To encourage students to work with grassroots feminist organizations that lack the resources to pay an intern; to enhance students' abilities to pursue job placements closely related to their career goals; to provide financial support for students who might otherwise choose to waive the internship requirements; to serve the women's community.
The Center on Women and Public Policy typically awards two to five grants in the amount of $1500-$2500 per summer.
Any student currently enrolled in good standing in the Masters program in planning, public policy, or technology, energy, and the environment at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is eligible to apply. Students who have already fulfilled the internship requirement are not eligible.
Applications are due around May 10 (see email announcement to students for exact date) in Room 257, Humphrey Center. Awards will be announced within two weeks of the deadline. Please provide the following information:
1) A one-two page description of your internship project
Please describe what you want to do, the expected outcome or product of this work, what background you bring to this work, why you have chosen this particular organization, and what this experience will add to your professional development. On a separate page, please provide the following financial information: any compensation you will receive from the organization, any additional costs you will incur (for example, travel expenses or research-related expenses), the level and type of financial support you have received from the Humphrey School and the U of M, and any other financial support you have received for the internship (Judd, MacArthur, Human Rights Center, etc.).
2) A letter of commitment from the organization
This letter should describe the resources that the organization will commit to the project as well as the person who will be your primary contact. A brief explanation of the ways in which the organization intends to make use of your work would also be helpful. (Please note that organizations which pay some interns in similar positions will not be eligible.)
3) A copy of your graduate academic transcript. A copy 'released to student' is fine.
Please collect these items into one packet and deliver them to: Debra Fitzpatrick, Room 263, Humphrey Center.
The sponsoring organization is a feminist organization, broadly defined, or the internship is a feminist project in a non-feminist organization. Students will be required to complete a report on the internship for our web page.