Established by an alumna of the School of Arts and Sciences, this program awards stipends in variable amounts up to $5,000 to encourage full-time SAS students to pursue summer internship experiences in public service roles at non-profit and government organizations that will allow them to explore careers that may or may not relate to their majors directly.  

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Application deadline:

1st Round: April 30, 2024   2nd Round: July 12, 2024

Please note:  Funds will be awarded until they are exhausted. If funds are exhausted after the first round of applications is reviewed in May/June, the application will be closed. By completing this application you are authorizing program staff to review your transcript and other academic records. Time needed to complete the application is ten to fifteen minutes.

Awards will be disbursed in June (first round) and July (second round). 

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student enrolled at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) for at least one semester prior to the experience and enrolled for the semester following the experience (May 2024 graduating students are not eligible);
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours prior to the experience;
  • Be accepted into and agree to enroll in the Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course or other credit-based internship or fieldwork course available to SAS students during the summer (See Schedule of Classes), including the SAS E-credit Internship program. Note that the e-credit does not count toward graduation. You must show proof of course enrollment prior to receiving an award. 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0;   be in good academic and judicial standing (no student conduct violations) and have no outstanding academic or conduct judgments, tuition, or fees. (If students need an exception to this qualification, they should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explain the need for an exception.)
  • Describe how the award would help you to explore an academic or career-related interest.

In addition, internships must meet the following criteria to be considered. They must be:

  • hosted by a non-profit organization or government organization;**
  • occurs between May and August;
  • involve at least 120 hours of work over a minimum of six weeks; and
  • be supervised by a professional in the field.

**Government includes city, county, state, or federal offices as well as working in an elected official's office. Non-profit includes 501 (c) 3 organizations (Generally, these include charitable organizations, schools, and other public service organizations not involved in political campaigning or lobbying.)

Note: Students are responsible for securing their own internships and an offer letter is required before you can receive an award. Try using your Handshake account to search for opportunities. Some majors also offer internship placement assistance. Consult with your department. 

Other considerations

  • Remote/virtual internships are acceptable.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid.
  • International internships offered through the Rutgers GoinGlobal site within Handshake, as well as those associated with a Rutgers study abroad program, are eligible if they meet other criteria noted above for all internships/work experiences.
  • Internships obtained through the Rutgers Scarlet Service Internship program and The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program are not currently eligible.
  • Students must enroll in an SAS-eligible summer internship course to qualify (See applicant eligibility above).
  • To be considered, students must also clearly explain why they are committed to working in a public service role and explain how the experience will help them to explore an academic and/or career-related interest.
  • Students must submit a signed offer letter to receive the award. 
  • Students who do not complete their internships or internship courses satisfactorily will be required to reimburse the university for any funds received from this stipend.

Rutgers University provides funding support for the Experiential Learning Beyond the Classroom stipend. Selection of a student for an experience is made by the respective internship employer, researcher, program abroad, or service site. In addition, the University’s selection of candidates for funding support through this program is independent of any management decisions by the respective site. The selection committee may consult with other stipend-providing programs to verify funding to maximize the number of students who receive funding.

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