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Internship and Professional Development Funds

  • Eagle Internship Fund

About The Eagle Internship Fund (EIF)

The Eagle Internship Fund supports AU undergraduate students in pursuit of challenging, professionally focused internships that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress.

The Fund awards 15-20 stipends of $2,000 each semester (spring, summer, and fall) to financially eligible students and is administered by the AU Career Center. Stipends allow students to participate in unpaid internships in the public and nonprofit sectors and support AU's tradition of developing professional experience through public service.

EIF Student Eligibility

Recipients will be selected based on a combination of factors, with priority given to seniors and juniors and students who have not yet received an Eagle Internship stipend.

  • Applicants must be Pell grant eligible for the academic year in which they are interning. Students should consult with their financial aid counselor if uncertain of eligibility.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required at the time of application. 
  • All applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • Recipients must be available to participate in an in-person Career Center led professional development workshop (if interning in the Washington, D.C., area).
  • Recipients are required to complete two brief online reflection exercises related to their internship. An online post internship brief reflection survey will also be required.

EIF Internship Eligibility

Unpaid internships (for-credit or non-credit) with the following organizations are eligible for consideration: 

  • Government (U.S. Federal, State, County, City)
  • Nonprofits/Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • International/oversees internships, provided they meet the above criteria (cannot be with a for-profit company)

Participants must participate in their internship for at least 160 hours over the course of the semester.

Continuing or ongoing internships are eligible. However, applicants should demonstrate any new skills and/or responsibilities that will be added to their internship. Completed internships cannot be funded retroactively.

Please Note: Minimal compensation, such as an employer provided stipend for transportation or food, does not disqualify an internship.


AU Professional Development Fund (AUPDF)

The American University Professional Development Fund (AUPDF) supports undergraduate students with financial need in attaining professional experience and resources that allow them to advance their career goals. A limited number of awards will be given to students each semester to assist in purchasing interview attire, to provide a means to travel to interviews and internship sites located outside the DC metro area, and to attend professional conferences that enhance their professional goals.

AUPDF Student Eligibility

  1. Recipients must be Pell grant eligible for the current academic year. Consult with your financial aid counselor if you are unsure if you meet the Pell grant requirement
  2. Enrolled full time with a preference given for students with Senior, Junior, or Sophomore standing
  3. Good academic and disciplinary standing with the university (check with your academic advisor and the Office of Student Conduct if you are unsure of your standing)
  4. Priority will be given to students who have not received an award from this fund

AUPDF Award Types

Monetary scholarships are given for the purpose of purchasing (in order of funding preference):

  1. Professional attire (suit, shoes, etc. If purchasing multiple items, please list each item with price and total amount you are requesting in your statement) up to $400
  2. Travel expense to/from a job or internship interview or internship location outside of the DC metro area (more than 50 miles from AU, includes air, train, car mileage, and ground transportation fees. Please include date and location of interview in your supporting documentation) up to $500
  3. Professional development conferences or meetings (conference and membership fees for a professional association) up to $300
  4. Other (present your proposal to us for an option not covered in the first three) up to $300

Please indicate which one of the above four options you are requesting in your application. In all cases only reasonable expenses will be covered up to the maximum noted in a category.

EIF Application Timeline

Application opens:
August 25, 2017

Application closes:
September 15, 2017

Recipients notified:
October 2, 2017

Check mailed or deposited:
Early November 2017

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