Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF)

PITZER INTERNSHIP FUND (PIF) UPDATE!

First, in regard to the COVID-19 illness, the Pitzer Internship Fund will not provide funding support for any internship experiences in international locations for summer 2020. Exceptions to this may be made if a student is seeking funding support for an opportunity in their home country. We recognize that this may cause difficulty and disappointment; Pitzer Career Services will work with any student whose plans are disrupted with the goal of helping them to secure alternative plans. Though difficult, the health and safety of Pitzer students is our highest concern.

In hope that the situation will improve by this summer, we still are accepting applications for domestic opportunities based on the new timeline below.  Please note, however, that the situation with COVID-19 and ensuing travel restrictions is ever-evolving.  For that reason, we may have to add additional restrictions or limitations to internship funding for this summer in the future.

Second, due to the extended spring break, the Pitzer Internship Fund application deadline will be extended by one week to Wednesday, April 1 by 11:59 p.m. PST.  As a result this will delay our processing time. Please see below for the new timeline.  Please keep in mind, in this transition, these dates are subject to change.

Overview

Apply Here – Applications open January 21, 2020

  1. Fill out an online application (5 short answer questions).
  2. Upload and submit a one-page resume. PIF Sample Resume Rubric [PDF]
  3. Download and complete your sample budget. [Excel Document]
  4. Upload and submit your sample budget.

The deadline for PIF applications have passed and funding has been exhausted for this year. For funding unpaid internship in the Summer of 2021, PIF applications will go live in late January.

The Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF) is the result of generous gifts from Pitzer Alumni, Parents, and Friends to provide funding for unpaid or low-paid summer internships. The goal of the Pitzer Internship Fund is to support student engagement in meaningful internship experiences that facilitate career exploration and the development of professional skills and networks.

For summer 2019:
Applications received: 110
Applications funded: 51
Average funding amount: $1765.00

A student does not need to have an internship secured by the deadline to apply for funding. If a student has not secured an internship by the application deadline, they must be doing the following:

  • Actively pursuing an internship or going through an application and interview process
  • Have a targeted internship in mind when preparing application materials
  • Have a targeted internship in mind when designing an independent internship/research/project experience

PIF Application Instructions

  1. Fill out an online application (5 short answer questions).
  2. Upload and submit a one-page resume. PIF Sample Resume Rubric [PDF]
  3. Download and complete your sample budget. [Excel Document]
  4. Upload and submit your sample budget.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Late applications may be considered after all other applications are evaluated.

Pitzer Internship Funding is not guaranteed by the submission of an application. The PIF program is very competitive and all applications will be assessed according to the PIF application evaluation criteria described below. Before students begin their PIF application, it is HIGHLY recommended they visit with a Career Services Adviser to discuss the program and ask any pertinent questions.

PIF Timeline

Date Event / Deadline
Monday, January 21, 2020 Application materials available
Monday, February 17, 2020 Science Internship fund, Sadava, Poon deadlines
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 PITZER INTERNSHIP FUND (PIF) UPDATE! April 1 , 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. PST Application deadline
Late-April 2020 Funding notifications sent out
Friday, May 1, 2020 Funded students must show proof of a secured internship by this date to receive funding.

PIF Eligible Internships

  • An unpaid or low paid internship (low paid is $1000 or less for a full-time internship)
  • All summer domestic internships
  • Note 1: A tuition-based program without a significant experiential learning component will not be considered
    Note 2: A position at an organization owned or run by a member of applicants’ immediate family will not be considered.

PIF Funding Guidelines

Funding through PIF is limited and students often receive funding that is less than requested. Students should be as realistic and conservative as possible when creating a budget. Students will be considered only for transportation costs of $500 if the unpaid internship is within 50 miles of their home address.

PIF Application Evaluation Criteria

For the most objective evaluation, PIF applications are anonymized. Two members of the PIF evaluation committee independently review each application. The PIF evaluation committee uses the following criteria to evaluate PIF applications. Students should review the criteria below to make sure that they have addressed all points in their application.

  • How this position will impact the students’ career planning and goals
  • Ability to articulate what students’ will learn from the internship
  • Ability to articulate how students’ are prepared to participate in this internship
  • Ability to articulate the importance of funding (through essay question and realistic budget)
  • The quality of the planned internship experience (substantive, project-based, skills-building, career exploration, etc.)
  • Quality of the resume

Additional Information

  • Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled at Pitzer College who will be returning the fall semester after their summer internship. Thus, typically first-years, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Due to limited funding, Pitzer students are able to receive funding for only one summer during their Pitzer College career.
  • Students must be in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation).
  • If for any reason a student is unable to complete their internship, PIF funds must be returned to Pitzer College. This may include pro-rated funding.
  • Students are required to complete an evaluation and a reflection piece at the end of their internship.
  • If a student is funded, taxes will not be taken out of the stipend. It will be the responsibility of the recipient to report income to state and federal agencies.

Additional Internship Funding Opportunities

David Sadava Endowed Student Internship Fund
Named in honor of Dr. David Sadava, Emeritus Pritzker Professor of Biology at the Keck Science Department, the Sadava Endowed Student Internship Fund supports the engagement of one Pitzer student in a summer internship/research experience. Eligible students must be a current sophomore or junior (i.e. rising junior or senior for fall 2020) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher; have demonstrated financial need; have an academic concentration in biology; and have demonstrated a strong career and/or research interest in medicine or a related field focusing on human health. Applications are available on January 21, 2020. For more information, contact Teresa Flores-Roberts at teresa_flores@pitzer.edu.

Thomas Poon Endowed Student Internship Fund
Named in honor of Dr. Thomas Poon, Professor of Chemistry at the Keck Science Department and former Interim President of Pitzer College, the Poon Endowed Student Internship Fund supports the engagement of one Pitzer student in a summer internship/research experience. Eligible students must be a current sophomore or junior (i.e. rising junior or senior for fall 2020) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have an academic concentration in chemistry or biochemistry. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated financial need. Applications are available on January 21, 2020. For more information, contact Teresa Flores-Roberts at teresa_flores@pitzer.edu.

Science Internship Fund
Award preference for the Science Internship Fund will be given to Pitzer students majoring in neuroscience, cognitive science or any of the degree options offered through the Keck Science Department, jointly managed by Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Awards will support student internships in the sciences, which can include placement in a student/faculty science-focused research project in coordination with the proper academic staff. Awards will be given to at least one student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding for summer 2020 equals up to $4,000. To apply for funding, students must complete an application and submit a resume. Applications are available January 21, 2020. For more information, contact Teresa Flores Roberts at teresa_flores@pitzer.edu.

For More Information

Contact Teresa Flores Roberts, Associate Director, Career Services