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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see how the internship team can be of assistance. Students should also use the Learning Center for assistance with any written documents.
Planning to intern in 2021?.
Due to the urgent need for proper health precautions in employment settings during COVID-19, CUNY has informed the campuses that student internship-seekers should be performing their new roles in remote-only format, in most, if not all cases. For those instances where an exception can be made, a waiver is required to ensure the employer has substantive plans and procedures in place to keep staff (including the interns) protected against the coronavirus. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they or the employer provide documentation of the employer’s safety protocols (risk mitigation) and waiver must be submitted to the Magner Career Center prior to the student commencing work. Students should ask their internship employer to send the documentation about their safety protocol to email@example.com Students who do not submit the waiver are assumed to be participating in a fully remote internship. If a student chooses to participate in-person internships they obtained on their own or before documentation is received are participating at their own risk. The need for this documentation includes all internships that require any “travel” and such student cannot perform it 100% remotely. Students applying for part-time or full-time employment should be vigilant in their assessment of positions that require in-person work during the ensuing pandemic. In addition to doing their due diligence in ascertaining an employer's risk-mitigation, students should contact the Magner Career Center to discuss safety concerns regarding a potential employment opportunity. The student understands that the ultimate decision to perform any in-person work during COVID-19 is theirs to make and that such work may present unique health risks
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) Deadline: Positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. 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.
- ASME Magazine Internship Program ($350/week) Deadline: Early December Eligibility: Full-time students who have completed their junior year of college, GPA of at least 3.0.
- CUNY Cultural Corps Deadline: September Eligibility: CUNY Cultural Corps will provide two programs, one for recent alumni and the other for current students. Cultural Corps Summer Intensive and Cultural Corps Academic Year Internship.
- Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. Deadline: Rolling. 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.
- IRTS Summer Fellowship Program: (All expense-paid) Deadline: January Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and graduate students selected.
- Louis Carr Internship Foundation ($4,500 stipend) Eligibility: Highly motivated minority students, who cannot afford to take non-paying summer internships.
- Shakespeare Theatre Company Internships and Fellowships ($150/week) Deadline: Early April 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.
- Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards Program ($550/week) Deadline: Early February. Eligibility: Sophomore, junior and senior students interested in learning about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through research and museum-related internships.
- T. Howard Foundation (Paid internship in media-related/entertainment field) Deadline: October and December. Eligibility: Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate minority students; U.S. citizen or F-1 visa holder with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
- Check back for added Education internships.
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 (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship. Eligibility: Sophomore, U.S. citizen, GPA 3.0, and majoring in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science. Deadline: Late January early February
- 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
- HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program Program 3 times per year (Summer, Fall and Winter) Eligibilty: Must be current student with a GPA of 3.0. Deadline: varies for program
- INROADS Eligibility: Underserved youth in business, health care, computer science etc. Deadline: Rolling (earlier you apply the better)
- Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship ($650-750 weekly stipend for undergrads/graduate students) Eligibility: Women and under-represented minorities who are matriculating in math, science and engineering from an accredited college or university. Deadline: Early-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 - Exploring Health Careers Program ($1,500 Stipend | Four Weeks in mid June—July) Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomores or Juniors with at least one semester of science work. Deadline: March
See also international internships section
See also science internships section
- 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) Deadline: Spring: October; Summer: December; and Fall: February.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (Stipend varies) Eligibility: Students and graduates with demonstrated leadership potential who are committed to public service. Deadline: Varies
- Google Journalism Fellowship ($7,500 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.
- Hope Foundation Eligibility: (Internships are 10-weeks long, $5250 for the length of their summer internship. If you are a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior in college). Deadline: 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 February
- Pulliam Journalism Fellowship ($650/week) Eligibility: College students and recent graduates interested in reporting, news design and graphics, and photojournalism. Deadline: Early November
- 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 ($700/week) Eligibility: Enrolled in school. For those interested in learning about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through research and museum-related internships. Deadline: Summer or Fall (February 1) and Spring (October 1)
- The HACU National Internship Program Eligibility: Hispanic students interested in business, industry, and government. Open to all students. Deadline: Spring Semester: November and Summer Semester: March
- 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. This is only open to a select set of schools. Brooklyn College is one of them. Deadline: Varies
- The Koch Internship Program (Varies) Eligibility: Designed for students and recent graduates who are passionate about economic freedom. Deadline: Varies
- 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
- Christianson Grant ($2,500-10,000 stipend) Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident between the ages of 18 to 23 who is participating in a work, internship or volunteer abroad program of at least six months. Deadlines: Mid-March, Mid-July, Mid-October
- DAAD: Summer Internships in Germany (RISE – Research Internships in Science and Engineering (Living expense/Housing assistance) Eligibility: Undergraduate students from the US, UK and Canada work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 1.5 to 3 months during the summer. Deadline: Early January
- America Needs You Fellows Program ($ 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 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
To view more minority/diversity focused internship programs go to www.findinternships.com/search/label/Minorities