Harris students are encouraged to pursue internships in order to apply and develop skills, gain professional experience, and explore career interests.

Is funding available for unpaid summer internships? At Harris, the short answer is "yes." 

You found a summer internship that allows you to create a social impact, but there’s a catch: it’s unpaid or underfunded*. At Harris, our mission is to develop future leaders who put evidence first.  Summer internships are a critical competent in your professional development: a chance to use your new skills towards real-world problems.

Our goal is to help you pursue career options geared toward social impact, without the stress of financial barriers.

Each summer, thanks to generous donations and support from partners, we are proud to help fund unpaid student internships in the non-profit and public sectors so that Harris students can turn enthusiasm into impact locally, nationally, and around the globe.

Note: Application will open for submissions on March 15, 2021.

*CDO defines ‘underfunded’ internships offers that range from $1 - $2,999 in the public or non-profit sector. We could provide last-dollar matching up to $3,000.

Ex: You were offered $1,700 from your internship. You would confirm that you are receiving that amount by providing proof of financial compensation in your funding application. If approved, you could receive up to $1,300 from the Harris Summer Internship Application.

If you have questions, please contact the Career Development Office at HarrisCDO@uchicago.edu.