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Intern Scholarship Program & 2020 TCU Career Readiness Fund

The TCU Intern Scholarship Program was founded in 2013 with the goal of providing TCU students with financial support to secure and complete local, national, and international internship opportunities. The program started by funding 150 students with $300,000. Since then, through the generous donations of over 17 foundations, programs and individuals, the program has provided over $2 million dollars to support more than 1,200 TCU students completing internships in 30 states and 30 countries.

Given the unprecedented global health and employment crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, TCU students are now facing significant challenges in gaining relevant internship and work experience and planning for their future careers. We are responding quickly to support our students during this time. By temporarily expanding and adjusting options within a new 2020 TCU Career Readiness Fund, we will continue to provide excellent career-readiness resources for our students. These program updates will directly support TCU students by reducing barriers to gaining meaningful career experience this summer and adapting resources to the current employment market.

The temporary adjustments for summer 2020 include the following:

  • Allowances for virtual/remote experiences
  • Program qualifications now include short-term (2-3 week) internships
  • Eligibility extended to project-based experiences in addition to traditional internships
  • Eligibility extended to allow graduating seniors (class of 2020) to apply for funding
  • Streamlined awards to specific block amounts (From $500-$2000)
  • Greater flexibility in supplemental funding allowances for paid, for-profit, positions

Eligibility
Applicants must be currently enrolled, undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking, returning or graduating TCU students in good academic standing. International students are eligible to apply with approved academic credit and coordination with the office of International Services. Applicants must submit a complete funding application on, or before applicable deadlines. Applicants must provide written/document confirmation of acceptance from the supervising organization for the experience or project. Student may secure formal internship experience or proactively self-design projects for employers/organizations. Qualified experiences must be with external, licensed and/or established businesses or organizations.

Application
Students may apply online at careers.tcu.edu. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM, May 22, 2020. Contingent upon available funding, an additional application deadline may be provided. Prior and pre-existing applications for the summer Intern Scholarship Program will be considered for the updated program.

Selection
Applications will be reviewed by a committee of TCU faculty and staff. The committee will include at least one representative from the Center for Career & Professional Development, International Services, the TCU Faculty, and University Advancement. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will review all final selections for eligibility.

Awards & Reporting
Funding for summer experiences will be granted on, or after June 1, 2020. Funding will be contingent on budgetary approvals. Awards may be applied directly to student accounts if there is an outstanding account balance. Award recipients are required to complete a final summary report at the conclusion of their experience. The Center for Career & Professional Development will summarize reports in a final impact report.

Support

Students may utilize the Center for Career & Professional Development for assistance in finding and securing potential internships and project-based experiences. FrogJobs, by Handshake (TCU.Joinhandshake.com) provides real-time online access to job and internship opportunities. The Center for Career & Professional Development also offers online support tools for resume-building, interviews, and internship search resources.  Personalized, remote, individual advising services are also available. Students with questions regarding the 2020 TCU Career Readiness funds may contact Mike Caldwell at m.a.caldwell@tcu.edu

Employers may post and share open positions to students at careers.tcu.edu/hire-a-frog/ or TCU.joinhandshake.com  Employers with questions may contact, c.lindell@tcu.edu for additional information or assistance with promoting opportunities to TCU students.

Donors with interest in supporting TCU students by contributing to the 2020 TCU Career Readiness Fund may contact TCU University Advancement for information.

Watch this video to learn more about the Intern Scholarship Program: