The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Summer Internship Awards FAQ

Can I apply for research opportunities through the Summer Internship Awards (SIA)?

The SIA fund is generously provided to support summer internships. There are quite a few other funds at Reed that exclusively support research opportunities. You can find these by searching for research opportunities in the fellowships search tool. Many academic departments have funds available for Reed-based research or off-campus research, and there are also funds managed by the Undergraduate Research Committee. Please note that funding is available on a competitive basis, and that most research application deadlines are earlier in the year than the SIA deadline. If you have any questions please email us at clbrfellowships@reed.edu and/or make an appointment with an advisor.

If you are an international student, there are two awards reserved for international students offered through the Summer Opportunity Fellowship Award (funded by International Student Services) which can fund research.

I'm currently on leave, but I'll be returning to Reed in the fall. Can I apply to the SIA?

Unfortunately, no. Only current students may apply to the SIA.

I am a spring/fall senior; am I eligible for summer funding?

Yes! You may apply to the Summer Internship Awards for the summer before you graduate. If you’d like to pursue funding for an unpaid internship after you graduate, you’ll need to apply to the Spring Internship Awards. Only graduating spring/fall seniors are eligible for the Spring Internship Awards.

Can I apply for multiple awards?

Yes, you can apply for multiple awards. Depending on the types of awards to which you apply, you may not be able to accept multiple awards (e.g., you are unlikely to be awarded both an SIA and a Summer Opportunity Fellowship Award), but you are welcome to apply to as many awards as you are eligible for. You should disclose if you are applying for multiple awards in your applications, and we highly encourage you to work with a CLBR advisor.

What if my internship isn't confirmed yet and/or I'm applying to multiple internships?

We recognize that Reed College funding deadlines do not always correspond with internship hiring timelines, so it may be that you have not been accepted to an internship by the funding application deadline here at Reed. If you have applied for an internship and would like to be considered for funding if you end up securing the internship, you should submit an SIA application and write about the internship you are hoping to receive. You would need to indicate that it has not been secured yet. Regardless, you are not required to provide confirmation of your internship until after you are awarded.

If you are applying to multiple internships and are not sure which one you will receive, we recommend you write your application towards the internship in which you are most interested. If you are awarded, but the first internship falls through, you can message clbrfellowships@reed.edu and propose to change your award to another internship. This usually means re-submitting portions of your application and a new budget. This is not an uncommon situation, and we'll work with you.

How and when do I receive funding?

You will receive the funding as a direct deposit or check from the business office after you are notified of your acceptance and submit the required agreement paperwork and proof of your internship with your host organization to CLBR.

How many hours are required, and how long should my internship be?

The SIA requires a minimum of eight weeks of full-time engagement and a minimum of 320 hours between the last day of classes and first day of classes. If your internship is close to, but under, 320 hours and you are awarded, you’ll be asked to communicate with your employer to find more hours to meet the 320 hour minimum before we can distribute funds.

What do you mean by "underpaid internships"?

An internship is underpaid if they offer you some funding (usually as a stipend) that would pay you below minimum wage if it were divided by the number of hours worked. An internship is also underpaid if it does not pay you enough to meet your basic needs while working. Use our budget worksheet to estimate your expenses over the course of the internship. If your expenses are greater than the total amount that your internship will pay you, then your internship is also underpaid. Account for the stipend (or pay) from your internship in your budget when applying.

Budget FAQ

CLBR has a budget worksheet which we recommend using for some awards. These are some common questions applicants have had about that sheet, and applying to the SIA in general.

What does "Financial Aid Student Contribution, if relevant" refer to?

The student contribution line is on the form because students on financial aid have a minimum student contribution which they are expected to be responsible for each academic year. You can find more information about this on the financial aid website. This is only relevant to students who are returning to Reed in the fall (continuing students) and who receive financial aid from Reed.

How much should I budget for food?

CLBR will generally cap food budgets at $100/week. Please try to budget for what you will actually need. Think about limitations imposed by where you'll be working and what your access to food at your workplace will be like. If your food budget is more than $100/week, explain why in your budget.

Can I budget for professional clothes?

Yes, if you need them to be able to perform the duties of your internship. Budgets for clothing will generally be capped at $200.

What about personal vehicle expenses?

If you're using a personal vehicle to get around, you can include approximate gas expenses in your budget. If you include a mileage reimbursement in your budget instead, and your application is selected for funding, you'll be asked for a revised budget with approximate gas expenses.

Should I budget for only the exact dates of my internship, or should I budget for the whole summer?

Please write your budget based upon what it will cost you to be able to do the internship. For example, if you would need funding for housing and food for the whole summer to be able to do an eight week internship, then you should request funding for housing and food for the whole summer. We encourage students to do their best to request only what they need, as this allows us to fund more opportunities for more students.

I’m not sure exactly what some of my expenses will be to do this internship. How should I write my budget?

Please be as specific as you can, and do your best to make good estimates. Include details in your budget wherever you can, and explain any estimates that you make in the budget. It is possible that you will be awarded an SIA, but that the committee will request you to submit a revised budget before funding your award. This is not uncommon, and we're happy to work with awarded students when necessary.

If you have questions about any of this, please let us know at clbrfellowships@reed.edu!

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