Question of the Week: Funding for an Unpaid Service Internship

Nov. 4, 2022

Q: I have an opportunity to do a small research project while volunteering at a local community health center in my hometown this summer. Unfortunately, it’s an unpaid opportunity. I've looked in SAFE and I'm confused about the funding options. Who can help me sort through the possibilities?
 
A: As you’ve discovered, there are many options! The Bogle Fellowship could be great if you’re a first-year, Streicker for sophomores, or the Career Development’s SSII Fund, for example. The new Learning and Education through Service (LENS) initiative allows you to more easily sort through the funding options.
 
On the LENS website, you will find a directory of internship programs and funds that can support students interested in committing a summer to helping a non-profit or government agency with their goals and mission. Although the application deadlines for these program vary widely, most of these programs are designed for current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Some of them support part-time or short-term projects if you are looking at combining a nonprofit service internship with another opportunity this summer.
 
The LENS initiative is coordinated by the Pace Center and the Center for Career Development. Advisors from both programs are available to discuss opportunities, but we’d direct you specifically to Jessica Matzko, who was once an HPA adviser and now coordinates the LENS initiative. She is well-versed in working with prehealth students and will be a great resource for you. You can email her at [email protected] to set up a meeting.

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