Summer Funding Application Deadline Extended
The final summer funding application deadline is Wednesday, May 12th, 2021.
The final summer funding application deadline is Wednesday, May 12th, 2021.
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.
In order to be considered for funding, an internship must:
|Type of Organization||Examples of previously funded internship|
|Art galleries||511 Gallery|
|Art museums/Public art installations||
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
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
(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
Copper Canyon Press
Interlink Publishing Group
|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
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
Maxscholar Reading Program
Below is a list of types of internships not eligible for funding. It is a sample and is not exhaustive:
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.
|$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|
|$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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I join the Houston Program?
Please visit the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program page to read the instructions on how to enroll in the program.
Can I submit an application for funding before I accept an internship offer?
Final funding award decisions are made by evaluating both the student application and the internship site. Therefore, you must have accepted an internship and be committed to completing the internship before you submit your application. However, if your internship host is offering you an internship on the condition that you apply for and receive funding, you may submit an application.
Do I need to complete an application if I accept an offer to complete an unpaid Houston internship?
No. Send an email to email@example.com to alert the Houston Program team that you accepted an unpaid Houston internship. You will receive instructions on how to receive your stipend after that.
My internship only meets one of the hour/week requirements. Can I still apply for funding?
Eligible internships must be at least 6 weeks AND at least 180 total work hours. If your internship does not meet one or both requirements, we suggest that you speak to your supervisor about modifying your work schedule and internship duration.
Can I use my stipend to support two internships that are 6 weeks and 180 total work hours combined?
No. You can only submit an application for one internship, which must meet all of the eligibility requirements.
My internship is longer than 10 weeks and more than 240 total work hours. Can I request more funding?
No. The maximum award for a student living away from home is $4,500 and for a student who will be living at home is $3,500.
I won’t receive an internship offer until after May 5. Can I submit an application after the deadline?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications after the final deadline. If you would like assistance with finding and securing an internship, please visit Handshake to make an appointment with Emily Tareila, Assistant Director for Internship Programs, or Victoria Wilson, Associate Director for Internship Programs, to discuss a search strategy.
Is there a way I can learn in advance whether or not I will be awarded funding? Is there a way to speed up the award process?
We cannot forecast for you whether or not you will get funding before you have submitted your application as award decisions are based on three factors: (a) the strength of your application, (b) whether or not your internship can be matched to an endowed internship fund, and (c) the amount of money available. Also, every application goes through the same process at the same time -- you cannot ask to have your application expedited.
I’m worried my supervisor may not submit the required sponsor confirmation form by the deadline. What should I do?
First, make sure that you submit your application as soon as you can in order to give your supervisor enough time before the deadline to submit the sponsor confirmation form. Next, we encourage you to contact your supervisor soon after you submit your application to let them know that they will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the sponsor confirmation form. Remind them of the deadline. We will grant a grace period for students who have submitted an application by the deadline, but whose supervisors have not returned the confirmation form to our office.
Do I need to meet with a Loeb Center advisor before submitting my application?
While you are not required to meet with an advisor, you are welcome to make an appointment with Victoria Wilson to discuss any questions about the funding process or the application. You can make an appointment via Handshake or email her at email@example.com.
My in person internship can’t be transformed into a virtual one. Can I receive funding?
As of right now, in person internships that can become virtual should Covid conditions change over the summer will be prioritized.
I submitted a funding application, but my internship plans have changed. What should I do?
You will need to notify the Loeb Center that you would like to withdraw your application. If you have accepted an offer for another internship before the final deadline, you may submit a new application.
What happens if my internship is cancelled after receiving my award notification?
Contact the Loeb Center (phone: 413-542-2265 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to notify the office that you no longer need your stipend. If you have accepted another internship offer before the final deadline, you may submit a new application. You may not transfer your award to another internship.
How do I make changes to my application after submitting it?
If it’s before the deadline, contact the Loeb Center (phone: 413-542-2265 or email: email@example.com) to submit a new, updated application. Please note that if your supervisor has completed the confirmation form, they may have to complete a new one. Utilize the short essay questions handout to draft your responses ahead of time, and make sure to check your application before submitting it.
Will the Loeb Center still fund in-person internships?
We are still accepting applications for in-person internships. However, applications for remote internships receive preference when evaluating for funding. In person internships that are able to be transformed into a virtual/remote opportunity should the need arise will also receive preference during the review process.
If I need to take on a part-time job over the summer in addition to my internship, will that affect my stipend award amount?
No, this will not impact your award amount.
Do I have to submit a budget or receipts for purchases made with funds from my stipend?
You do not need to submit a budget or receipts.