Overview of BrownConnect Collaborative SPRINT Awards (Short-term Projects for Research, Internships, and Teaching)
This summer, the College in partnership with CareerLAB, the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Swearer Center for Public Service will offer new opportunities for students to receive funding for remote short-term internships, course development projects, and community engagement experiences. Traditionally, UTRA, LINK, and Signature Program awards have been available to students undertaking full-time, on-site summer experiences. This summer, we will continue to support those opportunities that can be carried out remotely and also create new, flexible, shorter-term options to support a greater number of students.
The new BrownConnect Sprint Awards will provide a $2,000 stipend. Collaborative opportunities with Brown faculty, community partners, and alumni employers will be posted in BrownConnect over the next week, and they will be labeled or “tagged” as “SPRINT” opportunities. Students can also apply for funding for opportunities they find elsewhere.
To apply for a SPRINT award, please complete the SPRINT application. The application will close on May 18 at 11:59 pm, with the first award notifications likely in early June.All undergraduates (including graduating seniors and students who have previously received LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program funding) are eligible to apply. Selected students may still be considered for a LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program awards in the future. Due to limited funding, we will prioritize funding for students with demonstrated financial need.
Additional Financial Support for Aided Students this Summer
As Provost Locke announced, the summer earnings expectations for all students will be waived this year. In addition, students with high demonstrated financial need who receive a $2,000 SPRINT stipend will automatically receive an additional $1,000 gap award for a total award amount of $3,000. Students who are eligible for the additional gap award will be notified in their award selection notice.
A Note About SPRINT AWARDS
Many opportunities available here in BrownConnect may be eligible for collaborative SPRINT (Short-term Projects for Research, Internships, and Teaching) award funding. Employers, alumni, and others continue to post internship opportunities. If these internships are remote and unpaid for the coming summer, they are likely eligible for SPRINT funding. You can apply for funding for an opportunity even if you haven't yet secured one.
Some opportunities are titled as "SPRINT Eligible" opportunities. These have been created by alumni, parents, and others to support students pursuing SPRINT awards. However, "SPRINT Eligible" opportunities are not the only internship opportunities that will be considered for SPRINT funding.
We have also worked with Brown faculty and community partner organizations to create special, collaborative summer experiences that are remote and short-term. These opportunities are posted as "SPRINT Faculty Collaborations," and "SPRINT Community Engagement Experiences." When you apply to these, you will choose from a list of opportunities and have the option to select your top three preferences.
To apply for a SPRINT award, please complete the SPRINT application.
Frequently Asked Questions: SPRINT AWARD
Who is eligible for a BrownConnect SPRINT Award?
All actively enrolled undergraduate students (including seniors graduating in May 2020) regardless of citizenship status. Students who were on leave during the Spring 2020 semester will need to have been readmitted by the time of application.
If I have already received LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program funding in a previous summer, am I eligible for a SPRINT award? Yes, you are eligible.
How selective is the SPRINT Award program? Am I guaranteed to get something if I apply?
We don’t yet know how selective the program will be. We will almost certainly receive more applications than we will be able to fund, so an award is not guaranteed. Because the total amount of SPRINT funding is not unlimited, we will prioritize funding for students with demonstrated financial need.
What types of opportunities are eligible to be funded by a SPRINT Award?
- The eligibility requirements for SPRINT opportunities will be much more flexible than the requirements for traditional LINK or UTRA opportunities. We know that this summer, research, teaching, and internship experiences for many students will necessarily be remote experiences and that the duration of these experiences may be reduced in terms of total weeks and/or hours per week.
- The College, CareerLAB, and the Swearer Center are working to create a number of short-term, remote internships with community partner organizations, alumni, and parents, as well as curriculum development and research experiences with Brown faculty. These opportunities will be posted in BrownConnect over the next week and will be labeled or tagged as “SPRINT” funding opportunities. Students will be able to specify which of these SPRINT opportunities they are interested in on the SPRINT Award application.
- Students may also apply for a SPRINT award if they have already secured or are in the process of securing or applying for an internship/project/gig with an employer. There are still a number of internship opportunities available in BrownConnect.
What types of internships are ineligible for SPRINT funding?
- Educational programs for credit, programs with fees to participate, and pay-to-participate internship programs coordinated through third-party vendors are not eligible for SPRINT funding.
- Projects with an organization involved with the use, production, testing, or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana are not eligible (as the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and Brown University receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law).
- Internships with political campaigns are not eligible because Brown University is a charitable entity subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding political and campaign activities.
Can I apply for SPRINT funding for an international internship opportunity?
Yes, but as long as your internship does not require international travel. Remote international internships are eligible for funding. However, please note that if you are an international student planning to undertake a remote internship based in the United States, you should contact the Brown Office of International Students and Scholars (OISSS) about obtaining Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. International students may also apply for SPRINT funding for internships in their home countries.
Can I apply for a SPRINT Award with a remote opportunity?
Yes. We anticipate that most opportunities this summer will be remote. All remote opportunities will be considered for this award.
How much funding will I receive for a SPRINT Award?
The stipend for all SPRINT awards is $2,000. In addition, students with high demonstrated financial need who receive a $2,000 SPRINT stipend will automatically receive an additional $1,000 gap award for a total award amount of $3,000. Students who are eligible for the additional gap award will be notified in their award selection notice.
Will I also receive a Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW) if I receive a SPRINT Award?
As Provost Locke announced, the summer earnings expectations for all aided students was waived for summer 2020. We are still awaiting final decisions regarding SEW amounts for summer 2021, but do expect to provide SEW awards for students who remain eligible. In addition to a SEW, students with high demonstrated financial need who receive a $2,000 SPRINT stipend will automatically receive an additional $1,000 gap award for a total award amount of $3,000. Students who are eligible for the additional gap award will be notified in their award selection notice.
How do I apply for a SPRINT Award?
Complete the SPRINT application. Applications are now open until May 18 at 11:59 pm. Award notifications likely beginning by the first week of June.
Do I need to prove that I have been offered or selected for an opportunity before applying?
No, but if you are selected to receive an award, we will need some form of verification from your employer, supervisor, or faculty member before we release your award funding.
If I receive and accept a SPRINT Award for Summer 2020, will I still be eligible for a LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program award in a future summer?
Selected students will remain eligible to be considered for a LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program award in the future.
I was awarded a LINK, UTRA, or Signature Program funding, but my opportunity was canceled or cannot be carried out remotely. Can I automatically be considered for a SPRINT award? Do I need to reapply?
You will need to complete a SPRINT application for an alternate opportunity, and your SPRINT application will get preference.
Will I receive more funding if I apply with a full-time summer internship rather than a short-term experience?
No, the stipend for all SPRINT awards is $2,000.
I heard about this new BrownConnect Summer Institute (BCSI). Can I receive SPRINT funding for participating in BCSI? Participation in BCSI is currently not eligible for SPRINT funding.
Will there be open hours for questions?
Yes. BrownConnect will be hosting open hours via Zoom every Wednesday and Friday. Please check the events calendar on the CareerLAB homepage for further details.
Who can I contact with other questions about SPRINT Awards?
Any questions can be sent to the BrownConnect team at [email protected].
I really need help finding an opportunity this summer. Can I talk to someone?
CareerLAB counselors are available to meet via Zoom or phone. You can reserve time directly with a career counselor in Handshake. If you visit Handshake and can’t find a time that works for you, please email [email protected] and we will work to schedule a meeting with you.