5C students lamenting the unpaid or underpaid internship opportunities may be eligible to receive funding from their respective colleges to help cover their expenses while working.
Each of the 5Cs makes use of an online application for internship funding programs. At Pitzer College, grant funding applications are available on the first day of classes for the spring semester, according to Brad Tharpe, Pitzer’s director of career services.
Funding is given for summer domestic and international internships based on hours per week and transportation costs, and the application requires a resume, budget, and written responses to five questions. It is due shortly after spring break.
In 2018, Pitzer funded 51 students with an average award of $1,698 per student for a cumulative total of $86,000, Tharpe wrote in an email to TSL. Pitzer students may only receive funding for one summer during their college career and are funded through a few endowed funds, but mostly through Pitzer’s Office of Advancement.
At Scripps College, students can apply to either the Summer Internship Grant Program or the Linda R. Scott Fund for Students, which provides money for internships during the school year, according to Vicki Klopsch, executive director of Laspa Center for Leadership.
The Scripps internship grant application deadline for summer 2019 is Feb. 6 and requires demographic information, a tentative budget, and brief essay responses regarding the student’s professional growth plans.
Last summer, Scripps funded 95 students with an average of $3,500 per student.
“Internship grants are made possible through the generosity of our alumnae, families, staff, and members of the Scripps community,” Klopsch wrote.
Victoria Genao SC ’21 received grant funding for an internship at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
“The cost of traveling back and forth from Claremont twice a week was definitely a concern I had. … [W]hen I read about the Linda Scott Travel Fund, it sounded perfect for me, so I applied,” Genao said.
Genao described how CP&R was able to factor in her predicted travel costs.
“Within a week, I was notified that I’d been accepted as a recipient of a travel grant, and because I’d explained in my application that my estimated travel costs were actually going to exceed the maximum … CP&R offered me a grant that exceeded the said-maximum,” Genao said.
Approximately 70 percent of Harvey Mudd College students do at least one summer internship, according to Paul Hardister, HMC’s associate director of the Office of Career Services. He noted that the other 30 percent usually do summer research.
Hardister also reported that 88 percent of students who do internships say they are paid by their company. He wrote in an email to TSL that the remainder of students with internships can receive funding from one of four community engagement fellowships.
Lorelei Bivins HM ’21 said she and her friends were unfamiliar with the Mudd programs.
“I haven’t heard of anyone getting internship funding from Mudd,” she said.
At Claremont McKenna College, the application for the Sponsored Internship & Experience Program will open for next summer on Jan. 7 and is due March 1. Students are required to fill out the application, submit a budget, be an enrolled at CMC for the next academic year, and have a minimum 7.5 GPA.
The program supports both internships and other experiences. Internships are “structured and supervised” and are a minimum of eight weeks, and experiences are “unstructured” and a minimum of four weeks, said Evan Wollen, assistant director for the SIE program.
Wollen said that in 2018, CMC funded 344 students for a total of over $1.3 million in grant funding. On average, each student received $3,700 of funding.
Wollen said that funding is drawn from over 30 different streams. Most of them are from the institutes and centers at the college, such as the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights or the Henry Salvatori Center, as well as the Soll Center for Student Opportunity.
“Applying for summer funding was a nearly seamless process for me,” Juliana Favela CM ’21 wrote in a message to TSL. “This was my first time actually applying to an international program on my own so I had little to no idea what I was doing, and SIE successfully guided me through filling it out. By the end, I was able to create a budget and SIE was able to fund my entire summer experience.”
Pomona College Internship Program applications are due mid-spring. The application process includes an application, budget, resume, cover letter, essay responses, references, and a panel interview, according to Pomona’s website.
Internships must consist of a six- to eight-week experience of at least 240 hours of total work time to qualify for funding, according to the website. In 2018, 77 students received funding for summer internships with awards ranging from $800 to $7,000.
“I did the PCIP program twice and had my internship funded both times,” Nathalie Guevara PO ’19 wrote in a message to TSL. “Being able to get [my funding application] approved by PCIP as an outside internship and get funding helped a lot especially in terms of getting to and from the hospital for my shifts.”
This article was last updated Nov. 10 at 5:10 p.m. to attribute several quotes to Vicki Klopsch, which were previously attributed to Carolyn Robles.
Jensen Steady CM ’22 is from Santa Barbara, California, and is currently interested in studying government and economics. He previously worked as a news writer for TSL.