• George Washington Offers Grants to Students Pursuing Unpaid Internships

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    May 15, 2013

    For summer 2013, the George Washington University (GW) Career Services Advisory Council has established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF), which was created to:

    • Help enhance career services at the university.
    • Encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic programs, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.

    “We hope that it inspires students to pursue unpaid internships they might not have applied to in the past due to their financial constraints,” explains Rachel Brown, GW’s assistant provost for university career services.

    A committee consisting of members of the Career Services Advisory Council—which includes representatives from all of the GW career services departments, as well as alumni relations, academic faculty advisors, and undergraduate and graduate student leaders—is reviewing the applications and will select the award recipients.

    Grant awards will be based on the quality of the application, the relation of the internship to the applicant's academic and career goals, and the demonstrated financial need and planned use of the funds. The number of students who receive grants through the KACIF depends on the amount requested and the amount of funds available.

    “For this first round, we expect to award between 30 and 40 grants out of an applicant pool of more than 150 students,” Brown says. “Our goal is to meet the need of as many of our students as we can.”

    Career services partnered with GW’s development office to work with potential donors interested in helping enhance career services initiatives at the university, Brown says. The money for the fund has come from GW parents, alumni, and other donors.

    “The KACIF, and the overwhelming response to it—with the amount of applications and financial support provided—demonstrates that students, parents, alumni, faculty, and career services departments understand the value of students exploring internship experiences in their chosen field of interest,” Brown says.

    “At GW, we are all working together to ensure that participating in internships can indeed be a reality for all our students.”

George Washington Offers Grants to Students Pursuing Unpaid Internships