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Summer is a perfect time to gain experience

Clark has many opportunities for funding for internships, research, and projects. More information about the types of funding opportunities available to Clark students, along with application instructions and deadlines, can be found below.

The awards listed under Internships, Major/Minor Specific, Research/Projects, and Study Abroad are part of one centralized application portal. All students applying for these awards will also need to fill out the Assumption of Risk and Waiver.

Please note, if you are considering a research project, please check the information regarding the Institutional Review Board (IRB) through the Clark University Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. All IRB applications need to be approved PRIOR to applying for funding for the following four awards. Be aware of all IRB deadlines and plan accordingly.

Start here for the directions on how to navigate the portal. Click here to apply for either the Harrington Public Affairs Fellowship Program for Undergraduates or the Zenovia Sochor Memorial Award. The portal for the other awards will open on Monday, November 18, 2019. Please click on each award below for the award description, application instructions, and their individual deadlines.

Internship Funding

Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore Barth Foundation, Career Services offers six Clark undergraduate students a $2,500 stipend to support unpaid, summer internships in the nonprofit sector.

This funded internship opportunity is open to first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (graduating in December) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship at a nonprofit organization. Students awarded funding will be required to participate in an internship student panel or poster presentation during the academic year.

You may complete the internship for credit; however, Barth Internship funds may not be used to cover the cost of summer tuition. Learn more about the Internship for Academic Credit process.

Internships must be secured prior to the April deadline. Applications for pending internships will not be accepted.

Please note: the deadline for this application is in April 2020.

Application requirements

Applicants must submit a two-to-three page statement (saved as a PDF) describing their proposed internship. The statement should include a budget (e.g. travel, housing, etc.). You will also need to submit:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript (an unofficial academic grade report will suffice)
  • Assumption and Risk waiver

Selection criteria

The selection criteria include but are not limited to:

  • The quality of the written proposal
  • The quality and length of the internship commitment (internships are expected to be a minimum of 180 hours)
  • The value of the experience to future career goals
  • Past participation with Career Services/LEEP Center activities

You should receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. If you don’t, contact the Career Connections Center at careers@clarku.edu or 508-793-7258. If you have questions, contact Robin Huntley at RHuntley@clarku.edu or 508-793-7586.

Theodore H. Barth Foundation Summer Interns: 2018

  • Nurul Nadia Fakhrol Azmi ’21, Physics
    The Borgen Project; Seattle, Wash.
  • Emma Landsman ’20, Management
    Island Volunteer Caregivers; Bainbridge Island, Wash.
  • Rowen McAllister ’20, Economics
    Worcester Common Ground; Worcester, Mass.
  • Emma Nagler ’20, Psychology
    Restorative Justice Institute of Maine; Brunswick, Maine
  • Emma Narkewicz ’20, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Office of Worcester Country District Attorney Joseph D. Early; Worcester, Mass.
  • Becky Schaffer ’18, Psychology
    Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry; Providence, R.I.
  • Salma Shawa ’19, Political Science
    Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations; New York, N.Y.

The ClarkCONNECT Summer Internship Award offers financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. This award allows students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside of the classroom. Students must apply for or secure an internship that is unpaid or that pays $1,000 or less before applying for funds. The ClarkCONNECT Summer Internship Award is funded by the generosity of Clark alumni, family, and friends. The application deadline will be in April 2020. Please check back soon for additional information.

This $500 award is given annually by the Political Science Department to a student who has secured an unpaid summer internship in Washington, D.C., either with an office of any branch of the federal government (executive, legislative, or judicial) or an organization that interacts with the government, such as a lobbying group or “think tank.” Interested students should submit the following:

  • a one-to-two-page statement describing the internship, your reasons for pursuing it, and how it connects to your Clark education thus far
  • a proposed budget (the costs involved, such as travel, housing, etc.)
  • your resume
  • a copy of your unofficial transcript

Applications should be emailed or sent to Judith Barton in the Political Science Department, room 406 in Jefferson Academic Center.

(Please note that graduating seniors are not eligible for this award.)

The Lois and Robert Green Urban Development and Social Change (UDSC) Summer Internship provides funding for a student completing an internship as an assistant to a city official and is open to all continuing undergraduates. The award provides up to $2,800 in funding.

The application deadline is mid-February. Contact Rachel Levitt, undergraduate program coordinator, for more information.

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The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program funds creative research, public service, or enrichment projects and is open to all undergraduates. The award provides funding of up to $3,000.

Students interested in applying for a Steinbrecher Fellowship should feel free to email Professor Deb Robertson, director of the program.

Major/Minor Specific Funding

The Harrington Fellowship Program funds research on politics, public policy, or service. Applications for the up to $2,500 awards are open to political science majors and minors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA; applicants must be continuing students who have completed two semesters at Clark.

Applications for Fellowships to support Spring Semester projects are due by noon on November 15. Applications for Fellowships to support Summer or Fall Semester projects are due by noon on April 16. All applications will be accepted through the application portal. Link for the portal is in the paragraph above “Internship Funding”.

For more information, please click here.

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate- faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors.

HERO Fellows analyze the causes and consequences of global environmental changes at local scales in faculty-led research projects. Each Fellow is paired with a Clark faculty mentor and other researchers on the HERO team. Fellows will learn how to use various research methods such as GIS, remote sensing, geostatistical modeling, interviews and focus groups.

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics and remote sensing — is helpful but not required.

Please see the website to learn more about the HERO Program.

The Peter J. Condakes Research Fellowship supports undergraduate students who are conducting summer research with a geography faculty member and is open to undergraduate geography, global environmental studies, and environmental science/earth system science majors. The recipients of this fellowship will each receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to support a summer research project.

This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Condakes, a 1978 alumnus and geography major. The deadline is in mid-March. Contact Rachel Levitt for more information.

Research/Projects

The LEEP Fellows Program funds problem-based projects that students complete during the summer, working alongside an external organization. Students who complete LEEP Fellows projects are primarily juniors, although sophomores may also apply.

These projects should:

  • Offer real-world applications of course material
  • Allow authentic problem-solving experiences
  • Provide an opportunity to engage with others outside of Clark
  • Enhance mastery of the LEEP learning outcomes
  • Serve as a capstone or culminating experience

Deadline Date is Spring 2020.

The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program funds creative research, public service, or enrichment projects and is open to all undergraduates. The award provides funding of up to $3,000.

Study Abroad

The Marshall Geer McKim Scholarship aims to provide financial support for students to study abroad who otherwise might not be able to due to financial hardships. Each spring, two-to-three students are awarded a scholarship, ranging from $500 to $1,000, to support their study abroad experience during the following fall semester. Find out more information by clicking on the “Clark Sponsored Scholarships” on this page.

Professor Zenovia Sochor taught comparative politics courses at Clark for almost two decades before her untimely death in 1998. She was known by students and colleagues as a gifted scholar, a valued friend, and a caring mentor. Alumni, friends, and colleagues have created the Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund to provide support to Clark students for study abroad. The $500.00 Sochor award is given to a student each year.

For more information on this award, and the application, please visit the Study Abroad website, and look under Clark Sponsored Scholarships. Applications are due by 5pm on October 30, 2019. All applications will be accepted through the application portal. Link for the portal is in the paragraph above “Internship Funding”.

The funding opportunities below have their own individual application processes. Please contact the office or individual listed under each program.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Albert, Norma, and Howard Geller ’77 Endowed Research Awards fund independent research that promotes environmental and resource sustainability. This award, of up to $2,500, is open to undergraduate and graduate student applications.

Applications are due on October 25, 2019. Contact Dana Bauer, assistant director and research scientist at The George Perkins Marsh Institute, for more information.

The Davis Projects for Peace program funds independent summer research with a focus on peace. This award, up to $10,000, is open to undergraduate applications.

Applications are due December 14. Contact Kim Fisher, assistant to the dean of the college, for information.

This generous scholarship allows a Clark undergraduate or graduate student to conduct research with an organization in Luxembourg or the U.S., usually for eight weeks during the summer, to acquire professional experience in an international setting while learning more about Luxembourg. Recent graduates also may be selected.

Currently, we are able to provide internship opportunities in Luxembourg with an environmental research organization, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology; a national museum, the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art; and a historical site, the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, in conjunction with the American Battle Monuments Commission. Students are selected for these internships in November, with the support of a Clark tenure-line faculty adviser.

For more information on these internship opportunities, please contact The Leir Luxembourg Program.

Thanks to the generosity of Holocaust and Genocide Studies donors, we offer $3,500 stipends to support undergraduate summer experiences in the United States and abroad.

To be eligible for this internship, a student must be a first year, sophomore, or junior Clark University undergraduate (class of 2021, 2022, and 2023).

Your application should include:

  1. A cover letter that:
    • Identifies possible internship site(s) or study programs.
    • Discusses the mission of the host organization and its commitment to addressing human rights abuses.
    • Details what steps you have taken to secure the internship or apply for the study program, including contacting staff or any letters of intent. Final arrangements are not required at the time of application.
    • Discusses the internship or study program in relation to your academic curriculum and/or career aspirations.
  2. A copy of your most current academic transcript.
  3. A recommendation letter from a faculty member to be sent to Professor Shelly Tenenbaum.

Additional application and deadline information to follow.

Generous alumni gifts allow the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Office to offer a limited number of annual scholarships to help students advance their goals of studying abroad or completing internships. Domestic students of color and/or first-generation Clark University undergraduates may apply for these scholarships in order to make cocurricular experiences more financially accessible.

Please refer to the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support web pages for more information.

The NOAA Fellows Program funds summer internships at NOAA facilities on marine science and are open to continuing undergraduates. The opportunity provides up to $4,500 in funding.

The application deadline is early 2020, with the date to be announced. Contact Robert Johnston, director of The George Perkins Marsh Institute, for more information.

The Robert J.S. Ross Social Justice Summer Internship stipend is open to Clark Undergraduate students (class of 2021, 2022, and 2023). The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a $2,500 stipend to support a summer internship in a social justice organization.

To be eligible for this internship fellowship, a student must be a first year, sophomore, or junior Clark University undergraduate.

Your application should include:

  1. A cover letter that:
  2. Identifies possible internship site(s).
  3. Discusses the mission of the host organization and its commitment to social, economic or environmental justice.
  4. Details what steps you have taken to secure the internship, including contacting staff or any letters of intent. Final arrangements for the internship are not required at the time of application.
  5. Discusses the internship in relation to your academic curriculum and/or career aspirations.
  6. A copy of your most current academic transcript.
  7. A recommendation letter from a faculty member to be sent to Professor Deborah Merrill.

Additional application and deadline information to follow.

The Student Sustainability Fund funds student-designed and student-led sustainability-based research projects at Clark. Applications are open to undergraduates and funding varies.

The application deadline is to be announced. Contact Jenny Isler, Director of Sustainability, for more information.

The U’reka Challenge funds entrepreneurs and their ventures. This award provides $100 of seed money at the beginning of the process to invest in the student’s venture. Then, at the end of the process students present the outcome of their investment to a panel of alumni judges for the chance to be awarded up to an additional $1000. Total prize money is $3000. Applications are due in mid-October.

For more information, or to apply, contact Teresa Quinn, Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.