PREPs Internship Scholarship

Get financial support during your internship

The PREPs Internship Scholarship exists to provide financial support to students engaging in unpaid or underpaid internships.

Beginning Spring 2021, these scholarships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters to students who have secured an internship, completed the application process, and received approval from the PREPs office.

Application criteria

To apply for a PREPs Internship Scholarship through the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. Must have secured an unpaid or underpaid* internship for the fall, spring, or summer that meets internship standards outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines.
    • Internships must be in line with your major or career field of interest.
    • Internships cannot be on-campus internships or research positions. On-campus research positions eligible for CRL funding are not eligible.
  2. Must be an undergraduate student in the School of Science, enrolled full-time, pursuing your first undergraduate degree at IUPUI, with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
    • Seniors engaging in internships taking place after graduation are not eligible for this scholarship.
  3. Must demonstrate the impact of the scholarship, including financial need, and complete provided budget worksheet.

If you have not secured an internship, you are encouraged to meet with a PREPs advisor to discuss internship search tools and strategies. You can schedule an appointment using the Student Appointment Scheduler (SAS).

*Underpaid internships are those which pay below state minimum wage or those which offer pay insufficient for necessary costs of living (i.e. housing, transportation, food, etc.).

Application guidelines

Applications must be completed using the online form. You will need the following information in order to complete the form:

  1. Internship role/title, company/organization name and location
  2. Expected start and end date with intended hours per week
  3. Site supervisor name, email, and phone number
    • Your site supervisor will receive an email requesting they verify your internship experience
  4. Job description for your internship. If not readily available, please request this from your internship supervisor or organization
  5. A completed budget worksheet; provided here and in application.
  6. A short essay answering the following questions (no more than 500 words)
    • How does this internship experience relate to your academic major and career path?
    • Why are you seeking this scholarship and how will it benefit you?

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Application timeline

You are encouraged to submit the application once an internship is secured. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

We strongly encourage you to submit the application at least two weeks before the due date for the semester. Applications for fall, spring, and summer internship scholarships must be completed no later than one week before the beginning of the semester.

Scholarship recipients

If you are selected to receive a PREPs Internship Scholarship, you will be required to do the following and have the option to complete for credit*, if desired:

  1. Complete a three-part internship summary/reflection paper
  2. Complete intern and supervisor mid-point and final evaluations
  3. Complete an updated resume
  4. Submit a photo and complete a brief survey of your internship experience

*You may choose to complete program requirements for credit by enrolling in SCI-I 494 with permission from PREPs. This course is approved for the IUPUI Record and fulfills the E component of the IUPUI RISE program. You may also complete an internship credit course through your Science department with approval from PREPs.

Scholarship amount and distribution

Scholarship award amounts will be calculated based on need and total hours of internship experience.

You will be required to complete the budget worksheet as part of your application. This, along with the information about your internship experience, will be utilized to identify an appropriate scholarship amount.

Scholarship amounts will range from $500—$3,500.

Please keep in mind the scholarship award amounts will be reviewed and updated annually. Amounts are subject to change depending on scholarship availability.