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About the Fund & Spring 2014 Timeline l Student Eligibility l Internship Eligibility l Spring 2014 Application l Selection Process l Basis for Disqualification l Financial Aid & Tax Considerations l Post-Internship Expectations l Information Sessions l Information for Donors l Questions? l Summer 2013 Recipients
Updated November 5, 2013
The GW Career Services Council established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.
Made possible through the generous support of alumni and parents, this highly competitive program provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns. Please refer to the Internship Eligibility section for more details.
The Career Services Council believes the financial support provided by the fund will make a significant difference in the lives of GW students, just as the students will make a significant difference in the world and through their work with the organizations at which they intern.
For more information, please read the following Frequently Asked Questions below or contact email@example.com. If you would like to support the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund with a financial contribution, please refer to the Information for Donors section.
Spring 2014 Application, Evaluation, & Notification Timeline
- October 28, 2013, 6-7pm, Marvin Center 538: KACIF Info Session
- October 29, 2013, 12noon-1pm, Marvin Center 538: KACIF Info Session
- November 1, 2013, 8:00am: Application process opens for students
- November 6, 2013, 12noon-1pm: Virtual KACIF Info Session
- November 12, 2013, 8:00am: Application process closes
- November 13-December 17, 2013: Application evaluation process
- December 18, 2013: Decisions sent to all applicants
- Are all majors/degree programs eligible?
Yes, undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time or part-time in any degree program at the George Washington University are eligible.
- Are there GPA requirements?
All applicants should be in good academic standing and the award is contingent upon the student maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduate students, through the end of the internship period. If a Spring 2014 grant recipient's cumulative GPA falls below the eligibility criteria after Fall 2013 grades are posted, their grant will be subject to review.
- Do I need to be in good disciplinary standing with the university to be considered?
Yes. The selection process will involve a review of academic and disciplinary conduct records maintained by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
- Are graduating students eligible?
As long as the student completes the required 160 hours of the internship prior to graduation. For summer applicants, those students who are in the final semester of their academic program in the preceding spring semester would not be eligible for the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund award for the summer after graduation.
- Are International students (F1/J1) student allowed to apply?
Yes, however, please consult the information on how the award would affect your taxes in the section on tax implications below.
- How do you define “necessarily unpaid”?
An internship is necessarily unpaid if the organization faces a genuine lack of resources (financial) to pay the intern a stipend, salary, or wage. Incidental support such as a minimal stipend for housing, transportation, and/or meals does not disqualify an internship from being considered necessarily unpaid.
- What kinds of organizations fall under the eligibility requirements?
Generally, internships at most organizations where financial resources are at a premium are eligible, particularly non-profit, governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, students pursuing opportunities at boutique, for-profit, and/or entrepreneurially-oriented organizations such as media and political consulting firms, and technology startups may also be considered if there is justification for why the internship is unpaid. Internships that are unpaid at for-profit organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies and media conglomerates, for example, will not be considered for funding through the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund, as these internships should be paid, regardless of the general practices of these organizations.
- Would I be able to apply the grant towards a current internship or one that I've completed?
To be eligible for support through the Spring 2014 Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund applicants must demonstrate that they will work a minimum of 160 hours at the internship during the Spring 2014 semester. Grants from the Fund cannot be applied retroactively to internship hours completed prior to the start of the Spring 2014 semester, or for the summer or fall of 2014, however, an internship that started prior to the spring or that extends into summer or fall of 2014 may be eligible if 160 hours of it are completed during the Spring 2014 semester.
- Do I need a confirmed internship offer to apply?
Yes, a letter of confirmation or signed contract from the internship sponsor or supervisor is a required component of the application. This letter must be on the organization’s letterhead or the contract must be signed, written in English, and include the organization’s contact information, confirmation that the internship has been offered and accepted, the start/end dates of the internship, the total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid.
- Are internships that take place abroad eligible?
Yes, as long as the internship meets the eligibility stipulations outlined above, international internships are eligible for support through the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund. At the same time, please make your travel known to the Office for Study Abroad and consult the GW International Travel Approval Policy and fill out and submit all required forms, including those for insurance coverage for your internship-related travel.
- I have more than one necessarily unpaid internship. Can I apply for funding for multiple internships that are necessarily unpaid?
We encourage students to pursue the most meaningful experiences for themselves, and to that end expect students to spend a minimum of 160 hours working at a single internship that qualifies for funding from the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund. You may apply to use the funding to support multiple internships that meet the eligible criteria, but only one award will be made, regardless of the number of qualifying internships that will be completed.
- How do I apply?
- Students may apply in GWork (Job ID #787534). Only applications submitted using the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund online application in GWork (http://gwork.gwu.edu or the appropriate school-based GWork entry portal) will be accepted. If you do not have a GWork profile, please send a request to gain access with your name, GW school, and GWID number to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have further questions, please consult us at email@example.com.
- Applicants must upload all of the following application documents as part of their application. The application form and instructions are listed as attachments in the Job #787534 posting in GWork. Once completed the application form must be uploaded in Word (the system will convert it to PDF) - all other attachments must be uploaded in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund Application Form - includes detailed budget template and personal statement essay questions.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
- Unofficial GW transcript. If the student is unable to provide an unofficial transcript (e.g., first semester at GW), the Office of the Registrar can provide a "letter of no transcript" that will suffice to show that the student is a current GW student in good standing.
- Internship Verification & Description Letter or Signed Contract. The content of the document must meet the following requirements:
- The letter or contract should be in English.
- It should be on the organization’s letterhead or a signed contract.
- The organization’s contact information should be on the letter or contract.
- The letter or contract must verify that the internship has been offered and accepted, and include the start/end dates of the internship, total number of hours to be worked, and that it is unpaid.
IMPORTANT—PLEASE READ: By completing and submitting the above-noted items you are acknowledging that the information is truthful and accurate; furthermore, you are giving permission for GW to use this information (including the required post-internship reflection essay), in full or part, to publicize the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund to future applicants, to steward current donors to the Fund, and/or to cultivate potential donors to the Fund – and to be available to support such activities as requested.
The timeline to submit applications for Spring 2014 is between Friday, November 1, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. Because of the high volume of applications expected, no late or incomplete submissions will be accepted.
For more information, participate in the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund online information session on November 6. You may also send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What are the selection criteria for awarding internship grants?
Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, however, the general criteria (in no particular order) against which applications will be evaluated are: the student's financial need, demonstration of the internship’s connection to career and academic goals, quality of internship, and how the funds will be used.
- Who will be selecting the candidates?
A committee consisting of members of the Career Services Council will review and select the award recipients.
- When will the award recipients be notified?
All applicants will be notified of their status on December 18, 2013 via the e-mail contact information provided on the application.
The following criteria may serve as a basis of disqualification for receiving a Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund award:
- Submission of material after the deadline, even if to complete an application submitted prior to the deadline.
- Inaccurate representation of internship information.
- Transferring or dropping from the GW degree program in which the student is enrolled before, during, and after the internship supported by the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund award.
- University Honor Code or academic or disciplinary conduct violations.
- Virtual/independent and unsupervised internships will not be considered.
- Host organizations cannot be owned or run by a member of the intern’s immediate family.
- Non-completion of internship requirements.
- Non-follow up on post-internship commitments (see post-internship expectations below).
- How will this affect my financial aid package?
These awards will be considered as merit awards and could affect any need-based aid that students may be offered for the academic year. Students are responsible for consulting with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to estimate the impact, if any, of a Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund award on their financial aid package.
- Are there tax implications?
The award will be treated as taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes and GW will issue a Form 1099-Misc to US citizens and permanent residents and a corresponding copy to the IRS. Students should consult their parents or a tax advisor for federal and state income tax filing questions. For more information on tax-related issues, please visit the GW Tax Department.
International Students: Depending on the individual circumstances for the international student award recipient, GW will be required to issue either a Form 1099-Misc or Form 1042-S. Payments to international students may be subject to 30% direct tax withholding. International students should contact Jake Green in the Tax Department at email@example.com to determine their circumstances. Specifically mention the “Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund” in your email message.
- May I apply to other GW fellowship grants or other sources or other sources of financial support for my internship?
The Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund can be held concurrently with any other GW merit awards, although these awards/sources should be included in the budget section of the application.
- Will the grant be given up-front or post-completion?
If selected for an award, the student will receive a check shortly after the award is confirmed.
- Completion of a brief essay to reflect on the internship's impact on academic and career goals.
- Submission of an internship evaluation letter from the internship sponsor/supervisor (written in English).
- Availability for activities (thank you letters, information sessions, donor-recognition events, etc.), as requested, to promote the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund to future applicants, to steward current donors to the Fund, and/or to cultivate potential donors to the Fund, to include use of the content – in full or part - from the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund application materials and/or the post-internship reflection essay.
During these information sessions Career Services Council members and other career services professionals will provide an overview of the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund and Spring 2014 application process and will be available to answer questions. If you would like to obtain more information apart from the information sessions, please send any questions about the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund and application process to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 28 l 6-7pm l Marvin Center 301 l RSVP in the GWork Information Sessions calendar
Tuesday, October 29 l 12noon-1pm l Marvin Center 301 l RSVP in the GWork Information Sessions calendar
For reference, feel free to review the transcripts from last year's online info sessions:
- Click here for a transcript from the Friday, April 5, 12-1pm EDT Online Info Session
- Click here for a transcript from the Monday, April 8, 5-6pm EDT Online Info Session
The Career Services Council is grateful to parents, alumni, and other donors who have made this Fund possible with their generous donations. We welcome additional contributions from alumni, parents, students, and friends. To make a donation online please visit: www.gwu.edu/give2gw and write "Knowledge in Action Internship Fund” in the "Other" category under "Purpose of Gift."
If you have further questions about the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund and the application process, please contact us at email@example.com.
For the pilot round of the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund application and grant award process, the Council had received applications from more than 170 GW students. After an extensive evaluation process consisting of three rounds of reviews by career services professionals across the university, the Council awarded a total of $50,000 to the following exceptional GW students who represent more than 20 majors and fields. These exceptional students are interning during the summer of 2013 and beyond at a wide variety of non-profit, governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations in the Washington, DC area, throughout the United States, and across the globe. Congratulations to all of them on their internships and their KACIF awards!
· Jessica Abrams, an undergraduate student in psychology, interning at the Mayo Clinic
· Brady Baldwin, an undergraduate student in economics, interning at the Legal Aid Society
· Tyler Bysshe, a graduate student in health policy, interning at the National Association of Community Health Centers
· Matthew Caldis, a graduate student in medicine, interning at the Men's Health Network
· Molly Clarke, an undergraduate student in public health, interning at the Rwandan Village Concept Project
· Laura D'Elia, a graduate student in law, interning at the Immigrant Refugee Appellant Center
· Stephanie Demetry, an undergraduate student in criminal justice and German, interning at The Nature Conservancy
· Jamie Fanous, an undergraduate student in geography and environmental studies, interning at the International Fund for Agricultural Development
· Merissa Garvey, a graduate student in medicine, interning at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
· Hannah Gisness, an undergraduate student in public health and speech and hearing, interning at the Rwandan Village Concept Project
· Alexander Immekus, an undergraduate student in history, interning at the District of Columbia Public Schools
· Avery Jaffe, an undergraduate student in media and public affairs, interning at the Ready for Hillary Political Action Committee
· Billie Katz, an undergraduate student in psychology, interning at Kids in Crisis
· Ann Kennelly, a graduate student in medicine, interning at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
· Brian Kraft, a graduate student in Asian studies, interning at the US Embassy in Jakarta
· Angela Kraszewski, a graduate student in global health, interning at the Uganda Village Project
· Yun Liu, a graduate student in international education, interning at the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
· Joseph Martin, a graduate student in Middle Eastern studies, interning at the Syrian Emergency Task Force
· Sarah MacDowell, a graduate student in medicine, interning at the Sabin Vaccine Institute
· Rachel Matusewicz, an undergraduate student in history, political science, and theater, interning at NYC Internships by Merit Theater and Film Group
· Alissa Medley, a graduate student in business, interning at Cord Cambodia
· Michelle Murphy, a graduate student in international affairs, interning at the Child Wellness Fund
· Vineeth Vasudeva Murthy, a graduate student in international economic affairs, interning at the World Bank Group
· David Naam, an undergraduate student in security policy and political science, interning at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation
· Ben Nelson, a graduate student in international affairs, interning at the US Department of State
· Sarah Pierson, an undergraduate student in international affairs and history, interning at the City of Philadelphia
· Emily Plomgren, a graduate student in law, interning at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
· Tajma Rahimic, a graduate student in law, interning at PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association
· Winston Roberts, an undergraduate student in political science and criminal justice, interning at the US Customs and Border Protection Agency
· Alicia Rose, an undergraduate student in international affairs and Japanese, interning at the US Embassy in Tokyo
· Michael Shu, a graduate student in medicine, interning at the Children's National Medical Center
· Zoe Silverman, an undergraduate student in anthropology, interning at Tusk USA
· Avani Singh, an undergraduate student in international development, interning at the US Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome
· Alba Topulli, a graduate student in international and economic development, interning at Mercy Corps
· Whitney Wieland, a graduate student in law, interning at American Rivers
· William Winfrey, a graduate student in public health, interning at the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
· Richard Woodhull, a graduate student in business and finance, interning at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Read the GW Today feature on Summer 2013 KACIF Recipients: Students Awarded Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund Grants