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The Scripps College Internship Grant Program provides financial support for students to pursue summer internships. Currently funded grants supporting summer internships have been provided through the generosity of alumnae, family, and friends of the College.

Students use grants to intern at a variety of places all over the world. View the list of previous Internship Grant recipient hosts.

Deadline Extension: Internship Grants 2018 applications due February 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be considered.

The application contains four sections: information about you, short essay questions about the internship you hope to secure and a budget section.


CP&R uses the definition and terms of an internship provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Please review our Position Statement on Internships.

  • Currently enrolled Scripps undergraduate students in good academic standing.
  • Internship must take place during the summer break.
  • Internships must be unpaid.
  • Internships must consist of approximately 160 hours and adhere to Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Internships at for-profit organizations must be approved for academic credit.
  • Students will not receive support for experiences at organizations owned or run by immediate family members, experiences directly affiliated with the Claremont Colleges, or fee-based programs. A grantee’s supervisor also may not be a family member. Students may not accept a grant to return to an organization where they have previously conducted an internship. Students must be at an on-site internship; no work-from-home internships may receive a grant.
  • Previous grant recipients may reapply but priority will be given to first-time applicants.
  • In order to support as many students as possible, recipients of other internship stipends or major awards from Scripps College are not eligible to receive internship grant funding. 

Terms of the Award

Students residing at home are eligible for a $2,000 internship grant. Those who will pursue internships away from home will also be eligible for a $2,000 grant and may apply for supplemental funding to cover their internship-related expenses up to $4,000. (In prior years, most grants awarded ranged between $2,000-$4,000).

Students will receive the majority of their grant funding on or before June 1 (assuming all necessary materials and information have been submitted). An amount equal to 10% of the total award will be withheld until on or around September 1 at which point a final reflection paper and thank you card are due.

Recipients should be willing to share the internship experiences in classes, with donors, and other settings on campus as requested. Returning students will be asked to share their experiences at Family weekend the following February.

The internship grant is considered taxable income. Applicants must also disclose any monetary stipends or compensation received from their host organization. Recipients who fail to complete the internship or submit required documentation in a timely manner will be required to return all or part of the award. Any false information on a student’s grant application may result in recovery of the full grant amount.

Application Process

To be considered for internship grant funding students must first submit the following:

  1. Online application that describes their intended internship experience, what they hope to learn, how it will help them achieve their goals, and how they intend to conduct their internship search. Competitive applications will include a specific field or area of interest and identify 1-2 primary locations.
  2. Budget proposal (included in the online application) that describes and itemizes their funding needs. The minimum award for a summer grant is $2,000 and the maximum is $4,000. Limited supplemental funding up to $5,000 may be available on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Current resume (this provides context to your application only; it does not bear weight in your total score from reviewers)
  4. Students will be notified at the end of February whether their application has been accepted. They will have until mid April to submit supplemental materials to CP&R verifying that they have secured an internship that fulfills the goals they put forth in their application. The employer must confirm the terms of the student’s internship with CP&R.

How to Apply

Access the Internship Grant application via Formstack. You may review all of the questions prior to submitting your application via this PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to have an internship already lined up when I apply?

A: No. Your application should address (a) what kind of internship you want, (b) what career-related purpose you hope it will achieve, (c) in what way you are qualified to do the internship, and, (d) how you will go about finding it.

Q: When will I find out the status of my application?

A: CP&R hopes to notify students on before March 1 whether their application has been approved, declined, or if they have been put on a wait-list. Students who have been approved or “wait-listed” should continue with their internship search. Only students with a firm internship offer will be ultimately be eligible to receive a grant.

Q: How soon after my application is approved do I need to prove I have received an internship offer?

A: It is to your advantage to submit your materials as soon as possible. The last day to do this will be April 15, 2018. After that, students on the wait-list will be invited to re-open their application.

Q: What is the typical amount of an internship grant?

A: Each grant will be at least $2,000. Students who will be living away from home and may need help getting to their internship destination (and with out-of-town-living expenses) may apply for additional funding outlining their expenses in the budget.

Q: Are there other opportunities for funding my summer internship?

A: The number of internship grants available depends on donor funding and we cannot guarantee that additional funds will be available. For information on fellowships and awards, visit Scripps’ Fellowships website.

Funding Sources for Internship Grants

Grant funding for summer internships is made possible by donors who have established named operating and endowed internship funds or support the Scripps College Internship Grant Program. We would like to thank our donors who have recently contributed to Internship Grants:

Alumnae Association Internship
Rebecca Barber Adams ’61
Barbara Bice, Trustee, and Scott Bice
Barbara Bixby Blackwell ’63
Barbara Bruner ’76, Trustee
Angelica Kusar Clark ’84
Margaret Towne D’Albert ’54
Joanna Dunklee '62
The Ghadar Family Foundation
Eileen Schock Laspa ’67, P’95 and Jude Laspa HMC ’65, P’95
Dr. David “The Dogman” Null
Constance "Connie" Minnett '74
Anne McMillen Scheyer ’80
Linda Davis Taylor P’11, Trustee, and the Davis Family Foundation

Other recently named internship grants:
The Fran Brossy ’50 Non-Profit Internship Grant
The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in Environmental Analysis
The Gabrielle Giffords ’93 Internship in Public Service
The Judith Nelsen Keep ’66 Internship
The Marquardt Family Internship
The Meggan Parkinson ’97 Health Education Internship Grant

We are grateful to all of the donors who support internships at Scripps College. Consider making a gift to support internships at Scripps College.