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Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean, Director of LILAC
Jennifer Prudencio, Associate Director of Internships and Employer Relations

Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center
Campus Center, Second Floor
(610) 526-5174
internshipfunding@brynmawr.edu

Eligibility and Selection Criteria - FAQ

 

The following information pertains to LILAC Summer Internship Funding. Please contact specific Centers and Departments for information regarding their funding programs.

For questions about completing your application, please consult Tips for Applying.

Eligibility:

Internship Information:

 

Eligibility:

What kind of internships are eligible to be funded?

Funding is available for unpaid summer internships that involve at least 30 hours of work a week for 8-10 weeks (or, a minimum of 240 hours). Students MUST secure the internship before they apply. Internships should take place sometime between the end of the spring semester and the resumption of classes for the fall semester. Placements may be in any field, both in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. The key requirement is that the internship provide the student meaningful and educational experience that can contribute to one's academic, career, and/or personal interests.

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As a graduating senior, am I eligible for LILAC Summer Internship Funding?

No, LILAC Summer Internship Funding is limited to first year students, sophomores, and juniors. Students who have completed their degree are not eligible. However, students who will complete their degree the following December are eligible.

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Does the College fund experiences in countries on the U.S. State Dept. Travel Warning List?

A funded internship may not take place in a country on either the U.S. State Department "warning" or Treasury "embargo" lists (except when an embargo is specifically directed toward a narrow set of individuals or circumstances in a country.) Travel warnings can be accessed at:  www.travel.state.gov. Plese note that this list is updated regularly.

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I’ve already received funding from Bryn Mawr for summer research or an internship. Am I eligible for funding for a second year?

In general, students may only receive internship funding ONCE during their time at Bryn Mawr. Summer Funding is competitive and priority is given to students who have never received funding before. In some cases, exceptions may include the following:

  • Previous Alumnae Regional Scholars, previous recipients of the Projects for Peace grant, and previous Hepburn Center interns are eligible to receive internship funding for a second summer through the LILAC Summer Internship Funding program.
  • A student may receive funding for summer research one summer (e.g. Hanna Holborn Gray Grant, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Science Dept. Research) and for a summer internship another summer.
  • If there is an exceptionally strong applicant, a student may receive internship funding for a second year. Determination of this possibility will also depend on the number of applications received that year.

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I’ve received summer funding, but I am going to transfer from Bryn Mawr College the following fall. Am I still eligible for the funding?

Students receiving summer funding MUST be enrolled at Bryn Mawr College or at an accredited Study Abroad program for the fall semester following their internship. In the case of permanent transfers to a new university or college, the student will forfeit the total amount of her summer internship funding.

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I’m a Haverford student. Am I eligible for any summer funding through Bryn Mawr?

Haverford students are eligible to apply for the Ariadne Solter Internship Fund, the Dance Study Grant, and the Summer Science Research Fellowships.

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Internship Information:

Do I have to have a summer internship already set up to apply for funding?

Yes. Students must secure their internship at the time of application. The application asks you to submit confirmation from your employer.

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What is the difference between the two deadlines?

The main difference between the deadlines is that applications received by the first deadline (March 8) will be reviewed first. Applications received after March 8 will be reviewed in April after the final deadline (April 12). Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

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I’d like to do an internship through a program that charges fees. Can I use my summer funding to pay these fees?

Generally, the LILAC Summer Internship Funding does not provide funds for fees or tuition for fee-based internship programs, UNLESS the fee is meant to cover travel and housing costs. In other words, we do not fund administrative costs of fee-based programs. An exception may be made in a situation where the best or only opportunities are available through a fee-based program.

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Can I use summer funding to pay tuition for a program that will give me college credit?

No. Summer Funding may not be used to pay for tuition for academic courses or for activities that result in academic credit.

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My internship site offers some amount of compensation. Can I still apply for summer funding?

If a student is to receive ANY funding through her internship placement, she MUST state this on her application in accordance with the policies of the Honor Code. She will be eligible for partial BMC funding, up to $4000. For example, if a student will be paid $1000 from the internship, then we can fund the remaining $3000.

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If I receive summer funding, can I have a paying job in addition to my unpaid internship?

You may hold a paying job of up to 10 hours a week while you are doing your unpaid internship. The program is designed to enable students to have a full-time internship experience for 8-10 weeks, so a significant amount of additional paid work during that time is discouraged. If you will work more than 10 hours a week during your placement, contact the Director of Summer Funding for permission.

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If I am having trouble getting the organization materials by the deadline, what should I do?

If you are having difficulty obtaining materials from your organization, please notify Jennifer Prudencio at internshipfunding@brynmawr.edu no later than two business days before the deadline.

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I was awarded funding for my internship proposal, but I have decided to accept a different internship. Am I still eligible for the funding?

Awards are made for specific internships. If a student receives funding for a proposed internship and subsequently changes the internship to a new site, please contact Jennifer Prudencio at internshipfunding@brynmawr.edu. Your application will need to under another review to receive approval.

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Are summer funding awards competitive?

There are many outstanding applications each year, so summer awards are competitive, but remember that many internships are funded each summer. If you do not receive funding this year, be sure to apply again next year!

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What are the selection criteria for summer funding through the LILAC Summer Internship Funding program?

  • Funding preference goes to students based on the quality of the internship proposal and the personal statement. Well-written applications will reflect a student’s focus and understanding of how the internship fits the applicant's career plans, academics, and personal goals. Poorly written materials can be grounds for denying funding, even if the student has proposed a good internship.
  • Preference will go to proposals that clearly articulate what tasks the internship entails and that have a very good chance of being realized (i.e. proposals should include details about the secured internship).
  • Preference will go to students with excellent recommendations.
  • Funding preference is based on student seniority and on whether the student has ever received College summer funding. For example, if two students have equally strong proposals and a choice is to be made, preference would go to the more senior student. Amongst senior students, preference would go to the student who had never before received any College summer funding.
  • Many funding awards sponsored through LILAC set forth specific guidelines regarding the types of internships that are eligible to be awarded. These guidelines therefore impact the selection process.
  • Note that financial need is NOT a criteria for selection.

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How are the funds paid out?

Payment details can be found here.

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