The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

McGill Lawrence Internships

The McGill Lawrence Internship Award offers you the opportunity to complement your academic studies with a summer internship in the public or non-profit sector. This award focuses on work that cultivates an environment of understanding and respect for multicultural issues at Reed.

At least 50 percent of the awards fund proposals that bring students in contact with ethnically and culturally diverse issues and populations. Award amounts for all 2015 recipients will be $4,000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of full time engagement.

Proposals will be judged on

  • their relevance to your field of study or professional goals;
  • quality of design;
  • the ability of the sponsoring organization to support your learning;
  • letters of recommendation from faculty.

Please follow the guidelines carefully. For your reference, applications from previous awardees are available in hard copy in the Center for Life Beyond Reed. We strongly encourage you to meet with the Center for Life Beyond Reed or SEEDS staff during the planning stages of your proposal. Travel restrictions do apply (see below). 

Read about last year's McGill Lawrence Summer Internship Award recipients.

To Apply

Applications are due no later than Monday, March 2, 2015 at noon.

Application Steps

Grant applications are available online; click McGill Lawrence Internship Award.

There are four elements to the online form:

1. One confidential letter of support from a Reed faculty or staff member who can speak to your qualifications

2. An up-to-date copy of your resume summarizing all relevant work and volunteer experiences

3. A detailed project description of no more than 2,400 words that includes the following elements:

a. A one-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship and the benefits to you, the community you intend to serve, and Reed

b. The mission and purpose of your host organization

c. The preparation you've done for your project

d. The desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your career goals

e. Contact information (names, telephone numbers, email addresses) for your host organization

f. Expected host organization commitment date

4. Detailed budget of your expenses and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount

Review & Notification

A committee of students, staff, and faculty evaluate the applications. Applicants will be contacted regarding the funding decisions that were made of these awards by early April, 2015.


  • Prior to receiving funding, you must submit a letter of confirmation from your organization acknowleding your internship agreement as well as the acceptance and liability agreement with Reed College.
  • Recipients will be asked to share their learning with the Reed community in the fall after their McGill experience. This will include an oral presentation. Recipients will also be asked to participate in next year’s applicant review process. If you do not plan to return to campus in the fall after your award, you will need to explain in your application how you will fulfill these obligations.

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions for awards that originate or pass through Reed's business office usually follow State Department travel warning criteria. If you suspect that your proposed location of study may present safety or security risks, please consult the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings Section.  If a project proposal includes travel to locations that may present safety or security risks, especially as identified by the State Department travel warning criteria, special note must be made in the proposal, and additional information may be requested before permission is determined.

McGill Lawrence and Davis Projects for Peace student grant awards are tentative until travel permission has been received from the Reed College coordinators of such awards via completion of an award agreement form that outlines conditions of acceptance. Students who do not receive permission to travel will not be allowed to use such funds for their proposed project. Accommodations for an alternate location may be made at the discretion of the coordinators of the awards (the Center for Life Beyond Reed, SEEDS, and college relations personnel in consultation with the President's Office).