Hu/Hsieh Internship Grant

Grant Information

Purpose:  The purpose of this grant is to underwrite or supplement expenses of first-generation college students at Lewis & Clark College who are pursuing internships in the private sector.

General Eligibility Requirements: The applicant must be a current Lewis & Clark College student who has obtained a summer internship in their field of interest (priority given to full-time internships). The internship placement should ideally be confirmed by the application deadline but it must be confirmed by May 1.  To qualify for this award, students should plan to spend a minimum of 8-10 weeks at their internship site.  Students may apply for and be awarded this grant up to two times while enrolled at Lewis & Clark College. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Criteria/Selection: Grants will be awarded to students who have demonstrated strong academic performance and who have secured a meaningful internship experience that meets the specific eligibility criteria.  Applicants will be judged on their ability to:

  • persuasively convey the connection between the internship opportunity and their career aspirations
  • articulate a clear understanding of their role as an intern, including the impact they will have on the larger organization
  • articulate their interest in the private sector

A higher priority will be placed on applicants who:

  • Are first-generation college students
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Make a strong connection between the internship and career goals
  • Propose a quality internship with an organization in the private sector requiring substantial responsibility which includes meaningful learning experiences and projects
  • Have been offered or obtained an unpaid full-time internship or low stipend that will not cover living expenses
  • Have established success in both academics and extracurricular activities
  • Have not received a grant previously from the Career Center
  • Have a strong academic record in coursework and are in good standing with the college
  • Have completed their first year and will be enrolled at LC the semester following their internship
  • Are rising juniors and seniors

Internships that will not be considered include:

  • Internships with organizations owner or operated by immediate family members
  • Internships involved with direct proselytizing for religious work or for a political campaign
  • This grant can not be use to pay for a program or program fees

The selection committee will determine recipients without regard to race, color, origin, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

Award:  Grant(s) are given annually in the amount of $4000.  Students may submit additional information to prove financial hardship that would limit them from accepting an unpaid internship. Due to the highly competitive nature of these awards, students who fail to adequately address the required components of this application will not be considered.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin work on this application well in advance and to take advantage of the resources offered.

Please note that the Hu/Hsieh Internship Grant cannot be awarded until after June 1, 2020. Recipients of this award will not receive the money until on or after this date. If your internship begins before this date and you are seeking funding, please plan accordingly. 

Terms and Conditions:  If granted an award, the recipient must sign and return the Terms and Conditions of the Grant to the Career Center prior to issuance of the award funds. The agreement clearly states that the recipient must accept and complete the requirements indicated below.  Students who are studying abroad or have extenuating circumstances that limit their ability to meet the requirements below must contact the Career Center in order to maintain eligibility.

Failure to complete the above stated requirements will result in the forfeiture of award funds.  Awards may take up to 3 weeks to process and may not be mailed out until late May.

Advising: For more information on the Grant process and finding an internship, contact Nina Olken, Associate Director in the Career Center at 503-768-8079 or

Deadline: Late or incomplete applications will NOT be processed.  Application forms must be typed.