Summer Unpaid Domestic Internship Grants

Important COVID-19 Internship Requirement Update for Class Entering Fall 2019

The Office of Career and Professional Development is accepting funding applications to support unpaid internships for summer 2020. Through generous donations from donors and strategic investment from the Dean’s Office, including an additional $30,000 in funds for summer 2020, the Humphrey School has funding support available for students partaking in unpaid or underpaid internships. There is one general application form for awards supported by multiple funds.

Application Form

To apply for internship grant funds, complete the application form at this link (you must be signed in to your U of M Gmail account). There is one general application form for awards supported by multiple funds. You will be considered for all funds for which you are eligible.* You will need to have completed all the required documents before submitting your application.**

Educational and Career Goals Statement

Your statement should be one page, single spaced (not to exceed 600 words). In your statement, please address the following topics:

  1. Your short- and long-term career goals
  2. What are you hoping to learn from this internship?

Internship Agreement Form

Submit a PDF copy of the Internship Agreement Form confirmation email that will be sent to you after completing that step in the internship documentation process.

Until further notice, internships need to be conducted remotely unless students have successfully petitioned to the Office of Public Engagement and their internship has been deemed essential. The Office of Public Engagement has more information on this policy, as well as a list of student FAQs and the petition. Also, please view the CPD webpage for more information on adjustments to the Humphrey School's internship requirements. 

*As a reminder, you can receive funding for virtual internships.
**You can use more than one internship to meet the requirement. If you are completing more than one unpaid internship/experience over the summer to meet the requirement, submit an application form for each unpaid experience.

Reach out to Steph Eiden with questions about the application or eligibility.

Deadline

For funds to be disbursed starting June 1, the deadline for the application will be May 18. As we know students are still in the process of securing internships, applications received after May 18 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Eligibility

Any student currently enrolled in good standing in the masters program in human rights, public policy, or urban planning (MHR, MPP or MURP) at the Humphrey School is eligible to apply. Students who have already fulfilled the internship requirement, waived that requirement, or who are in the MS-STEP, 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 the standards for the School’s internship requirement:  1) primarily at a professional level and 2) 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 term. These grants do not support international internships or internships at for-profit organizations.

Internship Grants

Byron G. (Barney) Allen Internship Grants for Governance and Politics

Through a generous donation from Barney Allen, awards of up to $1,000 are available to assist Humphrey School students with demonstrated financial need who undertake internships with government entities, political campaigns, or political parties in Minnesota.

center on women, gender, and public policy INTERNSHIP GRANTS

Through a generous donation in the name of Julia Henderson, the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy provides one to two awards of up to $2000 to assist Humphrey students that have unpaid internships with a feminist organization, broadly defined, or an internship working on a feminist project in a non-feminist organization. Projects should serve women or advance gender equity. Students will be required to complete a report on the internship for the CWGPP upon completion.

GEORGE A. WARP INTERNSHIP GRANTS

Through a generous donation from the George Warp family, awards of up to $2,000 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.

Lee Munnich Internship Grants

Through generous donations in honor of Lee Munnich's retirement after 25 years of directing the State and Local Policy Program, one award of $3,000 is available to assist a Humphrey School student who wishes to do an unfunded or partially funded internship with a focus on innovation and change in policy or planning. Students receiving the awards will be encouraged to present the outcomes and lessons learned at the end of the internship to Lee Munnich and other guests.

Naftalin Internship Grants (Not currently available)

Through generous donations from the Arthur Naftalin family, awards of up to $2,000 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.

Pillsbury Internship Grants

Through generous donations to the Pillsbury Internship Fund, awards of up to $1,000 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.

Stembler-Ebert Internship Grants

Through a generous donation from Humphrey School alumnus Paul Stembler and his wife Mary Ebert, two awards of $2,500 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 are required to send a note of thanks to Paul and Mary.