The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Spring Internship Awards

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

The Spring Internship Awards are exclusively for graduating spring/fall seniors, and offer funding to support unpaid (and underpaid) internship opportunities: public sector, not-for-profit, or other unpaid summer internships. Applications for support at for-profit/private sector businesses are generally not funded unless the application demonstrates that the internship will comply with guidance from the Department of Labor. The SIA offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience relevant to career development, but does not support research.

  • Basic award amounts for spring 2022 recipients will be up to $4,000 for a minimum of 320 hours over eight to ten weeks between December and May.
  • Both in-person and remote opportunities will be considered.

Reminder: There are also many paid internships out there. Review this article and search for paid internships in Handshake. Please also read our Summer Internship Awards and Budget FAQ, as most of that content is relevant for this award as well.

SIA and Budget FAQ

Application Deadline

Wednesday December 1st, 2021 at 12:00 PM noon


Currently enrolled spring/fall seniors who are graduating at the end of fall semester and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Applicants must address in their application essay what role this opportunity plays in helping them transition to their first post-Reed destination.


Proposals will be judged on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Connection to field of study or career goals
  • Some experience or qualifications or preparation to be successful in the internship
  • Carefulness, quality, and thoughtfulness of plan and adherence to all Spring Internship Award guidelines
  • Articulation of learning outcomes of the internship, and how the internship host will support learning

To Apply

All applications will be submitted in Handshake. The application consists of uploading documents, as well as filling out a Handshake survey. A letter or email of confirmation from your internship will also be required if you are selected for funding.

There are three documents to upload: A one page resume, a cover letter, and a budget. Please include your name in the file name and upload all documents as pdfs. Please read our FAQ if you have questions.


An up-to-date one page copy of your resume summarizing any work and volunteer experiences relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying.

Cover Letter

Upload a pdf document of no more than 1,000 words with the following components:

  • One-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed internship and the benefits to you.
  • Description of the mission and purpose of your host organization.
  • Description of the work/project/activities you anticipate doing as well as a description of your motivation and interest in this area.
  • Summary of the skills, knowledge, or other relevant preparation you will bring to this position.
  • Outline of the desired educational outcomes of this experience and how they apply to your goals.
  • If your internship will be in person, note what precautions you and your host will take to accommodate likely pandemic conditions and restrictions.
  • Contact information (names, telephone numbers, and email addresses) for your host organization contacts.

Other Document - Detailed Budget

Upload an itemized budget of your expenses and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount. Please use our budget template.

Apply in Handshake

Next Steps

The Spring IA committee will begin reviewing applications after the deadline. Selection decisions and notifications will occur in mid-December.

If you are selected as an awardee, you must take these steps in order to receive funding:

  • submit a letter of confirmation from your organization acknowledging your internship agreement. This can be a scanned letter or email from your organization, sent to Forwarding a letter/email is permissible
  • fill out the Internship Award Recipient Agreement form (sent to you as a google form)
  • create a LinkedIn profile, if you do not already have one.

During, and after, the internship you agree to:

  • participate in the reflection process over the spring as requested by the Center for Life Beyond Reed. 

Travel Restrictions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued global COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. You are responsible for reviewing the current international and domestic travel restrictions before considering travel.

Additionally, travel restrictions for awards that originate or pass through Reed's business office usually follow State Department travel advisories. Proposals including travel to countries on a level 3 or level 4 travel advisory will generally not be considered for funding.

Email with any questions.