International Experience Grants

International Experience Grants offer funding opportunities to undergraduate students wishing to work or intern abroad. Students are selected based on their submitted proposal, which must include a budget, a back-up plan, and evidence of employer interest. Students will also need to demonstrate how the experience will enhance their professional goals. Students who receive funding are required to share their experiences with the University of Chicago community upon return. Regional and thematic diversity of projects will also be taken into account.

Please make sure you read the Detailed Application Guide. To have access to the Detailed Application Guide tab, you must log in to the Career Advancement website.

The Award

The average grant amount is $3,000- $3,500, but can be up to $5,000. When applying, students must supply a preliminary itemized budget, using a standard form. The review committee reserves the right to adjust the budget.


The International Experience Grant focuses on serving currently enrolled first- through fourth-year undergraduate students (including students graduating in June and international students) who are interested in interning abroad. When applying, students must have proof of employer interest. International Experience Grants only supports positions that are either unpaid or supported by only a small stipend. Students must work at least 350 hours during the summer. A student may only receive the grant once while at the University of Chicago.

*If you are not currently enrolled this quarter but will be continuing as an enrolled student in the coming term/year, please contact Career Advancement staff about applying for this grant.


Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11:55pm


All application materials must be submitted via UChicago Handshake, Career Advancement’s online job search system.  For more information about the process of submitting your application using UChicago Handshake, please review the UChicago Handshake information and instructions page. Students may only apply to the grant once per year.

To quickly find the grant on UChicago Handshake, search for “international experience grant” (with the quotes) in the keyword search. Applicants must be “activated” to use on-campus recruiting in order to apply. To be activated for on-campus recruiting, please make an appointment to have your resume reviewed by a Career Advancement counselor.

Application Material

Please note: the selection committee will evaluate applications based exclusively on the required material, which must be submitted by the deadline and through Handshake. Any additional information, updates, or documentation submitted via email and/or after the deadline will not be taken into consideration

Applications should be in the form of a cover letter that provides the following:

  • A clear and specific project proposal, including what the student plans to do, and with what organization.
  • Documentation regarding an organization’s interest in hiring a student is required. Although it is preferred that applicants have an offer in hand, a final offer is not required. However, the student must have already been in contact with the organization, and the organization must have expressed interest. Documentation regarding an organization’s interest in hiring a student is required.
  • A “back up” plan of equal quality that includes what steps he or she will take if funding is not available. The letter should explain why this position will further the student’s academic and/or career goals.
  • Demonstrate how the student will negotiate linguistic and cultural differences in his/her work.

Additional Required Materials 

  • Documentation of Organization Interest
  • Unofficial transcript (official transcript will not be accepted)
  • A preliminary itemized budget (required form available on Handshake)
  • A resume
  • Cover sheet (required form available on Handshake)
  • Contact information for two references who can speak to the student’s skills and how they relate to this experience (please, add them to your Cover sheet)

Please note: incomplete applications or applications not formatted according to instructions will not be considered. For details on how to submit and format your application see the Detailed Guidelines.

If you want to travel to a country or region currently bearing a Level 3 or 4 State Department Travel Advisory, you must petition the University. Prior to submitting your petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education to discuss your plans in light of the Advisory and the University’s review process. You must meet with Dean Walter before you submit your International Experience Grant application. Since the conversation with Dean Walter may affect your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance of the grant application deadline. Contact Naomi Patschke at to schedule an appointment.


For questions about your eligibility or the program generally, please contact Chiara Montanari at To have your applications review, please make an appointment to have your resume reviewed by a Career Advancement counselor.