Summer Internship Funding 2021

Check back soon for application instructions for Summer 2021 internship stipends. In the meantime, read below to learn more about the program.

Funding is reserved for students who are members of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship 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.

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.

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: List of Eligible Organizations
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 


Primary or secondary schools (public or private)


Amherst Regional Public Schools

East Harlem School

Vela Summer Program


Barrington Stage Company

Ping Chong & Co

Tutoring programs



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

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

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