Brown LINK Award Program– Linking Internships and Knowledge


Need funding for your unpaid or low-paying summer internship? The BrownConnect LINK program can help!

APPLICATION DEADLINES

LINK/SEW Awards 

2015 1st Round Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015 by 12pm (noon)
*Students with internships outside of the United States must apply in the first round.

2015 2nd Round Deadline
: Friday, April 17, 2015 by 12pm (noon)
*Only students interning domestically can apply - no application for an international internship will be reviewed in this round.

2015 Careers in the Common Good Summer in NYC Deadline: Friday, March 6 at 11:59pm

2015 iProv Deadline: TBD 

Questions about applying to LINK? Check out the LINK Tip Sheet and FAQ  as well as attend a LINK Information Session to ask questions about how to apply, application components, and internship/student eligibility. Info sessions wills be held on:

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:30pm, CareerLAB, First Floor
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015  - Times and Location TBD
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:30pm, CareerLAB, First Floor
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:30pm, CareerLAB, First Floor
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30pm, CareerLAB, First Floor 

It is also recommended that interested students attend the Peer-to-Peer Summer Opportunities Fair to chat with students who received LINK funding for summer 2014.  The fair will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Kasper Multipurpose Room.

LINK Walk-In Hours: If you are unable to make the information sessions, a limited number of Walk-In Hours will be held.  Check back soon for the dates and times of the spring 2015 Walk-In Hours.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Each year, Brown awards financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. These awards allow 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 Brown LINK Award Program is funded by Brown alums and parents, the Office of Financial Aid, as well as other Brown departments, and is administered by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Rising seniors and juniors, who are returning to Brown in September 2015, are eligible to apply. Students studying abroad Fall 2015 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown.  Graduating seniors (May '15) are not eligible. International students are eligible to apply. Students are not eligible to receive more than one Brown LINK award during their time at Brown -- this includes participation in LINK funded programs (iProv and CCG in NYC). Students on financial aid with a summer earnings expectation are eligible to receive one Brown LINK award and one SEW award, referred to as a LINK/SEW bundle, during their time as an undergraduate at Brown. 

You can apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You are an active Brown undergraduate rising senior or junior.
  • You are in good standing with the University.
  • You have applied for or secured an unpaid summer internship or one that pays $1,000 or less.
  • You are returning to study at Brown in the fall term following the proposed internships (Students studying abroad Fall 2015 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown).
  • You have not already received a LINK award or participated in iProv or CCG in NYC.
  • You have not received other funding for the proposed internship (except payment of $1000 or less).

ELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS

  • Unpaid or low-paying internship ($1,000 or less including stipend and/or housing, transportation, etc)
  • Research opportunities at another university with a non-Brown professor
  • Domestic or abroad; if abroad, the destination must be deemed safe by the US Department of State Travel Warning List
  • Minimum of 240 hours of supervised work (equivalent of 6 weeks/40 hours/week)
  • Offered during the summer and completed by September 5th, 2015
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization who agrees to guidelines

INELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS

  • Projects that fulfill the criteria of the Brown University UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards) Program
  • Pre-thesis research at Brown or elsewhere without significant experiential learning component
  • Program fees (funding will not cover fees to participate in study abroad or domestically, volunteer/service, exchange or other similar programs)
  • Tuition-based summer programs including those with an internship component
  • Internship or project receiving Brown course credit (e.g. teaching requirement for teacher certification/education concentration; summer school course)
  • Non-credit course or training program
  • Students may not accept a Brown LINK award if they have received funding from Swearer Center, Watson Institute, UTRA, etc. in the same year
  • LINK funding cannot be used to complete an internship in a location on the US Department of State Travel Warning List

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

Each year, LINK funding is awarded to students pursuing internships outside of the US.  Students with international internship opportunities must apply in the first round of funding.  The first deadline is Friday, March 6 at 12pm.  International internships will not be considered for funding in the second round.  LINK funding cannot be used to complete an internship in a location on the US Department of State Travel Warning List.  Students should keep in mind that this list is constantly updated and the University may revoke funding at any time if a location is deemed unsafe. If awarded LINK funding, students should expect to fill out additional forms and waivers to document their travel plans, including registering with the University’s Sojourn Abroad  program.

As with domestic internships, students interning abroad who receive LINK funding are solely responsible to arrange their own housing, travel, insurance, and any other paperwork that their employer may require.  Working abroad, including internships, may require a special type of visa, or a residency permit or work permit. Because these laws and processes vary from country to country, we recommend that students do their research and begin the process early to ensure they are prepared for an international internship experience.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

The internship must address specific learning goals that relate to enhancing academic skills developed at Brown and furthering career exploration such as:

  • Exploring career options and understanding possible career pathways
  • Developing knowledge specific to a career or work setting
  • Expanding work specific skills relating to communication, teamwork, time management, interpersonal skills, goal setting, etc.
  • Understanding cross-cultural, social awareness and the ability to work in diverse environments
  • Applying academic skills and growing intellectually

The organization must provide a description outlining the following:

  • How the internship will advance the core mission of the organization
  • The potential impact of the intern’s work
  • Extent of the organization’s engagement, supervision and support of the intern

AWARD TYPES

The program includes two types of awards—open to all rising seniors and juniors.

1. Brown LINK Awards provides funding for career exploration in a wide variety of fields.  Students are eligible to apply regardless of financial status.  LINK awards are made possible from generous donations by Brown alums, parents and anonymous donors including:

The Barrett Hazeltine Award and Fisher Family Endowed Award provide funding for internships in any career field.

Peter G. and Paul G. Hanoian Memorial Award Assists students in labor relations, social justice and work in organizations that strive to impact the lives of working people.

Careers in the Common Good Award Funding provided anonymously to support students in socially responsible internships that connect personal values and professional problem solving in the non-profit, private and government sectors.

Robert Krauskopf Award Assists students in journalism focusing on community affairs and social issues.

Richard Lee Internship Fund Assists students interested in career fields relating to film, video or the entertainment industry.

Timory Hyde Class of 1997 Memorabubble Award Assists students on financial aid in the career fields of creative arts and music.

The Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Internship Fund Assists students interested in The Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program. As part of a collaboration with the Swearer Center for Public Service, the 12-week program is an exciting opportunity to engage directly in an academic seminar and work related to urban social issues in the West Philadelphia-Penn community.  Visit the Swearer Center for Public Service website for more information and to apply.  (Students are not required to submit a UFUNDS application to be considered for funding.)

Brown-Marine Biological Laboratory Partnership Award Funding provided by Charles and Phyllis Rosenthal to support internships in the laboratories of faculty members at the Marine Biological Laboratory or Brown University who conduct research within the Brown-MBL Partnership. These laboratories cut across a wide range of fields, including cell biology, microbiology and ecology and pathobiology and involve collaborations between MBL and Brown faculty. Students should contact potential MBL or Brown faculty members who are active in the Brown-MBL program to discuss potential internship opportunities. The list of MBL faculty and collaborating Brown departments can be found on the Brown-MBL website.

International Award Funding to support students participating in internships abroad in any career field.

Beller-Moses Award  Assists students on financial aid by providing funding for internships in any career field.

The Watson Institute for International Studies Awards provide funding for internships with an international focus in areas aligned with at least one of the Institute's three core research areas of security, development, and governance and its mission to promote a just and peaceful world.  Internships may be in the US or abroad.  Further information about security, development, and governance is available on the Watson website.

The Kidderbrook Public Service Awards support internships to assist students interested in careers in government or community service to do social science research in non-governmental organizations or government agencies.

The Messing Family Fellowship provides funding for students pursuing internship opportunities in public education.  Preference is given to students on financial aid. 

Gochman Grants assist students on financial aid by providing funding for internships in any career field without concern for the University's summer earnings requirement.

2. Summer Earnings Waivers (SEW) make it possible for students who are required to contribute towards their educational costs to gain valuable work experience.  The awards are open to financial aid recipients who are eligible for University Scholarship.  The award waives the annual summer earnings requirement --  for summer 2014, this amount was $3,050.  The award is contingent upon the student's continued eligibility for University Scholarship in the 2015-16 award year.

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Attend a LINK Information Session, the Peer-to-Peer Summer Opportunities Fair, and LINK Walk-In Hours.
  • Read through our Tip Sheet, FAQs, and Personal Statement Guidelines.
  • Talk with a CareerLAB Advisor  to review your resume and personal statement before submitting in UFUNDS.
  • Attend other CareerLAB programming related to internships for tips on finding an internship, writing a personal statement, crafting your resume, and preparing for an interview.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Read FAQ's  and Personal Statement Guidelines.
  • Download the Supervisor Statement Form.
  • Have your resume, signed supervisor statement and organization/position description (written by the organization) ready.
  • Complete the UFUNDS Application. 
    Students are permitted to submit one application for one internship opportunity.  Multiple applications will not be considered. Students not awarded funding in the first round may apply for funding in the second round with a different internship opportunity.
  • ALL documents must be uploaded with your application in UFUNDS.  CareerLAB will not accept application materials directly.
  • Selection committees will only review requested materials (resume, personal statement, organization/position description and supervisor statement).  Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. will not be considered.

2015 LINK/SEW First Round Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015 at Noon (12pm)
2015 LINK/SEW Second Round Deadline:
Friday, April 17, 2015 at Noon (12pm)

  • NO extensions or exceptions.
  • Applications are NOT considered on a rolling basis.
  • Only completed applications (including uploaded resume, personal statement, signed supervisor statement, and organization/position description) submitted by the deadline will be accepted and reviewed by the selection committees.  If you are having trouble with any aspect of the application process, please contact lauren_dabrosca@brown.edu at least three (3) business days prior to the deadline.

SELECTION PROCESS

Review committees - comprised of a wide array of Brown staff and faculty members - are established for LINK and SEW awards at the beginning of spring semester.  Committees convene as a group in mid-March and late April to finalize selections.

All awards are made based on the extent to which the experience is likely to integrate professional and academic development, the likelihood that the experience will promote achievement of the student's ultimate career goals, and associated cost burdens, i.e., travel, food and housing.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES

Brown has a number of competitive scholarship programs that offer full or partial funding for unpaid or low-pay internships. The money always runs out, though, especially for summer internships. So start your process early. Check out the programs below to get a sense of the best time to apply for funding.

For all inquiries, contact:

Lauren D'Abrosca
Internships Manager
Center for Careers and Life After Brown
lauren_dabrosca@brown.edu or (401) 863-6239