The StepForwardScholarshipFund (SFSF) Internship Stipend Program is designed to encourage and support outstanding students who are interested in pursuing internships while pursuing their degree. Students can apply for a stipend of up to $4,000 to help alleviate any financial barriers that are preventing them from pursuing an internship. Monies earned from the internship will be deducted from the stipend. To apply for the stipend, students must meet the following criteria:
• Be a Governors Club employee or dependent • Have received an SFSF scholarship in the past • Be a full-time student or a recent graduate • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better • Be a rising 3rd, 4th, or graduate student • Have a declared major and have completed course work in that major • Secured the internship at the time of application • Receive supervision by someone at the internship site (The internship supervisor cannot be a family member.)
How to Start the Application Process?
To be eligible and considered for an SFSF Internship Stipend, the following materials must be submitted to the SFSF Scholarship Committee at 4GCStepforward@gmail.com. 1. The signed application form 2. A 1 to 2 page essay attached to the application outlining: a. Why this internship is essential to your professional development goals b. How this stipend will support your pursuit of them c. Why you have chosen the internship site 3. Current college transcript 4. Supervisor confirmation of your internship acceptance and a statement indicating wages you will earn from the internship, if any.
Click here to download the Internship Stipend Application Form.
The Scholarship Committee and you will determine the most beneficial way for you to receive your stipend. A portion of the award will be withheld and be paid to you upon the submission of your final report. The SFSF Treasurer will issue you a IRS 1099 form by year end, as the stipend is considered taxable income.
To help you better prepare your essay, please consider the following:
Relevance to Major/Career: The SFSF Scholarship Committee is looking for internships that align with academic and career goals.
Depth of Proposed Experience and Goal Setting: Whether the internship is meant as a deeper pursuit of already decided goals or as an exploratory experience to help you narrow down your interests and goals, you should provide a thoughtful reflection of why you chose this particular internship experience.
Anticipated Experiences: The SFSF committee is looking for clear descriptions of probable tasks and projects you will be working on under supervision. We recognize actual projects are likely to change slightly as you work through your internship.
After Your Internship is Over
Complete a final report promptly at the conclusion of your internship that briefly describes your accomplishments and the impact of the internship on your personal and professional development. Include confirmation by your supervisor of any wages paid to you.
Failure to submit a Final Report will result in a hold on your final stipend payment.
You should submit your Final Report to the SFSF Scholarship Committee at 4GCStepForward@gmail.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Zaremba at email@example.com. Dr. Zaremba is the current Chair of the SFSF Scholarship Committee.