At Harris, we recognize that summer internships are critical to your success, and we want students to be able to pursue the work that is most meaningful to them without consideration of financial barriers.  Due to high volume of funding interest, this process requires a formal application with no guarantee of funding. We will evaluate applications based on eligibility, strength of answers and scope of work.

Internship funding is available to students in Harris master’s programs that include enrollment over two or more different academic years and that require 1200 credits or more (e.g. MPP, MSCAPP, and MACRM.) In order to be eligible for funding a student must have enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the academic year preceding the internship and also be planning to enroll in credit-bearing courses in the academic year following the internship. Additional qualifications may apply.

Please note that while we encourage you to apply to highest funding source you can get, you might be accepted to a lower funding source. However, to set you up for success, we will do our best to give you the highest funding amount. Example: if you are researching housing policy in France, we encourage you to apply for France Chicago Center.  We will try to give you funding from the France Chicago Center fund, because it is the highest paying scholarship for which your work is eligible.

All summer internship stipends are processed as a financial aid stipend and thus, can have an impact on recipients’ summer financial aid package. Students who intend to take summer classes and apply for summer financial aid (including loans) must note this in their application.

Click Summer 2021 Internship Form to apply for funding.

Application Due Dates

Opening on Monday March 15, 2021, the internship cycle is divided by 4 rounds. CDO staff will review all applications submitted on or before each round's due date. We will notify candidates on or before the notification date listed under each round. All times are on Central Time Zone.

April Round
Submit by: Sunday April 4 2021, 11:59pm
To be notified: Friday April 16, 2021, 5pm

May Round
Submit by: Sunday May 2 2021, 11:59pm
To be notified: Friday May 14, 5pm

June Round
Submit by: Sunday June 6 2021, 11:59pm
To be notified: Friday June 18, 5pm

Rolling Basis Round
We will continue to accept applications after June 7, 2021 and continue to review on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded. Applicants can expect to be notified of a decision of no later than 2 weeks from the submission date.