Internship Stipend

Cooke College Scholars and Cooke Transfer Scholars are invited to apply for a one-time stipend of $6,000 to pursue an unpaid summer internship at a non-profit organization in 2020.

Internship Stipend Information

UPDATE– REDUCED HOUR REQUIREMENTS!

Due to the current state of affairs, the Foundation is allowing reduced internship hours for a prorated stipend amount. Here are the adjusted tiers:

Internship Hours Incoming CS Stipend CS/UT stipend
50% (160 – 239 hours) $2,000 $3,000
75% (240 – 319 hours) $3,000 $4,500
100% (320+ hours) $4,000 $6,000

 

You must denote the number of hours on your stipend application. The Foundation is unable to retroactively adjust payments once the internship has started. Please note that this is an exceptional change to our process just for summer 2020.


The application has a rolling deadline. Scholars will have two opportunities to apply for the stipend:

  • April 8 Deadline (Early Decision): Submit for April 20 early notification
  • May 13 Deadline (Regular Decision): Submit for May 27 regular notification

Applying early decision will allow you an opportunity to receive feedback, edit, and resubmit your application for consideration in the regular decision round if not initially selected.

For those interested in the Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Internship, 12Plus Internship, or the Karel Fellowship, note that the application processes and timelines are different from the Summer Internship Stipend.

APPLY HERE

Each year we receive an increased number of quality applications and the process is selective. To help you better prepare your application, please consider the following:

  • Relevance to Major/Career: We are looking for well thought out applications with internships that
    align with academic and career goals.
  • Depth of Proposed Experience and Goal Setting: Whether the internship is meant as a deeper
    pursuit of a previous similar internship or experience or as an exploratory experience to help you
    narrow down your interests and goals, you should provide a thoughtful reflection of why you chose
    that particular experience.
  • Evaluation and Evidence of Support: We are looking for clear descriptions of probable tasks and
    projects you have identified with your supervisor. Please do your best to accurately reflect what you
    will be working on for the summer; we do recognize that actual projects are likely to change slightly
    as you begin the internship and we will not penalize you for those changes.
  • Scholar Standing: You must be in good academic standing with the foundation. In addition,
    preference is given to those who have not received an internship stipend before.

Scholars are responsible for obtaining their own internships. Please visit your institution’s career center website or office for a list of internship opportunities. Keep an eye on Cooke Connect and Facebook postings for opportunities.

Tips for Securing an Internship

  • Identify why you want to do an internship
  • Explore fields of interest, careers, or organizations where you might intern
  • Consider application deadlines, compensation, length of the internship, location, and available academic credit for the program
  • Create or update your resume and cover letter, and strengthen your professional writing skills (Guide here)
  • Practice interviewing and gather references, recommendations, and transcripts

The “Steps to Finding Internships” download provides more detail for each suggestion.

 

January - May 2020
Review all web site materials and create online application account, if you intend to apply.
Start thinking about what kind of internship experience interests you. Consider your short-term goals and your career objectives and seek opportunities that provide you the experiences and responsibilities you seek.
Create or update your resume.
Use your resources to find internship opportunities. Keep in mind that companies and organizations are constantly posting new internship opportunities, so you should continue to check databases and other postings regularly.
Resources include: Your college or university’s career center, career fairs offered at your university or in your city Internship guidebooks from your library, databases, job/internship postings on online news publications, websites for companies or organizations you would like to work for.
Apply for internships.
Follow through with applications through phone calls and emails to internship contacts.
Complete an interview with internship site(s) by phone or in person; use existing resources (e.g., your career center, mentors, friends) to prepare and practice.
Select internship site and let the supervisor know that he or she will receive an email with further instructions about completing the supervisor portion of the application to meet the May 17, 2019 deadline.
February-May 13, 2020
Access and complete the internship application online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so you may submit your application at any point through May 13, 2020, when it closes. There will be two cycles of review and notification, but we will have a set number of stipends to give for each cycle. If you apply to the early decision deadline (4/8), and your application is not selected in that cycle, it will roll over into the regular decision cycle. The early decision deadline is April 8, with a April 20 notification and the regular decision deadline is May 13, with a May 27 notification. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application by May 13, 2020 for consideration.
The Foundation will send out an email confirming receipt of the online application, so be sure to include your correct email address on the application.
All applicants will be notified via email. Included in the email will be any relevant materials regarding payment and other requirements.
June 2020
Stipend payments will be mailed first week of June.
August - September 2020
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 14, 2020. Please note that these completed documents must be submitted or you may be required to repay the stipend.

Each internship stipend recipient must complete a Final Report about their internship and submit a Supervisor Completion Form. Both forms are due on September 14th, 2020. Check back late summer for the forms links.

Internship Stipend Information

Deadlines and Application Information

UPDATE– REDUCED HOUR REQUIREMENTS!

Due to the current state of affairs, the Foundation is allowing reduced internship hours for a prorated stipend amount. Here are the adjusted tiers:

Internship Hours Incoming CS Stipend CS/UT stipend
50% (160 – 239 hours) $2,000 $3,000
75% (240 – 319 hours) $3,000 $4,500
100% (320+ hours) $4,000 $6,000

 

You must denote the number of hours on your stipend application. The Foundation is unable to retroactively adjust payments once the internship has started. Please note that this is an exceptional change to our process just for summer 2020.


The application has a rolling deadline. Scholars will have two opportunities to apply for the stipend:

  • April 8 Deadline (Early Decision): Submit for April 20 early notification
  • May 13 Deadline (Regular Decision): Submit for May 27 regular notification

Applying early decision will allow you an opportunity to receive feedback, edit, and resubmit your application for consideration in the regular decision round if not initially selected.

For those interested in the Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Internship, 12Plus Internship, or the Karel Fellowship, note that the application processes and timelines are different from the Summer Internship Stipend.

APPLY HERE

Each year we receive an increased number of quality applications and the process is selective. To help you better prepare your application, please consider the following:

  • Relevance to Major/Career: We are looking for well thought out applications with internships that
    align with academic and career goals.
  • Depth of Proposed Experience and Goal Setting: Whether the internship is meant as a deeper
    pursuit of a previous similar internship or experience or as an exploratory experience to help you
    narrow down your interests and goals, you should provide a thoughtful reflection of why you chose
    that particular experience.
  • Evaluation and Evidence of Support: We are looking for clear descriptions of probable tasks and
    projects you have identified with your supervisor. Please do your best to accurately reflect what you
    will be working on for the summer; we do recognize that actual projects are likely to change slightly
    as you begin the internship and we will not penalize you for those changes.
  • Scholar Standing: You must be in good academic standing with the foundation. In addition,
    preference is given to those who have not received an internship stipend before.

How to Find an Internship

Scholars are responsible for obtaining their own internships. Please visit your institution’s career center website or office for a list of internship opportunities. Keep an eye on Cooke Connect and Facebook postings for opportunities.

Tips for Securing an Internship

  • Identify why you want to do an internship
  • Explore fields of interest, careers, or organizations where you might intern
  • Consider application deadlines, compensation, length of the internship, location, and available academic credit for the program
  • Create or update your resume and cover letter, and strengthen your professional writing skills (Guide here)
  • Practice interviewing and gather references, recommendations, and transcripts

The “Steps to Finding Internships” download provides more detail for each suggestion.

 

Timeline
January - May 2020
Review all web site materials and create online application account, if you intend to apply.
Start thinking about what kind of internship experience interests you. Consider your short-term goals and your career objectives and seek opportunities that provide you the experiences and responsibilities you seek.
Create or update your resume.
Use your resources to find internship opportunities. Keep in mind that companies and organizations are constantly posting new internship opportunities, so you should continue to check databases and other postings regularly.
Resources include: Your college or university’s career center, career fairs offered at your university or in your city Internship guidebooks from your library, databases, job/internship postings on online news publications, websites for companies or organizations you would like to work for.
Apply for internships.
Follow through with applications through phone calls and emails to internship contacts.
Complete an interview with internship site(s) by phone or in person; use existing resources (e.g., your career center, mentors, friends) to prepare and practice.
Select internship site and let the supervisor know that he or she will receive an email with further instructions about completing the supervisor portion of the application to meet the May 17, 2019 deadline.
February-May 13, 2020
Access and complete the internship application online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so you may submit your application at any point through May 13, 2020, when it closes. There will be two cycles of review and notification, but we will have a set number of stipends to give for each cycle. If you apply to the early decision deadline (4/8), and your application is not selected in that cycle, it will roll over into the regular decision cycle. The early decision deadline is April 8, with a April 20 notification and the regular decision deadline is May 13, with a May 27 notification. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application by May 13, 2020 for consideration.
The Foundation will send out an email confirming receipt of the online application, so be sure to include your correct email address on the application.
All applicants will be notified via email. Included in the email will be any relevant materials regarding payment and other requirements.
June 2020
Stipend payments will be mailed first week of June.
August - September 2020
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 14, 2020. Please note that these completed documents must be submitted or you may be required to repay the stipend.
Final Report and Supervisor Completion Form

Each internship stipend recipient must complete a Final Report about their internship and submit a Supervisor Completion Form. Both forms are due on September 14th, 2020. Check back late summer for the forms links.

Additional Internship Opportunities

Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Internship

The Cooke NCCEP Internship is located at NCCEP’s national office in Washington, DC. NCCEP supports the federal GEAR UP college access and readiness program. This is a unique and privileged opportunity to work within a national organization that advances college access through advocacy, training, and research.

APPLY TO THE NCCEP INTERNSHIP HERE!

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 27, 2020, with notification in April 2020.

Undergraduate scholars who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and are in good standing, are eligible to apply. Scholars who have already graduated or who will graduate in spring 2020 are ineligible.

How many internship positions are there for Cooke Scholars?

There are two internship positions available for Cooke Scholars through this opportunity. 

Interested applicants should review the two internship descriptions provided and determine which track they are interested in and denote that on the application. Applicants will be reviewed on best fit for the duties and needs of the internship, including relevant experience and skills as well as scholar goals and aspirations.

Internship Details

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The $6,000 stipend is a cash award paid directly to the selected scholar the first week of June. Any travel, housing, or other expenses incurred for the internship must be budgeted out of the award by the recipient, as no additional funding will be provided. NCCEP offers ideas for affordable housing in the DC area for the duration of the internship.

Cooke Karel Fellowship

The Karel Fellowship is a eight-week summer program that encourages students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public interest communications (PIC). PIC is the development and implementation of science-based, strategic communication campaigns whose goal is to create social change. Fellows will intern in the communications department of a leading local, national, or international nonprofit in the Greater Washington D.C. area. In the past, Fellows have interned at Truth Initiative, Amnesty International, The World Wildlife Fund, and many more.

APPLY TO THE KAREL FELLOWSHIP HERE!

Deadline

Applications are due on February 10, 2020.

Any current undergraduate Cooke Scholar who will be a junior or senior during the 2020-2021 school year is eligible to apply. The Fellowship is not limited to communication majors. Cooke Scholars who are majoring in political science, public policy, marketing, education, nonprofit administration and related fields are also encouraged to apply.

How many Fellowship positions are there for Cooke Scholars?

There are four fellowship spots reserved for Cooke Scholars.

Internship Details

The program runs from June 8 – July 31, 2020.

Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend (minus taxes), paid housing, and a travel stipend(amounts will vary depending on where Fellows are traveling from).

Upon completing the program, Fellows will join a growing network of Karel alum. As alumni, you’ll be asked to help with recruitment, attend events and mentor incoming Fellows, among other things. You’re expected and encouraged to stay involved!

In past years Fellows have also been offered the opportunity to attend and speak at frank during the spring following their summer Fellowship. frank is a national conference hosted at the University Florida that brings together professionals from across the social change spectrum to discuss fresh research, insights and news pertaining to the field of public interest communications.

All travel, lodging and food expenses related to frank are covered by the Fellowship.

Cooke 12Plus Internship

12PLUS is a college access nonprofit that partners with Philadelphia high schools to make sure that students graduate with a post-secondary plan and are present on campus the following fall.

The Cooke 12PLUS Intern will virtually work with 12Plus program staff in Philadelphia over the summer to:

  • Support high school graduates finalize postsecondary education plans and enrollment
  • Develop education programs that will be implemented throughout the academic year
  • Support other summer programs and operations
  • Due to the change of this position into avirtual role, the intern will now focus more on data analytics and organizational development work and less on direct 1:1 student work, although they will have a small cohort of students to mentor virtually.

 This is a great opportunity for Cooke Scholars who are considering a career in education, nonprofits, and college access.

APPLY TO THE 12PLUS INTERNSHIP HERE!

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is April 10, 2020, with notification in late April 2020.

Internship Details

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must virtually complete at least 320 hours with 12PLUS between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The $6,000 stipend is a cash award paid directly to the selected scholar the first week of June. Any travel, housing, or other expenses incurred for the internship must be budgeted out of the award by the recipient, as no additional funding will be provided.

Additional Internship Opportunities

NCCEP Internship

Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Internship

The Cooke NCCEP Internship is located at NCCEP’s national office in Washington, DC. NCCEP supports the federal GEAR UP college access and readiness program. This is a unique and privileged opportunity to work within a national organization that advances college access through advocacy, training, and research.

APPLY TO THE NCCEP INTERNSHIP HERE!

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 27, 2020, with notification in April 2020.

Undergraduate scholars who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and are in good standing, are eligible to apply. Scholars who have already graduated or who will graduate in spring 2020 are ineligible.

How many internship positions are there for Cooke Scholars?

There are two internship positions available for Cooke Scholars through this opportunity. 

Interested applicants should review the two internship descriptions provided and determine which track they are interested in and denote that on the application. Applicants will be reviewed on best fit for the duties and needs of the internship, including relevant experience and skills as well as scholar goals and aspirations.

Internship Details

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The $6,000 stipend is a cash award paid directly to the selected scholar the first week of June. Any travel, housing, or other expenses incurred for the internship must be budgeted out of the award by the recipient, as no additional funding will be provided. NCCEP offers ideas for affordable housing in the DC area for the duration of the internship.

Karel Fellowship

Cooke Karel Fellowship

The Karel Fellowship is a eight-week summer program that encourages students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public interest communications (PIC). PIC is the development and implementation of science-based, strategic communication campaigns whose goal is to create social change. Fellows will intern in the communications department of a leading local, national, or international nonprofit in the Greater Washington D.C. area. In the past, Fellows have interned at Truth Initiative, Amnesty International, The World Wildlife Fund, and many more.

APPLY TO THE KAREL FELLOWSHIP HERE!

Deadline

Applications are due on February 10, 2020.

Any current undergraduate Cooke Scholar who will be a junior or senior during the 2020-2021 school year is eligible to apply. The Fellowship is not limited to communication majors. Cooke Scholars who are majoring in political science, public policy, marketing, education, nonprofit administration and related fields are also encouraged to apply.

How many Fellowship positions are there for Cooke Scholars?

There are four fellowship spots reserved for Cooke Scholars.

Internship Details

The program runs from June 8 – July 31, 2020.

Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend (minus taxes), paid housing, and a travel stipend(amounts will vary depending on where Fellows are traveling from).

Upon completing the program, Fellows will join a growing network of Karel alum. As alumni, you’ll be asked to help with recruitment, attend events and mentor incoming Fellows, among other things. You’re expected and encouraged to stay involved!

In past years Fellows have also been offered the opportunity to attend and speak at frank during the spring following their summer Fellowship. frank is a national conference hosted at the University Florida that brings together professionals from across the social change spectrum to discuss fresh research, insights and news pertaining to the field of public interest communications.

All travel, lodging and food expenses related to frank are covered by the Fellowship.

12Plus Internship

Cooke 12Plus Internship

12PLUS is a college access nonprofit that partners with Philadelphia high schools to make sure that students graduate with a post-secondary plan and are present on campus the following fall.

The Cooke 12PLUS Intern will virtually work with 12Plus program staff in Philadelphia over the summer to:

  • Support high school graduates finalize postsecondary education plans and enrollment
  • Develop education programs that will be implemented throughout the academic year
  • Support other summer programs and operations
  • Due to the change of this position into avirtual role, the intern will now focus more on data analytics and organizational development work and less on direct 1:1 student work, although they will have a small cohort of students to mentor virtually.

 This is a great opportunity for Cooke Scholars who are considering a career in education, nonprofits, and college access.

APPLY TO THE 12PLUS INTERNSHIP HERE!

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is April 10, 2020, with notification in late April 2020.

Internship Details

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must virtually complete at least 320 hours with 12PLUS between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The $6,000 stipend is a cash award paid directly to the selected scholar the first week of June. Any travel, housing, or other expenses incurred for the internship must be budgeted out of the award by the recipient, as no additional funding will be provided.

FAQs

Am I eligible for the stipend if I am receiving credit from my college or university for the internship?

Internship stipends are reserved for scholars who are not receiving college credit for their internships.

Are international scholars eligible to apply?

While the Cooke Foundation does not have any limitations for international scholars, there could be other limitations imposed by your international status. The international advisor on your campus may be...

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