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Would you like to be paid while you intern?  Some foundations and organizations have programs that fund students who obtain an unpaid internship.  Did you know that most of these programs often will assist you in finding the internship? You don’t always have to have an internship to apply. 

Disclaimer: Deadlines and stipend information are subject to change. Students should confirm on the website of each individual stipend program. Look through the entire list since several programs apply to a variety of majors and should also look on their own for other potential programs not listed here.

If you are interested in applying for any of awards that require an essay, letter of recommendation etc. you are encouraged to contact to see how the internship team can be of assistance. Students should also use the Learning Center for assistance with any written documents.

The Magner Career Center also has stipends for students who are participating in  an unpaid internship.  Learn more at  

Internship Stipend Awards Fact Sheet 


ARTS Intern ($3,300 stipend)

  • Eligibility: Students must be attending a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City or be residents of New York City; full-time student entering their sophomore, junior or senior year; and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Deadline: Positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

ASME Magazine Internship Program ($350/week)

  • Eligibility: Full-time students who have completed their junior year of college, GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Deadline: Early December

CUNY Cultural Corps ($13/ hr)

  • Eligibility: During 2017-2018, CUNY Cultural Corps will provide two programs, one for recent alumni and the other for current students.
    1. Cultural Corps Summer Intensive 
    • Be an alum of any CUNY 0-2 years out (must have degree by end of Spring 2017, and have obtained degree no earlier than Spring 2015)*
    • Have graduated with a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.75
    • Have completed at least 1 year of full-time work experience or 2 years of part-time experience/internship experience(s)
    • Be available to work full-time (35 hours/week) for a period of at least 9 weeks starting in June 2017
    • Have the proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
      *Alumni who attend a non-CUNY institution during the time since graduating CUNY are still eligible to apply, though preference will be given to recent graduates of CUNY.
    2. Cultural Corps Academic Year Internship
    • Be working towards a degree at a CUNY college (Community College, Senior College, or Graduate School)
    • Be registered for at least 6 credits each semester in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
    • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5
    • Have earned at least 30 college credits by the end of summer 2017 (24 credits for community college students)
    • Have addressed any remedial education needs prior to beginning Fall 2017 classes
    • Be available to work part-time (12 hours/week) for a period of 24 weeks during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters
    • Have the proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • Deadline: Applications are due January 22, 2017. Please note the application will become available Decemeber 16th, 2016.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Internships and Fellowships ($150/week)

Eligibility: Requirements vary depending on focus of internship; however, most interns have an undergraduate degree in theatre and are in the early stages of their professional career.

Deadline: Early April

Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards Program ($550/week)

Eligibility: Sophomore, junior and senior students interested in learning about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through research and museum-related internships.

Deadline: Early February

T. Howard Foundation (Paid internship in media related/entertainment field)

Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate minority students; U.S. citizen or F-1 visa holder with a minimum GPA of 2.8.

Deadline: October and December

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media (Work-study)

Eligibility: Minority high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interest in a career in the media industry.

Deadline: January

Louis Carr Internship Foundation ($4,500 stipend)

Eligibility: Highly motivated minority students, who cannot afford to take non-paying summer internships.

Deadline: March

IRTS Summer Fellowship Program: (All expense-paid)

Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and graduate students selected.

Deadline: Varies


Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)  ($1,200 stipend)

Eligibility: Junior and senior students of underrepresented minorities able to participate.

Deadline: Early April

T.E.A.C.H Scholarship Program (Scholarship amount varies)

Eligibility: College students/professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings

Deadline: Varies

ASPIRE Stipend Program ($1,000 Stipend)

Eligibility: Students currently working in the ECE field who are looking to do coursework and training to improve their practice.

Deadline: June 29, 2013


Review the summer research database for more opportunities

Brown and Caldwell Scholarships: Minority Scholarship Program ($3,000 scholarship)

Eligibility: All students interested in science and engineering.

Deadline: Early March

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program ($8,000 scholarship)

Eligibility: Sophomore, U.S. citizen, GPA 3.0, and majoring in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science.

Deadline: Late January

Google Policy Fellowship ($7,500 for 10 weeks)

Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior and senior students work at public interest organizations and conduct research and analysis, draft reports and attend conferences on issues related to the future of the Internet and its users.

Deadline: Varies

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship ($650-850 for undergrads/grads)

Eligibility: Women and under-represented minorities who are matriculating in math, science and engineering from an accredited college or university.

Deadline: Mid-January

NASA LARSS Paid Internship Program (Financial aid is available on a limited basis)

Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and an interest in a discipline related to NASA’s work.

Deadline: Early February

NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Health Research Training Program (Financial aid is available on a limited basis)

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate/professional students interested in working on current public health issues during 10-12 weeks of the summer and part-time during the academic year.

Deadline: Mid-February

 SUNY Downstate/Office of Minority Affairs - Exploring Health Careers Program

Eligibility: Students at all levels interesting in career in the sciences.

Deadline: Varies


Eligibility: Underserved youth in business, health care, computer science etc.

Deadline: Rolling (earlier you apply the better) 

See also international internships section


The HACU National Internship Program Open to all students.

Eligibility: Hispanic students interested in business, industry, and government.

Deadline: Spring Semester  (Nov) and Summer Semester (Mar)

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Eligibility: College students of color.

Deadline: Varies

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Eligibility: All minority students.

Deadline: Mid-April

Minorities Advertising Intern Program

Eligibility: Minority students interested in advertising.

Deadline: Late January


Eligibility: Underserved youth in business and industry.

Deadline: Rolling (earlier you apply the better) 

The Lagrant Foundation Scholarships ($5,000-10,000 for undergrad/grads)

Eligibility: Ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations.

Deadline: Late February

See also science internships section

Lend for America Microfinance Fellowship ($2,500 stipend + travel expense)

Eligibility: Undergraduate student currently enrolled at U.S.-based university.

Deadline: Mid-March

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Macy’s College Scholarship Program ($5,000 stipend)

Eligibility: Undergraduate Latino students.

Deadline: Mid-December

Humanities/Non Profit/Government/Community Service/Writing/Journalism

National Urban League

Eligibility: looking for candidates interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector, or in understanding the connection between non-profits, corporations, and government in the work of our nation. This internship is open to undergrads only.

Deadline: End of Feb

We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant

Eligibility: students from diverse back- grounds (people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIAP+ community, and other underrepresented groups) who wish to pursue a career in children’s publishing. 

Deadline: rolling basis, with a final deadline of May 31

Hope Foundation

Eligibility: (college freshmen and sophomores who have a passion for local politics and community activism). 

Deadline: March

Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellowship Program (Stipend + travel expense varies)

Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior or senior students are selected to study human rights, diversity, and minority issues.

Deadline: Mid-January

CHCI Congressional Internship 

Eligibility:  Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree and High academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher)

DeadlineSpring: February - April, Summer: June - August  and Fall: August - November

The Koch Internship Program (Varies)

Eligibility: Designed for students and recent graduates who are passionate about economic freedom.

Deadline: Varies

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship (Varies)

Eligibility: Second semester freshman or sophomore at one of the twelve invited colleges, and you must have at least four semesters of full-time academic work remaining after the term in which you apply to become a J.K. Watson Fellow. You must be registered in a liberal arts track, demonstrate competence in college level work, be not more than 25 years old on March 1, 2013, and be an American citizen or “green card” holder. This is only open to a select set of schools. Brooklyn College is one of them.

Deadline: Varies

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship ($650/week)

Eligibility: College students and recent graduates interested in reporting, news design and graphics, and photojournalism.

Deadline: Early November

Google Journalism Fellowship ($7, 5000 stipend + travel expense of $1,000)

Eligibility: Student who is eligible to work in the U.S. and at least 18 years old.

Deadline: Late January

Robert L. Bartley Fellowship Program (Paid internship- amount varies)

Eligibility: First year, sophomore, junior and senior students aspiring to a career in journalism to work as editors for _The Wall Street Journal’s _opinion pages.

Deadline: Mid-January
Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards Program ($550/week)

Eligibility: Sophomore, junior and senior students interested in learning about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through research and museum-related internships.

Deadline: Early February

Horseshoe Farm Fellowship ($500/month)

Eligibility: Students from all majors and backgrounds can apply, especially those interested in community-based service leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Deadline: Late January

Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP)  (Paid internship)

Eligibility: Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend school in New York City. Students are placed at paid internships at for-profit, non-profit and Jewish community organizations in New York City.

Deadline: Varies

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (Stipend varies)

Eligibility: Students and graduates with demonstrated leadership potential who are committed to public service.

Deadline: Varies

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund ($2,000 stipend)

Eligibility:Undergraduate and graduate students seeking support for an unpaid or low-paying internship in the public service sector.

Deadline: Varies* *

CHCI Fellowship Program (Paid fellowship)

Eligibility: Open to Latino students/alumni who have earned a Bachelor’s degree within two years of the program start date.

Deadline: Mid-December

Conference on Asian/Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) ($2,000 stipend)

Eligibility: Students with leadership potential are chosen to pursue public service internships in Washington, DC.

Deadline: Varies

ILF Civic Fellowship Program ($2,000 stipend or 8 week paid internship)

Eligibility: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.

Deadline: Early February

The HACU National Internship Program

Eligibility: Hispanic students interested in business, industry, and government.  Open to all students.

Deadline: Spring Semester  (Nov) and Summer Semester (Mar)

International Internships

Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship ($5,000 stipend)

Eligibility: Junior and senior students who have been selected by the Department of State for internships in London, Paris, or Washington, DC; are U.S. citizens; and have obtained institutional endorsement from their university.

Deadline: Early November

DAAD: Summer Internships in Germany (RISE – Research Internships in Science and Engineering (Living expense/Housing assistance)

Eligibility: Undergraduate students from the US, UK and Canada work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 1.5 to 3 months during the summer.

Deadline: Early January

Christianson Grant ($2,500-10,000 stipend)

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 18 to 23 who is participating in a work, internship or volunteer abroad program of at least six months.

Deadlines: Mid-March, Mid-July, Mid-October

Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program ($400/week)

Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, and senior students (U.S. citizens only) interested in biological sciences to spend 10 weeks researching during the summer.

Deadline: Mid-December

Multiple Areas

America Needs You Fellows Program ($ 2,000 grant)

Eligibility: Ambitious first-generation college freshmen attending a CUNY School.   

Deadline:  Early March

 INROADS (Scholarship opportunities vary)

Eligibility: Underserved youth in business, health care, computer science etc.

Deadline: Rolling (earlier you apply the better)

Ladders for Leaders

Eligibility and Deadline: Click above link for more information

LifeSciNYC (This is not just for those interested in science!)

Eligibility: Most majors accepted, be sure to check the link for more information.

Deadline: No specific deadline paid summer internship

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