Frequently Asked Questions

The application must include a completed application form, a 500-650 word internship proposal, your resume, and a list of 2-3 references (one of whom must be a faculty member at PLU).


Your internship proposal must address each of the following:

  1. An overview of the organization where you will be interning.
  2. A description of what your specific responsibilities/projects will be as an intern.
  3. A detailed description of the skills, knowledge, and experience you hope to develop/gain from this internship experience.
  4. How this internship will contribute to your career goals.

* Be sure that your proposal is in your own words and is not copied directly from the internship host’s program announcement or other materials. Students who submit proposals containing plagiarized material will not be considered for funding.

Your resume should serve to connect your education and experience to the resume. Your resume should be no longer than one page. If you would like assistance with your resume, please schedule an appointment with a career advisor via the Opportunities Board.

This highly competitive internship will be awarded to TWO students per year.

The two students selected by the selection committee will be notified by May 22, 2021, and the recipient must notify the Assistant Director of Career & Experiential Learning of acceptance by 5:00 PM on May 28, 2021, via email to

Yes. Every recipient of funding is required to submit a final report to the Assistant Director of Career & Experiential Learning no later than 5:00 PM on September 17, 2021.

  1. Provide a brief description of the organization. Include information regarding its history, mission, organizational structure, culture, or other information relevant to provide a full picture of your internship site.
  1. Report on your tasks – what did you experience while there? Walk the reader through a particular day, discuss the way your role developed throughout your time there, and/or your most significant contribution to the site.
  1. Explain your learning objectives when starting the internship. Did you achieve them? If so, how? Address any areas you are still working on.
  1. Reflect on how the internship has clarified your professional goals. What are your plans moving forward (with the organization and/or your future academic and professional pursuits)?

Each Intern will receive their award in three disbursements: $2000.00 on the internship start date, $1000.00 mid-way through the internship, and the final installment of $1000.00 will be disbursed upon submission of your final report.

Yes. PLU will promote internship recipients in press releases, print brochures, video clips and at events.

The first step is to figure out what kind of career you might like to explore this summer; this will help narrow your focus in searching for internships. A good starting place is to talk with one of the career advisors in the Alumni & Student Connections office. You can also meet with the Assistant Director of Career & Experiential Learning to discuss your interests. Faculty, friends, parents and family members and other personal contacts can help as well.

Visit a PLU Career Fair!

Start your search on the Opportunities Board. Look at internships posted by employers who want to hire PLU students.

Other excellent online resources:

A great online exploration resource can be found at

Intern Match— One of the largest free internship listing sites; focuses on positions with startup companies, non-profits, and other difficult-to-find opportunities.— The world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. Recognized by Forbes as a Top 10 Careers Website, provides a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities. Also check out on Twitter

Campus Career Center— A gateway to employment for students, new graduates and alumni. Candidates can actively seek employment by applying to current job/internship openings, research employers nationwide and compare various career options within their fields of interest. Employers have the opportunity to reach candidates through direct email, job postings and branding campaigns locally, regionally or nationally.

Intern Jobs— A national database of internships for students and recent graduates. You can search jobs and post resumes to their website.— Internships (and jobs) with non-profit organizations, volunteer opportunities with community agencies; these are available domestically and in over 160 other countries. Search with keyword “internship”.

Undergraduate Science Internships— Internship and Fellowship Opportunities in Science

Environmental Careers Organization (— The U.S.’s leading environmental careers development organization. ECO’s mission is to protect and enhance the environment through the development of diverse leaders, the promotion of careers, and the inspiration of individual action. ECO accomplishes this through internships, career advice, career products, research and consulting. Search with keyword “internship”.

Federal Government Internships— Searchable database of U.S. government internships and student jobs.

InternshipFinder— Click “Internship Job Board” to search for internships by type and location in a large database.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)— From the National Science Foundation, this site links to hundreds of research opportunities.— Internships and jobs in Washington, DC.

Think Tanks— List of think tanks all over the world; apply for internships directly on each think tank’s website.

Preference goes to rising juniors, with second consideration going to sophomores. While a student’s class year does not play a direct role, the selection committee does seriously consider the level and quality of the projects you will be performing in your internship. Juniors have generally taken advanced coursework that will enhance the learning opportunity provided by an internship. First-year students are unlikely to be awarded a Science, Technology & Society Internship.

No, the Science, Technology & Society Internship is only for unpaid internships.

No, the Internship is open to all majors but preference is given to equally qualified NSCI students.

Students planning to graduate by January of next year are not eligible to apply because of the requirement to attend the Rachel Carson Lecture in Spring 2021 Semester so that they can share their experiences with other students.

To receive academic credit, in addition to the completing the internship application, you will need to have a faculty sponsor to oversee your internship to insure that certain learning objectives are met. Many PLU faculty sponsor academic internships. If you have difficulty finding a faculty member who will sponsor your internship for academic credit, please meet with the Director of Career & Experiential Learning or email

A GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Evidence of good academic performance is one indicator of a student who will perform well in an internship.

No. Only students who will be returning to PLU are eligible for funding.

We require a minimum of 8 weeks and a minimum of 8 hours at your internship each week.

Although some internships offer housing, most do not. Be sure that you can find a place to live before you apply. Many students choose to live with family or friends during the summer. Many college campuses open up their residence halls to summer interns for reasonable rates. Be certain you have thought this through carefully when selecting your internship.

Yes, funds are available to full-time international PLU students. However, there may be additional INS requirements. You should contact the International Student Services Office to discuss your eligibility BEFORE applying.

Yes, as permanent residents, undocumented students are eligible to apply and receive funding through the Long Internship Fund.

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