Funding opportunities for internships, projects, certifications, and more

Funding opportunities for internships, projects, certifications, and more


SUMMER EXPERIENCE FUNDING

We get it – taking an unpaid or low-paying internship is just not an option for many students. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, Lawrence students are eligible to apply for funding to support summer internships or projects. Funding can help defray transportation costs, living expenses, and more so that students can pursue opportunities that will expand their classroom learning and help them acquire important transferable skills for future success.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Please carefully read the Summer Experiential Fund Guidelines.

  • Be returning to complete at least one term at Lawrence after the internship.
  • Have applied to or finalized plans for an internship. 
  • Internships or projects total at least 10 hours/week for 8 weeks.
  • Have a named supervisor to support your learning goals, provide performance feedback, and act as point of contact for the Lawrence Career Center. 
  • Open to all majors and career interests
  • Priority will be given to students:
    • Doing unpaid or low-paid work (e.g., stipend allotment below minimum hourly wage). 
    • With a demonstrated financial need (as verified by Financial Aid office).
    • Who have not previously received funding from the Career Center in past years. (Note: Students are not eligible for SEF if they are planning to participate in LURF during the same summer)

Ineligible Funding Expenses:

  • Personal technology
  • Entertainment
  • Senior Experience Projects
  • Commission-based Internships
  • Self-directed projects/internships
  • Anything not directly connected to the internship


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Seek out a qualified opportunity. Looking for ideas? Meet with a Career Advisor to explore potential internships that align with your goals. 
  • Complete and submit an online Internship Fund application.  

Applications closed for academic year 2023-2024

Questions? Michelle Buchinger can help!  Email her at michelle.m.buchinger@lawrence.edu

All students who apply by this deadline will hear back by the end of April. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after the priority deadline if funding remains.

Summer Experience Funding FAQ’s: 

  • How are funds disbursed? Students are issued stipend awards in two equal lump sums (unless the total amount is less than $1500). The first deposit will be made upon approval of funding and completion of all pre-award requirements from the Career Center. The second deposit will be made after your mid-project check-in has been completed. 
  • Can international students receive funding? Absolutely!  All international students should work closely with the Career Center and International Student Services to make sure any work authorization paperwork is completed well in advance. No award disbursements will be made until work authorization is granted.
  • Will the LU Summer Experience Fund help cover personal technology purchases? No, this fund will not cover personal technology purchases.
  • What is the maximum funding award? No student will receive funding more than $5,000, for any one internship or any combination of funded Lawrence experiences. 
  • Is my award considered taxable income? The award or grant you receive may be considered taxable income per IRS regulations. The IRS considers any award or grant that does not pay for tuition, books, expenses, and other fees as income. It is your responsibility to report the appropriate amount on your tax return. Please consult a tax professional for assistance. Per IRS regulations on payments to Nonresident Aliens, the award may be taxed upfront. If so, it will either be included on your Form 1042-S or W-2 form. If you have any questions regarding this tax treatment and/or form, please contact Financial Services, Financial_Services@lawrence.edu

KASEL TRUST FUND FOR PRE-HEALTH EXPERIENCES

The Kasel Trust enables Lawrence students to be of assistance to humankind through the development of techniques and training for the improvement of the medical profession. Additionally, the trust is designed to encourage individuals who might otherwise not be able to afford such medical training. The Kasel Fund supports unique research projects, medical field internships, and medical training (e.g., CNA and EMT coursework).

Support will be considered for projects falling within the following categories:

  • Traineeships/Internships: Student-originated proposals to work under the direct supervision of a health professional sponsor in an area hospital, nursing home, medical laboratory, etc., will carry the highest priority.
  • Student Research: Support may be awarded to cover expenses involved in a student-designed independent study project.
  • Certification or Medical Training: Financial assistance may be provided for medical training (e.g., CNA or EMT training) to Lawrence students who are clearly committed to careers in the health sciences.
  • Priority will be given to students:
    • With a demonstrated financial need. 
    • Who have not previously received funding from the Career Center in past years.
    • Returning to complete at least one semester at Lawrence after the experience.
    • With clear learning goals/outcomes listed on their application.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Seek out a qualified opportunity. Looking for ideas? Meet with a Career Advisor to explore potential options that align with your goals. 
  • Complete and submit an online Kasel Trust Fund application.  

Rolling deadline: Applications will be considered year-round as long as funding remains.

Questions? Michelle Buchinger can help!  Email her at michelle.m.buchinger@lawrence.edu


DENNIS HUEBNER PRE-LAW STIPEND

The Dennis Huebner Pre-Law Stipend, was established in 2000 in honor and memory of Mr. Dennis Huebner ’96. The stipend can offset or cover expenses related to exploring or pursuing opportunities related to a career in the legal profession.
This grant prioritizes supporting juniors and returning seniors.

Applications closed for academic year 2023-2024

Questions? Michelle Buchinger can help!  Email her at michelle.m.buchinger@lawrence.edu

All students who apply by this deadline will hear back by the end of April. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after the priority deadline if funding remains. 


Eloise Frick Cherven Fund 

This fund was established in 1993 in memory of Eloise Frick Cherven, Lawrence University Class of 1976, by her family, friends, and classmates. Mrs. Cherven was a dedicated geology major who later earned a Master of Science degree from California State University at Los Angeles and forged a successful career in petroleum and environmental geology.  

The fund supports student projects and research that pursue some line of investigation or other activity that would broaden their experience or knowledge, help others, and prove of future value. Projects in any area are eligible, though preference will be given to students majoring in or projects related to geology. 

Applications closed for academic year 2023-2024

 

Questions? Michelle Buchinger can help!  Email her at michelle.m.buchinger@lawrence.edu

All students who apply by this deadline will hear back by the end of April. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after the priority deadline if funding remains. 


CLASS OF 1968 PEACE AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM PROJECT FUND

In remembrance of the lifelong impact of their own experiences at Lawrence University, the Class of 1968 established this fund on the occasion of their 25th reunion to help educate future generations of students about issues related to peace and social activism. Specifically, the fund supports individual or collaborative projects by students and faculty that address these issues in a historical or contemporary context from a local, regional, national, or global perspective. Examples of the issues and topics that are addressed through these projects include the prevention of conflict, non-aggression, race, gender, ethnic identity, religious tolerance, and the environment. 

Example general areas to which specific projects/internships might be related: 

~ Preventing conflict or ameliorating of conflict 
~ Creating methods to promote peace 
~ Resolving discrimination of any kind (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity) 
~ Preventing bullying 
~ Eliminating income inequality 
~ Providing adequate health care, clean water, & other resources for healthy living 
~ Aiding immigrants or migrants 
~Providing education to under served populations 
~Testing methods for integrating released felons back into society such that they can be productive citizens 
~Creating methods for resolving homelessness 
~Funding experts to come to campus to speak about any of the above-listed issues in classes, forums, study groups, student organization events, and/or at Convocation.  

Questions? Contact Michelle Buchinger Michelle.m.buchinger@Lawrence.edu

Rolling deadline: Applications will be considered year-round as long as funding remains.