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. CRITERIA FOR AN EXPERIENCE TO BE DEFINED AS AN INTERNSHIP: A learning experience with a real-world opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform. Learned skills and knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings. A defined beginning and end that is mutually agreed upon and consistent with institutional sponsor guidelines and schedules. A position description with clear responsibilities and required/detailed qualifications. Clearly defined learning objectives/goals supportive of the student’s academic program goals and institutional requirements. Direct supervision by a professional(s) with relevant expertise and educational and/or professional experience who provides productive feedback, guidance, and the resources and equipment necessary to successfully complete the assignment. 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. 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. 2 b. If no, please list those you have applied to and where you are in the recruiting process (ex. 1st round interview, waiting for offer, etc.). **Please note that you MUST have secured an internship and submitted the verification letter by April 30th, 2024.**
  4. 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.
  5. 4. Please upload a copy of the internship job description or position vacancy listing.
  6. 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, 2024.
  7. 6. How will this award money enable you to participate in this internship opportunity?(INCLUDE: statement regarding need vs. amount requested)
  8. 7. Have you had any life or family challenges that you feel should be taken into consideration when reviewing your application?
  9. 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)
  10. 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)?
  11. 9 b. If you answered "Yes' to the question above, what is the fee?
  12. 10. How much money are you requesting (amount between $1,000 and $5,000)?
  13. 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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