might not otherwise be possible for them!