Funding is reserved for students who are members of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (“Houston Program”). Read more about the program and find out how to become a Houston Program member.

In addition to being a Houston Program member, eligible students must be enrolled at Amherst the semester prior to the start of their summer internship and intend to be enrolled at the College the semester after. Students who are studying abroad may apply. Graduating seniors are ineligible. Students on leave during the spring 2021 semester are NOT eligible to apply for or receive funding. 

Please note that if you receive funding from another department (i.e. SURF, Gregory S. Call Summer Research Program) to conduct summer research or to support participation in a summer experience, you cannot receive a funding award.

Because this funding is not guaranteed, students are strongly encouraged to seek out alternative sources of funding in addition to submitting a funding application through the Houston Program.

What types of internships are eligible for funding?

In order to be considered for funding, an internship must:

  • Be at least 6 weeks long AND offer at least 30 hours of work each week
  • Have an individual identified as a supervisor who is available to answer the intern’s questions and provide regular performance feedback
  • Allow the intern to spend the majority of scheduled work hours completing assignments that are substantive and meaningful to the organization
  • Offer assignments that are appropriately challenging for a college student
  • Align with the intern’s stated career path
  • Provide opportunities for the intern to develop skills that will be marketable for future internships or jobs in the same career field or another
  • Fall within one of the categories listed in the below: 
Type of Organization Examples of previously funded internship
Art galleries 511 Gallery
Art museums/Public art installations

Atlanta Contemporary

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Artist colonies MacDowell Colony
Elected officials’ offices

U.S. Representative Andy Kim

U.S. Senator Ben Allen

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

For-profit companies (outside of other listed types) The Loeb Center’s funding for unpaid internships come from endowed funds established by donors who have designated that their funds be used for specific types of internships. There is limited donor funding reserved for for-profit companies outside of the other types listed in this table. Please be mindful that if you submit an application for a for-profit company, there is a high chance we will be unable to award you a stipend due to a lack of funds.
Government agencies (federal, state, or local)

Town of Amherst

City of Albany -- Mayor’s Office

Environmental Protection Agency

Florida Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

U.S. Attorney’s Office -- Springfield

U.S. Department of Commerce 

U.S. State Department

Health clinic/private medical practice

NYU School of Medicine, Project Healthcare

Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Thoracic Surgery

UMass Amherst Learning Lab

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Experimental Hatchery

University of St. Louis, Department of Mathematics

Vanderbilt University, Office of General Counsel

History museums

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum

The Field Museum of Natural History

Legal aid clinics/pro bono legal work

Georgetown Law Criminal Justice Clinic

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

New York Legal Assistance Group

Rhode Island Center for Justice

The Legal Aid Society

Nonprofit Organizations 

(Must be registered as a 501(3)(c))

American Osteopathic Association

Casa Latina, Inc.

Fair Housing Napa Valley

Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

Riverside Area Rape Crisis

The American Academy of Diplomacy

Performing arts festivals

American Dance Festival

Ko Dance Festival

Publishing companies

Copper Canyon Press

Inkwell Management

Interlink Publishing Group

Restless Books

Political campaigns Political campaigns are for-profit organizations. See the note above for “For-profit companies (outside of other listed types)”
Public public advocacy or research organizations/think tanks (various issue areas)

Children’s Defense Fund

Kids in Danger

Hudson Institute

National Women’s Law Center

Partnership for Early Education Research 

Verite

Primary or secondary schools (public or private)

 

Amherst Regional Public Schools

East Harlem School

Vela Summer Program

Theaters

Barrington Stage Company

Ping Chong & Co

Tutoring programs

826CHI

Litworld

Maxscholar Reading Program

Academia Manhattan

What is not funded:

Below is a list of types of internships not eligible for funding.  It is a sample and is not exhaustive:

  • Student’s own entrepreneurial or personal projects
  • Startup incubator programs
  • Skill-development programs or coursework
  • Academic programs
  • Solely clinical shadowing experiences
  • Language programs
  • Fee-based, internship placement programs

In-Person Internships

The Loeb Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation along with the Amherst College administration and reserves the right to make changes to its policy regarding sponsoring in-person internships and travel to comply with any Amherst College, federal, state, or local guidelines, policies, or orders. Please find the current policy below:

DOMESTIC INTERNSHIPS:  Students whose internships will take place in person will be asked to discuss with their supervisor a plan to transform their internship into a virtual one should either Amherst College’s policy or local conditions necessitate a change.  This plan must be described in the application.

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS: Due to current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loeb Center will not award funding to students who plan to travel abroad to complete in person internships.  *International students who are returning home for the summer to complete in person internships will be required to demonstrate in their applications that they have developed a plan to transform their in person internship into a virtual one.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit applications for virtual internships.

Stipend Amounts

Internship duration - at least 8 - 10 weeks
$3,500 For students who will live at home over the summer
$4,500 For students who will be interning outside of the U.S. and/or will not be living at home
internship duration - 6 - 7 weeks
$2,375 For students who will live at home over the summer
$3,375 For students who will be interning outside of the U.S. and/or will not be living at home

Stipends will be determined based on the support a student receives from their site (housing, transportation, food, employer stipends, etc.)

Students are issued stipend awards in one check. Funds may be used for any expenditure related to supporting a student during their summer internship.

Application Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Application Components:

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Funding Application Form
  • Resume
  • Supervisor Confirmation Form

Application Instructions

  1. Make sure that you have enrolled in the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program before starting the application process.
  2. Review the application short essay questions found on this handout.  Please note that you must complete and submit the application in one login session.  The application system will not allow you to save drafts of your responses before submitting.  We encourage you to finalize your responses to each essay question on a separate document before starting to work on the application.
  3. Complete the 2021 Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Funding Application found on Handshake. IMPORTANT NOTE: This application as TWO parts:
    1. Submit your resume by clicking the green "Apply" button at the top of the Handshake posting
    2. Complete the Qualtrics application form (link included in the posting) 
  4. Include a link of a Google doc version of your resume in your application.  Make an appointment with a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) or Loeb Center advisor if you need to update your resume.
  5. Once you submit, the system will automatically send an email with a link to the required supervisor confirmation form to the supervisor you indicated in your application.  However, you should contact them yourself to alert them that they should be receiving an email from Amherst College.  Your supervisor will need to complete and return the supervisor confirmation form to the Loeb Center by the application deadline.  Send an email to internships @amherst.edu if your supervisor states they did not receive the supervisor confirmation form link.
  6. Your supervisor will be able to see your responses once you submit the application.  If you have information for the committee that you do not want your supervisor to view, please use the form to submit that additional information.

How are funding award decisions made?

The funding award decision is a three-step process:

STEP ONE. Eligibility Review: All funding applications undergo a preliminary review to determine if both the applicant and the internship opportunity meet the basic eligibility requirements (see eligibility requirements above).  Applicants will be notified if their application is withdrawn due to being ineligible.

STEP TWO. Committee Review:  After each application deadline, every eligible application is reviewed by members of the funding review committee according to a review criteria.  The quality of an application (short essay responses and the resume) is a factor in the committee review, which means applicants should make sure their applications are well-written, well-developed, and error-free.  Additionally, committee members are evaluating applications for:

  • Enthusiasm for the summer internship opportunity
  • Knowledge of both the organization they will intern with and their internship responsibilities
  • Quality of the internship opportunity (i.e. is it well-developed, substantive, and appropriately challenging for a college student)
  • Demonstration of internship fitting into applicant’s stated career path
  • Strength of applicant’s summer learning goals and explanation for how their internship will help them achieve those goals
  • Sufficient planning for overcoming any foreseeable challenges
  • Evidence of conversation between applicant and supervisor about supervision and performance feedback plan

Committee members vote to nominate applicants to receive funding awards after their evaluations.  

STEP THREE. Fund Matching: The money used for the Loeb Center’s internship stipends comes from endowed funds established by donors who have outlined restrictions on what types of internships their funds can be used for (see the list of eligible organizations above).  Therefore, after committee members nominate applicants, their internships are matched to available endowed funds.  Because the total amount of funds available is limited, applicants are matched to funds in this order:

  • Financial aid recipients
  • International students
  • Juniors
  • Students completing internships for the first time
  • Students who have never received an internship stipend from the Loeb Center (this does not apply to Meiklejohn Fellows)

It is possible that an applicant who has been nominated by the funding review committee may ultimately not be awarded funding due to there not being an endowed fund to match their internship or funding running out.

What happens after funding decisions are made?

All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications within 3-4 weeks after the deadline.  Students awarded funding must complete a series of pre-departure requirements, including attending a required workshop, before receiving a stipend check. 

Minor Safety Certification

Funded students who will be completing internships that require them to work with individuals under the age of 18 will need to successfully complete the Minor Safety Certification process per the Amherst College’s Youth Protection Policy.  This must be completed before checks will be released.

Contact Us

If you need help with your funding application or have questions contact the Loeb Center by phone at 413-542-2265 or by email at internships@amherst.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Internship Funding