The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Summer Internship Awards 2022

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 Summer Internship Awards (SIA) offer funding to support unpaid (and underpaid) off-campus 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 this guidance from the Department of Labor. Applications for support at for-profit businesses must address this guidance in the application. The SIA offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience relevant to career development, but does not support research.

  • Basic award amounts for 2022 recipients will be up to $4,700 for a minimum of 320 hours over 8-10 weeks.
  • Both in-person and remote opportunities will be considered. Please note that we have updated our travel guidance as of Feb 3rd.
  • Unpaid opportunities with for-profit businesses/individuals must comply with U.S. Department of Labor guidance. 
  • Off-campus opportunities only.

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.

SIA and Budget FAQ

International Students

There is funding from the Summer Experience Award (SEA) through the International Student Services office that is reserved for internships for international students. International students will be asked to identify themselves in their Summer Internship Award applications, and will automatically be considered for this funding.

Application Deadline (extended rolling deadline)

The application has re-opened and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 12PM noon. Applications will be reviewed weekly during this extended rolling deadline period.


All currently enrolled students in good academic standing are eligible to apply, including graduating seniors. Graduating seniors must particularly 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 SIA 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 as well.


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.

Important: If your opportunity is with a for-profit organization, you must address how your opportunity complies with U.S. Department of Labor guidance (see above).

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 SIA committee will review applications weekly until the new extended deadline. Selection decisions and notifications will occur within a week for most applicants.

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 summer as requested by the Center for Life Beyond Reed. This includes graduated seniors, and will include an orientation event on or near May 2nd (probably in-person). If the orientation event has already occurred, we'll offer an alternative activity or materials.

Travel Restrictions

Currently, Reed is not permitting college-funded travel to other countries that are categorized as level 4 (do not travel) by the CDC.

Additionally, international travel to countries with a level 4 travel advisory from the Department of State is generally restricted from being paid for by college funds. If a country's Department of State travel advisory is a level 3 due to anything other than COVID-19, then travel to those countries with college funds will also be restricted.

Intended travel countries must not be restricted at the time of application. If a travel country becomes restricted after you are awarded funds, we will work with you to find alternative plans. If alternative plans don't work out, it could be possible that you would be required to return some or all of the funding. Email if you have any questions.

Funding Sources

The Summer Internship Awards are funded primarily by gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Funds that support the SIA include (but are not limited to):

  • Arao/Singleton Dream Student Opportunity Fund
  • DCR Opportunity Fund
  • McGill Lawrence Internship: The McGill Lawrence used to be awarded separately. You can view legacy awardees here
  • Paxson Student Experience Award in the Performing Arts
  • Schroeder Student Opportunity Fund
  • Walter Family Fund