Center for Career Development
CCD Internship Stipend Program
THE CCD INTERNSHIP STIPEND PROGRAM
The goal of the CCD Internship Stipend Program is to provide Morgan State University undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable experiential education without sacrificing needed income. CCD Internship Stipend funds offer monetary support for undergraduates who secure unpaid internship opportunities to investigate career options, further develop career-related skills, and link classroom learning to the world of work. These funds enable students to participate in career-related experiences, regardless of financial constraints.
The CCD Internship Stipend Program is a highly selective and competitive program that offers a limited number of scholarship stipends of up to $2,000 for the fall and spring semesters to students involved in a semester-long internship. Students participating in a full-time (20+ hours per week) summer internship may be eligible for a scholarship stipend in an amount of up to $3,000. Students will receive the stipend in two installments, one at the midpoint and the other at the completion of the internship. This stipend applies to non-paid internships that are career related. This is a non-tuition award that can be used for transportation costs and/or the purchase of professional attire, food, or other expenses associated with the experience including rent, telephone, utilities, etc.
The awards are made possible by the generous contributions of our Student Success Partners.
Applicants must electronically submit their application by the posted deadlines. The link to the application is at the bottom of the page. Students are encouraged to utilize the services provided by the Center for Career Development to help them identify internships and prepare stipend applications.
To be considered for a stipend, currently enrolled students must submit a complete application, including:
Application Form (link at the bottom) which includes:
- Personal Statement (See FAQs for prompt)
- Job description for internship
- Internship verification letter on organization letterhead*
- Resume showcasing prior work and/or volunteer experience and related coursework
*Applicants will receive detailed instructions for submission of internship verification following the submission of the application
Internships are supervised, structured work experiences that typically provide students or recent graduates practical exposure and learning opportunities in a specific field or industry. Internships should facilitate individual students' career exploration, hands-on training, professional networking, transferable skill-building, and a chance to apply theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. Internships often complement or supplement academic pursuits, leadership experiences, or other interests. The primary goal of an internship is to provide participants with valuable skills, industry insights, and networking opportunities to enhance their future career prospects. At this time, we are defining internships broadly and would encourage students who are engaging in career-related, work-based learning to consider applying. Job-shadowing opportunities do not qualify for funding at this time.
No, internships must be at least 8 weeks long at a minimum of 12 hours per week.
Stipends may be awarded for either credit or non-credit internships.
No, students from all undergraduate academic majors are eligible.
Unfortunately, independent study projects are not eligible.
Unfortunately, stipends will not be awarded to students completing research on campus.
Internships that only cover expenses such as parking are still considered unpaid. As such, you may still apply for the internship stipend.
If receiving an hourly wage or a lump sum payment, the internship is considered paid, and students cannot apply for a stipend.
The awards are open to undergraduate Morgan State University First Year, Sophomore, and Junior class students. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 14 credit hours at Morgan State and must be returning to the University for the following semester. Seniors who are returning the following semester are eligible to apply.
We will continue to accept applicants on a rolling basis after the deadline [if funds are still available]. Please check our website, we will indicate whether we are no longer accepting applicants.
Students must identify the unpaid internship by the application deadline. You may submit your application without the verification documents but will need to provide basic details about the organization. Recipients of funding MUST confirm their internship within the provided timeline to receive funding, or the award will go to another applicant.
What do you hope to achieve by participating in an internship; include specific skills you hope to gain.
Why do you believe this internship site is a good place to acquire experience for your career goals? Describe the previous experiences that have led you to pursue this opportunity. These could include coursework, community service, employment, or personal experience. The selection committee wants to understand who you are and how this internship connects to your academic and career exploration.
Respond to the prompt in 1000 or fewer words; the committee will not read beyond the word limit.
At this time, only undergraduate students are eligible to apply. However, undergraduate students who are part of an accelerated (5-year) Master's program at MSU are eligible to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible in their written answers. Outline your motivations for participating in the internship and how it relates to your academic and career goals. Let the selection committee know how this internship experience will positively impact your academic and career development and to what degree receiving funding would influence your ability to participate in the internship this semester.
FOR STIPEND RECIPIENTS
Please be aware that the stipend will be provided to you in two installments through a check. It is important to note that this award is considered taxable income. Unlike academic scholarships or other forms of assistance administered by the Office of Financial Aid, internship stipends are intentionally not directed to your student account for tuition and fees. Instead, they are meant to be utilized for relevant expenses such as transportation, professional attire, food, rent, and other costs associated with the internship experience.
If the total payments you receive amount to $600 or more within a calendar year, a 1099 form will be issued to you. The precise definition of the 1099-MISC form can be found on the irs.gov website. If you have any further inquiries, we recommend consulting a tax professional to address your specific needs.
Yes, stipend recipients are required to maintain a time log documenting the hours worked and key activities performed. Click here to access the Internship Time Log.
You may view examples of Thank You Letters HERE. Please do not replicate the content.
Halfway through the internship, The Center for Career Development will make contact with both the intern and the site supervisor for a status update prior to releasing the first installment of funds
Upon completion of the internship, you must complete a reflection paper that includes a summary of your responsibilities and accomplishments, what you learned through the experience, and how the internship shaped your future academic and/or career goals.
If a student is unable to complete the internship they will agree to repay the entire amount provided by the CCD internship program. If the internship is canceled for reasons beyond their control, the remaining funds will not be distributed.
No. This program is designed for students to apply directly for funding for an internship they have secured, and funding is not guaranteed to all applicants.
Employers recruiting at MSU are encouraged to adopt the best practice of providing equitable pay to student interns, which is often required by law. If you are an employer offering an unpaid or underpaid internship, you can still encourage MSU student applicants to apply for the Internship Stipend before the application deadline. However, your ability to hire them should not depend on whether they receive the internship stipend. If you would like to collaborate with MSU's Center for Career Development to recruit MSU student interns, develop an effective internship program, or participate in other career development opportunities and events, please contact us at email@example.com.
As the site supervisor, you will receive an email from MSU as soon as your student intern is selected for an award and initiates the verification process via DocuSign. You will need to answer a few short questions about the internship. If you, as the employer contact, fail to complete the verification part of the process, the student intern will not be able to receive funding.
In addition to providing supervision, students will maintain an activity log and record of hours. At the completion of the internship, site supervisors will be required to complete an evaluation.
Programs such as these would not be possible without the generous support of our amazing sponsors. We would love to add you to our list. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tasha Benn.
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