Pitzer Internship Fund (PIF)


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Deadline: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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 2018:
Applications received: 91
Applications funded: 51
Average funding amount: $1698

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

Please apply through https://parking.formstack.com/forms/pitzerinternshipfund2019

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

  1. Fill out an online application (5 short answer questions).
  2. Upload and submit a one-page resume. PIF Sample Resume Rubric [PDF]
  3. Upload and submit a budget.  PIF Sample Budget [PDF]

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
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Application materials available
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. PST Application deadline
Mid-April 2019 Funding notifications sent out
Friday, April 26, 2019 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 and international internships
  • An international Internship must be in a country that the U.S. Department of State qualifies as a Travel Advisory Level 1 or Level 2. PIF applications are generally not considered in countries that are at a Travel Advisory Level 3 or Level 4.

Note 1: Per the Department of State “Conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time” Please see the following website for up to the minute information https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

Note 2: A tuition-based program without a significant experiential learning component will not be considered

Note 3: 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 2017) 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 22, 2019. 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 2018) 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 22, 2019. 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 2018 equals up to $4,000. To apply for funding, students must complete an application and submit a resume. Applications are available January 22, 2019. For more information, contact Teresa Flores Roberts at teresa_flores@pitzer.edu.

For More Information

Contact Teresa Flores Roberts, Associate Director, Career Services