CALS Internship Fund

CALS wishes to support valuable CALS undergraduate student experiences outside of the classroom. Awards up to $5,000 are given to support students in unpaid or underpaid internships.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CALS participating in unpaid or underpaid internships.

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CALS Internships, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Welcome to the CALS Internship Fund Application! CALS is very interested in supporting valuable student experiences outside of the classroom.

    This application is intended for students who are participating in unpaid or underpaid internships. To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met. Please review the definition prior to applying.

    • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
    • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
    • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
    • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
    • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
    • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

    For consideration, your application questions must be completed and all documents must be uploaded and submitted by the time the application closes on Tuesday, April 30th, at 11:59 pm.
    1. I understand that accepting an award through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) may result in a revision of my financial aid offer:
  2. 2 a. Have you formally secured and accepted an internship offer?
  3. 3. Internship Information
    • A. Company/Organization Name
    • B. Location (City, State)
    • C. Country
    • D. Start Date
    • E. End Date
    • F. Duration of internship (# of weeks)
    • G. Hours per week worked
    • H. Pay per hour. If unpaid, mark 0.
  4. 4. Please upload a copy of the internship job description or position vacancy listing.
  5. 5. Request a letter of verification (or "offer letter") from the internship employer stating that you have secured this internship. The letter should include the beginning and end dates of the internship, the number of hours a week, and pay or stipend information. Often this letter is provided to you when an employer offers you the internship - it may be in email form. Please upload the letter of verification as soon as you have it. The letter of verification must be uploaded no later than April 30, 2023.
  6. 6. How will this award money enable you to participate in this internship opportunity?(INCLUDE: statement regarding need vs. amount requested)
  7. 7. Have you had any life or family challenges that you feel should be taken into consideration when reviewing your application?
  8. 8. Why are you pursuing this internship opportunity? What do you hope to learn/get out of the experience? (hint: relate to your career and/or personal goals, if applicable)
  9. 9 a. Is there a program fee associated with this internship? (i.e. Do you have to pay the organization to participate in the internship)?
  10. 9 b. If you answered "Yes' to the question above, what is the fee?
  11. 10. How much money are you requesting (amount between $1,000 and $5,000)?
  12. 11. List any additional funding sources you are applying to in order to fund this internship experience, the amount(s) you've requested, and the date(s) you'll find out whether you've received this funding within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Failure to disclose may affect the consideration of your application.
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