Internship Stipend

Cooke College Scholars and Cooke 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 2019.

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.

 

January - May 2019
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 17, 2019
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 17, 2019, when it closes. There will be three cycles of review and notification, 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 three rolling deadlines and notification dates are : 3/4 submit for 3/15 notification, 4/8 submit for 4/19 notification, and 5/17 submit for 5/24 notification. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application by May 17, 2019 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 2019
Stipend payments mailed first week of June.
August - September 2019
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 13, 2019. Please note that these completed documents must be submitted or you may be required to repay the stipend.

The application has a rolling deadline. The three rolling deadlines and notification dates are: March 4th submit for March 15th notification, April 8th submit for April 19th notification, and May 17th submit for May 24th notification.

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 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, note that the application process and timeline is different from the Summer Internship Stipend. The NCCEP deadline is March 24, 2019.

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.

 

Timeline
January - May 2019
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 17, 2019
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 17, 2019, when it closes. There will be three cycles of review and notification, 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 three rolling deadlines and notification dates are : 3/4 submit for 3/15 notification, 4/8 submit for 4/19 notification, and 5/17 submit for 5/24 notification. All materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST through the online application by May 17, 2019 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 2019
Stipend payments mailed first week of June.
August - September 2019
Required evaluations and internship reports are due two weeks after the end of the internship or no later than September 13, 2019. 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. The three rolling deadlines and notification dates are: March 4th submit for March 15th notification, April 8th submit for April 19th notification, and May 17th submit for May 24th notification.

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 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, note that the application process and timeline is different from the Summer Internship Stipend. The NCCEP deadline is March 24, 2019.

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.

Deadline

The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 24, 2019, with notification in April 2019.

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 2019 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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.

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

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 24, 2019, with notification in April 2019.

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 2019 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 Timeline

The dates of the internship are flexible, but the selected intern must complete at least 320 hours with NCCEP between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.

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 considered for the Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: Grade level: Entering 8th grade in the fall of 2019. Academics: Since the beginning...

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
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Receptionist: 571-799-8000

Fax
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