World of Work Fellowships

  • Tina Nguyen

    Tina Nguyen '17 | Rosie's Place, Boston, MA

  • Emelie Kahn-Boesel

    Emelie Kahn-Boesel '18 | International Institute of Boston

  • Rhea Small

    Rhea Small '17 | USEPA, Boston, MA

The 2017 WOW application period has ended. Please check back next year.

Brandeis University's World of Work (WOW) fellowship supports undergraduate students who pursue unpaid summer internships. The competitive program aims to reduce financial obstacles that might preclude students from following their interests, exploring career fields, gaining new skills, and experiencing the World of Work. This past summer, 42 Brandeis students interned in 20+ industries across 6 states and 7 countries! Follow their journeys into the World of Work on Hiatt's summer internship blog.

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ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

APPLICATION INFORMATION AND TIMELINE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are several types of World of Work (WOW) awards that help eliminate financial burdens for students. Funds range from various industries including social justice, business, political science, social work and more. Applicants will be considered for all appropriate sources of funding.

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All Fields

The Universal WOW is awarded to students who secure unpaid internships in the industry of their choosing.

Multiple students will be selected to receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer.

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Business / Finance

The Rauch Family Trust Internship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and who secures an unpaid summer internship in a business-related field.

One student will be selected and receive a $3,500 stipend for the summer.

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Politics / Public Service

Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund is awarded to a student whose goal is to pursue a professional career in public service. The fund is named for and honors the memory of former Texas Governor and Brandeis University visiting professor & Board Member, Ann Richards. Governor Richards spent much of her life as a dedicated public servant advocating for progressive values.

*Internship must be located in or around Washington, DC.

One student will be selected and receive a $3,500 stipend for the summer.

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Science

The Science Award is awarded to a student who secures an unpaid internship in lab science or technical writing.

One student will be selected and receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer.

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Social Justice

The Louis D. Brandeis Social Justice WOW Fellowship is a prestigious grant that supports undergraduates performing unpaid summer internships at organizations that address issues of social justice. Whether through tech support, marketing, financial analytics, education, direct-service, or grass-roots campaigning, there are many ways to champion social justice in the World of Work.

These awards are generously provided by the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice, which supports a wide-range of activities that reflect the University's commitment to social justice.

The Legacy Fund also sponsors internships with premier social justice organizations. These organizations have reserved a slot for exclusively for a Brandeis student at their organizations. These opportunities have deadlines in early to mid-February and can be found on Handshake. Past internship sites have included:

Additional Social Justice Recipient Requirements:

In addition to the WOW requirements, Social Justice WOW recipients must

  • Compose a thank you note to the fund's donor.

  • Attend a Social Justice WOW reception with the fund's donor upon returning to campus

  • Attend a one-day, weekend social justice retreat in the fall semester

Multiple students will be selected and will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer.

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Social Work

Judith Cossin Berkman '59 Endowed Internship Fund is awarded to a student whose goal is to pursue a professional career as a social worker. Applicants must propose to intern for a social service agency. Furthermore, applicants must indicate how this internship will lead them toward a career a social worker.

One student will be selected and receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer for direct experience in social work.

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Theater

The Theater Award is distributed to a student who secures an internship in the theater industry. Preference given to those in technical/behind-the-scenes internships.

One student will be selected and receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning (EL) Internship Fellowships (PDF) support students over the summer in unpaid internship opportunities that connect learning to work and embody the EL framework of agency, belonging and competency.

Four students will be selected to receive a $5,000 stipend.

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Jewish Communal Service

The Earl and Shirlee Katz Endowed Internship for Jewish Communal Service WOW supports a student who secures an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit that supports or serves the Jewish community.

One student will be selected to receive a $3,500 stipend. 

The WOW Impact