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Brandeis IBS Internship Awards Program


The Brandeis IBS Internship Awards Program is a competitive process that provides stipends to Brandeis IBS graduate students who:

  • pursue summer internships with organizations that are unable to provide a salary
  • undertake an economic or finance research project 
  • focus full-time on development of their entrepreneurial vision

...and eliminates financial barriers that could preclude students from following their career interests. The Brandeis IBS Internship Awards program encourages students to use the summer experience to explore career fields, gain new skills, and apply learnings from Brandeis IBS coursework.    


  • Brandeis IBS master’s program (MBA, MA, MSF) students are eligible to apply, regardless of financial need.
  • Brandeis IBS PhD students are eligible to apply for Rosenberg Research Grants. 
  • Applicants must be in good academic and community standing.
  • The summer experience must be: 
    • unpaid
    • be at least 8 weeks in length
    • preferably full-time, typically 30-40 hours per week
  • You must document any additional funding received for the summer (i.e. outside stipends, housing allowances, etc).  
  • 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). 
  • Note that, if funded, payment will require students to have a social security number.


Brandeis IBS Internship Awards, Research Grants, and Start-Up Awards are funded from several sources. Awards are competitive, not guaranteed or granted to every student who applies. Awards are based upon the merit and persuasiveness of your application.  Award decisions are made by a committee comprised of faculty and staff. 

Students can apply for only one type of award. Award amounts vary, with a maximum individual award of $5,000.


The Perlmutter Institute travel stipends (restricted to internships at specific partner companies) and the Rosenberg Institute Summer Research Grants are awarded on a rolling basis – applications can be submitted at any time in the spring semester for summer funding.

For all other awards, there are two award cycles as part of the Brandeis IBS Internships Awards Program.  Students are encouraged to submit application materials (in PDF format) as soon as they are completed: 

Round I  

Application deadline – Thursday, May 1, 2014 by 5:00PM

Committee decisions – Thursday, May 15, 2014

Students will be notified by Friday, May 16, 2014


Round II     

Application deadline – Friday, May 30, 2014 by 5:00PM

Committee decisions – Friday, June 13, 2014

Students will be notified by Monday, June 16, 2014

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will evaluate your application on its overall thoroughness, persuasiveness, and professional presentation, as well as according to the specific evaluation criteria listed on each application. It is critical to demonstrate how this internship supports your career goals. 

Please read through the application carefully as you prepare your materials.  All attachments are requested in PDF format.

Awards are competitive, not guaranteed or granted to every student who applies.   Funding decisions are based upon the strength and merit of your application, not financial need.  Should you want to share your financial circumstances or highlight specific financial need, you are welcome to do so.