The deadline to apply for summer 2020 funding is April 15. See updated guidelines - Applying for Remote Internship & SURF Funding in 2020 (Published April 7, 2020)

In prior summers, remote internships or research fellowships were not eligible for University funding. In recognition of the extraordinary situation due to COVID-19, students are now eligible to apply for University funding for Summer 2020 to participate in remote internship and research opportunities.

● If interning remotely full‐time (30‐40 hrs/wk), the stipend will be $250 a week, maximum $2000 (8 weeks)

● If interning remotely part‐time (20‐30 hrs/wk), the stipend will be $175 a week, maximum $1400 (8 weeks)

● If interning remotely part‐time (10‐20 hrs/wk), the stipend will be $125 a week, maximum $1000 (8 weeks) 

SURF Research Fellowships hosted by Sewanee faculty are still developing and where possible, converting opportunities to allow remote projects. Due to the circumstances, you may apply for Research Funding until April 15. Reach out to your professors for updates and request documentation describing remote duties with your application.

The internship funding application remains the same, but the deadline is extended to April 15. A conversation should be held with your sponsor about the possibility of working remotely.  Confirmations from sponsors should specify the probability of remote projects or if the internship can only be conducted in person (on-site). An online 2020 confirmation form OR an offer letter from your internship sponsor that includes:
  • The sponsor's name, department, phone number and email address;

  • The number of hours per week and weeks for the internship; 

  • A brief description of the responsibilities of the intern, and documentation describing remote duties.

*If the national COVID-19 situation has not substantially improved, University funding may only be allocated to approved REMOTE internships. Internships & research fellowships will be reassessed by the Executive Management Emergency Team just prior to May 1, and funding decisions will be announced on May 1 via email. The University’s decisions are informed by state governor’s executive orders, CDC guidelines, and State Department travel warnings.


An internship is an arrangement to gain experience in a particular field or job function under the guidance of a supervisor or sponsor. The learning that occurs and the experience that is gained usually benefits the student participating in the internship more than it benefits the sponsor. Sewanee considers internships to be a valuable and integral part of a field of study.

Currently enrolled, degree-seeking Sewanee students are very fortunate to be able to apply via Handshake for internships and to apply for a portion of the over $617,000 available in funding for unpaid internships. Around 260 students received funding from Sewanee for the summer of 2019 to do internships and research fellowships in Sewanee, all over the United States, and abroad. 

Where did Sewanee students intern last summer 2019? 

Student reports about their 2019 summer internships 

2020 Internship Deadlines 

ACE internships AND research fellowship applications: February 15

       *ACE internships are any internships that are for Sewanee students only; they can be paid or unpaid

ACE Medical internships: February 15

Biehl International Research Fellowship: February 15

On-campus Summer Jobs (Sewanee HR jobs): April 1 (apply on Handshake, when posted)


2020 FUNDING Deadlines 

Research Fellowship FUNDING applications: March 1 (for all academic research fellowships with Sewanee faculty in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences)

Internship FUNDING applications for unpaid internships: April 15


Internships: How do I get started?

Here is a list of the steps to finding an internship this summer, along with a suggested timeline: 

1.  Get your resume in great shape.     (Nov. 1-Jan.30)

2.  Choose what occupation you want to “test drive” this summer. (Dec. 15-Jan. 30)

3.  Research and find internship opportunities.     (Dec. 15-Jan. 30)

4. Write your cover letters.     (Nov. 15-Feb. 15)

5.  Create your list of references.     (Nov. 15-Feb. 15)

6.  Apply for around 6-12 internships (both ACE and external ones)...and have a good backup plan.    (Feb. 1-Mar. 1; ACE deadline is Feb. 15)

7.  Prepare for your interviews.     (Feb. 1)

8.  Get an internship offer.    (Feb.-Mar.)

9.  If your internship is unpaid, apply for internship funding ($375/week for up to 8 weeks) from Sewanee (Mar. 1 for research fellowships with Sewanee faculty; Apr. 15 for all others)

10. Complete the internship, then reflect on how it informs the next steps in your career/life path.


FAQ: Internship funding for unpaid summer internships  


Need help? We are ready to offer our assistance to you every step of the way! Many opportunities are available to get the help you need. Make an appointment with a Career Center advisor through Handshake or email us at We are here to help!

          To post an internship for a Sewanee student, please complete this form


Additional Resources

FUNDING for Unpaid Summer Internships

Research Fellowships

ACE Medical internships

Biehl International Research Fellowship

Where did Sewanee students intern? (Reports)

Endowed Internship Funds

Gessell Fellowship for Social Ethics

Ministry and Service Internship Funding

Canale Internship Fund

Internship Documents & Resources

How Do I?

Prepare a Resumé or a CV

Write a Cover Letter

Create a Reference List

Succeed in an Interview

Apply to Graduate School

Choose a Major

Develop a Network

Develop Leadership Skills

Explore Careers

Get Started

Develop Career Competencies

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