Internship Support Program

CSU Unpaid/Underpaid Internship Support Program


~~~We are no longer accepting applications for summer aid. If you have an internship in the Fall, you can start applying on August 1st 2022.~~


Internships are critical to gaining experience and developing the skills needed to secure a full-time job offer after graduation. Internships give students meaningful career experience provide access to professional networks, and facilitate career exploration. Career outcome data for CSU (2018) suggests that at least 66% of students complete an internship, and those students are more likely to have a job offer or acceptance to graduate school when compared to students without internship experience. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) (2017) found that the more internships a student participated in, the more likely they were to secure employment or enter graduate school within six months after graduation.

NACE (2017) also found that the introduction of internship funding for every student increases access to internship opportunities. Many students want to complete internships but are unable to do so because of financial or other barriers. The CSU Unpaid/Underpaid Internship Support Program, sponsored by the CSU Career Center and Student Success Initiatives, has two goals: Increase the number of CSU students completing internships and reduce financial barriers to completing an internship.

The CSU Unpaid/Underpaid Internship Support Program will support any CSU student interested in completing an internship through financial awards of up to $4,000. Examples of support include:

  • A student participating in an unpaid or underpaid internship
  • A student completing an internship in a high-cost location where living expenses are presenting a barrier
  • Any CSU student that is experiencing a financial barrier preventing them from completing an internship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a currently-enrolled CSU student
  • Need to have applied for or secured an internship (confirmation of internship will be required)
  • Internship must be 20 hours per week or more and at least 6 weeks in length

Selection Criteria:

  • Recipients of award money will be selected based on a variety of factors, including strength of their overall application, quality academic progress, quality of the internship experience (if applicable), and financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students completing their first internships, unpaid or underpaid internships, or those who would not be able to participate in their internship without financial support. Students that are first-generation, underrepresented in their school, major, and/or industry may also be prioritized.
  • A committee, including representatives from the Career Center, will review applications and make final selections.

We are currently accepting applications for students who are starting their internships in the summer. Internships in Fall will have a separate deadline in the summer (deadline TBA).

Deadline: Sunday, April 24th, 2022

  • Awarded Notification will be on a rolling basis but no later than mid to late May

Questions Contact Alexis Gomez,

Important Note to Student:
• Be sure to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to understand any ways that additional income might impact your financial aid eligibility. For example, additional earnings increase your income to a level you are no longer eligible for a Pell grant.