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Internship Awards Program Criteria, Deadlines & Eligibility

The Brandeis IBS Internship Awards Program provides students the ability to accept dynamic career opportunities over the summer that might otherwise be precluded by financial barriers. For example, a student may be pursuing an internship in their field of interest that is unpaid or that does not offer a livable wage. Or, a student pursuing an original startup idea or undertaking an economic or financial research project might be concerned about funding for those endeavors. In all of these cases, the program seeks to ease financial concerns by considering qualified students for stipends and awards

The Internship Awards Process is competitive, and awards/stipends are not guaranteed or granted to every student who applies. Students can apply for only one type of award, with final amounts varying but not exceeding a maximum individual award of $5,000.


  • Applicants need to have accepted the unpaid internship or internship that does not offer a livable wage before applying.
  • Applicants must be applying for internship stipends, startup grants, or research grants. 
  • Applicants must be in good academic and community standing.
  • The applicant's summer experience must be unpaid or not offer a livable wage, last at least 8 weeks in length, and be full-time (30-40 hours/week).
  • To comply with federal guidelines, these summer experiences must be for graduate-level work. 
  • International students must be authorized to work in the United States through Curricular Practical Training (CPT). 
  • If funded, payment will require students to have a social security number.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in the MA, MBA, or MSF programs at Brandeis IBS.
  • PhD students are only eligible to apply for Rosenberg Research Grants. 
  • The opportunity must take place over the summer - academic-year opportunities do not qualify.

Selection Criteria  

The selection committee, comprised of faculty and staff, evaluates applications on their completeness, persuasiveness, and professional presentation - as well as according to the specific evaluation criteria for that particular award/stipend. It is critical for applicants to demonstrate how their internship/startup work/research opportunity supports their career goals.

Funding decisions are based upon the strength and merit of each application - not financial need. 

Application Logistics  

A complete application includes the submission of the online form, a resume, and written statement (essay, research proposal, or business plan) detailing how this opportunity supports the applicant's career goals. 

International students must discuss their plans with ISSO

For those pursuing a formal internship, a job description, offer letter, and a completed Employer Agreement Form from your supervisor is required. The offer letter should be written on company letterhead and be signed by a company official (preferably the supervisor). It must include specific dates of employment, an outline of the position and detailed explanation of the job's responsibilities, confirmation that the internship is unpaid or offering an unlivable wage, an acknowledgement of the student's learning goals and expected deliverables, and an outline of the student's supervision and mentorship. 

Applicants must document all additional funding (outside stipends, housing allocations, etc.) associated with the opportunity at hand. 

Late or partial applications will not be accepted.