Allison Cheston, Career Connector


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Colleges Make It Pay for Students to Take Unpaid Internships


Did you know that your school may offer grants for those students taking unpaid internships this summer?

While many colleges and universities have offered students internship grants for a long time, others have recently begun programs to address complaints from students who can’t afford to take unpaid internships in the summer. While there are still many schools that do offer academic credit to help compensate, this approach is not as popular at more competitive schools. Thanks to increased focus on enabling students at all socioeconomic levels to benefit from internships and the generosity of alumni donors, the number of colleges and universities now offering grants for unpaid internships is growing.

Application deadlines for this summer are coming up soon, so you need to hurry.

Here’s a partial list of schools offering students grants and links to get more information. If your school isn’t listed here, check their career website. And let me know so I can publish a more complete list.

Liberal Arts Colleges:

Amherst College

Bowdoin College

Colby College

Connecticut College

Franklin & Marshall College

Contact the office for details:

Haverford College

Sarah Lawrence College

Skidmore College



George Washington University

Harvard University

Yale University

University of Michigan

Grants based on financial need:

Grants depending on your college of enrollment:


If your college student or recent grad needs help discovering and launching a career or finding a summer internship, get in touch to learn more about how I work.

If you are a frustrated mid-career executive looking for guidance on advancing or re-imagining your career, I’d be glad to discuss how I can help you.

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Photo credit: “Cydcor summer interns go on tour”