Frequently Asked Questions
What award amounts do students receive?
Awards are given up to $4,000, and this is taxable income. Summer funding is subject to applicable federal, state, and local income taxes and FICA. Taxes are withheld from payments generally at the rate of 15-20 percent. It could be more or less depending on the filing of one's taxes as well as one's international student status.
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 a written confirmation from your host organization that you have been offered the internship.
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 us at email@example.com no later than two business days before the deadline.
What is the difference between the two deadlines?
The international internships deadline of March 4, 2019, is for any student applying for funding with an internship outside of the U.S. and not in their home country. The domestic internships deadline of April 8, 2019, is for anyone pursuing an internship in the U.S. or their home country.
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 the internship designated in your application. If a student requests to transfer the internship award to a new site due to an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will need to undergo another review to receive approval.
I have been offered two short-term summer internships that would meet the 240 hours requirement if I did both. Can I still apply?
Eligible internships for funding must be 8-10 weeks and a minimum of 240 hours. If you are in this situation and would like to discuss this further, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.
What selection criteria is used in reviewing application 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.