Summer Internship Funding

Applications for Summer 2023 will open on Monday, February 20, 2023.

Funding is reserved for students who are members of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (“Houston Program”). Read more about the program and find out how to become a Houston Program member.

In addition to being a Houston Program member, eligible students must be enrolled at Amherst the semester prior to the start of their summer internship and intend to be enrolled at the College the semester after. Students who are studying abroad may apply. Graduating seniors are ineligible. Students on leave during the spring 2023 semester are NOT eligible to apply for or receive funding.

Please note that if you receive funding from another department (i.e. SURF, Gregory S. Call Summer Research Program) to conduct summer research or to support participation in a summer experience, you cannot receive a funding award.

Because this funding is not guaranteed, students are strongly encouraged to seek out alternative sources of funding in addition to submitting a funding application through the Houston Program.

What types of internships are eligible for funding?

In order to be considered for funding, an internship must:

  • Be at least 6 weeks long AND offer at least 30 hours of work each week
  • Have an individual identified as a supervisor who is available to answer the intern’s questions and provide regular performance feedback
  • Allow the intern to spend the majority of scheduled work hours completing assignments that are substantive and meaningful to the organization
  • Offer assignments that are appropriately challenging for a college student
  • Align with the intern’s stated career path
  • Provide opportunities for the intern to develop skills that will be marketable for future internships or jobs in the same career field or another
  • Fall within one of the categories listed in the below: 
Type of OrganizationExamples of previously funded internship
Art galleries511 Gallery
Art museums/Public art installationsAtlanta ContemporaryMadison Square Park Conservancy
Artist coloniesMacDowell Colony
Elected officials’ officesU.S. Representative Andy KimU.S. Senator Ben AllenU.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz
For-profit companies (outside of other listed types)The Loeb Center’s funding for unpaid internships come from endowed funds established by donors who have designated that their funds be used for specific types of internships. There is limited donor funding reserved for for-profit companies outside of the other types listed in this table.Please be mindful that if you submit an application for a for-profit company, there is a high chance we will be unable to award you a stipend due to a lack of funds.
Government agencies (federal, state, or local)Town of AmherstCity of Albany — Mayor’s OfficeEnvironmental Protection AgencyFlorida Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection DivisionNew York City Department of Parks and RecreationU.S. Attorney’s Office — SpringfieldU.S. Department of Commerce U.S. State Department
Health clinic/private medical practiceNYU School of Medicine, Project HealthcareStanford University School of Medicine, Division of Thoracic SurgeryUMass Amherst Learning LabUniversity of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Experimental HatcheryUniversity of St. Louis, Department of MathematicsVanderbilt University, Office of General Counsel
History museumsMitchell Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian’s National Museum of American HistoryPorter-Phelps-Huntington House MuseumThe Field Museum of Natural History
Legal aid clinics/pro bono legal workGeorgetown Law Criminal Justice ClinicHarvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical ProgramLaw Office of the Cook County Public DefenderNew York Legal Assistance GroupRhode Island Center for JusticeThe Legal Aid Society
Nonprofit Organizations (Must be registered as a 501(3)(c))American Osteopathic AssociationCasa Latina, Inc.Fair Housing Napa ValleyFriends of the Pumpkinvine Nature TrailRiverside Area Rape CrisisThe American Academy of Diplomacy
Performing arts festivalsAmerican Dance FestivalKo Dance Festival
Publishing companiesCopper Canyon PressInkwell ManagementInterlink Publishing GroupRestless Books
Political campaignsPolitical campaigns are for-profit organizations. See the note above for “For-profit companies (outside of other listed types)”
Public public advocacy or research organizations/think tanks (various issue areas)Children’s Defense FundKids in DangerHudson InstituteNational Women’s Law CenterPartnership for Early Education Research Verite
Primary or secondary schools (public or private) Amherst Regional Public SchoolsEast Harlem SchoolVela Summer Program
TheatersBarrington Stage CompanyPing Chong & Co
Tutoring programs826CHILitworldMaxscholar Reading ProgramAcademia Manhattan

What is not funded:

Below is a list of types of internships not eligible for funding.  It is a sample and is not exhaustive:

  • Student’s own entrepreneurial or personal projects
  • Startup incubator programs
  • Skill-development programs or coursework
  • Academic programs
  • Solely clinical shadowing experiences
  • Language programs
  • Fee-based, internship placement programs

In-Person Internships

The Loeb Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation along with the Amherst College administration and reserves the right to make changes to its policy regarding sponsoring in-person internships and travel to comply with any Amherst College, federal, state, or local guidelines, policies, or orders. 

Please find the current policy below:

DOMESTIC INTERNSHIPS:  While not a requirement, students whose internships will take place in person are strongly encouraged to develop a plan with their internship host to transform their internship into a virtual one should either Amherst College’s policy or local conditions necessitate a change.  Space will be provided in the application to describe the plan.  

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS: The Loeb Center will award funding to students who plan to travel abroad to complete in person internships and also strongly encourages students to develop a plan to transform their internship into a virtual one, if needed. 

Stipend Amounts

INTERNSHIP DURATION – AT LEAST 8 – 10 WEEKS
$4,000For students who will live at home over the summer
$5,000For students who will be interning outside of the U.S. and/or will not be living at home
INTERNSHIP DURATION – 6 – 7 WEEKS
$2,875For students who will live at home over the summer
$3,875For students who will be interning outside of the U.S. and/or will not be living at home

Stipends will be determined based on the support a student receives from their site (housing, transportation, food, employer stipends, etc.)

Students are issued stipend awards in one check. Funds may be used for any expenditure related to supporting a student during their summer internship.

Application Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Application Components:

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Funding Application Form
  • Resume
  • Supervisor Confirmation Form

Application Instructions

  1. Accept an internship offer from an organization or company.  Have a conversation with your supervisor to discuss the details of your internship.
  2. Make sure that you have enrolled in the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program before starting the application process.
  3. Have the most recent version of your resume on hand.  Make an appointment with a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) or Loeb Center advisor if you need to update your resume.
  4. Review the application short essay questions found on this handout.  We encourage you to finalize your responses to each essay question on a separate document before starting to work on the application.
  5. Complete the 2022 Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Funding Application
    1. Make you answer all of the required questions on the application form, including your supervisor name and email address under the “Supervisor Information” section. 
    2. The application platform will send a digital copy of the required supervisor confirmation form to the supervisor you indicated in your application. However, you should contact them yourself to alert them that they should be receiving an email from Amherst College.  Your supervisor will need to complete and return the supervisor confirmation form to the Loeb Center by the application deadline.
    3. Upload a PDF version of your resume to the application where requested.
  6. After you submit your application, you should receive an email confirming your submission.  Additionally, you may track the status of your supervisor confirmation submission by following these steps:
    1. Log into Submittable
    2. Go to your initials in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
    3. Go to Submissions
    4. Find your application in your list of submissions.  
    5. Go To Form

Are you working with minors as part of your internship? 

Funded students who will be completing internships that require them to work with individuals under the age of 18 will need to successfully complete the Minor Safety Certification process per the Amherst College’s Youth Protection Policy.  This must be completed before checks will be released and can take several weeks.  Students should start this process after they have submitted their applications.  Email internships@amherst.edu to receive instructions.

How are funding award decisions made?

The funding award decision is a three-step process:

STEP ONE. Eligibility Review: All funding applications undergo a preliminary review to determine if both the applicant and the internship opportunity meet the basic eligibility requirements (see eligibility requirements above).  Applicants will be notified if their application is withdrawn due to being ineligible.

STEP TWO. Committee Review:  After each application deadline, every eligible application is reviewed by members of the funding review committee according to a review criteria.  The quality of an application (short essay responses and the resume) is a factor in the committee review, which means applicants should make sure their applications are well-written, well-developed, and error-free.  Additionally, committee members are evaluating applications for:

  • Enthusiasm for the summer internship opportunity
  • Knowledge of both the organization they will intern with and their internship responsibilities
  • Quality of the internship opportunity (i.e. is it well-developed, substantive, and appropriately challenging for a college student)
  • Demonstration of internship fitting into applicant’s stated career path
  • Strength of applicant’s summer learning goals and explanation for how their internship will help them achieve those goals
  • Sufficient planning for overcoming any foreseeable challenges
  • Evidence of conversation between applicant and supervisor about supervision and performance feedback plan

Committee members vote to nominate applicants to receive funding awards after their evaluations.  

STEP THREE. Fund Matching: The money used for the Loeb Center’s internship stipends comes from endowed funds established by donors who have outlined restrictions on what types of internships their funds can be used for (see the list of eligible organizations above).  Therefore, after committee members nominate applicants, their internships are matched to available endowed funds.  Because the total amount of funds available is limited, applicants are matched to funds in this order:

  • Financial aid recipients
  • International students
  • Juniors
  • Students completing internships for the first time
  • Students who have never received an internship stipend from the Loeb Center (this does not apply to Meiklejohn Fellows)

It is possible that an applicant who has been nominated by the funding review committee may ultimately not be awarded funding due to there not being an endowed fund to match their internship or funding running out.

What happens after funding decisions are made?

All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications within 3-4 weeks after the deadline.  Students awarded funding must complete a series of pre-departure requirements, including attending a required workshop, before receiving a stipend check.

Contact Us

If you need help with your funding application or have questions contact the Loeb Center by phone at 413-542-2265 or by email at internships@amherst.edu.