Internship Opportunity Fund

Student gives presentation during internship

The Internship Opportunity Fund strengthens the career readiness of our students and the quality of their career outcomes. The fund provides $2,500 stipends to students who need additional funding to take advantage of high-quality internships in expensive metropolitan areas or for students interning in a non-profit, social enterprise or start-up that may not be able to provide a stipend.

The Internship Opportunity Fund is supported by the generous contributions of the Paul College Dean’s Advisory Board and additional Paul College alumni and friends.

Who is eligible? What internships qualify?

  1. Only Paul students who have secured summer internships need apply.
  2. Students must be Paul College juniors in good standing with both Paul College and the university
  3. Students who have secured an internship location that is relevant to their career goals will be given priority. Students who have an internship location targeted with inquires in process may also apply.
  4. Internship location (company/organization) must provide a high-quality learning opportunity related to the student’s career aspirations.
  5. Internship must require at least 30+ hours a week and last for at least 8 weeks.
  6. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  7. Students must have attended two (2) Paul College career events before the application date.

Students must submit the following by the application deadline:

  1. Resume
  2. Complete essay (no more than 500 words) answering the following questions:
    •    Why is this internship important for your career goals?
    •    Why do you consider this to be a high-quality internship?
    •    How will these funds enable you to pursue the internship you desire?
    •    Provide specific detail stating how the money will be used and why these funds will support your pursuit of this internship.
  3. Submit one letter of recommendation by a faculty or staff member, and/or an employer.

UPLOAD APPLICATIONS no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Recipients will be notified by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Clark, Director of Paul College Career and Professional Success at or stop by 104 Paul College.

Questions & Answers

When are applications for the IOF due?

  • If you are completing a summer internship from May- August applications are due March 27, 2020.

What is needed in an application?

  • Resume, Letter from employer confirming internship, letter of recommendation from a faculty member or former employer.
  • Essay- stating what the internship is, why important to my career goals, why financial support is needed and how the financial support will be used.

Where do I send my application?

  • Winter Internships e-mail
  • Summer Internships there will be a file made available in February to upload applications.

What are my chances of getting IOF funding? How much is funding?

  • Summer Internships- we are able to award (22) $2,500 funds this summer

How will I find out if I receive funding?

  • Students will receive an e-mail either letting them know they have received funding or were declined.
  • Winter Internships- Notifications will take place by November
  • Summer Internships- Notifications will take place by April 15th

What is the overall criteria for funding?

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Good Standing with UNH/Paul College
  • Solid Internship in line with career goals
  • Complete application pack including resume, letters, essay.

Any further questions? E-mail or stop by the career office in room 104.