Internship Stipend

College Scholars and Undergraduate Transfer Scholars are invited to apply for a one-time stipend of $5,000 to pursue an unpaid summer internship at a non-profit organization in 2018.

Stipend Program

It is the Cooke Foundation’s goal that all undergraduate scholars engage in at least two internship or research experiences during their college years.  An internship is a crucial part of your post-secondary education experience and can help you with career exploration and post-graduate plans. It is an opportunity to get an inside glimpse of an organization, an industry, and a particular occupation and can help you determine if your chosen career path is a good fit for you. Along with helping to hone career and post-graduate plans, internships can turn into job offers and can serve as the first impression you make on your future employer. With more and more students completing internships, many employers expect to see them listed on the resumes of recent college graduates.

Through the Cooke Internship Stipend, approximately 30 Cooke Scholars will have the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience without sacrificing needed income.

If you haven’t already taken steps to secure a summer internship position, here are some next steps to consider:

  1. Contact your career services office on your college or university campus.
  2. Attend local or campus job fairs.
  3. Research possible opportunities (both on websites and through electronic publications).
  4. Tap into your existing networks, which may include fellow scholars, alumni of your institution, Cooke Foundation staff, and mentors.
  5. Visit the websites of organizations with internship programs that you’d like to learn more about.

 

View Internship Stipend FAQs

Internship Stipend Information

  • 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.

 

This webinar on obtaining an internship will help you secure the right opportunity for you.

January - May 2018
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 18, 2018, deadline.
May 18, 2018
Access and complete the internship application online.
Final deadline for Internship Stipend Application. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so you may submit your application at any point through May 18, 2018, when it closes. There will be three cycles of notification (around 3/16, 4/20, and 5/25), but we will have a set number of stipends to give for each cycle. If you apply early within the application cycle, and your application is not selected in that cycle, it will roll over into the next.
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.
Late-May 2018
All applicants will be notified via email. Included in the email will be any relevant materials regarding payment and other requirements.
June 2018
Stipend payments mailed first week of June.
August - September 2018
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 7, 2018. Please note that these completed documents must be submitted or you may be required to repay the stipend.

The application has a rolling deadline, beginning February 23, 2018, and ending May 18, 2018. 

The following resources and downloads provide further information about the internship stipend.

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 the Cookie Jar, Cooke Connect, and Facebook postings for opportunities, too.

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.

For those interested in the Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Internship or the 12 PLUS internship, note that the application process and timelines are different from the Summer Internship Stipend. The NCCEP deadline is March 16 and the 12 PLUS deadline is March 30.

Internship Stipend Information

How to Find 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.

 

Webinar

This webinar on obtaining an internship will help you secure the right opportunity for you.

Timeline
January - May 2018
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 18, 2018, deadline.
May 18, 2018
Access and complete the internship application online.
Final deadline for Internship Stipend Application. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so you may submit your application at any point through May 18, 2018, when it closes. There will be three cycles of notification (around 3/16, 4/20, and 5/25), but we will have a set number of stipends to give for each cycle. If you apply early within the application cycle, and your application is not selected in that cycle, it will roll over into the next.
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.
Late-May 2018
All applicants will be notified via email. Included in the email will be any relevant materials regarding payment and other requirements.
June 2018
Stipend payments mailed first week of June.
August - September 2018
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 7, 2018. Please note that these completed documents must be submitted or you may be required to repay the stipend.
Application Information

The application has a rolling deadline, beginning February 23, 2018, and ending May 18, 2018. 

The following resources and downloads provide further information about the internship stipend.

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 the Cookie Jar, Cooke Connect, and Facebook postings for opportunities, too.

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.

For those interested in the Cooke National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Internship or the 12 PLUS internship, note that the application process and timelines are different from the Summer Internship Stipend. The NCCEP deadline is March 16 and the 12 PLUS deadline is March 30.

Additional Internship Opportunities

Are you passionate about educational equity and ensuring that students who start college get to graduation? Do you have knowledge to share about finding success at a community college and transitioning to a 4-year campus? Are you interested in working with an organization that supports over 1,200 high school and college students every year? If so, 12+ and the Cooke Foundation have a great opportunity for you this summer!

The Cooke 12+ Internship is located at the 12+ office in Philadelphia, PA. The 2017 Cooke 12+ intern will receive a $5,000 stipend. 12+ partners with Philadelphia high schools to make sure that students graduate with a post-secondary plan and are present on campus the following fall. They also support students through their time in college to ensure that they graduate. 12+ focuses on relationship building and advocates for a holistic approach that both supports student needs and empowers them to help themselves. They have found that the best support comes from peers and near-peers–that’s you!

Contact us at 800-846-9025 or email scholars@jkcf.org, if you have any questions regarding the 12+ internship.

Tasks and Responsibilities 

  • Work under the 12+ Alumni Director to support a cohort of new and returning college students with financial aid verification paperwork, class scheduling and registration, book look-ups and purchasing.
  • Gather helpful articles and resources for college transition and write short weekly social media posts throughout internship; collect and develop materials that can be posted throughout the academic school year.
  • Support event planning for alumni school year kickoff event in early August.
  • Collaborate on an alumni success story project (video, audio, text, and/or photography–get creative!)–help 12+ tell their students’ stories!
  • Help develop a campaign for new monthly donors: vision, marketing materials, potential donor outreach and showcase the 12+ mission at donor events.

Candidates should:

• Be familiar with FAFSA and verification process, and be willing to learn various educational platforms such as Canvas.
• Be skilled with various social media platforms, and have excellent speaking and written communication skills.
• Have experience with or be willing to learn about grassroots fundraising.
• Be equally comfortable working on a team and independently.
• Have excellent time-management and project management skills.
• Be creative, enthusiastic, self-directed, and willing to learn.

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 30, 2018.

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 2018 are ineligible.

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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with 12+ between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The 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. 12+ staff will work with intern prior to their move to Philadelphia to find and secure housing.

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.

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 16, 2018, with notification in April 2018.

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 2018 are ineligible.

How many Cooke internship positions?

There are two Cooke internship positions available 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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The 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.

Additional Internship Opportunities

12+ Internship

Are you passionate about educational equity and ensuring that students who start college get to graduation? Do you have knowledge to share about finding success at a community college and transitioning to a 4-year campus? Are you interested in working with an organization that supports over 1,200 high school and college students every year? If so, 12+ and the Cooke Foundation have a great opportunity for you this summer!

The Cooke 12+ Internship is located at the 12+ office in Philadelphia, PA. The 2017 Cooke 12+ intern will receive a $5,000 stipend. 12+ partners with Philadelphia high schools to make sure that students graduate with a post-secondary plan and are present on campus the following fall. They also support students through their time in college to ensure that they graduate. 12+ focuses on relationship building and advocates for a holistic approach that both supports student needs and empowers them to help themselves. They have found that the best support comes from peers and near-peers–that’s you!

Contact us at 800-846-9025 or email scholars@jkcf.org, if you have any questions regarding the 12+ internship.

Tasks and Responsibilities 

  • Work under the 12+ Alumni Director to support a cohort of new and returning college students with financial aid verification paperwork, class scheduling and registration, book look-ups and purchasing.
  • Gather helpful articles and resources for college transition and write short weekly social media posts throughout internship; collect and develop materials that can be posted throughout the academic school year.
  • Support event planning for alumni school year kickoff event in early August.
  • Collaborate on an alumni success story project (video, audio, text, and/or photography–get creative!)–help 12+ tell their students’ stories!
  • Help develop a campaign for new monthly donors: vision, marketing materials, potential donor outreach and showcase the 12+ mission at donor events.

Candidates should:

• Be familiar with FAFSA and verification process, and be willing to learn various educational platforms such as Canvas.
• Be skilled with various social media platforms, and have excellent speaking and written communication skills.
• Have experience with or be willing to learn about grassroots fundraising.
• Be equally comfortable working on a team and independently.
• Have excellent time-management and project management skills.
• Be creative, enthusiastic, self-directed, and willing to learn.

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 30, 2018.

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 2018 are ineligible.

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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with 12+ between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The 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. 12+ staff will work with intern prior to their move to Philadelphia to find and secure housing.

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.

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 16, 2018, with notification in April 2018.

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 2018 are ineligible.

How many Cooke internship positions?

There are two Cooke internship positions available 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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018.

At the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program. The 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.

FAQs

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: Grade level – Entering 8th grade in the fall of...

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.

Contact Us

Email
College Scholarship Program: collegescholars@jkcf.org
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: undergradscholars@jkcf.org
Graduate Scholarship: gradscholars@jkcf.org
Award, bill, payment, or other finance inquiries: finances@jkcf.org

Phone
Toll-free: 800-846-9025
Receptionist: 571-799-8000

Fax
Main fax: 703-723-8030
Finance fax: 571-209-1775