Internship Support Fund

Real-world experiences are the hallmark of a Penn College education. Whether that’s hands-on training in world-class labs or internships in your field of study, we’re all-in. That’s why we launched this career-boosting fund-designed to help cover expenses

Internship Support Fund

Opening doors to hands-on experiences

With an internship, you can become field-tested before you even graduate. We're here to minimize barriers so you can enjoy great internship experiences with less financial stress.

Apply for internship funding


Funding can be used to pay for a deposit on rental housing, the first month's rent, or other housing-related expenses.


Alternatively, funding can be used to pay for a plane ticket to your internship location, for commuting expenses, or other transportation-related expenses.

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We'll help you explore your anticipated expenses and offer funding for your most pressing needs.

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Total dollars awarded in 2022/2023

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Students awards since 2022

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Make your move

How to Apply

We want you to get this funding just as much as you do. Here's how to make that happen.

Start your application


Complete the Application

Apply via our online application


Meet with Us

To get to know you and better understand your needs and career goals, finalists will be invited to meet with members of our team for a brief virtual interview.


Get Funded!

We will extend a funding offer to the most qualified finalists to subsidize agreed-upon expenses.

We review each application holistically—balancing demonstrated need, academic merit, past involvement and experience, adversities overcome, and the connection between the internship and the applicant’s career goals.

To stand out, write your application thoughtfully, tell your story honestly, and be sure to connect your internship with your career goals.

While we can’t fund your entire internship, we do want to help you reduce “barrier expenses.” These include the first expenses you might incur, such as the deposit on a housing rental, transportation to your internship location, your first month’s rent, or commuting expenses. We will work with finalists individually to determine the best direction for their funding.

We will provide each applicant with communications and next step instructions within ten business days of their application submission.

Applicants must:

  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed at least two semesters at Penn College before their internship begins
  • Be pursuing a major-related work-based experience, credit-based internship, or clinical experience that includes a minimum of 120 hours.

Finalists who receive a funding offer must inform the Center for Career Design team if they accept a different internship offer. Funding offers are contingent upon the internship you apply to fund. We cannot guarantee your funding offer will remain if you switch internships.

Let’s get you funded.

The Center for Career Design exists to connect Wildcats with transformative professional experiences. Our team evaluates funding applications and works with qualified applicants to minimize barriers to professional experiences.

Learn More About the Center

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Student Experience

"Thank you to everyone for trusting in me and allowing me to push myself to my limits. I cannot wait to be on the other side and be able to make the difference for others as many have made for me."

Lizeth Reyes-Becerra

Meet the makers

Paying it forward
The Funders

Paying it forward

To expand access to professional experiences for Penn College students, Keith and Jennifer Kuzio and their family established the first endowed internship fund at the institution. “We both had great internship experiences during our college years, and we also saw the significant impact that internships had on the degree choices and career paths of our three children,” the Kuzios said. “The aim of this fund is to ‘pay it forward’ by helping Penn College students make the most of college internships that are available out there.”

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Interested in contributing to the fund?

With your support, we can connect more students with transformative internship experiences. Contact College Relations to make your gift today. 


College Relations

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