Grants for Unpaid Opportunities

Download the Career Advancement funding opportunities guide for a list of grant opportunities across campus.

Career Advancement partners with the College to offer a number of grants that support unpaid internship and research opportunities. Please check UChicago Handshake for the most up-to-date details and deadlines for the below grants. Students can apply for funding from several programs:

Each grant has their own specific eligibility requirements and application procedures, and student grant applications are reviewed holistically. The criteria below may be used as a guideline for the application review process:  

  • Substance of the opportunity; internships and research opportunities should fulfill the requirements of the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program.
  • Mission of the organization, and goals and responsibilities of the internship or research position should be clearly outlined and demonstrate the quality and depth of the experience.
  • Alignment of the internship or research opportunity to the student’s professional and academic goals. Materials should clearly convey how the internship will advance the student’s skills, experience, and knowledge and/or is relevant to the student’s post-graduation success.
  • Students must have access to a direct supervisor or faculty member who will be physically present where the student is working, and provide ongoing support and mentorship.
  • Consideration will be given to student’s resume, class year, major, and past professional experiences and extracurricular activities as it relates to the opportunity.
  • Coherence, accuracy, and organization of the student’s resume, cover letter, and other supporting materials.
  • If applicable, strength of letter of recommendation.
  • Ability to describe why funding is important for the student’s situation. For grants that request this information, extenuating circumstances or hardships may be taken into consideration.