Careers in the Common Good in New York
The goals of the BrownConnect Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City (CGG in NYC) program are to connect Brown students with non-profits, start-ups, and public service agencies (many of whom employ or are run by Brown alumni), to help Brown students build skills and build a pathway into the non-profit and public service fields. We are especially interested in students from culturally diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in these fields.
For summer 2021, all internships through this program will be virtual.
Participating Employers, Summer 2021: Visit this google drive folder to read more about participating host employers, their available positions, and the required qualifications for each position.
Eligibility: Students must be eligible for a summer 2021 BrownConnect SPRINT award to be considered for this program.
Funding amount: Funding amounts range from $2000-$5000. Please see details for the summer 2021 BrownConnect SPRINT award program to learn more about funding levels for summer 2021.
Program Dates: Internships will start no earlier than June 1 and end no later than July 31, but within those two months the hours and duration of the internships vary by organization.
Application deadline: February 24 at 12pm (noon) EST. No late applications are accepted.
Application process: Applications for the 2021 program must be submitted through UFUNDS. Under the SPRINT awards, choose the grant period for this program.
When you apply, you will need to submit:
- Cover letter written to your first choice employer
- Student impact and learning goals
All applications are reviewed by SPRINT committees. Priority will be given to students on Brown University Financial Aid. Once the committee completes their review, a short-list of candidates is sent along to the employer for consideration. Employers may decide to interview some or all of the shortlisted candidates. The final selection is made by the employer and you will be notified once you are accepted or once a different Brown student is selected and accepts the position.
Students will receive an update on the status of their application by March 31, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to interview for the internship?
A: Host employers and students are encouraged to meet via Zoom or other video call service for an interview. This is an opportunity for the employer to learn more about the student intern and for the student intern to learn more about the position and ask for any clarifications about the work involved. Make sure you understand the role and responsibilities before you accept an offer.
Q: What information should I include in the cover letter?
A: The cover letter gives the employer a better understanding of who you are as a Brown student, young professional and individual. Although the focus of the statement should demonstrate your interest and qualifications for the positions, you may also want to mention other information about your interest in the host country/city, your career ambitions, how the internship aligns with your academic work and why this particular opportunity would be good fit for you professionally, academically and personally. Cover letters may be addressed to the “Hiring Committee.”
Q: Can I apply to more than one internship position?
A: You can apply to your first choice organization and list any secondary choices within the program application form in UFUNDS. You only should submit your cover letter for your first choice employer.
Q: What are the working hours?
A: Interns are expected to work full-time during the dates of the internship. Hours may vary by employer. Interns are required to work the entire duration of the internship with any days off approved in advance by a supervisor. It’s a good idea to ask about working hours during the internship and confirm your summer time zone and availability with the employer during the interview.
Q: What if I am graduating before the summer internship?
A: To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled at Brown as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the fall semester following the summer internship.
Q: Can I change the dates of the internship or extend the internship dates?
A: Any changes must be approved by the program and the internship host employer.
Q: Will I meet with other participants on the program?
A: A pre-internship virtual orientation will be held in the spring semester to discuss the program. Depending on student interest, we may also organize a virtual check-in for all students to share their experiences.
Q: What if I need to leave early or quit my internship?
A: Whether initiated by the employer or the student, if an internship position is ended early you may be expected to return a prorated portion of the internship stipend. Please let your supervisor and the Internship Program know as soon as possible.
Q: Can I apply for funding for an internship or host employer not participating in the internship program?
A: No, however your internship may be eligible to be funded through the LINK internship funding award.
Q: I missed the application deadline, can I still apply?
A: No exceptions are made for late applications to be included in the program. In the event that an employer is not able to find a suitable candidate through the process, some internships are occasionally re-posted later in the Spring.
Q: I already received funding from LINK, BrownConnect or Swearer Center Summer program in the previous summer. Am I eligible for this program?
A: Please view the SPRINT award eligibility requirements.
Q: Can I apply for more than one Summer funding award program?
A: Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred award to have their most competitive application. Within the application, students have the opportunity to select a second choice opportunity (UTRA, LINK, other Signature program) on the application, which will be considered if needed.
Q: Will I also receive a Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW) if I receive an Award?
A: Participants eligible for a Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW) will receive a SEW by participating in this program.
Q: Is summer housing provided?
A: All internships are virtual for summer 2021. Housing is not provided to summer SPRINT recipients.