Summer Unpaid Domestic Internship Grants

MHR, MPP, and MURP students completing unpaid domestic internships during the summer in government agencies or nonprofit organizations are eligible for several Humphrey School grants. There is one general grant application for several funds: 

Stembler-Ebert Internship Grants

Through a generous donation from Humphrey School alumnus Paul Stembler and his wife Mary Ebert, two awards of $2500 are available to assist two Humphrey School students who wish to do domestic internships in nonprofit organizations where those organizations are unable to support students financially.  Students receiving the awards will be asked to send a note of thanks to Paul and Mary.

Naftalin Internship Grants

Through generous donations from the Arthur Naftalin family, awards of up to $2000 are available to assist some Humphrey School students who wish to do domestic internships in government agencies or nonprofit organizations where those organizations are unable to support students financially.

George A. Warp Internship Grants

Through a generous donation from the George Warp family, awards of up to $2000 are available to assist some Humphrey School students who wish to do domestic internships in an organization that is unable to support the student financially.  Priority consideration will be given to students who are working full-time and doing their internship within a Minnesota government agency.

Pillsbury Internship Grants

Through generous donations to the Pillsbury Internship Fund, awards of up to $1000 are available to assist some Humphrey Institute students who wish to do domestic internships in government agencies or nonprofit organizations where those organizations are unable to support students financially.

Eligibility

Any student currently enrolled in good standing in the Masters program in planning or public policy (MPP or MURP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is eligible to apply.  Students who have already fulfilled the internship requirement, waived that requirement, or students in the MS, MDP, or MPA programs are not eligible for subsidy funds (since those degrees do not require internships).

The internship for which funding is requested must be in hand at the time of application and must satisfy all the standards for the School’s internship requirement:  a minimum of 400 hours, primarily at a professional level and related to the student’s academic focus and career goals.  The internship cannot be completed with units within the Humphrey School or the University unless the student can document substantial work outside the School/University.

These awards are meant to support internships during the summer semester.  These grants do not support international internships or internships at for-profit organizations.

Application Procedure

Applications deadlines are in the late April to mid-May timeframe. Awards are announced within two weeks of the deadline. Please provide the following information by email:

  1. One-page statement describing how this internship would support your educational and career goals. This statement is key to the grant decision process. Please indicate which grant(s) you are applying for.
  2. List of financial needs for the period of the internship. Include a budget statement that details expected expenses in housing, food, transportation and any other essential costs (such as childcare). Also include other sources of income you expect during the internship period. Example of a budget can be found below.
  3. Unofficial graduate transcript.
  4. Copy of the Internship Agreement Form email confirmation you receive when using the registering your internship.

Please submit your application by email to Christopher Buckley (cbuckley@umn.edu)

Budget Example: Summer 20xx Internship Budget Detail

Living Expense Budget Estimate: June - August
Personal Misc. ($40/week) = $400
Food ($70/week) = $700
Cell phone bill ($50/month) = $150
Rent ($600/month) = $1,800
Total Living Expenses = $3,050

Other Sources of Income
Wages from part-time job ($500/month) = $1,500
Total Summer Net Expenses = $1,550