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Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.

About the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program

This donor-supported award program provides $5,000 grants to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses. Rutgers undergraduate students from all three campus locations are eligible to apply. Learn about the impact the program has on students’ education and professional development by meeting the 2019 award recipients.

“Affording DC could turn a great opportunity into a financial crisis for students. The Washington Internship Award was yet another example of how Rutgers and Eagleton helped me get one step closer to my career goals. Thanks Eagleton!”
– Danna Almeida, 2017 Award Recipient

 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for Spring 2020.
  • Rutgers undergraduates from all majors and all campus locations are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are not required to have an internship in place at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Five to ten students will receive awards for summer 2020, including one award from the Katherine K. Neuberger Fund to support an undergraduate with interest in women’s political leadership.
  • Awardees will be required to independently secure their Washington, D.C. internship positions by May 24, 2020 in order to be eligible to receive their award. Eagleton staff can provide assistance identifying internship opportunities.
  • The internship must encompass at least 120 hours of work. Priority will be given to students pursuing a full-time internship.
  • The award can stand alone or can complement a paid internship, though preference will be given to students with unpaid internships.
  • After completing the internship, awardees will be required to promote their experience in Washington to fellow Rutgers students to improve awareness of the award and of career opportunities in Washington, DC.

 

“It’s about access. This award helped me to understand the corridors of power – how students with money continue to access opportunities that are otherwise inaccessible. However, because of generous individuals and the Rutgers-Eagleton Internship Award, I accessed these spaces. The access and experience I gained by interning in Washington, D.C. helped lead me to Harvard Law School.”
– Mohamed Light, 2017 Award Recipient

 

Application

Applicants are evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need.

Complete applications must include:

  • Completed online form
  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Contact information for two references
  • Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2019 grades)
  • List of classes being taken in Spring 2020

All applications must be submitted online. Applications are due in January. Selection of awardees is completed in February.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will receive awards?
Five to ten students receive awards each year, including one award from the Katherine K. Neuberger Fund to support an undergraduate with interest in women’s political leadership.

To whom should my cover letter and letter of recommendation be addressed?
Selection Committee
Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

How do I submit my letter of recommendation?
Letters must be addressed to the “Selection Committee, Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program” and emailed as a Word document or Adobe pdf directly from the recommender to randic@eagleton.rutgers.edu.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?
Recommendation letters should be written by those who have taught you in the classroom or supervised you in a past internship position. Letters should address your professionalism, work ethic, individual initiative, maturity, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement or service.

Can the author of my recommendation letter also be listed as one of my references?
No. In the references section, you should include contact information for two different individuals who can provide a reference for you if contacted by the selection committee.

How should I submit contact information for my references?
Contact information for references should be submitted via the online application form.

How many internship hours must I complete?
Awardees must commit to completing at least 120 hours during the summer. Priority will be given to students with full-time internships.

Will the Eagleton Institute get me get an internship?
No. Applicants are responsible for securing internship positions. However, Eagleton staff can help awardees identify opportunities and provide general assistance. Contact Randi Chmielewski for help.

Do I need to have an internship in place before I apply?
No. Applicants are not required to have an internship in place at the time of application. Awardees must submit verification of internship positions to Eagleton by the end of May.

I have a paid internship. Can I apply?
Yes. The award can help complement a paid internship, though preference will be given to students with unpaid internships.

I’m not a political science major or an Eagleton student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students from all majors and all campus locations are eligible to apply.

I’m a Camden/Newark student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students enrolled in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/ Piscataway are all eligible to apply.

I am a graduating senior. Can I apply?
Yes, but you must complete at least 120 internship hours.

I am graduate student/law student. Can I apply?
No. Applicants must be enrolled as Rutgers undergraduate students.

Will I receive course credit for my internship through the Rutgers-Eagleton Award Program?
No. The program does not provide course credit. However, you may be able to receive credit through another Rutgers program offered by the Department of Political Science or elsewhere.

Can I participate in an internship for which I’m earning credit and still be eligible for the award?
Yes.

When will applicants be notified?
Awardee selection is completed during the month of February. Applicants will be notified at that time. Applicants will be evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need.