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THE LONG SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY ENDOWED INTERNSHIP FUND

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for this Internship funding?

The application form can be found online at https://www.plu.edu/career/long-internship/

The application must include a completed application form, a 400-500 word internship proposal, your resume, and a list of 2-3 references (one of whom must be a faculty member at PLU).

APPLICATIONS (INCLUDING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00 PM ON MAY 4, 2018. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

What information is required in the 400-500 word proposal?

Your internship proposal must address each of the following:

  1. An overview of the organization that you will be working with and what your specific responsibilities/projects will be as an intern. Please use your own words or cite the source.
  2. A detailed description of the skills, knowledge, and experience you hope to develop/gain from this internship experience.
  3. 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. Student proposals that are plagiarized will not be considered for funding.

How long should my resume be?

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 contact Career Connections at 253-535-7459 and make an appointment to meet with one of our career counselors.

How many students will be awarded a Long Science, Technology & Society Internship each year?

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

When will I be notified if I am selected to be a Long Science, Technology & Society Intern?

The three students selected by the selection committee will be notified by May 11, 2018, and the recipient must notify the Assistant Director of Career & Internship Development of acceptance by 5:00 PM on May 15, 2018, via email to rinehadm@plu.edu.

Will I be required to submit a written report at the end of my internship?

Yes. Every recipient of funding is required to submit a final report to the Assistant Director of Career and Internship Development no later than 5:00 PM on September 18, 2018.

What content should my report include?

  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)?

When will I receive the money if I am selected?

Each Intern will receive their award in three disbursements: $1000.00 on the internship start date, $500.00 mid-way through the internship, and the final installment of $500.00 will be disbursed upon submission of your final report.

Will the University publicize information about my selection?

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

Where can I look for internships?

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 counselors in the Career Connections office. You can also meet with the Assistant Director of Career & Internship Development 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 Career Connections 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 http://www.mynextmove.org/.

Intern Match— One of the largest free internship listing sites; focuses on positions with startup companies, non-profits, and other difficult-to-find opportunities.

Internships.com— 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, Internships.com 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 Internships.com 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.

Idealist.org— 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 (Eco.org)— 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.

Jobwonk.com— 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.

I am a freshman/sophomore. Am I eligible for the Long Science, Technology & Society Internship?

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.

Can I receive funding for a paid internship?

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

Do I have to be a certain major to receive a Long Science, Technology & Society Internship?

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

I am a senior. Am I eligible for the Long Science, Technology & Society Internship?

Students planning to graduate by January of next year are not eligible to apply because of the requirement to participate on a student panel in Spring 2019 Semester so that they can share their experiences with other students.

Does my internship have to be done for academic credit?

No. Academic internships can provide a higher-level experience, but there is no requirement for academic credit to receive funding.

How do I receive academic credit for my summer internship?

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 contact the Director of Career & Internship Development in the Career Connections office for guidance.

What is the minimum GPA required to be eligible for a Long Internship?

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.

I will be transferring to another school at the end of the summer. Am I eligible for a Long Internship?

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

Do I have to be in good academic standing to receive funding?

Yes.

How long should my internship last?

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

What should I do about housing during my internship?

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.

Can international students apply for an 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.

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

Other questions?

Contact Dawn Rinehart, Assistant Director of Career & Internship Development, at rinehadm@plu.edu.

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