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What are internships and why are they important?

An internship is a form of experiential education that offers the participant an opportunity to work temporarily in a non-profit or for-profit organization. It can be paid or unpaid. Information on the benefits of internships can be found here.

Can Career Center staff help me find an internship and/or review my application?

Yes. Career Center counselors do not serve on the selection committee, thus they are able to review student applications and help you secure an internship. Schedule a career counseling appointment here or contact Nina Olken ( directly with questions.

Can graduating seniors apply for the award?

Yes. Graduating seniors are eligible for the award.

What types of internships qualify? What is the definition of “entrepreneurship”?

Broadly, “entrepreneurship” is characterized by innovative ideas, creative problem solving, and risk-taking. While the term can mean different things to different people, ultimately entrepreneurship is a business venture that is committed to turning an idea into a profitable business. Qualified internships could be housed at various-sized organizations, from a startup to a large business, and from nonprofit to for-profit. Economic-focused internships could include economic public policy, research, and/or business.

Please contact Nina Olken ( if you are unsure if the internship you are pursuing fits the parameters of the award.

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