Looking for financial support?

All students, regardless of socio-economic background, should have the opportunity to explore their interests, deepen their skills, and build their networks through internships. First years, sophomores, and juniors who have offers for unpaid or low-paying internships outside of the core employer network have the opportunity to apply for an internship award of up to $4,000. Here’s how:

1. Take these 3 simple steps by March 2 to become eligible. 

2. Secure an offer for a full time (at least 300 hour) summer internship with a designated supervisor and concrete scope of work.

3. Apply for funding by Sunday, March 11 (first deadline) or Sunday, April 8 (final deadline). 

For more information about the Purposeful Work Internship Program, including instructions, deadlines, and applications, please visit Purposeful Work Internship Program 2017-18 in Handshake.

In years where student demand exceeds available funding, award decisions will be made based on the merits of the case presented by the student for his/her learning goals, the strength of the internship opportunity, and the student’s demonstrated financial need. In making decisions on individual internship award applications, the Selection Committee reserves the right to consider the overall balance and diversity of internship opportunities, participants, and career exploration within the overall cohort.

Due to our efforts to support as many students’ exploration as possible through this program, priority will be given to students who have not been awarded Purposeful Work funding previously. Students will not receive Purposeful Work funding for more than two summers, except in rare cases. This includes funding awarded through this competitive application process and funding received for PW internships with Bates-subsidized core employers.

All Purposeful Work internships with core employers are paid – either by the employers or with financial support from Bates College. Students who accept offers from Purposeful Work core employers do not need to submit a separate PW funding application.

In addition to the Purposeful Work Internship Program, check out the Summer Funded Opportunities website to learn about additional research grants and civic engagement fellowships.

The generosity of the Bates community makes this financial support possible.

The Purposeful Work initiative is supported in part by The Catalyst Fund — a collective gift from current and past members of the Bates Board of Trustees that funds the Engaged Liberal Arts, Purposeful Work and Opportunity, and Excellence. To date more than $1,000,000 has been raised in additional gifts to support Purposeful Work, including leadership gifts to create the Campbell Fund for Purposeful Work Internships, the Rice Purposeful Work Internship and Program Fund, and the Matt, Kristin, and Nick Sonne Internship Fund, as well as generous support from The Libra Foundation. Internship awards are also made possible by a gift from the George and Helen Ladd Charitable Corporation and George E. Ladd, Jr., a benefactor of Bates College, establishing the Ladd internships. For information about opportunities to support internship awards, please contact Eric Foushee at efoushee@bates.edu.