The Center for Life Beyond Reed

McGill Lawrence Internship Awards

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.

A goal of the awards is to fund proposals that bring students in contact with ethnically and culturally diverse issues and populations. Award amounts for all 2019 recipients will be up to $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;
  • potential for growth and impact;
  • the ability of the sponsoring organization to support your learning
  • overall clarity of presentation and thoughtfulness.

Travel restrictions may apply (see below). 

Read about the 2016 and 2017 McGill Lawrence Summer Internship Award recipients.

To Apply

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 3rd 2019 at noon.

Application Steps

Grant applications are available online; click Internship Awards and be sure to select the box and short answer section for the McGill Lawrence award.

There are four elements to the online form:

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

2. A detailed project description: Upload a document of no more than 1,000 words including the following components: 

  1. One-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship and the benefits to you.
  2. Description of the mission and purpose of your host organization.
  3. Description of the work/project/activities you anticipate doing as well as a description of your motivation and interest in this area.
  4. Summary of the skills, knowledge, or other relevant preparation you will bring to this position.
  5. Outline of the desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your goals.
  6. Contact information (names, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for your host organization contacts.

If your proposal is chosen for funding, before you receive the award, it is required that your sponsoring organization provide an email or scanned letter addressed to acknowledging that you will be engaged in the project for which you receive the funds.

3. 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 late April, 2019.


  • Prior to receiving funding, you must arrange for a letter of confirmation from your organization acknowledging your internship agreement as well as the acceptance and liability agreement with Reed College.
  • Recipients may be asked to share their learning with the Reed community in the fall after their McGill experience. 

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.

Drop-in Hours

Express Advising with PCAs

Sun-Thur, 6 – 8 pm
Prexy Conference Room

Senior Apply Time
Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Prexy Conference Room

Drop-In Advising with CLBR Staff
Mon, Wed, Friday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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    Wednesdays: International Student Services
    Fridays: MRC (Student Center)

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