Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF) 2022

Note: Due to the continuing worldwide COVID pandemic, in-person internships outside of the U.S. will not be funded for Summer 2022. Subject to verification, exceptions can be made for students whose “home” is outside of the U.S.

Overview

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 2021
Applications funded
: 41
Average Award Amount: $1800
Total Amount Awarded:
$73,783

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 Advisor to discuss the program and ask any pertinent questions.

PIF Timeline

DateEvent / Deadline
January 31, 2022Application materials available
February 28, 2022Science Internship fund, Sadava, Poon deadlines
March 11, 2022Application deadline
April 2022Funding notifications sent out
April 25, 2022, by 4 pm Funded students must notify Career Services of their plans to accept/deny funding

PIF Eligible Internships

  • An unpaid or low-paid internship (low-paid is typical $1000 or less than 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 the applicant’s immediate family will not be considered.
  • Note 3: A position at an organization owned, run, or supervised by a current student at The Claremont Colleges will not be considered.

PIF Funding Guidelines

For summer 2022, funding amounts range from $1000 to $3000.  Students often are offered partial funding. For the purposes of the Pitzer Internship Fund, a full-time internship consists of 320 hours or more over the course of the summer.  Prorated amounts of funding may be offered for part-time experiences. Virtual internships over 120 hours and in-person/hybrid internships within 50 miles of a student’s home/permanent residence are funded at $1000

Funding is intended to support expenses incurred as part of a student’s internship/research experience, such as lodging, transportation, and food, and is not intended to provide compensation.  The amount of funding offered is based on the budget submitted, the total hours worked, and available funding.   

If a Pitzer student is receiving funding for internship/research opportunities from Pitzer and/or the Claremont Colleges (e.g. Keck Science Department, Dean of Faculty’s Office, Student Affairs) they are not eligible for funding from the Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF). If a student is receiving funding from other sources (i.e. fellowships, stipends, salary), students must disclose this amount on their PIF Budget.

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 questions and a 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 and 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

The Ronald T. Scott Entrepreneurial Award

This award will fund student-driven entrepreneurial summer projects that add to the education of the award recipients and their anticipated career path. The fund was created by Pitzer alumnus and Director of The John and Carrie Santangelo Foundation, John T. Scott ’87, to honor his late father, Ronald T. Scott, a Pomona College alumnus. Majoring in Philosophy, Ronald studied Aristotelian ethics and was devoted to incorporating the values of Artistotle’s 12 virtues into his personal and professional endeavors.

Award criteria include the following: 1) Proposals should reflect the academic, philosophical, and career aspirations that emulate the spirit of Ronald T. Scott’s life. 2) Applicants must be Pitzer students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing. 3) Funds can be awarded to an individual student or a student team, although funding will only support participation by Pitzer students. 4) Individual students or student teams will be required to have a mentor or mentors to support the development of their project. 5) Recipients will be required to submit a Santangelo Foundation report at the conclusion of the summer to Career Services detailing their summer accomplishments and the impact of this experience on their future plans.

The award will be given to at least (1) student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding available is from $1000 to $5000. Partial funding is available. The application deadline is April 15, 2022. For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at teresa_roberts@pitzer.edu

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. Awards will be given to at least one student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding for summer 2022 is up to $4,500. Applications open in January/February. The application deadline is February 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm. For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at teresa_roberts@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 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. Awards will be given to at least one student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding for summer 2022 is up to $4,500. Applications open in January/February. The application deadline is February 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm.  For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at teresa_roberts@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 2022 is up to $4,500.  Applications open in January/February. The application deadline is February 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm.  For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at teresa_roberts@pitzer.edu.

For More Information

Contact Teresa Roberts, Associate Director, Career Services