Stipends for Unpaid Internships

WashU on Stipends

Career Center Stipends

Undergraduate students interested in exploring career options in the public, private and non-profit sectors are encouraged to pursue a summer internship. To help offset the costs of unpaid internships, the Career Center provides a limited number of stipends to qualified students.

Undergraduate students can apply for a merit award, up to $1,000, or a need based award, up to $3000. Award amounts are determined by several factors including, but not limited to, number of weeks working, hours per week, location, budget and financial need.

Internships must be unpaid and last a minimum of six weeks, full- or part-time. Internships may be located in the U.S. or abroad.

The following are not eligible to receive a stipend:

1. Students required to receive academic credit by the employer

2. Students working on political campaigns

3. Students participating in a program they must pay to attend

4. Students interning or performing research for a WashU or WashU Med department (*please apply for an award with the Office of Undergraduate Research instead).


– Stipend applicants must be current undergraduate students returning full time for at least one undergraduate semester in the fall after their internship.

– Students must secure an internship offer prior to applying for a stipend.

– Internships must be unpaid and last a minimum of six weeks, full- or part-time.

Applications will be open January 1. Application deadlines are March 1 and April 1. Decisions will be made by April 1 and May 1. Students who receive offers after April 1st can apply to the waitlist and will be contacted by the Career Center on the possibility of a stipend.

If you have further questions, please contact the Career Center at (314) 935-5930.

How to Apply

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