Because of the continued spread of COVID-19, the Pitzer Internship Fund application process and funding amounts will be affected. Also, the situation with COVID-19 and ensuing travel restrictions is still ever-evolving. For that reason, we may have to add additional restrictions or limitations to internship funding for this summer in the future. Please see below for more information.
Virtual Internship/Research Experiences
Due to the pandemic, many if not most summer internships are expected to be conducted virtually. This type of internship can be funded.
Domestic Internship/Research Experiences
If local health and safety restrictions allow, these types of “in person” experiences can be funded. The internship must be in a different domestic location (over 50 miles from their place of residence). Additional funding can be requested to help offset lodging, transportation and food expenses.
International Internship/Research Experiences
We will not provide funding support for any internship experiences in international locations for summer 2021. 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. Though difficult, the health and safety of Pitzer students is our highest concern.
Virtual Internships: Typically funding is available from $500 – $1000 stipend (a minimum of 160 hours of work)
Domestic Internships: Typically funding is available from $500 – $2800 dependent upon hours worked. A minimum of 160 hours of work is required to receive minimum funding.
International Internships: $0.00
Health & Safety Concerns
Students must abide by all local health and safety recommendations, including travel restrictions and “shelter in place” orders, during any part of the internship experience. This includes health and safety recommendations, which often exceed health and safety requirements, and these recommendations may change during the course of the internship.
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 2020
Applications funded: 53
Average Award Amount: $1360
Total Amount Awarded: $72,080
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
- Fill out an online application (5 short answer questions).
- Upload and submit a one-page resume. PIF Sample Resume Rubric [PDF]
- Download and complete your sample budget. [Excel Document]
- Upload and submit your sample budget.
Note: Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
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.
||Event / Deadline
|Monday, February 1, 2021
||Application materials available
|Monday, March 1, 2021
||Science Internship fund, Sadava, Poon deadlines
|Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m. PST
|Late-April/Early May 2021
||Funding notifications sent out
|Friday, May 14, 2021
||Funded students must notify Career Services of their plans to accept/deny funding
|Friday, June 1, 2021
||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 typically $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.
- Note 3: A position at an organization owned, run, or supervised by a current student at The Claremont Colleges will not be considered.
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
- 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. Awards will be given to at least one student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding for summer 2021 equals up to $4,500. Applications are available on February 1, 2021. For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Awards will be given to at least one student annually and be determined by the Office of Career Services. Funding for summer 2021 equals up to $4,500. Applications are available on February 1, 2021. For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at email@example.com.
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 2021 equals up to $4,500. To apply for funding, students must complete an application and submit a resume. Applications are available February 1, 2021. For more information, contact Teresa Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information
Contact Teresa Roberts, Associate Director, Career Services