Arts and Sciences / Harrington School Internship Fund

Internships are a great way to build experience and get leg up on the job market. But many internship opportunities are unpaid, making them less accessible for many students. The Arts and Sciences/Harrington School Internship Fund offers $1,000 stipends for undergraduates participating in an internship opportunity. The funding can help to cover costs associated with transportation, professional attire, and food at the job site. It can also help to offset the need to work a paying job during the internship period.


  • Full-time, matriculated, College of Arts and Sciences or Harrington School of Communication and Media students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing.
  • Declared major in one of the academic degree programs in the college.
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Internship must amount to a minimum of 120 work hours during the semester.
  • Internship is located off campus, is connected to career goals, and takes place in the semester for which the internship fund application has been filed.
  • Must be unpaid or underpaid (student receives pay amounting to $1,000 or less).
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Awards can be received up to two times depending on funding availability


  • Sign an agreement form
  • Write a thank you note to alumni donors
  • Interns may also be asked to assist in sharing content for marketing materials such as testimonials and photos for college news stories or to share their experiences with alumni in person

Award decisions are based on:

  • Student application effectively demonstrates need
  • Student application effectively explains how student will benefit from experience
  • Student application effectively explains how the internship aligns with a student’s career/professional goals
  • Financial need
  • Priority is given to students who have not previously been awarded an internship stipend and who are completing an off-campus internship.

NOTE: The stipend a student receives is treated as income and can impact your financial aid status at the University of Rhode Island. The College of Arts and Sciences will confirm with the Office of Financial Aid that you are eligible and that there is no negative impact to your aid package. If something comes up that changes your situation by participating in this program, we will contact you. 

Application deadline for Spring 2024 Internships: January 5, 2024

Submit your spring 2024 application now!