Application Process and Deadlines

How do I apply for the special (NCCEP) internship or Karel Fellowship?

Please do not use the Cooke Summer Internship Stipend online application if you are interested in the NCCEP Cooke internship  or the Karel Fellowship opportunities. Each program has a separate application process. Links to each of these program applications can be found under Additional Internship Opportunities here.

If I have questions about the application, who can I contact?

If you have a question that is not answered by these FAQs or the materials on the website, please email scholars@jkcf.org or call the Foundation at 800-846-9025.

What if something changes about my internship (e.g., start date, end date, supervisor) between when I submit my application and when I start at my internship site?

Please contact Cooke Foundation staff of any changes that occur. You can contact us at scholars@jkcf.org or 800-846-9025. We will help you address problems or concerns.

When is the Final Evaluation Report due?

The Final Evaluation Report must be submitted within two weeks of completing your internship or no later than September 14, 2022.



Is the stipend only offered for summer internships?

Yes, the Foundation’s internship stipend is provided for unpaid summer internships at a non-profit or a government organization.

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.

May I participate in an internship abroad?

To be eligible for the Cooke Internship Stipend, the internship must be with a U.S.-based nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status or a U.S. government organization. However, if it meets those criteria and has an office in another country, that is permitted within our guidelines.

Can I receive the internship stipend more than once?

Yes. If you have already received the internship stipend, you are welcome to apply again. However, preference will be given to those Scholars who have not yet received a stipend.

If selected for a stipend, what are the internship requirements?

Prior to applying for the stipend, you must secure an unpaid internship at a non-profit or government organization and provide documentation to that effect. In addition, you must be in good standing at your college or university. You are required to complete the required amount of hours at the internship site and, at the end of the internship, you must submit an internship report and an evaluation of the program.

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 New Young Scholar to College Scholar Stipend Current College and Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Stipend
50% (160 – 239 hours) $2,000 $3,000
75% (240 – 319 hours) $3,000 $4,500
100% (320+ hours) $4,000 $6,000

What are the eligibility requirements to apply?

Scholars who are moving from the Young Scholars to the College Scholars program, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are College Scholars or Undergraduate Transfer Scholars, and current Graduate Scholars are eligible to apply for the internship stipend. Scholars who have already graduated from their Cooke program are ineligible. In addition, Scholars receiving college credit for their internships are not eligible to receive a stipend.

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 a good resource to help you determine your eligibility to complete a summer internship.

Selection Process

How many stipends will be offered?

The Foundation intends to offer as many stipends as possible provided the internships and applicants meet our eligibility criteria and the internships align with the applicants’ professional goals.

When will I be notified if I am selected?

The internship stipend program operates on a rolling application schedule with notifications going out starting in April through the end of May. Click here for a general timeline for the program: https://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/internship-stipend-timeline/

What the Stipend Covers

How much is the stipend for the internship?

The full Cooke Foundation summer internship stipend is $6,000.

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 New Young Scholar to

College Scholar Stipend

Current College, Undergraduate Transfer, and Graduate  Scholar Stipend


50% (160 – 239 hours) $2,000 $3,000
75% (240 – 319 hours) $3,000 $4,500
100% (320+ hours) $4,000 $6,000

How will the stipends be paid?

The Foundation will mail your stipend award to you the first week of June.

Can the Foundation help me find an internship?

There are many resources to help you find a summer internship. The best place to start is through the Career Center on your campus as they will be able to share opportunities near you (geographically) and those that are linked to alumni from your university. We also encourage you to use Cooke Connect and the Cooke Scholars & Alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with Cooke Alums and see postings about internship opportunities. The Cooke Foundation also has several partnerships with organizations (NCCEP, 12+, Karel, FLIP) that are offering internships specifically for Cooke Scholars. Please see the main internship page for more information about these opportunities. Lastly, if you have an idea of an internship you would like to create, we encourage you to reach out to non-profit organizations and propose your idea. If you would like help talking through this option, please reach out to your educational adviser or contact us through scholars@jkcf.org.

Where have internship stipend recipients interned in the past?

In 2021, Cooke Scholars interned with:

350 Vermont
Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success
American Museum of Natural History
Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America
Bit by Bit Coding
Center for Political Accountability
City of Greensboro Office of Equity and Inclusion
Columbia University
Community Christian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Consulate General of Pakistan New York
Drew University
FLIP National
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia River Network
Gideon’s Army: Grassroots Army for Children
Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network
Harvard University/Harvard College
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
New York University
Northeastern University
Phi Theta Kappa
Railroad Street Youth Project
Root For Kids
Silence the Shame
Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Stanford University
Stanford University
The Frank Karel Fellowship
The Perfect Blend
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
The Wooden Floor
University of Arkansas Global Campus
University of California, Berkeley
University of Central Florida
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas at Austin
US Army Regional Health Command-Atlantic
Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation
Washington University in St Louis
Wesleyan University
Yale University


What is the purpose of the internship stipend?

This program encourages Cooke Scholars to seek internships during the summers while they are undergraduate students. We believe that every student should engage in at least two internship or research experiences during their undergraduate years. Internships allow students to gain experience in a field and help determine an interest in particular career. The internship stipend allows Cooke Scholars to take advantage of internships that they may not be able to consider without the Foundation’s financial support. If you are a current senior in the Young Scholars program and are interested in a summer internship, please contact your educational adviser for more information.