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. 

Complete list of all 2019 University-funded internships 

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 1


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. 1 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!

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