Brown LINK Award Program– Linking Internships and Knowledge


Need funding for your unpaid or low-paying summer internship? Brown LINK can help!

APPLICATION DEADLINES

LINK/SEW Awards 
2014 Deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014 by 5pm

Last Minute LINKs
2014 Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014 by 5pm 

Questions about applying to LINK? Stop by LINK Walk-In hours to ask questions about how to apply, application components, and internship/student eligibility. Last Minute LINK Walk-In Hours will take place in the CareerLAB building, room 207 on:
  • Friday, April 18 from 1:30pm-3:30pm

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays less than $1,000 before applying for funds.  

The Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, and the Office of Financial Aid and administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Rising seniors and juniors, who are returning to Brown in September 2014, are eligible to apply. Students studying abroad Fall 2014 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown.  Graduating seniors (May '14) are not eligible. International students are eligible to apply. Students are not eligible to receive more than one Brown LINK award during their time at Brown. However, students on financial aid are eligible to receive one Brown LINK award and one SEW award, either in the same year or separate years while an undergraduate student.

You can apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are an active Brown undergraduate rising senior or junior
  • You are in good standing with the University
  • You have applied for or secured an unpaid summer internship or one that pays less than $1,000
  • You are returning to study at Brown in the fall term following the proposed internships (Students studying abroad Fall 2014 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown.)
  • You have not already received a LINK award.
  • You have not received other funding for the proposed internship (except payment of less than $1,000)

ELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS

  • Unpaid or low-paying internship ($1,000 or less including stipend and/or housing, transportation, etc)
  • Research opportunities at another university with a non-Brown professor
  • Minimum of 240 hours of supervised work (equivalent of 6 weeks/40 hours/week)
  • Offered during the summer and completed by August 3oth
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization who agrees to guidelines

INELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS

  • Projects that fulfill the criteria of the Brown University UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards) Program
  • Pre-thesis research at Brown or elsewhere without significant experiential learning component
  • Program fees (funding will not cover fees to participate in study abroad or domestically, volunteer/service, exchange or other similar programs)
  • Tuition-based summer programs including those with an internship component
  • Internship or project receiving Brown course credit (e.g. teaching requirement for teacher certification/education concentration; summer school course)
  • Non-credit course or training program
  • Students may not accept a Brown LINK award if they have received funding from Swearer Center, Watson Institute, UTRA, etc. in the same year.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

The internship must address specific learning goals that relate to enhancing academic skills developed at Brown and furthering career exploration such as:

  • Exploring career options and understanding possible career pathways
  • Developing knowledge specific to a career or work setting
  • Expanding work specific skills relating to communication, teamwork, time management, interpersonal skills, goal setting, etc.
  • Understanding cross-cultural, social awareness and the ability to work in diverse environments
  • Applying academic skills and growing intellectually

The organization must provide a description outlining the following:

  • How the internship will advance the core mission of the organization
  • The potential impact of the intern’s work
  • Extent of the organization’s engagement, supervision and support of the intern

AWARD TYPES

The program includes three types of awards—open to all rising seniors and juniors.

1. Brown LINK Awards provides funding for career exploration in a wide variety of fields.  Students are eligible to apply regardless of financial status.  LINK awards are made possible from generous donations by Brown alums, parents and anonymous donors including:

The Barrett Hazeltine Award and Fisher Family Endowed Award provide funding for internships in any career field.

Peter G. and Paul G. Hanoian Memorial Award Assists students in labor relations, social justice and work in organizations that strive to impact the lives of working people.

Careers in the Common Good Award Funding provided anonymously to support students in socially responsible internships that connect personal values and professional problem solving in the non-profit, private and government sectors.

Robert Krauskopf Award Assists students in journalism focusing on community affairs and social issues.

Richard Lee Internship Fund Assists students interested in career fields relating to film, video or the entertainment industry.

Timory Hyde Class of 1997 Memorabubble Award Assists students on financial aid in the career fields of creative arts and music.

The Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Internship Fund Assists students interested in The Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program. As part of a collaboration with the Swearer Center for Public Service, the 12-week program is an exciting opportunity to engage directly in an academic seminar and work related to urban social issues in the West Philadelphia-Penn community.  Visit the Swearer Center for Public Service website for more information and to apply.  (Students are not required to submit a UFUNDS application to be considered for funding.)

 Brown-Marine Biological Laboratory Partnership Award Funding provided by Charles and Phyllis Rosenthal to support internships in the laboratories of faculty members at the Marine Biological Laboratory or Brown University who conduct research within the Brown-MBL Partnership. These laboratories cut across a wide range of fields, including cell biology, microbiology and ecology and pathobiology and involve collaborations between MBL and Brown faculty. Students should contact potential MBL or Brown faculty members who are active in the Brown-MBL program to discuss potential internship opportunities. The list of MBL faculty and collaborating Brown departments can be found on the Brown-MBL website.

International Award Funded by the Office of International Affairs to support students participating in internships abroad in any career field.  Important: Students receiving funds from Brown University to help defray costs associated with travel abroad are required to complete an electronic Personal Travel Record/Emergency Contact Form, and an electronic Release and Waiver for Brown-Funded Travel.  Students who are seeking international internships should also note that Brown will not fund internships in countries placed on the Travel Prohibition list.  For an up-to-date list of those countries please click here.

Beller-Moses Award  Assists students on financial aid by providing funding for internships in any career field.

The Watson Institute for International Studies Awards provide funding for internships with an international focus in areas aligned with at least one of the Institute's three core research areas of security, development, and governance and its mission to promote a just and peaceful world.  Internships may be in the US or abroad.  Further information about security, development, and governance is available on the Watson website at http://watson.brown.edu/research.

The Kidderbrook Public Service Awards support internships to assist students interested in careers in government or community service to do social science research in non-governmental organizations or government agencies.

The Messing Family Fellowship provides funding for students pursuing internship opportunities in public education.  Preference is given to students on financial aid. 

Gochman Grants assist students on financial aid by providing funding for internships in any career field without concern for the University's summer earnings requirement.

2. Summer Earnings Waivers (SEW) make it possible for students who are required to contribute towards their educational costs to gain valuable work experience.  The awards are open to financial aid recipients who are eligible for University Scholarship.  The award waives the annual summer earnings requirement up to $3,000.  The award is contingent upon the student's continued eligibility for University Scholarship in the 2014-15 award year.

3. Last Minute LINKs provide funding for internships secured after the Brown LINK Award program closes.  There is a limited number of these awards, which only provide partial funding.  Students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and apply for a Brown LINK award.  Summer Earnings Waivers are not available for Last Minute LINK applicants. Students not selected for a LINK award may reapply for funding through the Last Minute LINK program with a different internship opportunity.  

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Stop by LINK walk-in hours .
  • Schedule a meeting with a CareerLAB advisor to review your resume and personal statement before submitting in UFUNDS.
  • Attend the Internship Workshop Series for tips on finding an internship, writing a personal statement, crafting your resume and preparing for an interview.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Read FAQ's and Personal Statement Guidelines.
  • Download the Supervisor Statement Form 
  • Have your resume, signed supervisor statement and organization/position description (written by the organization) ready.
  • Complete the UFUNDS Application.
    Students are permitted to submit one application for one internship opportunity.  Multiple applications will not be considered. 
  • ALL documents must be uploaded with your application in UFUNDS.  CareerLAB will not accept application materials directly.
  • Selection committees will only review requested materials (resume, personal statement, organization/position description and supervisor statement).  Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. will not be considered.

LINK/SEW Deadline: 2014 Friday March 21, 2014 by 5pm
Last Minute LINKs Deadline: 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014 by 5pm

  • NO extensions or exceptions.
  • Applications are NOT considered on a rolling basis.
  • Only completed applications, (including uploaded resume, personal statement, signed supervisor statement, and organization/position description), submitted by the deadline will be accepted and reviewed by the selection committees.

SELECTION PROCESS

Review committees - comprised of a wide array of Brown staff and faculty members - are established for LINK and SEW awards at the beginning of spring semester.  Committees convene as a group in April to finalize selections.

All awards are made based on the extent to which the experience is likely to integrate professional and academic development, the likelihood that the experience will promote achievement of the student's ultimate career goals, and associated cost burdens, i.e., travel, food and housing.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES

Brown has a number of competitive scholarship programs that offer full or partial funding for unpaid or low-pay internships. The money always runs out, though, especially for summer internships. So start your process early. Check out the programs below to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.

For all inquiries, contact:

Lauren D'Abrosca
Internship Programs Coordinator
Center for Careers and Life After Brown
lauren_dabrosca@brown.edu or (401) 863-6239