Award Amount: $3,500
Number of Awards: Not known
Deadline: November 13 for spring and April 12 for summer
Winner Announcement: December for spring and may for summer
The YMCA at the University of Illinois provides new and challenging opportunities that help to expand the vision, deepen the spirituality, and achieve a more meaningful integration of the array of ideas, knowledge, and skills gained from these experiences. Hence they are pleased to offer its Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship to provide an opportunity for students to complement their academic preparation with direct practical experience. The program is available to students who are enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign campus during the current or previous academic semester.The program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. Through the program, the University YMCA provides part-time unpaid internships and full-time unpaid internships.
Since 1873 the University YMCA has sponsored programs, organizations, and activities dedicated to fostering ethical and principled leadership dedicated to building a better world, better human relations and better care for the Earth. The University Y develops campus and community leaders committed to social justice, environmental protection, interfaith cooperation and global engagement by fostering dialogue, reflection, and action.
To eligible, the applicants must meet all the given application requirements:
- The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign campus during the current or previous academic semester. Student need not be enrolled in classes at the time of the internship but must be working towards a degree at UIUC. Students who will have already graduated as of the start date of the internship are not eligible to apply.
- Internships may be for credit or no credit, but all interns must have a faculty sponsor/supervisor. Students completing internships that are part of an academic program’s graduation requirements (community health practicum, social work internship, student teaching, etc) are not eligible to receive the Bailey Internship Scholarship.
- They highly encourage students in these programs to consider applying for the Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship, due February 7. For more information on the Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship program, click here: http://universityymca.org/bailey/scholarship_awards.html
- Students must apply for funding for a specific internship. Students may only receive one unpaid internship scholarship during their tenure as a UIUC student.
- Students will be asked to describe the learning objectives of the internships they are pursuing and how the internship is connected to his/her educational and career interests in activism or community development.
- Preference will be given to unpaid internships in nonprofit or government offices. Students applying to intern at for profit businesses must demonstrate a direct relationship between the internship experience and future career goals in the non-profit or public sectors.
- Students must demonstrate financial need.
- Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may also apply for the unpaid internship scholarship. However, each student may only receive one internship award while enrolled as a University of Illinois undergraduate.
Instructions for Applying:
To apply, the applicants can submit an online application by creating an account through the given link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=universityymca
The applicants must meet all the program requirements as the following:
- All recipients must have a faculty sponsor to oversee their internship. For more information on the role of the Faculty Sponsor, download the “Faculty Sponsor Information Sheet”.
- All internship scholarships are contingent on an official offer of employment from the sponsoring organization.
- The student must develop and submit a list of measurable learning objectives for the internship with the aid of their faculty sponsor. Learning objectives must be approved by the faculty sponsor, site sponsor, student, and the Bailey Scholarship Director. (Sample Learning Goals)
- The student must submit a job description for approval to the Bailey Scholarship internship committee. The final job description must be approved by the faculty sponsor, site sponsor, and Bailey Scholarship Director. Failure to obtain an approved internship job description will result in forfeiture of the unpaid internship scholarship award.
- Site sponsor must sign and agree on a site memorandum of understanding with the University YMCA and provide intern evaluations as requested by the Bailey Scholarship Director. For more information on the role of the site sponsor, download the “Site Sponsor Information Sheet.”
- The student must complete a one-month evaluation of the internship as well as an exit survey at the completion of the internship. Evaluation form and exit survey will be provided by the Bailey Scholarship program.
- The student must provide a 2-3 page report at the completion of the internship on their progress towards meeting their learning objectives.
- The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides $1000 scholarships for part-time unpaid internships and $2500 for full-time unpaid internships.
- A part-time internship shall be defined as an internship that requires a minimum of 125 total work hours but less than 300 total work hours.
- A full-time internship shall be defined as any internship requiring more than 300 total work hours.
- The minimum length of both part-time and full-time internships to be funded is 8 weeks.
- Awards are made directly to the student, not the organization sponsoring the internship.
Detailed Information Link:
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email bailey-at-universityymca.org or call (217) 337-1514.