BrownConnect LINK Award Program– Linking Internships and Knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED:
LINK Round 2 applications are now due: Monday, May 3rd at 8am!

Due to COVID-19, we recognize that many organizations were late in starting their recruitment process for Summer 2021.  Therefore, we are launching a second LINK award to support students who may have an unpaid or low-paid summer internship or non-Brown research opportunity.

Program Overview
Summer Funding Structure
Eligible Candidates

Eligible Research and Opportunities 
Ineligible Internships

Program Criteria

How to Apply

Selection Process

FAQS




PROGRAM OVERVIEW

These awards will provide summer funding for unpaid or low-paid ($1500 or less) summer internship or non-Brown research opportunities that must be with one of the following:    

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit including non-profit Universities
  • Government entity including public Universities
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)
  •  Arts and entertainment organization/apprenticeship
  •  Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity

The goal of all opportunities is to enable students to:
      1. develop mentoring relationships;
      2. gain and apply new skills, and deepen existing ones;
      3. contribute to positive outcomes at Brown (by shaping a course) and in the broader community;
      4. engage in career exploration.
  

The Brown SPRINT 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 BrownConnect in the Center for Careers and Life After Brown.

 



SUMMER FUNDING STRUCTURE

Base Stipend for all students
$2,000

Gap Award for aided students with Parent Contribution/Responsibility of $15,001 and above

+$2,000 (total $4,000)

Gap Award for aided students with Parent Contributions/Responsibility of $15,000 and below

+$3,000 (total $5,000)
Summer Earnings Waiver Available to eligible students with University Scholarship funding once in their time at Brown

Explanation of Gap Award
During the summer of 2020, the College launched SPRINT awards in response to the global pandemic, with a base stipend of $2,000 and supplemental Gap Awards for students with high demonstrated financial need. Based on student feedback, we have extended this model to all summer opportunities. This funding structure better aligns with the University’s goal of supporting all students with a focus on maximizing the support provided to our aided students, particularly students with the highest demonstrated financial need.

A student’s level of need is based on the calculated Parent Contribution, also referred to as Parent Responsibility, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The Parent Responsibility can be found in the Financial Aid Eligibility statement in Banner Self-Service (for the aid year prior to the summer experience). For additional information on the calculation that is used to determine Parent, Student, and overall Family Responsibility, see the Office of Financial Aid’s website. Students are not able to appeal the Parent Responsibility in order to increase their Gap Award funding.

Aided students with an Parent Contribution/Responsibility of $15,000 or less (in the academic year prior to the summer experience) will receive a Summer Gap Award of $3,000 in addition to the base stipend of $2,000, for a total award amount of $5,000.

Aided students with an Parent Contribution/Responsibility above $15,000 (in the academic year prior to the summer experience) will receive a Gap Award of $2,000 in addition to the base stipend of $2,000 for a total award amount of $4,000.  

Unaided students will not be eligible for a Gap Award in addition to the $2,000 base summer stipend.  

Students on financial aid with a summer earnings expectation are eligible to receive one Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW awardduring their time as an undergraduate at Brown. Students with internship opportunities eligible for a SPRINT LINK award are automatically considered for the Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW), and do not need to do anything to apply for a SEW. If selected for a SPRINT LINK award, the SEW will be automatically posted on a student’s financial aid package at the beginning of the fall and spring terms immediately following their summer internship. SEWs apply to a student's financial aid package in the fall and spring semesters following their internship; therefore, students need to be eligible for Financial Aid from Brown in the fall and spring to receive the SEW. SEWs are not transferrable to any academic year, and are only for the one immediately following their LINK funded internship. If students take a leave of absence in the academic year following their SPRINT LINK funded internship, their SEW will likely be impacted.

Students can only receive a SEW once during their time at Brown (if a student receives more than one BrownConnect supported award during their time at Brown, the SEW will accompany the award the student receives first).

 



ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Rising juniors, and seniors, who are returning to Brown in September 2021, are eligible to apply. Students studying abroad Spring 2021 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown. Graduating seniors (May '21) are not eligible. International students are eligible to apply, but may be subjected to tax withdrawals if their nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the US—please see the Brown payroll office with questions about this.

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

  • You are an active Brown undergraduate rising junior, or senior
  • Priority will be given to students on Brown University Financial Aid, particularly our higest and high need students
  • You have applied for or secured an unpaid summer internship or one that pays $1,500 or less at a 501(c)(3) non profit including non-profit Universities; Government entity including public University; Non-governmental (NGO); arts and entertainment organization/apprenticeship; Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity.
  • You are not currently on leave from Brown, and have an active, registered status.
  • You are returning to study at Brown in the fall term following the proposed internships (Students studying abroad Fall 2021 are eligible to apply, but must maintain an active, registered status at Brown).
  • You have not already received a LINK award or participated in a BrownConnect funded Signature Program. 
  • You have not received other funding for the proposed internship (except payment of $1500 or less). 
  • You may not receive more than one source of funding from a Brown University department or entity for the proposed internship or for more than one full-time endeavor for the summer.
  • Please note that BrownConnect may conduct an inquiry into the student conduct status of students who apply for an award to determine university standing status.


ELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS and RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Definition According to NACE: Defined by NACE, “an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.”

  • Unpaid or low-paying internship ($1,500 or less including stipend and/or housing, transportation, etc) at a 501(c)(3) non profit including non-profit Universities; Government entity including public University; Non-governmental (NGO); arts and entertainment organization/apprenticeship; Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity.
  • Research opportunity with a non-Brown Professor
  • Internship/Research site: SPRINT will adhere to Brown’s COVID-19 Travel Policies and High-Risk and Restricted Travel Policies. To receive funding, eligible students must register international travel plans in TravelSafe [Sponsoring Department: Center for Careers and Life After Brown; Purpose of Travel: Internship]. Any undergraduate proposing travel to a High-Risk Travel destination must first complete a Safety Plan via TravelSafe and obtain approval from the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee (ITRAC) before making travel arrangements. No undergraduate will be permitted to travel to a Restricted Travel destination.
  • Offered during the summer and completed by September 6th, 2021
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization who agrees to guidelines. 
  • The opportunity is required to have a supervisor who will provide regular supervision and mentorship throughout the summer. The supervisor must have a permanent connection to the organization, such as a permanent employee of the organization or a board member that is regularly present at the organization. The supervisor cannot be another student. 
  • A member of the applicant’s family cannot run or have a substantial management interest in the host organization nor serve as the applicant’s supervisor directly or indirectly.
  • If you’ve previously worked at the same site for which you are currently applying for funding, you must clearly explain how the responsibilities of this new internship position are significantly different from your previous position. Funding will not be granted for an internship that you have already done.


INELIGIBLE INTERNSHIPS

Definition According to NACE: Defined by NACE, “an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.”

  • General summer camp counselors are not considered internship opportunities and will not be eligible for LINK funding. However, if the position demonstrates that it fits the criteria as defined by NACE and provides a robust experiential learning experience that bridges your academic goals with your professional goals, it will be considered.
  • Experiences or opportunities that qualify as primarily volunteer oriented and/or service based opportunities and/or qualify for work study funding during the academic year
  • Experiences that are project based in nature due to their affiliation with a Brown student club, organization, or class and/or experiences that are a continuation of work done with a Brown club or organization during the academic year
  • 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.)
  • LINK funding may not be used to support opportunities with political campaigns. Because Brown University is a charitable entity subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding political and campaign activities.  By law, “Organizations that are exempt from income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as organizations described in section 501(c)(3) may not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”  (Rev. Rul. 2007-41, 2007-25 I.R.B. June 18, 2007) 
  • Projects that fulfill the criteria of the Brown University UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards) Program. LINK funding may not be used for research conducted on campus with a Brown professor, faculty, or staff member - please see UTRA Awards for this type of experience
  • Internship at a Brown University department or office, or where a Brown faculty or staff member is the supervisor
  • A Brown University sponsored, funded, or affiliated research opportunity or internship, or an opportunity in a program that is supported by Brown University
  • Pre-thesis research at Brown or elsewhere without significant experiential learning component
  • Programs with fees to participate (funding cannot cover fees to study abroad or domestically, to participate in volunteer/service oriented projects, or for cultural exchange or other similar programs)
  • Pay-to-participate international or domestic internship programs coordinated through third-party vendors will not be eligible for funding (programs in which you pay a fee to complete an internship).
  • Tuition-based summer programs including those with an internship component
  • Internships provided to students through placement organizations
  • Organizations and programs with fundraising expectations or recommendations for their interns and employees
  • 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 that does not contain any professional, experiential learning component; this includes programs where the main components include observing, shadowing, and attending lectures 
  • Students may not accept a BrownConnect SPRINT LINK award if they have received funding from a non-SPRINT Award for the same internship experience, or for another full-time summer experience
  • LINK funding cannot be used to complete an internship in a location on the High-Risk Travel list without prior approval from the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee (ITRAC). No LINK funding can be used for any destination on the Restricted Travel list. Students should keep in mind that this list is constantly updated and the University may revoke funding at any time if a location presents heightened travel risks. If awarded LINK funding, students should expect to document their travel plans and complete a travel acknowledgement as part of the online registration process in TravelSafe.


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

 



HOW TO APPLY

  • Have your resume ready
  • Be prepared to answer the following short answer questions within the application: 
    • Why were you interested in this position and why is the opportunity important for you? How will this opportunity enable you to explore a new or interesting professional pathway? (1-2 paragraphs)
    • Write about the skills and knowledge that you hope to develop in this position, and how this opportunity relates to your overall learning goals and/or helps you reach your current and/or future professional, personal or academic goals. For example, how does this project utilize your current research skills? What new skills or knowledge are you hoping to acquire? (1-2 paragraphs)
    • Optional - If you are interning at an organization or an industry where you have worked previously, please explain how this particular experience would be substantially different.
  • 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
  • ALL documents must be uploaded with your application in UFUNDS.  CareerLAB will not accept application materials directly.
  • Selection committees will only review requested materials.  Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. will not be considered.
  • No extensions or exceptions
  • Applications are not considered on a rolling basis.

2021 Summer Award Amount:  The base stipend for all SPRINT Awards is $2,000. In addition, students with Brown financial aid will automatically receive an additional Gap Award ranging from $2,000-$3,000 based on their Parent Contribution/Responsibility as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, for a total of $4,000 - $5,000. 

 



SELECTION PROCESS

All applications are reviewed by SPRINT committees. Priority will be given to students on Brown University Financial Aid.  

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 increase awareness of the student's short or long term post college goals. Particular emphasis will be placed on the impact the experience will have on the student and its ability to allow them to explore a professional pathway. Students who have not had internship experiences in the past are strongly encouraged to apply.

 



FAQS

What do you define as an internship?
According to the National Associate of Colleges and Employers (NACE): “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.”  Summer opportunities must be with one of the following:   501(c)(3) nonprofit including non-profit Universities; government entity including public Universities; non-governmental organization (NGO); arts and entertainment organization/apprenticeship,or Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity. 

How selective is awards funding?
We expect to receive more applications than we will be able to fund, so an award is not guaranteed. Because the total amount of funding is limited, we will prioritize funding for students with demonstrated financial need  -- particularly students with the highest demonstrated financial need.

What do I need to apply for a SPRINT LINK?
The UFUNDS Application requests the following:

  • Resume
  • Sponsor statement form (or a PDF version of the position description if you have only applied to the position and do not have a sponsor to complete the form)
  • Short answer questions

What is the selection process for the SPRINT?
All applications are reviewed by SPRINT committees. Priority will be given to students on Brown University Financial Aid.  

Will there be open hours for questions?
Yes.  BrownConnect will be hosting open hours via Zoom.  

Who can I contact with other questions about SPRINT Awards?
Any questions can be sent to the BrownConnect team at [email protected]
Students with questions specifically about Swearer Center Signature awards can contact [email protected]

I really need help finding an internship 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.



For all inquiries, contact:

BrownConnect
[email protected] or (401) 863-3326